In order to give you a better understanding of the education system of this country, let’s give you this comprehensive information that will give you a better insight into what is obtainable.
Levels of Education
The UK education is divided into:
• Primary education: This is for kids between the ages of 4 and 13. They are also referred to as infant school, pre-preparatory school, or junior school.
• Secondary education: This is for students who have completed their primary education. Students in secondary school are usually between the ages of 11 and 16. It is also called high school or senior school.
• Just about two years before the completion of the senior school, most students prepare for GCE qualifications.
• Sixth form: This is for students who are through with their secondary school. They are usually aged 16 to 18. The sixth form is divided into two: Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. Students in the sixth form are expected to prepare for A-Levels, which will prepare them for university education.
• University: This is the last cadre of education in the UK. After the completion of all other levels of education, the university education is tailored towards helping each student to specialize in a particular field of choice.
Courses offered by Universities
Even though the systems are similar, higher education in Great Britain varies according to the constituent states.
• Usually graduate degrees last for three years but in Scotland, it takes a year longer.
• You may find fast-track graduate courses that will complete in two years.
• The vocational-based foundation degree courses are also available. These courses last one or two years and are similar to Associate Degree of US.
• Master Degree courses usually last for one or two years while PhDs take a minimum of three years.
Here is a comprehensive list of courses you can take up:
• Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
• Biological Science
• Business and Management Studies
• Computer Science
• Complementary Medicine
• Pharmacology and pharmacy
• Veterinary Medicine
• Sports Science
• Philosophy, and much more
Cost of Study
• For pre-university education, the cost of study varies, depending on whether the school is state-owned or independent.
• For younger students, the average tuition fee is £6,000, while sixth form students pay an average of £9,000
• For boarding students, the tuition fees are a bit higher, as their tuition will cover laundry, food and drink, and accommodation.
Some extra expenses that students may incur are for books, uniforms, trips, and excursions. You may also consider cost of travelling to the country, health and travel insurance, pocket money for magazines, snacks, and trips to the movies.
Different universities charge different tuition fees. There could be different charges for different courses in the same university. This is due to many factors including whether the course is practically oriented or not. Other factors that determine the fee is whether the course is clinically or classroom-based.
However, a couple of Universities such as the University of Edinburg, the University of York etc charge less than £9,000. Some of these universities are:
According to a recent survey, an international undergraduate student pays an average of £13,500 to study in the UK. This figure rises slightly to about £15,000 for each postgraduate student. If this figure is compared to tuition fees in other countries like the United States, it will be found that the cost of education in the country is affordable.
Universities in UK
There are scores of universities in the UK. These universities are scattered all over the four counties namely England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland that make up the United Kingdom. Each of these counties has universities that cater for the educational needs of its citizens and the international community.
You will be pleased to know that four of the UK universities are among the top ten education institutes in the world. They are - the University of Cambridge (4th), the University of Oxford (6th), University College London (7th) and Imperial College London (9th). Moreover, along with these over 70 UK universities are featured in the QS World University Ranking 2016/17 that includes King's College London and the University of Edinburgh (both lists among global top 25).
The list also includes University of Manchester and London School of Economics and Political Science. With eight more universities in top 100 and 12 in top 200, there is no shortage for exciting options when you think of studying in the UK.