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About United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. Britain is full of contrasts; whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes and diverse cultures to explore. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures and tradition.

Why Study In UK

International students have always been an important presence in the UK, and the numbers have been growing steadily. UK is the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US. The UK has worked hard to capitalize on the growing demand for English-language instruction and the visa hurdles in the US.

Work Opportunities
An international student in the UK is typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during school term, and up to full-time when school is out of term. There are many courses which gives you the permit to work for a couple of years on the student visa. You need to check with the University for such courses.

Global Edge
The UK consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A high degree of educational quality that`s backed by centuries of tradition, the United Kingdom is just the right place to give your career that global edge.

In addition to the Oxford and Cambridge, UK has a large number of other universities which rank among the best in the world and offer a wide range of courses.

One major advantage of U.K. education system is that most UK universities recognize the Indian education system of 3 year graduation.

UK Universities & colleges offer one-year Masters Degree for almost all courses, saving you considerable time and money.

Worldwide Recognition
The degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. The standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, like Oxford and Cambridge, but the tradition carries through to many of the universities and colleges throughout the UK.

Education Costs are Lower
The cost of education for an international student in the UK can be lower compared to the USA and other countries. Some courses in the USA can be $25,000 plus a year in tuition alone. Tution for the majority of UK higher education institutions is in the region of £6,000 to £7,000 a year.

You can also save a lot of money because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries. Although four-year programs are increasing in popularity, most degree programs in the UK require a three-year course and a masters program is typically between one and two years. When you consider the shorter timeframe, the cost will be much lower if you only have to plan for three years instead of four or even five as in many other countries.

Understanding the Education System

Primary Education
Generally key stages 1 and 2 will be undertaken at primary school and at 11 years old a student will move onto secondary school and finish key stages 3 and 4.

Secondary Education
From age 11 to 16, students will enter secondary school for key stages three and four and to start their move towards taking the GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education). At age 14, student enter into your first year of a 2 year process known as your GCSE (or SCE for those who are in Scotland). GCSE's are a set of exams that test your knowledge and skill.

GCSE's take a total of 2 years and mark the end of compulsory education for students in the UK. Once they have completed their GCSE's students then have the choice to either move into further education (with a view to higher education) or can leave school and look for work.

Further Education
Once a student finishes secondary education they have the option to extend into further education to take their A-Levels, GNVQ's, BTEC's or other such qualifications. UK students planning to go to college or university must complete further education.

Most schools in the UK have what is called a "6th Form" for students to enter after they have taken their GCSE's. As an alternative, there are many "6th Form Colleges" that will offer the same courses from students at schools that do not have a 6th form. Here students typically study A-levels, further academic qualifications required of students before they enter higher education and a degree program.

A-levels, like GCSE's, follow a two-year program and there are two components to them, full A-levels and half AS-levels. Generally A-levels comprise of 6 modules, and an AS-level 3 modules.

Higher Education System
In the UK most undergraduate degree programs take three years to finish; however, the "sandwich course"is increasing in popularity, which is four years and involves one year in the work place (normally in your third year). In Scotland the courses are four years in length for undergraduate programs.
For graduate or masters programs they are generally shorter in length and undertaken after graduation of your undergraduate program. Some professional degrees like medicine, veterinary, law etc. have longer programs that can be as much as five years.

Academic Year

An academic term or term is a division of an academic year, the time during which an educational institution holds classes. The schedules adopted vary widely.

• A semester system divides the academic year into two terms, perhaps 14 – 20 weeks each.
• A trimester system divides the academic year into three terms which can be as short as 8 weeks or as long as 16 weeks each.
• A quarter or quadmester system divides the academic year into four terms, up to 12 weeks each, and generally counts the summer as one of the terms.

In most countries, the academic year begins with in early autumn and ends during the following summer. In Southern Hemisphere countries, this means that the academic year lasts from February or March to November or December, it lasts from August, September or October to May, June or July. The summer may or may not be part of the term system


Useful Links

Education UK
www.educationuk.org

UK Border Agency
www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Home Office UK

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

British Council
www.britishcouncil.org

 
Region Northern Europe
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP)
Surface Area 242900
Sq. Km.
Population 61565000
Population Density 253.5 / square kilometre
Capital City London
GDP (million current US$) 2169480
GDP per capita (current US$) 35238.7
CPI: Consumer Price Index 125
Temperature °C (min/max) 7.5/14.4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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