International students

UK Education System

Secondary education in the UK covers:

“Key stage 3” – Years 7, 8 and 9 from 11-14 generally

“Key stage 4” – Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16), with GCSEs taken at the end of Year 11

“Key stage 5” – Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18), leading to final A Level examinations in Year 13

A Level examinations generally take place in May and June of the final year, with the results being released at the end of August.

After A Levels, students can choose to move on to university. Currently around 45% of young people in the UK choose to go to university.

University degrees generally take 3 years, however some courses such as as languages cover four years, with the third year spent overseas. Other degrees such as medicine and dentistry take four or five years.