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TOP-100 schools and colleges in the UK where international students can take preparation courses to enter universities in England after grade 9, 10, 11

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Undoubtedly, each student, preparing for final exams at school, looks forward to entering universities in Great Britain. It goes without saying that England is a recognized world leader in high-quality secondary and higher education. There is a great deal of famous scientists, politicians, financiers and artists among essential graduates from prestigious British universities. Nowadays, British universities accept foreign students for education, and our SMAPSE team knows everything about how to be fully prepared for entering university in Great Britain and to get exellent education in England after school.

There are many academic programs in TOP-100 schools and colleges in the UK that are focused on preparation to enter universities in the United Kingdom by improving basic linguistic and academic knowledge. Below we will discuss how to enter the universities in England, as well as required documents for universities in the UK.

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Educational system in the UK

The educational system in the UK includes 4 main parts: primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Students in the UK are obliged to attend primary and secondary education which starts from about 5 years old until 16 years old. Students are assessed at the end of each stage. At age 16 students get their GCSE's or General Certificate of Secondary Education.

It goes without saying that it is one of the most important stages in their education. They can decide whether to continue their studies or finish school and start working. Those, who have decided to go onto further education, start preparing for entering universities or colleges to acquire higher education. During further education students take their A-Levels, GNVQ's, BTEC's or other such qualifications.

A-level course takes 2 years of learning vocation-related subjects. It is worth noting that mainly because of this reason the universities of the United Kingdom do not accept the certificates of complete secondary education of other countries as sufficient for admission.

Studying abroad after graduating school will require some additional preparation. To make the secondary education, obtained in your homeland, equal with international standards, it is essential to take specialized pre-university courses. They give ex-schoolchildren the opportunity to improve English skills during a short period of time, to identify gaps in their knowledge and bridge the skills gap, to get acquainted with professional vocabulary of their future occupation. Each pre-university programme in Britain suggests deep study of 3-5 subjects with the following examinations on each of them.

preparation for university entrance in England

Studying in Great Britain after school, college, how to enter prestigious universities in the United Kingdom

Many students and their parents from all over the world dream about entering university in the United Kingdom and getting a prestigious higher education in one of the famous and recognised educational institution of the country. Nowadays, Universities of Great Britain offer several programs: traditional bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctor's degree which is also called as “PhD”. It is worth noting that a diploma gives wide career prospects for the graduates.

What concerns rate of enrollment, it has some features that must be mentioned. Despite the chosen occupation, a prospective student needs to be prepared for integration into the new environment. One of the most important issues is excellent command of the language. Frankly speaking, the level of language proficiency should not be lower than “advanced” level. Students can improve their language skills in several ways. The traditional one are language courses. Actually, you can find an appropriate programme in the catalogue created for you by SMAPSE team.

Nevertheless, excellent command of English is not the only requirement. As it was noted previously, it is essential to make your homeland education equal with standards of educational system in the United Kingdom. Therefore, students may take special preparation courses that could ensure further admission to the university.

SMAPSE experts truly recommend you choosing special preparation courses in the best private boarding schools or private day schools in England, as well as in the colleges or universities you are planning to enter if such programs are available there. Pre-university education programs are also available in the international profile centers. Besides, you can easily find such institutions in our catalogue.

It is worth noting that, practically, each student considers a possibility of entering world-recognised university in Great Britain. Our SMAPSE experts present you ways how to move from a simple foreign student to a student of the prestigious British university.

There are 3 main options for foreigners:

  • Firstly, to transfer from a university in the homeland to a British university with a loss of one course. It means that if you are a third year student in a home university, you can become only a second year student in the UK. Nevertheless, you will still need to pass several exams on profile subjects and prove high command of English;
  • Secondly, to finish education at some pre-university preparation programme and after that enroll in the relevant faculty of a British university;
  • Thirdly, to obtain a diploma of a specialist or finish a bachelor's degree in the homeland. In this case you can submit the admission documents for master's degree in the United Kingdom.

Obviously, the most effective way of entering an educational institution in the UK are profile programs that are offered by many universities of the country. In order to take a course, students must be proficient in English at the level sufficient to understand the curriculum. Moreover, students must gain a certificate with an average score close to "excellent".

Due to SMAPSE experts, you can choose from TOP-100 schools and colleges where foreign students can get preparation courses that will help enter prestigious universities in the UK.

UK university preparation for foreign students: admission programs in British TOP-100 schools

University preparation in England

University Foundation Certificate / International Foundation Certificate

The Foundation programme, also called UFC, is one of the most popular pre-university preparation programs for foreign students. Its main distinguishing feature is its universality. Taking this preparation course you will be able to adapt your knowledge to the British educational system and to the academic environment, and also improve English skills.

