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The education system in the United Kingdom is one of the oldest in the world and has established the gold standard for quality in academics. If you are planning to study in the United Kingdom, then read our comprehensive guide to know about studying in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom’s Education system is categorized as Primary, Secondary, University Preparation, and Higher Education. If you compare, Indian Education system with the UK education, you can find small raisins of the British education system in India.

Education Levels in United Kingdom

Primary Education - For Students aged between 5 – 11 years. Until 7 years, education is considered key stage 1, and 8-11 years of age, it is key stage 2.

Secondary Education - For students of age 12 and 14 years which is considered as key stage 3 and for students of age 15 and 16 years which is considered as key stage 4

University Preparation - For students who are between 17-18 years of age, which comes under key stage 5. Students can choose three to four subjects in which they are interested to study in UK university. Students who are interested to study more subjects can take up diploma courses from private institutions.

Higher Education - In the United Kingdom, higher education refers to a wide range of internationally recognized academic diplomas. This includes three-year bachelor's degrees, one-year postgraduate programs, and two to three-year research master's programs.

Teaching & Learning Styles:

  • The teaching techniques and approach used in the UK give the freedom to develop creatively, holistically, and professionally.
  • TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) was implemented especially by the Govt. of England to assess the quality of teaching.
  • Universities were awarded TEF Gold, Silver, and Bronze after being judged by the TEF for teaching and learning outcomes.

Degrees Offered in the UK:

The United Kingdom is thriving with hundreds of universities offering thousands of courses in fields ranging from arts and theatre to music and culture, business and law, medicine and engineering, humanities and social sciences, and much more. Quality education is provided for undergraduate, postgraduate, research, and pathway programs.

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Bachelor Programs: Ordinary (3-year) and Sandwich (4-year) degrees with a 1-year industrial internship excel at providing an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Postgraduate Programs: A focused one-year curriculum aimed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge via independent study and dissertation. Avail of a 1+1 placements and internship program catered by many reputed Universities.

Pathway Programs: Especially for students with gaps, the fewer scores-this program aims at training students with the basic foundation of the subject, English language to prepare students for the bachelor's or master’s program of their choice.

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to UK

UK Universities have two intakes. The first intake will be in January or February and the second one will start in September or October. Most of the students prefer September intake as the Indian academic year ends by May. But the January intake also is equally good for some courses. The point to remember is, apply for the intake only when you got the entire scorecard ready.

UK Education is one of the finest and oldest education systems with a great standard in quality and curriculum as well. The research-oriented education style made the UK the best destination to study abroad when compared to any other country.

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Letter Grade % -Percentage Grade Degree Class
      Honours Degree Foundation Degree
A 70-100% Excellent to Outstanding First Distinction
B 60-69% Good to Very Good Upper Second 2:1 Merit
C 50-59% Satisfying Lower Second 2:2 Pass
D 40% – 49% Sufficient Third -3 Pass
E 30-39% Unsatisfactory Fail Fail
F 0-29% Unsatisfactory Fail Fail

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