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TOP-100 schools and colleges in England and Great Britain where foreign students can study GSCE programme

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Today, foreign students consider the UK as the best country for educational tourism. SMAPSE offers more than 100 best UK schools and colleges where international students can study GSCE programme. Due to the list of TOP-100 schools and colleges in Great Britain, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts, as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

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UK GCSE for international students: benefits and program structure

GCSE in the the UK for foreign students has many advantages. The British teaching methodology involves active participation of schoolchildren in the educational process: thanks to this involvement, the guys better absorb information and express their point of view.

For international students, studying in private boarding schools often becomes a different world, because no one forces them to study directly and in many ways does not affect their studies at all. For individual courses, students choose disciplines of their interest, decide the issue of attendance and assignments.

At the age of 14-15, children will be able to easily adapt to the new academic environment and improve the language to the required level - there is no better time for this. With a certificate of secondary education in England it is much easier to enter colleges and universities in the country.

GCSE program for international students in England

Target Audience 

For high school students at the age of 14, aiming to enter the top universities in Britain .

Duration

2 years

Is a shortened version of the program possible?

Yes, the crash course will last about 1 year

Learning outcome

A prestigious certificate of compulsory secondary education. An opportunity to enter the pre-university program A-Level.

Program structure

The curriculum consists of compulsory and elective subjects.

Disciplines 

  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Natural Sciences
  • History
  • Business
  • Critical text analysis, analytical writing
  • Art basics
  • Physical Education
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics and Higher Mathematics
  • International Management (Grades 11-12)
  • World history
  • Critical text analysis and analytical writing
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Art, etc.

General statistics on education in the UK-ratings, specializations, universities

Rankings of schools in England by GCSE 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 97.85 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
2 97.33 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
3 96.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
4 95.75 Eton College Boarding Boys   40,668
5 95.20 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
6 93.56 Hampton School Day Boys 20,055  
7 92.45 Highgate School Day Co-ed 20,970  
8 92.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084
9 91.11 Winchester College Boarding Boys   38,100
10 90.44 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
11 88.01 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,328  
12 87.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
13 87.29 Badminton School Both Girls 16,425 37,575
14 87.25 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
15 87.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
16 84.88 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
17 84.55 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
18 84.44 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
19 84.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys   40,050
20 83.79 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185
21 83.70 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
22 83.12 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 18,279 30,816
23 82.17 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
24 81.75 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
25      80.42 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
26 80.26 Benenden School Boarding Girls   37,950
27 78.31 Warwick School Both Boys 13,194 28,758
28 77.07 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263
29 77.04 Radley College Boarding Boys   38,325
30 75.72 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800

Best boarding schools in England by GCSE 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 97.33 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
2 6.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
3 95.75 Eton College Boarding Boys   40,668
4 95.20 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
5 92.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084
6 91.11 Winchester College Boarding Boys   38,100
7 90.44 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
8 87.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
9 87.29 Badminton School Both Girls 16,425 37,575
10 87.25 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
11 87.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
12 84.88 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
13 84.55 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
14 84.44 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
15 84.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys   40,050
16 83.79 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185
17 83.70 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
18 83.12 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 18,279 30,816
19 82.17 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
20 81.75 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
21 80.42 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
22 80.26 Benenden School Boarding Girls   37,950
23     78.31 Warwick School Both Boys 13,194 28,758
24 77.07 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263
25 77.04 Radley College Boarding Boys   38,325
26 75.72 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800
27 75.00 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695
28 74.74 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 18,900 32,400
29 74.26 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,640 40,140
30 72.62 Marlborough College Both Co-ed   37,815

Secondary education in the UK

World Ranking 1
Foreign students 20%
Minimum age 4 years+ (age 11-14)
Tuition language English
Minimum English level beginner&higher (depends on the school)
Tuition cost £17,000-50,000
Cost of living (year) £10,000-25,000
Mandatory subjects English, Mathematics, Science

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 best boarding colleges in England 2021

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2020 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 2021

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2021

A-level rankings 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 88.92 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
2 88.68 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 16,600 42,750
3 84.73 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
4 84.30 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
5 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
6 83.06 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
7 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
8 80.12 Eton College Boarding Boys   40,668
9 76.17 Highgate School Day Co-ed 20,970  
10 71.79 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
11 71.25 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,000 34,500
12 70.39 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,328  
13 68.74 Hampton School Day Boys 20,055  
14 68.48 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
15 66.78 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
16 66.55 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
17 65.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys   40,050
18 64.11 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
19 62.62 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
20 62.21 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
21 62.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls   37,950
22 61.74 Marlborough College Both Co-ed   37,815
23 61.15 Woldingham School Both Girls 23,190 38,040
24       60.87 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
25 60.68 Radley College Boarding Boys   38,325
26 60.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
27 59.68 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,000 33,900
28 59.06 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
29 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
30 58.22 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263

Best boarding schools in England - 2021 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

Rankings of British colleges 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 88.68 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 16,600 42,750
2 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
3 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
4 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
5 54.17 Bellerbys College Cambridge Both Co-ed 27,060 38,940
6 53.71 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 29,000  
7 53.37 d'Overbroeck's Oxford Both Co-ed 23,850 38,700
8 47.21 Cambridge Tutors College Both Co-ed 15,900 39,990
9 44.09 CATS College Canterbury Both Co-ed 26,490 41,775
10 42.55 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 12,600 30,300
11 39.29 CATS College Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,990 44,775
12 32.94 Mander Portman Woodward - Cambridge Day Co-ed 28,305  
13 31.01 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 27,060 43,704
14    30.53 Abbey College Manchester Both Co-ed 12,750  
15 30.50 Chelsea Independent College Both Co-ed 24,000 48,000
16 29.75 Cambridge Centre For Sixth Form Studies Both Co-ed 21,000 48,000
17 28.65 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 18,000 36,900
18 24.86 CATS College London Both Co-ed 24,990 49,980
19 24.83 DLD College London Both Co-ed 23,000 50,500
20 20.93 Ealing Independent College Day Co-ed 16,050  
21 16.39 Padworth College Both Co-ed    
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Svetlana
Good afternoon! My son studies in the 9th form of the Russian school. Tell me, please, what class of the British school can he do for further study in England? Will they take him to the 8th grade of the British school, at the time of admission he will be 16 years old? Thank you
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Anna
Svetlana, at the age of 16 your son will be taken to the A-level program. These are the last two years at school, during which preparations are being made for entering a university.
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