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Understanding the UK Education System

By Forges William*

UK education standards are frequently debated. The future of higher education in the UK is intended to look very different than how it does now. In the United Kingdom, the education system is one of the most comprehensive ever. Being the leading superpower for a very long time in the world, the British education is superior and is adopted by several countries across the globe, comprising the Indian sub-continent countries.

Different Stages of Education

The different stages of education in the country are assorted in primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education. Students are anticipated to study their primary and secondary education, which is an about 5 to16 years.

There are four key steps of this particular system, which include the following:

  • 1st Stage of Education: The first stage of education is usually between 5-7 years,
  • 2nd Stage of Education: The second stage is between 7-11 years,
  • 3rd Stage of Education: The third stage is between 11-14 years, and
  • 4th Stage of Education: The fourth stage is between 14 and 16 years.
The primary schools support the first and second stage of education, while the other two stages are supported by secondary schools.

All the students are assessed by the teachers on the basis of their overall performance at the end of these steps. Both of the stages are most important in which assessment is carried out and then the student finishes high school. After this phase, a student the age of 16 years is allowed whether he/she continues education or starts professional job.

After completion of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), students have few choices to prefer from which institute he/she would like to complete A-levels. A student from the UK is planning to take the program of higher education in a college or university to complete his studies further prior to his/her A levels, BTEC, GNVQs and other programs (most of them are known as vocational courses).

With more than a hundred universities that offer an extensive range of programs for UK as well as foreign students, the country gives immense opportunities for students when they complete their graduation. In the country, many programs or courses prolong as long as three years, while at the present time, alternating training that works as long as four years gaining attractiveness. Most of the professional degrees like doctor, law and veterinary consume at least five years to complete.

Entry Conditions

Each stage in the UK education system has the diverse entry requirements which must be met by a student to be qualified. The very initial entry requirement, chiefly in a case the student is a foreigner and English is his/her second language, is passing the tests of TOEFL or IELTS. Getting success in any one of these tests would be good enough for a foreign student.

Entry for the GCSE relies on the school a student preferred as he/she usually has to enrol in the school. The input level is highly reliant on the establishment condition you choose as private schools are all independent and also have different standards. There are some professional courses as well for entry requirements and a student requires strong English to pass such courses.

The input condition heavily relies on the University course or program. Most of the courses require a pass in A-levels while some universities require a degree qualification. A foreign student may enter a university devoid of going through the A or reach the British school system, however, they must have a specific number of credentials required by the university.

"University and College Admissions Services (UCAS)" is liable for all applications for universities and details on eligibility, date aperture, structures of the fee, the duration of the course and other information regarding each program offered.

(*) Forges William serves all the levels of students who asks write my coursework with professional guidance. He has been working since six years and has satisfied a number of students who got academic success finally.

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ASU+GSV Summit: 16 Ways We Can Get Equal Access to Education

At ASU-GSV,the past week, Brett Baker shared that a small education team on Twitter has begun collecting stories about how educators are using the social network to see if there are ways Twitter can support educators more. Out of the 1/2 billion tweets that users post every day, 4.2 million are related to education. If you want to jump onto the train and you have a suggestion or story to share about using Twitter in your school, tweet to @bbaker and use the hashtag #twitteredu.

The ASU-GSV Summit, brought 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and educators together at the Phoenician hotel, in Scottsdale, AZ. Betsy Corcoran on Edsurge wrap it up with a cheatsheet of what she heard and overheard at the Summit.

Since 76% of users have access to Twitter via smartphone, some educators are begining to realize the power of the social network in their classrooms. Take for example how one San Francisco history teacher uses Twitter in his classroom to teach World War I or how principal Steve Williams is changing the culture of Sunlake High School through Twitter.

According to Corcoran, Tom Vander Ark, founder of Getting Smart, was one of the top presenters at the Summit with an impressive 132 meetings, and moderated a panel on how to deliver equal access to education which we want to share here:

- States should fund universal access to pre-school (like Oklahoma where 70% of students attend public pre-k programs).
- States should encourage better competency-based preparation and development for preschool teachers.
- Expanding access to high quality early learning experiences (city or state sponsored access to resources including mobile applications).
- Enacting the ‘good school promise’ – accountability is key to ensuring that every family in every state has access to good neighborhood schools, like Julie Jackson is supporting in Newark, as Managing Director of Uncommon Schools , who is always thinking about ways to improve the school model and support services to increase college completion rates.
- Supporting improved middle grade STEM preparation to boost low income/minority participation in rigorous college preparatory courses and exposure to STEM careers so they can gain the interest and training.
- Proactive authorizing of contract & charter schools targeting underserved geographies and student groups. School districts and civic leaders should consider the transported options available to each zip code in an urban area.
- Expanding access to full and part time online learning, blended with good face to face experiences, as well according to Lynda Weinman, CEO of (See Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise).
- Weighted, portable, flexible funding (See Funding Options, Students, and Achievement) would pay for extended learning time and higher pay for teachers in high challenge schools.
- Regular demonstrations of learning on competency-based progressions will make it easier for students to learn in many ways in formal and informal settings. (See From Cohorts to Competency.)
- Universal access to college credit opportunities in high school, on college campuses, and online. Also, knowing about and tapping into financial support opportunities to keep students enrolled. Andrea Zapp, CEO of Chicago Urban League, described early college high schools sponsored Microsoft, Verizon, Motorola, IBM that provide the opportunity to gain an associates degree and a corporate job.
- Early college and career awareness, guidance and support services as John Katzman, founder and CEO of Noodle, believes the tools are out there but the key is to marry really good advice with really deep data to provide the kind of support students need to find the right path.
Post secondary
- Free or means-tested state support for Associate degree programs.
- State partnerships with inexpensive accelerated competency-based degree pathways (e.g., WGU)
Job training
- Means-tested state support for job-training programs (could target skill gap occupations) eg micro-credentialing (as described here).
Community. The explosion of free and open learning resources is a global asset but for low income families it can be a challenge getting online to access.
Expanding broadband access in community hotspots and access devices at libraries.
Lynda Weinman, founder of, would like to see a little less test-prep and broader access to joy-filled learning experiences inside and outside of school.
Now you now why Common Core has being exposed. Educators like to tweet!

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