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1 Studying in Britain

2 The Education System School Education Further Education
Higher Education

3 School Education Compulsory education from 5 to 16
Soon to be extended to 18 Students follow the National Curriculum There is no requirement to ‘graduate’

4 Further Education Usually for students between 16 and 18
Prepares for university or for a vocation A wide variety of examinations, including ‘A’ levels, baccalaureate, Scottish Highers


6 Primary School Subjects
One teacher teaches: Art Analysis Drama English Geography History Mathematics Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland)

7 Secondary School Subjects
Mathematics Science Technology and design Information Technology English Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) Geography History Social Education Religion Cooking Music Physical education Greek and Latin (grammar and independent schools)

8 GCSEs Taken at age 16, after 5 years in secondary education
General Certificate of Secondary Education Minimum 5 subjects As many as twelve

9 Further education England, Wales, Northern Ireland Scotland
3 or more ‘A’ levels taken at age 18 Scotland Highers Alternative International Baccalaureate

10 Higher Education There are more than 200 universities in Britain
Mostly teach a broad range of subjects

11 Undergraduate Courses
Usually only three years Specialise in one subject Entrance requirements Good English profieciency Previous examinations

12 Postgraduate courses Masters Doctorate
Can be teaching or research based Usually examined by dissertation One or two years Doctorate Always research, never taught

13 University degrees Bachelor’s degrees Master’s degrees Doctorates
B.A., B.Sc., B.Ed. Usually three years Note Scottish and Oxbridge M.A.s Master’s degrees M.A., M.Sc., M.Phil. One or two years Doctorates Ph.D., D.Mus, etc. Three to five years

14 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: Distinction Pass Doctorate

15 Chinese students in Britain
In 2000 nearly 19,000 student visas were awarded to Chinese citizens, more than to any other visa-requiring country The next most represented country was Russia, with about 9,000 student visas Source: United Kingdom Government, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

16 Chinese students in Britain
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 1,279 2,189 3,920 6,402 8,994 933 1,462 2,570 4,302 6,114 Applications Accepted Source: Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS)

17 Chinese students in Britain
Percentages: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2.36 4.14 7.23 10.76 13.53 2.96 4.71 7.89 11.82 15.15 Applications Accepted Source: Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS)

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