The knowledge domain of UFC presents teaching methods of Great Britain to foreign students, helps to update or gain knowledge of relevant disciplines. Besides, as UFC is usually held on the basis of colleges or universities, during the education process students can get acquainted with the local atmosphere, linguistic environment, living conditions in residences and on campus. Furthemore, they can choose interesting electives, coteries, hobby groups and communities.

The list of disciplines in the programme is determined by the requirements of a particular institution. It is worth noting that the programme includes a number of mandatory and elective modules. The duration of education at UFC is 1 year, and the enrollment is organized basing on the results of final exams and an English test.

However, the classic Foundation programme does not work for Cambridge and Oxford universities and some other most prestigious universities in Great Britain, as they have their own more complex and expanded pre-university education courses. For example, Pre-U etc.

Following this link you can find the catalogue of TOP-100 institutions offering UFC programme.

International Diploma Programme, IDP

This programme was introduced recently. The contemporary aim is to help successful prospective students from British private boarding and day schools with deep knowledge in relevant disciplines enter a university and at once become a second year student. The programme combines the Foundation course (UFC) and the first year of the undergraduate programme.

During the year at IDP students master the language and several profile subjects. The certificate issued at the end of the programme demonstrates the level of knowledge acquired at this initial stage of higher education, as well as the ability of future student to continue studying at a higher education institution.

Here you can search the catalogue of universities and colleges, as well as private boarding schools and day schools that offer education on International Diploma programme.

A-level programme

What is A-level programme? It is a two-year course that allows you get a certificate of senior secondary education. The main aim of A-level programme is to prepare students for university studies. The programme requires learning up to 6 core disciplines. Examinations at the end of the course are equal to the matriculation examinations. According to the results of A-level programme, admission commitees estimate the knowledge of students and then make a decision on entry onto the course. A-level programme is accepted by the most prestigious universities of the United Kingdom as the only possible way to continue education on the bachelor's degree.

Here you can see the catalogue of the educational institutions offering A-level programme.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate is also one of the most popular pre-university preparatory programs. IB is a general two-year school curriculum that makes foreign education equivalent to the national one. Having achieved this programme, it is possible to enter any university in any country without enrollment tests. It is worth noting, the IB diploma is famous for its objectivity. Besides internal assessment by teachers, there is an external assessment that is also given to students by international examiners of the United Examination Center in Great Britain (Cardiff).

International Baccalaureate is recognized in more than a hundred countries of the world. During studying students will be able to update their knowledge on core disciplines, as well as fill the gaps between different educational systems. As s a result, they will be free to choose any prestigious university in Europe, America, Canada or other countries all over the world.

International Baccalaureate is considered to be rather complicated programme. Students study 3 subjects at higher level and other 3 subjects at standard level. Besides, there is a great deal of electives. In addition, great attention is paid to two courses: Theory of Knowledge that teaches to state your point of view correctly, to write essays, to hold a discussion in the appropriate way, and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) that is focused on social activities, sport activities and creativity.

Here you can see the list of educational institutions that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

University preparation in England

Pre-master’s Programme

This programme is the best choice for students who have received a bachelor's degree in their country but don't have a good command of English in order to undertake a master’s degree. The course implies intensive preparation for international language exams that are required by higher education institutions.

Advantages of the Pre-master's Programme:

  • To enter a British university that takes higher rating position. Students with average score of the diploma lower than it is required, have an opportunity to take the Master's programme if they successfully complete the Pre-master's programme.
  • To improve command of English and increase the IELTS level required at master's level.
  • To take new academic disciplines, if specialization is going to be changed.
  • To get acquainted with the academic environment of a British university and effectively prepare for a master's degree.

Here you can get acquainted with the catalogue of educational institutions offering the Pre-master’s programme.

The SMAPSE team would like to note that students who have already finished A-level programme, International Baccalaureate programme or Pre-University programs, have high chances of entering the top universities of the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries of the world.

International Year One Programme

The Year One programme is a studying programme equal to first year education at the university. Having completed this course, students could enter the second year of bachelor degree course. What concerns advantages of this programme, students do not have to loose one year of studying and could save money. Foreign students will only be studying for 3 years instead of 4 years. In addition, there is special curriculum that allows to smooth shift from secondary education in his country to higher education in the UK. A great deal of universities in the United Kingdom offer this programme in order to save students’ time and help them enter a British university more easily and with less stress tension.

For more information concerning the International Year One Programme, please, do not hesitate to ask our SMAPSE experts.

