English Education System Overview

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

BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE
PROGRAMME
AGE NATIONAL
CURRICULUM
ACADEMIC YEAR
EXAMINATIONS TAKEN AT
BISHOPSTROW COLLEGE
JUNIOR COLLEGE PROGRAMME 7-11 YEARS 3-6 INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH
MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAMME 11-14 YEARS 7-9 INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH
PRE-IGCSE/IGCSE PROGRAMME 14-17 YEARS 10-12 INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH
1 YEAR IGCSE PROGRAMME 15-16 YEAR 11 INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH
EXTERNAL IGCSE EXAMINATIONS
ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMME 7-17 YEARS 3-12 INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH

General English Language Entry Guidelines

Age National
Curriculum
Academic Year
Common European Framework Level Commentary
7-8 Year 3 A2: Basic Language User This is equivalent to Cambridge English Key (KET)
8-9 Year 4
9-10 Year 5
10-11 Year 6
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.
12-13 Year 8
13-14 Year 9
14-15 Year 10 B2: Independent Language User This is equivalent to Cambridge English First (FCE)
15-16 Year 11
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)
17-18 Year 13

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.

Term Dates

Find College term dates for this year and the next academic year