What does an education do for you?
At the age of 16 they take exams called Standard Grades and then move on to Highers and Advanced Highers. These are very similar to the English Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level courses. How many subjects do HMC Projects scholars study? Along with sport, schools offer a substantial programme of "extra-curricular activities"; that is, activities which are able to offer students a wide range of experiences, intellectual, cultural and relaxing.
Music, drama, science and literary societies are offered in all schools, and there will be opportunities for outdoor education and other leisure activities. Visits to theatres and concerts, to places relevant to the courses of study (such as art galleries and museums, religious centres or historical sites, scientific companies and projects) are all part of life in a school Sixth Form. Will the qualifications obtained in the UK be recognised back in my own country? The pie chart above shows the relative number of scholarship places provided by schools through HMC Projects for A level (blue), IB (red) and Scottish Highers (green).
How is the daily timetable organised? In the United Kingdom, schools are either state schools funded by government and are free for all pupils, or they are independent schools and charge fees to the parents of the pupils. Almost all the schools taking part in the HMC Projects Scholarship Scheme are independent schools. In the United Kingdom independent schools have an excellent reputation for high standards of teaching and learning and almost all pupils go on to prestigious universities when they leave.
There are also many excellent state schools, three of which award scholarships through HMC Projects. Scholarships to state schools can only be offered to students from countries in the EEA. Is school education the same throughout the United Kingdom? Yes, but you will need to consider carefully the fees which British Universities will charge.
These are generally much higher for students from outside the EEA, compared to the charge made to students from within the EEA. It is not uncommon for a scholar from outside the EEA to have to decline a very attractive offer from some of the finest universities in the UK, like Oxford or Cambridge, simply because the tuition fees are unaffordable. Visa requirements are also different for students at universities in the UK from those you may have dealt with as a school scholarship student.
Some careful research is necessary for each country! The National Curriculum is constructed in five Key Stages: There are fundamental similarities. For instance, all boys and girls must attend full-time education until the age of 16. Many pupils stay on at school after that age to prepare themselves for university or other careers.
In the independent schools, most pupils stay at school until the age of 18 and nearly all pupils go on to university after they leave school.
This course is very similar to the Baccalaureate courses which are commonly studied in Europe. You must check with your own country's rules about taking your national exams including whether you can sit them in the UK under supervision or whether you should return to your country to take them. You can certainly study for your home country's exams while you are in the UK, but you need to think carefully about how much extra work that will involve.
Will my qualifications that I get in the UK help me to enter a British university?
In state schools each year that a pupil studies is given a number. Primary education starts in Year 1. Most pupils begin their secondary education at the age of 11 (Year 7), but in some HMC schools pupils join the school at 13+ (Year 9).
At the age of 16 (the end of Key stage 4 and Year 11), all pupils take a series of exams called the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), usually in about eight to ten subjects, which must include English and Mathematics. Key Stage 5 is for pupils aged 16-18 (sometimes 19) and most schools take Advanced Level exams after a two-year course. In England and Wales, the government introduced a National Curriculum in 1988.
This provides a framework for education between the ages of 5 - 18. All state schools are required to follow it. Independent schools are not required to follow the National Curriculum in every detail, but they must show that they provide a good all-round education and they are inspected regularly every few years.
How does National Curriculum work?
Universities use Advanced Levels as entry qualifications. You are here: HMC > About Us > HMC Projects > The British Education System The British Education System What is an independent school? There are also significant divergences between practice in England and Wales, on the one hand, and in Scotland. Each school organises its timetable differently.
Lessons might last 35, 40, 45, 55 or 60 minutes! For each subject, a student will attend classes for about 5 hours a week, and is also expected to undertake at least 6 hours private study. Students will usually also attend classes in General Studies, or Philosophy, or other similar subjects. There will also be time given to Physical Education or Sport, whether or not these are taken as subjects for studying.
In England and Wales and in some Scottish schools the two years of Advanced Level, or International Baccalaureate study are often called "Sixth Form", but - once again - each school is different!.