Education in Great Britain
School Education Compulsory education from 5 to 16Primary education is given to children between the ages of 5 - 11Soon to be extended to 18Students follow the National CurriculumThere is no requirement to ‘graduate’
Further Education Usually for students between 16 and 18Prepares for university or for a vocationA wide variety of examinations, including ‘A’ levels, baccalaureate, Scottish Highers
Primary School Subjects One teacher teaches:ArtAnalysisDramaEnglishGeographyHistoryMathematicsScottish Gaelic (in Scotland)
Secondary School Subjects MathematicsScienceTechnology and designInformation TechnologyEnglishModern Languages (French, German, Spanish)Geography HistorySocial EducationReligionCookingMusicPhysical educationGreek and Latin (grammar and independent schools)
Secondary schools examinations: The pupils may take examinations leading to the- certificate of secondary education (CSE),- general certificate of education (GCE).
Further education England, Wales, Northern Ireland3 or more ‘A’ levels taken at age 18ScotlandHighersAlternativeInternational Baccalaureate
Higher Education There are more than 200 universities in BritainMostly teach a broad range of subjects
Undergraduate Courses Usually only three yearsSpecialise in one subjectEntrance requirementsGood English profieciencyPrevious examinations
Postgraduate courses MastersCan be teaching or research basedUsually examined by dissertationOne or two yearsDoctorateAlways research, never taught
University degrees Bachelor’s degreesB.A., B.Sc., B.Ed.Usually three yearsNote Scottish and Oxbridge M.A.sMaster’s degreesM.A., M.Sc., M.Phil.One or two yearsDoctoratesPh.D., D.Mus, etc.Three to five years
Classification of degrees Bachelors: 1 (first class honours)2.i (second class honours, first division)2.ii (second class honours, second division)3 (third class honours)Pass (ordinary degree)Masters:DistinctionPassDoctoratePass
Answer the questions What stages is the system of education in Great Britain divided into?Is school education compulsory, or not?Between what ages is primary education given?What schools are primary schools divided into?How are schools giving a general education called?How are secondary school examinations called?What is CSE?