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Education in UK

The UK education system is famous for its quality. Qualifications obtained from British universities, colleges and schools are recognised and accepted worldwide.

The schooling system is divided into four levels:

  • Early years – ages 3 to 4
  • Primary education – ages 4 to 11
  • Secondary education – ages 11 to 18
  • Tertiary education – ages 18+


Elementary and secondary education

Elementary education in the UK is starting usually at the age of five and lasts for 6 years.

Mandatory secondary education is typically received between the ages of 11 and 16. At the end of secondary school, student will sit for multiple examinations in different subjects. When sitting for GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) students usually take between 5 to 10 examinations and they are free to choose the subjects and the number of exams. A GCSE is awarded for each subject passed and grades range from A* down to G. World Education Services (WES) evaluates a minimum of 3 GCSE as equivalent to a high school diploma, however many institutions will ask for at least 5 passes at grade C or above for entry.

These students who are interested in higher education will normally pursue the pre-university or further education programs.

Pre-university education

This is a two-year senior secondary program, which includes a new round of examinations – the General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels).

The average number of exams taken is 3 and as with GCSE the student free to choose the subjects and number of examinations. Grades range from A* down to E. The first part of the A Level course is known as the “AS” Level and the second part as the “A2” Level. WES awards undergraduate credit based on the nature and number of subjects passed. A Level courses are the most commonly used qualifications for entry to UK universities.

English is the international language of business and becoming fluent is one of the most important skills a student can develop.

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