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Primary, secondary education in Scotland for international studens. List of 16 top institutions, 2023 fees, rankings

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Fettes College Private School
In 2018 68.48% of A Level students achieved A* - A
Fettes College Private School
Scotland
Edinburgh
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8.4
from 8465.00 £ / term
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from 8465.00 £ / term
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Glenalmond College
In 2019 more than 12% of A Level students achieved A*
Glenalmond College
Scotland
Perthshire
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8.4
from 12500.00 £ / term
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from 12500.00 £ / term
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Strathallan School
In 2017 - 43% of A Level students achieved A - A*.
Strathallan School
Scotland
Perthshire
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8.3
from 8243.00 £ / term
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from 8243.00 £ / term
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St. Leonards School
In 2018 - 97% of St Leonards entries achieved grades A*-C
St. Leonards School
Scotland
St. Andrews
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8.2
from 31956.00 £ / year
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from 31956.00 £ / year
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Dollar Academy
In 2018 Form IV produced a strong performance at National 5 level with 72.8% of A grades
Dollar Academy
Scotland
Dollar
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8.2
from 9630.00 £ / term
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from 9630.00 £ / term
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St Andrew University Summer Camp
St Andrew University Summer Camp
Scotland
St. Andrews
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8.2
from 6400.00 £ / 3 weeks
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from 6400.00 £ / 3 weeks
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Gordonstoun School
Gordonstoun School
Scotland
Elgin
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1 reviews
8.1
from 9050.00 £ / term
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from 9050.00 £ / term
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Merchiston Castle School
In 2018 a full 38% of A Level students achieved A*/A grades
Merchiston Castle School
Scotland
Edinburgh
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8.1
from 11960.00 £ / term
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from 11960.00 £ / term
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Kilgraston School
Kilgraston School
Scotland
Perthshire
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8
from 12800.00 £ / term
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from 12800.00 £ / term
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Loretto School (Loretto School) - school with golf
In 2018 - near 75% of students attained grades A*-C
Loretto School (Loretto School) - school with golf
Scotland
Edinburgh
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7.6
from 11900.00 £ / term
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from 11900.00 £ / term
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Education information

Students begin primary education in 5 years old, it takes 7 years. At the age of 12 years, students start secondary education.

At the age of 15 students pass exams and receive the Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE Standard Grade) - this document corresponds to the English one known as GCSE. Then, students continue education in colleges or schools (to get Higher Grade, a higher certificate of complete secondary education). Higher Grade is issued to students who have additionally completed a course of study from 16 to 18 years old and have successfully passed 5-6 subject examinations.

In addition, students can study for one additional year and get the Scottish Certificate of Sixth Year Studies (SCSYS) - also instead of it, there is Advanced Higher certificate. This is an analogue of prestigious A-level programme. In some schools it is possible to take exams and get English A-level - the choice remains only at the discretion of the student, both certificates are prestigious and highly listed on admission to universities.

Studying in Scotland for international students

In total, there are 43 colleges in Scotland that provide special or post-secondary education services. This is an opportunity to get the chosen qualification (academic or professional) - from the elementary level to the equivalent of a diploma of higher education. The list of specialties, subjects and directions is quite extensive:

  • media
  • basics of business
  • design
  • internal and external design
  • information technology
  • finance
  • health
  • electronics
  • tourism
  • sports.

The year of full-time study entitles you to a Higher National Certificate, and two Year of full-time education - Higher Education Diploma.

If the student does not plan to enter college, he can continue studying Foundation programme or prefer SIFP: this is a single preparatory programme that meets highest international standards. When students complete one of these programs, they have really high chances to enter prestigious Scottish high schools.

Bachelor's degree studies (undergraduate) usually last 4 years: the first two involve studying a large number of basic specialties, and the next two are devoted to studying the specialty and the chosen profile and direction.

A distinctive feature of Scottish high schools is flexible combined curriculum: students can choose several subjects, even if they are taught in different faculties, and attend classes of their own choice. Such combination of courses makes it possible to obtain a useful double degree (joint degree) - for example, a diploma in economics and accounting. Also, the famous "sandwich courses" are very attractive for foreign students: they provide an opportunity, in addition to academic preparation, to get valuable practical experience and internships in companies based on the chosen profile.

Secondary schools in Scotland – advantages of studying for foreign students

  • First of all, these are much more affordable prices than in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, etc. while maintaining the high quality of educational services;
  • Gradually, in the learning process, specialization is introduced, that is, subjects that students choose based on their future plans;
  • Comfortable living conditions, high degree of safety of foreign students;
  • A wide range of disciplines to study, as well as educational programs aimed at comprehensive development.

Secondary schools in Ireland fees

The price of education in the best private schools and colleges in Ireland is on average lower than in the UK, Switzerland, the USA and other academically popular countries. At the same time, a high degree of learning efficiency is maintained. The average price level for one year in the best schools in Ireland for foreign students ranges from 10,000 EUR to 15,000 EUR. If we consider Dublin, then you can find a private boarding school costing from 9,000 EUR to 14,000 EUR, while the price already includes an educational program, uniforms, textbooks and accommodation with meals. It is worth noting that similar conditions in boarding houses in the UK or Switzerland cost from 15,000 EUR.

Secondary education in Ireland – enrolment process for foreign students

For successful enrollment in Irish schools, colleges in Ireland for foreign students, it is necessary to collect and provide the following list of documents:

  • A copy of a foreign passport;
  • Extract with grades for the last two years of study (at the same time, as a rule, excellent grades should be at least 40% of all grades – the best private schools and colleges may impose stricter requirements);
  • A certificate certifying a sufficient level of proficiency in a foreign language (English) – preferably not lower than average;
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers of English and mathematics, sometimes letters from the headmaster may be required;
  • A student's motivation letter with the reasons why the child wants to receive secondary education at this particular school;

This list is far from exhaustive, since various private schools and colleges in Ireland may request additional documents. In order to enroll in a private Irish boarding school, you will need not only a standard list of documents, but also certain language and academic knowledge. In some cases, private schools in Ireland will require passing an entrance test in mathematics or English – you should find out more on the page of a particular private school or from our specialists.

This list is far from exhaustive, since various private schools and colleges in Ireland may request additional documents. In order to enroll in a private Irish boarding school, you will need not only a standard list of documents, but also certain language and academic knowledge. In some cases, private schools in Ireland will require passing an entrance test in mathematics or English.

Top 5 best schools in Scotland 2022

1 Fettes College
2 Glenalmond College Perth
3 Strathallan School
4 St. Leonards School
5 Dollar Academy

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 21 boarding colleges in England 2022

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 National Mathematics and Science College
3 Abbey College Cambridge
4 d'Overbroeck's College
5 MPW London
6 CATS Cambridge
7 Kensington Park
8 DLD London
9 King's College St Michael’s
10 Bellerbys Cambridge
11 Chelsea Independent College
12 MPW Cambridge
13 Bellerbys Brighton
14 CATS London
15 St Clare's Oxford
16 Bishopstrow College
17 CATS Canterbury
18 Bellerbys London
19 Ealing Independent College
20 Cambridge Tutors College
21 Abbey Manchester

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2022

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2022

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4 Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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