British Education System

The UK is proud of being one of the top education quality countries in the world. This means that you can get good job opportunities with high income after being trained in the UK. With a history of nearly 800 years, UK education method has influenced the education system around the world.

“Teach students how to think, not teach them what to think”. The UK education focus on developing of independent working and self-creative ability of each student. Studying in the UK is not just a one-way information acquisition process but you are encouraged to read a lot of documents, deepen your research and ask questions about the subject matter.

Primary school

Lasted for six years, the program begins at age 5 and ends at the age of 11. Most primary programs are taught by only one teacher teaching all subjects throughout the school year.

Secondary school

The student enters secondary school at age 11, and attends school for 5 years. Secondary school students will learn more intensive about subjects studied in primary school. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs) is a set of secondary school diploma for the subjects  that students choose to study and take exam at age 14-16. GCSEs certificate for each subject are A* being the highest and G being the lowest.

Foundation course

After obtaining a GCSE with a score of A * to C in 5 subjects upward, students continue to study for the pre-university program:

– A-Level certificate (18 months – 2 years): This is a course that is selected by many British and international students that to be accepted by the UK universities. Students in grades 10 and 11, 12 have good academic results and English proficiency can register for A-Level classes. This is the traditional way to enter university in the UK.

– International Baccalaureate (IB): This is a two-year program that can replace the A-level program and be recognized for university entrance examinations in the UK. You must study three subjects at a higher level and three ones at the standard level, complete the Theory of Knowledge, write an essay and participate in the course is called Creativity, Action and Service. English is considered as a foreign language and mathematics is compulsory at an intensive or standard level. Currently, more than 130 schools in the UK teach International Baccalaureate.

– Foundation Course: allows you to bridge the gap between the degrees you have earned in your country and the entry requirements for university courses in the UK. Advanced language learning are also an important element of these courses. International Foundation courses allow you to focus on your favorite special subjects to prepare for university. Beside the core subjects such as English and Math, you can choose from a wide range of subjects in all areas: art, design, business, engineering, humanities, information technology, law and science. These subjects will be issued private certificate and accredited by many universities, but not national certificate. These courses are available at many schools including: public and private colleges and some universities affiliated with private education institutions.


Recommended for students age 18 upward. The program lasts 3-4 years, ends the program, students receive ordinary bachelor degree or honors bachelor degree. The academic year is divided into two to three semesters.

There are many reasons make you study in the UK university and the number of fields for your choice, even greater than the reason for your studies. Hundreds of universities and colleges in the UK offer a wide variety of courses, from accounting to zoology. A UK university course will give you the opportunity to study intensively in the field you are really interested in, in a famous nation in the world for its quality in research and reputation of professors and lecturers.

Students study subjects in the specialized field and take the final exams. Entry requirements for international students include English proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.0), one additional academic year for high school grade, also known as the Foundation Year, or high score for A-Level Certificate Program’s subjects

Postgraduate program

An extensive range of postgraduate courses in the UK will give you a comfortable choice. You can start with a PG Dip, then transfer to a master’s degree, or start with a MRes course (master’s degree in research). You can then pursue a PhD. You have full options.

Duration of postgraduate course in the UK

Full-time postgraduate courses in the UK last from one year to four years, depending on the course of your choice:

One-year courses: Certificate/Diploma in Postgraduate, Master, MBA

Two-year courses: some master’s courses

Three to four year courses: PhD, PhD in new form.

Pre-Masters Course

The Pre-Masters course can last from one semester to one academic year and includes theoretical study, cultural introduction and foreign language teaching. You may need to take a pre-mastercourse if your degree or your English language skills do not meet the requirements for the UK master’s degree. Many courses will ensure that you can continue your master’s degree at a certain university.

Diploma/ Diploma for Post-graduate (PG Cert/Dip)

Certificate  and Diploma for Post-graduate are one-year teaching-based postgraduate courses and usually do not require research. These qualifications are generally accepted as professional qualifications, giving you a great start in the career you choose.

In-class Master Courses (MA, MSc, LLM, Med, etc.)

Master courses based on in-class teaching usually last one year and consist of two parts. You will have to complete a number of subjects (participating in lectures and discussions, writing essay and taking exam) and self-study to do the thesis.


Master of Studies (MRes, MPhil)

For a research master course  in the UK, you usually do not attend lectures; Instead, you will spend the whole year for researching. Your final score will be determined by the quality of the thesis.



Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA is a business master course based on intensive teaching, and will really give you the opportunity to develop on a management level. This is the best known and the most popular postgraduate degree.


Doctor (PhD)

PhD, also known as Doctor, lasts from three to four years, during that time you will undertake a research project. In the final year, you will have to submit a thesis of about 100,000 words.

The new PhD course covers a number of content taught as well as research topics and will give you the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary research.


Courses and diplomas for the age of 16 upward

– Graduation Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

– Certificate A (A Levels)

– International Baccalaureate (IB)

– Vocational A Levels

– International Foundation Program

– Access Course

– Diploma of vocational training after high school

– National High-ranking Vocational Diploma (HNC Higher National Certificate; HND Higher National Diploma)

– Foundation Degrees

– Bachelor course

– Master course

– Ph.D course.



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