UK Education System:
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Capital City: London
Languages: English, Welsh (about 26% of the population of Wales), Scottish form of Gaelic (about 60,000 in Scotland)
Religion: Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1%
Life Expectancy: 78.38
Total Area: 244,820 sq km (slightly smaller than Oregon )
Land Area: 241,590 sq km
Water Area: 3,230 sq km
Highest Point: Ben Nevis 1,343 m
Lowest Point: The Fens -4 m
Currency: British pound (GBP)
GDP (per capita) 27,700
Industries: machine tools, electric power equipment, automation equipment, railroad equipment, shipbuilding, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, electronics and communications equipment, metals, chemicals, coal, petroleum, paper and paper products, food processing, textiles, clothing, and other consumer goods
Exports: manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco
Import manufactured goods, machinery, fuels; foodstuffs
Education systems in the UK have evolved over hundreds of years, and are subject to rigorous quality standards. Here's how it works.
Education in the UK is compulsory for everyone between the ages of five and sixteen, and is provided by two kinds of schools: state-funded schools and independent (fee-charging) schools. The UK has two distinct systems of courses and qualifications: one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one for Scotland, each compatible with the other.
Pre-school or pre-preparatory education
Pre-school education is available in both the independent and the state systems. Many children start their education at the age of three or four at a nursery school or in the nursery class at a primary school.
Most UK children enter the state education system when they go to primary school at the age of five and generally move to secondary school or college at the age of eleven.
secondary school or college at the age of eleven. (including GCSEs and equivalents)
All UK secondary schools, both state and independent, teach pupils at least until the age of sixteen and prepare them for GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Significant numbers of international students enter the UK secondary education system when they are either eleven or thirteen. Many attend independent boarding schools.
Post-sixteen education (including A-levels and equivalents)
After completing compulsory education at the age of sixteen, students may legally leave school and start work. Most, however, study A-levels or equivalent qualifications as sixth-form students in a school, sixth-form college or college of further education. International students often enter the education system at this point, e.g. taking an A-level course in preparation for further or higher education in the UK
Sixth-formers usually finish their secondary education at the age of eighteen with A-levels or equivalent qualifications, then go on to study at either further or higher education level.
- Further education (FE) (including career based courses and some degree courses) This is the term used to describe education and training that takes place after the school-leaving age of sixteen. Over six hundred FE colleges, both state-funded and independent, offer a very wide range of programmes, including English language courses, some GCSEs, A-levels and other equivalents, career based courses, access courses and some degree courses.
- Higher education (HE) (including degree courses, postgraduate programmes and MBAs) This is the term used to describe the education and training that takes place at universities, colleges and institutes offering studies at degree level and higher. The UK has over ninety universities and more than fifty HE colleges offering a wide range of courses, most of which lead to degrees or equivalent qualifications, postgraduate qualifications or MBAs. Top of the page
Advice on starting your application:
Before starting any application, make sure that you have decided with a determination. Once you get a student visa, you are bound to many educational and international rules and you must know them well!
If you decide on studying a course in the UK, you should check first that your college or university is recognized by the British Council and also by the Ministry of Science, research and Technology of Iran. Many students leave their school in the UK due to the fact of not knowing their targeted school well, so it is worthwhile to gain information as much as possible!
Most of the colleges and universities would require your latest educational transcripts and degrees translated into English, a copy of the passport, English level you have, and the progression course/ route you would like to take.
There are however many universities and colleges in the UK who not only need your full documents, but a good our outstanding GPA, together with your Personal Statement, Your resume and even working experience, if – for instance- you are to apply for an MBA. This would be the stage to know the fees you must plan to pay. The living costs , including your accommodation, food, clothing, etc, would usually be around GBP 7400 per year. A good and reasonable school fee would be at least GBP 7000 per year. However most of well established schools and universities’ minimum Tuition fees would start from GBP 9500 for a 9 month Programme to 20000 depending on the university or course subject. The important matter is that applying for a very low cost college would usually turn to a visa refusal!
Once you have launched your application in full, it would take between 1 to 6 weeks to get an admission/ decision from your school, which might require you to pay an amount as a deposit or meet some missing requirements/ documents. Once you have got an offer, you must think on booking your accommodation well in advance, and to prepare all required documents such as IELTS/ TOEFL results at least 7 weeks before the course start date. You won’t miss your visa appointment or face with difficulties, having a long way taken and ahead…
Once your offer letter is unconditional, you may apply for a UK visa. Please check the documents from the UK embassy’s Website and make sure your are not missing any documents at: Visas for the UK. Which would help you even on your in-land advice and services you might need. The British Council www.britishcouncil.org is a centre which could also help you on any step of your journey as a student.
How to measure your Marks and GPA:
|Course Letter Grade||Point Description||Status||Mark|
|A+||4.5||Outstanding||90 - 100|
|A||4.0||Excellent||80 - 90|
|B+||3.5||Very Good||75 - 79|
|B||3.0||Good||70 - 74|
|C+||2.5||Above Average||65 - 69|
|C||2.0||Average||60 - 64|
|D||1.0||Marginal||50 - 59|
|F||0.0||Failure||0 - 49|
GPA= Total Grade points (course Credit Hours* Point Description) / Total credit Hours
See Example Bellow:
|Course letter grade||Course Credit Hours||Multiplied||Point description||Total Grade Points|
GPA= 39/18 = 2.17