Education system in the UK
Secondary Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland tend to emphasize depth in a few chosen subjects.
Secondary Education in Scotland
Scottish education tends to focus on more breadth across subjects than in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Post-16 Education in the UK
A-Levels (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
The most common form of post-16 education is the study of A-levels (General Certificate of Education in Advanced Level certificates), which are used as a form of preparation for admission into university. Students generally study three or four subjects to A-level relevant to their chosen degree subject.
Generally, students take Highers, a Scottish Qualification certificate offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, after Secondary 4. Highers are a university entrance qualification and are offered in a wide range of subjects. Though students can typically enter university at the end of Secondary 5, most remain through Secondary 6 to take more Highers courses or progress to the Advanced Highers level.
Higher Education in the UK
Bachelor’s Degree (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Students apply to UK universities, through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS), a central government agency that coordinates applications for every university. Students may make 5 choices on their UCAS form. Wide ranges of degree courses are available, which provide skills for a variety of jobs or further study.
Bachelor’s Degree (Scotland)
Wide ranges of degree courses are available at Scottish universities, which tend to emphasize breadth across subjects and students typically do not specialize subjects until the third year.
A Master’s degree in the UK may be research based, a taught course or a combination of the two and will prepare students for a particular career or for a doctorate qualification, and are offered in a variety of fields.
The key to successful study at this level is good preparation for your course through our Pre-MBA and Pre-Master’s programs.
Doctorate programs require students to undertake an original piece of research.