Today, knowledge of English for many becomes not some unique skill, but rather a vital necessity. Therefore, more and more foreign students, come to England every year to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of British culture and, of course, language.
Begin a closer acquaintance with English best during school years. It is believed that the secondary school is ideal for starting the acquisition of foreign education. At the age of 11-13 years, when in the secondary school is already in full swing, abroad this level of education is just beginning. However, due to the fact that the level of the two educational systems still differs (and quite significantly), the schoolchild for enrolling in a foreign educational institution will most likely have to prepare for the exams in addition.
If your child is now 13 to 16 years old, and you would like him to continue his studies anywhere, but in a real English school, we are ready to tell you how to continue studying in United Kingdom High School and how to prepare for admission.
13 years (9th grade)
As already noted, in the UK this age of pupils corresponds to a secondary school that legally falls under the definition of mandatory for all. This age is considered suitable for those foreigners who intend to receive higher education abroad - during this period a schoolboy from another country will be able to adapt to the new conditions, and subsequently successfully pass the entrance examinations and be in the university. So, at the age of 13 the schoolboy enters the 9th grade of secondary school, where the same disciplines as in other countriesare studied. However, the British approach to education is still somewhat different from ours, so students in addition to general disciplines are waiting for a lot of practical classes, discussion clubs, work in groups, etc.
14-15 years old (10-11 class)
From the age of 14 the pupils British schools begin preparation for the examination for the certificate of secondary education General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) . Two years of schoolchildren are trained on the same name program, which includes the study of 5 to 10 different disciplines required for delivery. Some of them students choose independently, the rest are general educational subjects.
16 years old (12th grade)
Starting from the age of 16, compulsory education is being completed - here a graduate of a GCSE school can follow the path of career development and continue studying in a professional college, or enter at University, having finished two more years on the course of pre-university training: it can be A-level or International Baccalaureate (IB). In the second case, to the list of disciplines for compulsory 3-4 additional students are added, which are chosen by the students so that they are suitable for its capabilities and the specifics of the higher education institution.
Preparing for enrollment in an English school
Many schools, study centers and private schools in the UK offer students who are willing to transfer to a foreign school, training programs for admission on a competitive basis In an English school. Such preparatory courses can last from 1 trimester to 1 year. Some schools also offer summer programs - in July and August.
The main task of such training programs is to prepare foreign students for study in the English school both in academic subjects and in English. At this stage, young people can already begin to get acquainted with British culture and traditions, as well as try to live in a boarding house and gain experience of communication in the international community.
All training programs consist of modules that last 10-12 weeks (1 trimester). In order to successfully transfer to an English school at the age of 13-15, it is better to undergo training with a duration of 2 modules or a trimester. But the passage of 3 trimesters or one academic year gives the student the opportunity to enter the program of preparation for the University A-Level or IB at the age of 16.
Of course, each school student will have the duration of his studies: it directly depends on the level of language proficiency, general academic training, academic achievement, the student's age and the training program that is planned.
The program of preparation for entering English high school combines the study of English and other subjects (mathematics, computer science or computer technology, physics, chemistry, biology), developing essay writing skills, preparing for an interview with a representative of the school Or to take the entrance tests according to the conditions of the educational institution.
We are ready to help you with enrollment in the school of England at all stages - from summer preparation to submission of documents to the chosen educational institution!