UK Education System

The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study with hundreds of thousands of international students enrolling each year. The UK education system is renown as a global benchmark for excellence. UK universities are among the best, with a high number of world ranked institutions and a reputation for excellence in research.

The UK education system is divided into four main levels:

  • Primary Education – Ages 5-11, comprising of Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2.
  • Secondary Education – Ages 11-16, comprising of Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4, end qualification GCSE.
  • Further Education – Ages 16+, comprising of Key Stage 5, end qualification A-Level / GNVQ / BTEC etc.
  • Higher Education – Ages 18+, ordinarily Bachelors / Masters / Research degrees taught at universities.

Bales College offers Secondary Education (GCSE) in the lower school and Further Education (A-Level) in the sixth form.

All international students receive one-to-one guidance as they progress to university, for more information on our programmes take a look at our international prospectus or complete our enquiry form to talk with us.