Teaching standards from institutions in the UK are among the best in the world, while British qualifications are universally recognised. The UK enjoys a reputation for unsurpassed quality in education and encourages skills that are relevant, marketable and much sought-after by today’s top companies. That means students can look forward to better career prospects and higher potential earnings.
Ambitious achievers who are seeking a superior education choose the UK because British education is constantly changing, whilst retaining the best of its prestigious heritage. UK education offers the finest from traditions of the past in combination with an up-to-date approach to the latest developments in new fields of study.
Investing into your and your children’s education could be the best decision you ever make, and it is important to make the right choice of the school, college or university. The education system in the UK, however, is different to that in many other countries. With over 2,500 private schools scattered around the UK, hundreds of short courses and over 300 higher educational institutions, it might be difficult to choose the one which is best suited for yours or your children’s needs.
Full-time school education is compulsory for all children starting from 5 years old, however private schools usually accept children from the age of 3 or 4.
All state schools follow The National Curriculum, which consists of five Key Stages:
- Key Stage 1 – Foundation year and Years 1 to 2 – for pupils aged between 5 and 7 years old
- Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6 – for pupils aged between 8 and 11 years old
- Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9 – for pupils aged between 12 and 14 years old,
- Key Stage 4 – Years 10 to 11 – for pupils aged between 15 and 16 years old, and
- Key Stage 5 – Years 12 to 13 – for pupils aged between 17 and 18 years old.
There is a large variety of private schools teaching children either based on traditional UK A-Level programmes following the National Curriculum, IB (International Baccalaureate) in the international schools, or offering the relatively new programme Cambridge Pre-U. If you are not planning to relocate to the UK yet, but would like your child to benefit from the best of the UK education system, there is a possibility to enrol your child to the traditional British boarding school, some of which accept children on full boarding basis from the age of 7. The last two years of school education play a crucial role, as during those years pupils prepare for and sit exams, the results of which are then used to compete for a place at university.
Higher education often begins with a three-year Bachelor’s Degree, which tend to be shorter than in many other countries. Postgraduate Degrees include Master’s Degrees, either taught or by research, and most Postgraduate Master’s courses can be completed in just one year instead of two in many other countries. The quality of education is the same as for longer degrees, achieved due to the more intensive studies. Shorter length courses allows students to save some money on both tuition and the livings costs and enter employment earlier. Education received in the UK gives graduates a significant competitive advantage in the job market, allowing young professionals to build strong careers in various fields all around the world.
For those who want to improve the level of their English there are many short language courses to choose from, such as general English courses or preparation for English language exams. Children and teenagers have the opportunity to join a summer camp for a few weeks. Summer camps for children and teenagers usually combine lessons of English language in the mornings with sports, entertainment and excursions in the second part of the day and during the weekends. English language camps can also be organised during Christmas and Easter break. Courses for adults run throughout the year and offer various options depending on the applicant’s knowledge. It can be general English, preparations for English exams, business English and many others.
Whether you might be interested in two weeks summer camp or receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, we can assist you in choosing the education establishment and a course of study most suitable for your needs and demands, guide you through the nuances of the UK educational system, advise you on pros and cons of every option, help with enrolment process, assist in arranging visa’s to the UK and advise you throughout this entire process.