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UNITED KINGDOM

School Year

why the UK?

The UK is home to the last modern empire, and that is very noticeable in the country. It is a melting pot of cultures, common history and very diverse knowledge. People are very imaginative, and have a lot of initiative. Used to living in an island separated from the European continent, certain isolationsim and will to remain different make this country completely different to any other.

Many of the most renowned musicians, actors, and writers of the last century have been born and grown in the UK. Their education system is mostly public, and it is highly regarded worldwide. Private schools are chosen by the great fortunes of Asia and the Middle East to educate their children in what they consider to be the most prestigious schools in the world.

Studying a full year in the UK is an unique opportunity for any kid aged 13-17. Schools are methodical and disciplined. The system fully watches the students’ evolution in schools, without forgetting their creativity. It goes without saying that progress in the English language becomes vertiginous for any Spanish student.

The country’s proximity allows for a very easy air connection with Spain, the plurality and quality of destinations, a variety of carefully chosen schools and boarding schools,

The UK is home to the last modern empire, and that is very noticeable in the country. It is a melting pot of cultures, common history and very diverse knowledge. People are very imaginative, and have a lot of initiative. Used to living in an island separated from the European continent, certain isolationsim and will to remain different make this country completely different to any other.

Many of the most renowned musicians, actors and writers of the last century have been born and grown in the UK. Their education system is mostly public, and it is highly regarded worldwide. Private schools are chosen by the great fortunes of Asia and the Middle East to educate their children in what they consider to be the most prestigious schools in the world.

Studying a full year in the UK is an unique opportunity for any kid aged 13-17. Schools are methodical and disciplined. The system fully watches the students’ evolution in schools, without forgetting their creativity. It goes without saying that progress in the English language becomes vertiginous for any Spanish student.

The country’s proximity allows for a very easy air connection with Spain, the plurality and quality of destinations, a variety of carefully chosen schools and boarding schools, and the warmth with which UK families host our students, make of the school year in the UK an irreplaceable gift in any student’s formative experience.

warmth with which UK families host our students, make of the school year in the UK an irreplaceable gift in any student’s formative experience.

Program

EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE UK

You will find in the UK an education system that is very similar to the Spanish one, which is designed by the central government and where every school is guided by the same minimum standards.

The education system is divided in 1-year courses. Overall, the English system has 5 phases or ‘Key Stages’: primary education is composed of 2 courses, 1st and 2nd, where children are 5-7 years old. These years make up the formative phase known as ‘Key Stage 1’. As we follow their itinerary, we move on to courses 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, which encompass eight-to-eleven-year-old kids.

On ‘Key Stages’ 3 and 4, they will learn core subjects such as English, Science, Math, Geography, etc.

Schooling in England is compulsory up to 16 years of age, when students can choose whether they will continue studying and specilise more on certain subjects. English schools aim at fulfilling this task, and many degrees at University require the student to have taken specific subjects in order for them to access them.

TABLE OF EQUIVALENCES

ESPAÑA

5º Primaria

6º Primaria

1º ESO

2º ESO

3º ESO

4º ESO

1º Bachillerato

2º Bachillerato

REINO UNIDO

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION

On year 11, students take an exam called General Certificate of Secondary Education, commonly known as the GCSE. The aim of this exam is to determine the student’s academic level. It assesses students in several subjects, such as English, Science, and Math.

In order to validate the full course in Spain, Spanish students wishing to study in the UK the equivalent to 4th ESO or 1st Bachillerato (14-15 and 15-16 years old, respectively) must pass 4 or 5 GCSE subjects, respectively.

On ‘Key Stages’ 3 and 4, students will learn core subjects such as English, Sciende, Math, Geography, etc.

Schooling in England is compulsory up to 16 years of age, when students can choose whether they will continue studying and specilise more on certain subjects. English schools aim at fulfilling this task, and many degrees at University require the student to have taken specific subjects in order for them to access them.

FAQ

  • WHEN AM I LEAVING?

We offer you several options regarding the length of your stay in the UK, so you can leave any moment during the year. From a minimum of 4 weeks to a full school year, options are infinite.

  • HOW ARE THE SCHOOLS?

In the UK you can choose among public and private schools. Public schools are responsible for the education of 93% of the student population in the UK. Every English school is very well equipped, and has facilities that will allow you to practice different sports. In private schools you will find a very high level of academic demand, as well as very strict rules.

  • CAN I CHOOSE THE SCHOOL? ARE THERE ANY OTHER SPANISH STUDENTS?

Once you fill up up your application form, we will look for a school whithin our wide network of English schools. We will offer you several options that will suit your needs and personality.

  • HOW ARE FAMILIES CHOSEN?

The families with whom we work are chosen because of their willingness to open their home, their culture, their traditions, and their country, to our students. Many families repeat year after year because they have as much fun as our students do, or even more.

  • WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

You don’t need any visa to study in the UK. You will only need to present your last marks, a recommendation letter from one of your teachers, and the application form for a placement.

  • HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

There is no minimum age to study in the UK. However, we recommend kids are mature enough to live far from home and without your natural family.

  • DO I NEED A MINIMUM ENGLISH LEVEL?

There is no minimum required. However, you must bear in mind that certain schools will only allow kids with an intermmediate English level, therefore having a lower level might limit your options.

  • WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

The price includes the selection of the appropriate school for the student’s characteristics, accommodation in a host family, and a guardian or tutor asigned to them for the full year. The English government requires every foreign student to have a guardian asigned for their full school program. The guardian will be in charge of ensuring the student’s safety, as well as watching their evolution during their stay in the UK. This involves answering to any question, doubt or need the student might have. Transfers to and from the airport are also included.

  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

The price doesn’t include insurances (medical insurance, cancellation insurance, etc.)

  • ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES?

We recommend every student receives around 250 pounds a month as pocket money for expenses that are not included in the program, such as meals with friends, activities and weekend trips, etc.

 

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