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UK Education System
Education System in the UK
Undergraduate Study
Postgraduate Study

Education System in the UK
The UK education system in UK is flexible, so you can study in a way that suits your lifestyle and career aspirations. The UK education system is respected and valued all over the world because it is one of the best. To ensure standards remain high, there are many independent organisations that regularly inspect and accredit UK institutions and courses.

The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.

The education system in the UK is also split into "key stages" which breaks down as follows:

1) Primary School Key Stage 1 Children age from 5 to 7 years
2) Primary School Key Stage 2 Children age from 7 to 11 years
3) Secondary School Key Stage 3 Children age 11 to 14 years
4) Secondary School Key Stage 4 Children age from 14 to 16

Students are assessed at the end of each stage. The most important assessment occurs at age 16 when students pursue their GCSE's or General Certificate of Secondary Education. Once students complete their GCSE's they have the choice to go onto further education and then potential higher education, or finish school and go into the working world.

1) Primary Education: Primary education begins in the UK at age 5 and continues until age 11, comprising key stages one and two under the UK educational system.

2) Secondary Education: From age 11 to 16, students will enter secondary school for key stages three and four and to start their move towards taking the GCSE's. Primary and secondary education is mandatory in the UK; after age 16, education is optional.

3) Further Education: Once a student finishes secondary education they have the option to extend into further education to take their A-Levels, GNVQ's, BTEC's or other such qualifications. UK students planning to go to college or university must complete further education.

4) Higher Education: Probably the most important subject area explains more about the higher education system in the UK and how it works for international students. Most international students will enter directly into the UK higher education system, after completing their home country's equivalent to the UK's "further education."

Entry Requirements
Each level of education in the UK has varying requirements which must be satisfied in order to gain entry at that level.

Please note that Scotland has a separate education system and does not conform to the above structure.


Under Graduate Study
Lectures are an important part of UK undergraduate courses, but you will spend most of your time in small tutorial and seminar groups. Together with your tutor and fellow students, you will discuss and analyse pre-prepared topics. Here you will find your ideas and opinions are very welcome.

If you choose a technical undergraduate degree subject in the UK, you are likely to spend a large portion of your time in supervised laboratory work. This is designed to help you develop necessary technical skills.

To ease you in to your UK education experience, help is always at hand. Student Support Services staff and counsellors will give you advice and guide you through any difficulties while you study in the UK. Close contact between students and tutors is a particular strength of all UK courses. Institutions in the UK also provide excellent English language support for international students.

Under Graduate Entry Requirements
At the Undergraduate level most Universities consider the 12th standard examination with 65 % marks as an adequate level of qualification for an entry into Undergraduate studies in the UK. Applications to the Universities are submitted through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Systems) and few Universities accept direct applications from the students.

B.A, BSc, BEng, B Arch, LLB are some of the Undergraduate qualifications offered in the UK.

Undergraduate Course Fee
Tuition fee is approx. GBP 7500 – 9000 GBP per year.

The Undergraduate courses usually take 3 years to complete the course. However, certain science and Engineering integrated courses takes 4 years which covers undergraduate level plus an advanced level of study.


Post Graduate Study
Postgraduate courses in the UK are generally categorised into 3 as Taught Masters, Research and Conversion courses. Depending upon the course selection, entry requirements differ but generally all courses require 60% undergraduate marks along with an overall IELTS score of minimum IELTS 5.5.

The duration of any master's degree is 12 – 15 months.

The student going for post graduation under TIER 4 student visa will have a benefit of extending his student visa for an additional 2 years after successfully completing his master's program which is called Post study work Permit (PSW). PSW visa can be processed while studying in the UK.Students are eligible to stay and work in the UK under the PSW scheme.

If you are a UK postgraduate student, most of the work you do will be on your own initiative, which really develops your thinking and research skills. Many UK postgraduate research programmes offer introductory taught courses that provide training in research skills. This will help you prepare for the advanced research you'll need to do.

A UK postgraduate education will give you an edge over the competition.

Post Graduate Entry Requirements
• Any relevant Under Graduation Degree (BE, BSc, BA, BBA) with a minimum of 60 % marks,
• Work experience (Required for MBA),
• IELTS score minimum of IELTS 5.5 and
• Funding for completing the course.

Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for AMBA accredited MBAs and other top MBAs programs varies depending upon the reputation of the Universities.

MBA courses: GBP 7,200 to above GBP 36,000 per year
Arts and humanities courses (MA, LLM): GBP 9000 - GBP 12000 per year
Engineering and Science courses (MSc, MEngg): GBP 9,500 - GBP 15,000 per year
Clinical / Medicine courses: GBP 20,000 - GBP 25,000 per year
Research courses (MRes, MPhil): GBP 9000 – GBP 12000 per year


Living Expenses
It is expected that the students should have sufficient source of funding arranged to complete the course.
• Living Expenses for London based universities approx.GBP 7200
• Living Expenses for Universities based outside London approx. GBP 5400

This includes accommodation, Food, Travel, mobile and personal expenditures of the student.


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