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2021-09-02 00:18:04

FAQ: How many semesters are in the UK school year?

FAQ: How many semesters are in the UK school year?

The educational system of Great Britain has a number of differences:

  • breakdown of the academic year into trimesters
  • availability of short holidays during the trimester,
  • an uncertain start date for the school year.


The academic year in England consists of 3 trimesters. The duration of the entire studying is 38 weeks. The curriculum is divided by holidays: summer - 6 weeks, Christmas - 2/3 weeks.

1 week break is given in the middle of each trimester - such an adapted system in England exists for a long time.

Studying usually takes place from 9.00 to 15.00 - 5 times a week on weekdays. There is no such thing as a "second shift" or "saturday electives" in England.

The management of each educational institution usually regulates the date of the beginning of the academic year - the start of the holidays will depend on it in the future.

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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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