In the period from the 7th to 9th grade, British students (as well as foreign students who chose to study in this country) continue to receive secondary education. A rather wide list of disciplines is being studied: among the main tasks of this stage is not only the formation of a stable base of fundamental knowledge, but also the identification of the personal interests and inclinations of each student, which subsequently helps to determine more accurately the choice of university and profession.
From the age of 14-15, students usually enter the GCSE course (certificate of secondary education, General Certificate of Secondary Education). Foreign students can take this course after grade 8 (the duration of education is 2 years) or after 9th grade (then it will take only a year to study). The GCSE program provides for both compulsory (English, mathematics) and elective disciplines that the student chooses independently and for which he then passes the exams.
Studying in the UK after 10 grade
After receiving a certificate of secondary education and moving to grade 10, many students choose to the A-level program. This is the real "gold standard" of British education and one of the most effective programs for preparing for entering the university. The duration of the A-level is 2 years (there is a shortened version of the duration of the year), students aged 16 and over are accepted for the course. The first year is studied 4-5 subjects by choice, in the second - only 3-4 from your own list, chosen at will. Good scores on the A-level exams give a significant advantage when entering the universities of Foggy Albion and the whole world.
If you decide to enroll in an English college after grade 10, you can choose the program IB (International Baccalaureate). The IB course is widely distributed all over the world and is intended for students from 16 years old, it is designed for 2 years. There is also a Pre-IB preparatory program (1 year): it will be useful to those students who want to be confident in their academic and language skills, so as to get the highest possible scores on the main IB course. Certificate IB is accepted in almost all universities of the world, in any countries.
Study in Britain after 11 grade
After graduating from high school and receiving a certificate, you can not go to British universities right away. You can choose Foundation program. Foundation is designed for students from 17 years. The duration of the course is one year: it is aimed at updating and deepening existing knowledge and preparing for university entrance. But be careful: some universities from among the most prestigious and ranking consider the Foundation certificate inadequate and do not accept applicants who passed these exams. Consult in your chosen university - perhaps you should choose A-level or IB.