The educational system of Great Britain Pre-school education in the UK has no binding status. Currently about 30% of children 3 to 4 years of age go to pre-schools. Pre-schools Compulsory education in the UK is only for children from the age of 5 to 16 years. Children under this age can attend or can not attend kindergartens, by their parents' wish.
Primary and secondary schools In the public sector, children start going to school at the age of 5, where they study until the age of 11. In the private sector, education begins at the age of 7. Before this age, children attend kindergartens or special chosen education institute. Before they are 13 years old they attend primary school, which is sometimes called the Preparatory and then, after successfully passed exams, they enter the secondary school. At the age of 16 they pass the same examinations of the "first-level" as the children who attend public schools.
Schooling "advanced level" At the age of 16 young people have to decide which way to go next: either to continue education in order then to go to university, or to get the vocational training and start working. Those who wishes to go to university must "pass" a special two-year course. At the age of 18 (in Scotland - 17), at the end of the course, students take exams of the second ("advanced") level, the so-called "A- levels" ("Highers" in Scotland) and get The General Certificate of Education, GCE A-levels.
Higher Education in Great Britain Undergraduate (first degree) BA - Bachelor of Arts BSc - Bachelor of Science LLB - Bachelor of Laws Bed - Bachelor of Education Sciences EEng - Bachelor of Science BMus - Bachelor of Music BM or BS - Bachelor of Medicine Postgraduate PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching Certificate) DMS - Diploma of Graduate Studies (Diploma in Management) MA - Master of Arts MSc - Master of Science MBA - Master of Business Administration LLM - Master of Law
Employment of students while studying in England By the law, students can work in the UK up to 20 hours a week, if the period of their studies is more than 6 months. Today, paid internship / work of students is a usual thing. Many international schools have this program for service and willing to help their students to find part-time job after school.
Job offers for students can be found: In your school – board; In job center; In local newspapers; With the friends' help. The most popular jobs: Vendor; Carrier; Maid in the hotel; Assistant; Porter; Dishwasher.