Secondary education in Britain, along with the American one, is considered the best in the world, thousands of schoolchildren aspire to enter the educational institutions of the country every year. Senior students have the opportunity to receive certificates of different types in schools and colleges of the country.
Training and programs after 8 and 9 classes
Since the age of 14, the school curriculum in England involves the preparation and passing of GCSE exams - the General Certificate of Secondary Education. If you enroll in this course after grade 8, then study will continue for 2 years, and if after 9 - that year. The student must have a sufficient level of English and knowledge in the subjects. The program includes compulsory and elective disciplines, the latter being chosen independently, based on their preferences. The list of subjects differs in different institutions - the greatest number of disciplines is available in prestigious private schools, where one can study including exclusive courses. An indicative list includes:
The total number of subjects studied varies in the region of 8-10, but if desired, it is possible to study more. To receive the GCSE certificate, students take from 6 to 8 subjects, for which A, B, C (5,4,3) and A * are given. The GCSE preparation cycle is usually inseparable, that is, the student can not change the school during training, so it is necessary to take care of all the nuances in advance. Graduates who have completed a full course of study and successfully passed final examinations can apply for admission to a high school by A-level or IB standards.
Examples of GCSE schools
Training after grade 10
The two-year course, which results in the receipt of the A-Level certificate, is often called the "gold standard" of British secondary education. This is a very prestigious document, in terms of which you can enter any university in Britain without passing additional admission tests. In some educational institutions, it is possible to reduce the duration of studies to 1-1.5 years. To enroll you must meet certain requirements:
Students choose subjects based on their preferences and the choice of the further field of activity: at the beginning of the program everyone should know clearly which universities and specialties he will apply for. In the first year at least 3-5 priority disciplines are studied, in the second year - 3. An approximate list of subjects:
2. The choice (directions: science, medicine, engineering):
3. On the choice (directions: humanities, business, law):
There are 20-25 lessons per week and classes in English. The final exams are given for 3-5 subjects: the marks are set on a scale from A to E, with the A, B, C grades being considered as the successful result (the highest mark is A *). If the exam results are high, the graduate can count on enrolling in the chosen higher education institution without additional conditions, pupils of prestigious schools have a high percentage of income to the best and rating universities in Britain, the USA and other countries of the world.
International Baccalaureate (IB) is a prestigious course that is in high demand and popular. The course was developed by a team of specialists in the 1960s and has since been continuously improved, and already today IB is taught in 1,500 accredited institutions around the world and is conducted in one of three languages (English, French, Spanish). The results of examinations are accepted by a large number of universities, so that the graduates have rich prospects. Training lasts two years, during which 6 subjects are studied (3 of them are profile and are studied in-depth). A total of about 60 disciplines are available: the general curriculum is common to all institutions, but schools and colleges can adjust it according to their norms and needs. In the course of study, children not only have fundamental knowledge of certain sciences, but develop the skills of critical thinking and the ability for serious scientific developments.
To obtain a diploma, you must fulfill the following conditions:
Graduates who successfully completed the bachelor's degree and successfully passed the tests enter the best educational institutions in Britain, Europe, the USA and the whole world.
Examples of schools with courses A-level or IB:
Training after grade 11
Because of the difference in the systems of secondary education, graduates of Russian schools after the 11th grade can not directly enter the universities of the country, therefore for Russian and other foreign applicants the special standard Foundation is ideal. This is a one-year intensive course aimed at bringing the level of the English language and knowledge in line with the requirements of British higher education (in some cases, you can complete a full course in 6-8 months). Training includes intensive classes in English and subjects profiling for the chosen direction, usually begins in January or September. In case of successful completion, applicants can apply for the first year of undergraduate studies at the chosen institution. It should be noted that not all institutions accept the Foundation certificate as academically sufficient, so it is better to familiarize yourself with all the nuances in advance.