What should you do before preparing for universities in the United Kingdom

Before choosing a preparation programme for entering UK universities, it is essential to determine your top-priority educational institution. SMAPSE experts highly recommend that you should:

  • examine all available information on universities and offered programs. Then, select several options sorting them in the order of your priority;
  • find information about ratings of the selected institutions and sort them by quality education level. Sources of authoritative information includes “The Times Subject Tables” and “The Complete University Guide”. The quality of education in the United Kingdom is verified by the corresponding national agency;
  • estimate the location convenience;
  • study the material and scientific base of educational institutions. It is also important to find data on the teaching staff;
  • get acquainted with the policy towards foreign students;
  • find out the requirements for applicants
  • get information about the cost of education and the living conditions on campus and in residence.

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

Best schools in England and UK according to Smapse Education

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

Best boarding schools in England and UK 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 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
4 83.06 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
5 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
6 71.25 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,000 34,500
7 64.12 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 18,279 30,816
8 64.11 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
9 61.74 Marlborough College Both Co-ed   37,815
10 60.87 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
11 60.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
12 59.06 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
13 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
14 58.22 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263
15 55.71 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 18,075 32,280
16 54.80 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 26,313 37,590
17 54.17 Bellerbys College Cambridge Both Co-ed 27,060 38,940
18 53.71 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 29,000  
19 53.40 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 19,839 31,923
20 53.37 d'Overbroeck's Oxford Both Co-ed 23,850 38,700
21 53.19 Canford School Both Co-ed 27,723 36,420
22 53.00 Christ's Hospital Both Co-ed 23,310 35,850
23 52.01 Ashford School Both Co-ed 16,800 37,500
24 51.14 Dean Close School Both Co-ed 24,600 37,413
25 51.00 Monkton Senior School Both Co-ed 20,910 33,345
26 49.50 Dauntsey's School Both Co-ed 18,990 36,300
27 48.51 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 28,575 37,770
28 48.43 West Buckland School Both Co-ed 15,060 33,660
29 48.06 Wells Cathedral School Both Co-ed 18,801 31,464
30 47.66 King's Ely Both Co-ed 21,459 39,441

IB rankings of small schools in England 2019

AVG. Points Name DAY/BOARD BOY/GIRL DAY GBP BOARD GBP Cohort size
36.7 Westbourne School Both Co-ed 14,010 35,850 11
36.5 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 21,975 37,050 17
34.1 Gresham's School Both Co-ed 27,000 37,890 16
32.1 International Community School Day Co-ed 27,540   14
31.0 Ellesmere College Both Co-ed 18,990 34,533 12
28.0 Buckswood School Both Co-ed 13,950 29,700 18

Top boy's schools rankings 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 86.44 Winchester College Boarding Boys   38,100
2 84.73 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
3 80.12 Eton College Boarding Boys   40,668
4 68.48 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
5 65.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys   40,050
6 62.62 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
7 62.21 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
8 60.68 Radley College Boarding Boys   38,325
9 55.08 Warwick School Both Boys 13,194 28,758
10 53.15 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,640 40,140
11 50.85 Merchiston Castle School Both Boys 24,210 32,910
12 47.89 Loughborough Grammar School Both Boys 12,549 28,752
13 43.46 Monmouth School Both Boys 15,816 32,061
14 43.40 Sherborne School Both Boys 30,375 37,500
15 41.00 Reed's School Both Boys(Co-ed 6th form) 24,675 31,800
16 38.46 The Oratory School Both Boys 24,966 34,299
17 36.69 Bedford School Both Boys 19,842 33,558

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

IB rankings of large schools in England 2018

AVG. Points Name DAY/BOARD BOY/GIRL DAY GBP BOARD GBP Cohort size
40.2 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580 96
39.4 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084 224
38.6 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,640 40,140 40
38.0 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800 45
37.5 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,085 38,220 45
37.4 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185 36
37.0 Fettes College Both Co-ed 29,925 36,495 40
36.9 Marymount International School Both Girls 24,985 42,305 36
36.5 St Clare's Both Co-ed 19,878 41,375 102
36.2 Haileybury Both Co-ed 26,646 36,144 50
35.6 Stonyhurst College Both Co-ed 20,550 37,350  
35.4 Oakham School Both Co-ed 21,360 35,010 63
35.1 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 19,800 38,799 33
34.7 King Edward's Witley Both Co-ed 21,285 34,050 127
34.5 Worth School Both Co-ed 24,570 35,220 39
34.3 Bedford School Both Boys 19,842 33,558 28
34.1 Christ's Hospital Both Co-ed 23,310 35,850 28
33.9 Windermere School Both Co-ed 18,300 32,280 34
33.8 Felsted School Both Co-ed 24,495 37,485 29
33.6 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695 58
33.0 St Leonards School Both Co-ed 15,474 37,452 61
32.7 King William's College Both Co-ed 23,250 34,250 55
32.3 Taunton School Both Co-ed 20,070 37,380 24
32.2 Bryanston School Both Co-ed   39,693 24
32.0 ACS Hillingdon International School Day Co-ed 25,890   22
31.9 ACS Cobham International School Both Co-ed 27,650 47,870 78
31.0 Box Hill School Both Co-ed 20,220 36,450 24
31.0 Rossall School Both Co-ed 13,740 35,085 20
31.0 Scarborough College Both Co-ed 15,282 30,165 20

