AN OVERVIEW EDUCATION IN UNITED KINGDOM
Students in UK are required to complete mandatory tertiary education from the age of 5- 16. They can choose to continue their education to high school, A -level (2 years) or college preparatory programs (1 year). The results of A- level will be used to register courses at college and university level. While all UK schools accept A- level certificates, only some schools adopt foundation courses.
The next step for students is higher education including undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Students normally start their undergraduate study at the age of 18 and it will take 3-4 years depending on the course requirements ( normally 03 years). After completing the bachelor degree, students can enroll post- graduate level, usually lasting 01 year. Doctoral courses will last up to 07 years.
International students can start at GCSE level (General Certificate of Secondary Education). A- level and college preparatory courses are two most popular options among Vietnamese students.
All UK children from the age of 5-16 will receive a tuition- free courses at an any state school, which are funded by UK governments or local educational agencies. Most UK children will choose this type of school.
2. Independent Schools
There are 2.600 public schools in UK, recruiting about 625.000 children (accounting for 6.5% of total UK student population). Most of independent schools are funded by organizations and tuition fees. Many schools offer scholarships for students.
3. Home schooling
Some students at the age of 4-16 will learn at home from their parents or tutors- home schooling. For more information about home schooling, please refer to websites of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Another helpful source is Education Otherwise, a UK charity organization that offers a lot of useful information for home-schooling parents.
Note: Students outside EEA (European Economic Area) can only enroll Independent Schools and have to pay tuition fees. Students can’t study at state schools unless they are exchange students.
4. Boarding school
There are 500 boarding schools in Britain, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland. Most of boarding schools accept international schools.
There are two types of boarding schools: state boarding schools and private boarding schools.
POST HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
Students can choose from a variety of selections including:
1 - Academic courses: help students be ready for college levels. Students will develop reasoning and cognitive skills, basic knowledge to succeed in the future.
2 - Career- based, vocational and professional courses: help students useful skills to advance in their professional lives in the long run.
3 - Higher education: students over 18 years old (or 17 in Scotland) earn an academic performance equaling to A- levels or International Bacclaureate.
UK Higher education comprises two types:
- Undergraduate: includes bachelor, foundation and higher national diplomas (HND) and some more
- Post- graduate: master and doctoral degrees
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