UK Education System

Although the United Kingdom, as a sovereign state, is a country, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also regarded as countries, though not sovereign states. While the UK government is responsible for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved self-government. Each one of these countries has its own education system.

The education system of England is divided into early years (ages 3-4), primary education (ages 4-11), secondary education (ages 11-18) and tertiary education (ages 18 and above). Over 90 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 18 are in education in state-funded schools without charge. The rest of school children in England attend privately run fee-paying independent schools. England has a long history of higher education. Its tertiary educational institutions offer a compressive range of qualifications of different levels including Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualifications, and honours bachelor, master and doctorate degrees.

The UK is one of the world’s most popular higher education destinations for international students. Every year, there are more than 400,000 international students studying in the UK, of which more than 300,000 are in England. The UK government provides special care and support to international students from they are applying to studying in the country. This includes allowing international students to enjoy the National Health Service (NHS) as UK residents, which involves many free treatments. You are entitled to NHS if you are studying a course of six months or more in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, or a course of any duration in Scotland.

The UK is the first industrialized country in the world. Since then it has been a world’s leader in innovation. It is the birthplace of the world’s first turbojet engine, modern computer and cloned mammal — Dolly. Besides science and technology, the UK is also a world's leader in practically all fields in particular services especially banking and finance, and design such as architecture and fashion. Perpetuating the UK’s continuous advancements in all these fields is its world’s leading education. Its long history in providing top quality education has led its world-class effective academic accreditation system, which regularly assess all institutions and courses offered in the UK. This has made the UK one of the most trusted and desirable further education destinations in the world.