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

Top girl's schools rankings 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 84.30 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
2 71.79 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
3 66.78 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
4 66.55 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
5 62.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls   37,950
6 61.15 Woldingham School Both Girls 23,190 38,040
7 59.68 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,000 33,900
8 57.69 Malvern St James Girls' School Both Girls 19,380 40,755
9 56.39 Badminton School Both Girls 16,425 37,575
10 55.38 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 18,900 32,400
11 54.65 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185
12 54.44 Roedean School Both Girls 21,495 38,565
13 53.38 The Godolphin School Both Girls 21,090 36,225
14 51.03 Moreton Hall School Both Girls 28,725 34,875
15 50.00 Talbot Heath School Both Girls 14,403 25,515
16      48.02 Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls 15,816 32,061
17 46.62 Royal High School Both Girls 14,595 32,286
18 42.42 Farlington School Both Girls 17,670 29,850
19 39.90 Queen Anne's School Both Girls 24,135 35,580
20 36.09 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 21,975 37,050
21 35.83 Queenswood School Both Girls 26,325 35,350
22 35.71 Harrogate Ladies College Both Girls 16,035 36,510
23 34.44 Heathfield School - Ascot Both Girls 22,800 36,630

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    

Best colleges in London 2019 rankings

1 Chelsea Independent College
2 Abbey DLD College London
3 MPW College London
4 Kensington Park School
5 CATS College London
6 Bellerbys College London
7 David Game College London
8 Cambridge Tutors College
9 Ealing Independent College
10 King’s College London

Top 21 boarding colleges in England 2019 by Smapse Education

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

 

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

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

2020 rankings: top 33 schools and colleges in London and suburb

1 Abbey DLD College London
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Chelsea Independent College
4 ACS Cobham International School
5 MPW College London
6 Westminster School
7 Mill Hill School
8 St Pauls School London
9 Kensington Park School
10 Harrow School
11 CATS College London
12 David Game College London
13 Hurtwood House School
14 Brentwood Private School
15 Bellerbys College London
16 Caterham School
17 International Community School
18

TASIS the American International School in England

19 City of London Freemen’s School
20 Dulwich College
21 Ashbourne College
22 Epsom College
23 Royal Russell School
24 Rochester Independent College
25 Worth School
26 Felsted School
27 Queenswood private boarding school
28 LVS Ascot School
29 Eaton Square Private School London
30 Cambridge Tutors College
31 Marymount International School London
32 St Christopher School Letchworth
33 King Edward's Witley Private School

 

Cost of living in United Kingdom

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 306 398
Food 177 391
Transportation 59 180
Communications and utilities 74 104
Clothing 20 77
Sports and leisure 25 88
Total 662 1,239
Accommodation in United Kingdom USD/Month.  
Shared room outside of centre 309  
Shared room in city centre 402  
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 596  
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 723  

Higher education-statistics

Name Bachelor
Deadline March
The probability of admission 63%
Duration 3-4 years
Average cost £15,000
Expulsion statistics 21%
Language of tuition English
Minimum level of English IELTS 6.5
Job opportunity 30%
Percentage of students enrolled in the master's program 47%

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+

Top 35 universities and colleges of Canada

1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27    Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Top 50 universities in the UK

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Love
Hello, can you tell me which Russian universities are cooperating with Great Britain so that you can practice in England or become an exchange student?
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Smapse LTD
Good day, Love! Information about the cooperation of Russian universities with universities in the UK, you can specify directly from universities. We are not engaged in the organization of practices and student exchanges. Best regards, SMAPS
Smapse LTD
Good day, Love! Information about the cooperation of Russian universities with universities in the UK, you can specify directly from universities. We are not engaged in the organization of practices and student exchanges. Best regards, SMAPS
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