Compulsory education in the UK starts at 5 years of age and finishes at 18. At the age of 16, pupils in England take GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. From 16 to 18, pupils can take a two year A Level (Advanced Level) course, which provides qualifications for university application. The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) is an alternative to A Levels.
Mathematics and English are both compulsory GCSE qualifications for entrance to university.
ENGLISH EDUCATION SYSTEM
|EXAMINATIONS TAKEN AT
|LOWER COLLEGE PROGRAMME||7-11||YEARS 3-6||INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
|MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAMME||11-14||YEARS 7-9||INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
|UPPER COLLEGE PROGRAMME||14-17||YEARS 10-12||INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
|1 YEAR IGCSE / PRE-IB PROGRAMME||15-16||YEAR 11||INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
EXTERNAL IGCSE EXAMINATIONS
|ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMME||7-17||YEARS 3-12||INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
General English Language Entry Guidelines
|Common European Framework Level||Commentary|
|7-8||Year 3||A2: Basic Language User||This is equivalent to Cambridge English Key (KET)|
|11-12||Year 7||B1: Independent Language User||This is equivalent to at least Cambridge English
Preliminary (PET). This is the intermediate level
examination for school aged learners of English,
combined with an ability to read fluently from a text,
not using phonic decoding on everyday words.
|14-15||Year 10||B2: Independent Language User||This is equivalent to Cambridge English First (FCE)|
|16-17||Year 12||C1: Proficient Language User||This is equivalent to Cambridge English Advanced
(CAE) or IELTS Level 6.5 or above (IELTS Level 7.0 for
those wishing to study arts or essay-based subjects)
Typical academic year at Bishopstrow College
Term 1: Mid September – early December
Term 2: Early January – mid March
Term 3: End March – mid June
Term 4: End June – end August
The Academic Summer Programme is a 5 week programme available during Term 4, with two start dates.