Secondary Education

 Years 7 – 11

This is your basic education from ages 11 – 16. Where student cover all subjects and later partake in the General Secondary Certificate of Education (GSCE’s). As an international student they would need to live in boarding or with a host family. Students who wish to later study at university in the UK move onto A-levels and this can be done at Secondary Schools or Colleges.


A-Levels are taken by students who wish to continue their education at a university depending on your highest qualification in your home country. A-Levels are a bridge between qualifications gained in home country and UK University undergraduate entry requirements. Courses are not only designed to bridge academic gaps, but also help you improve your English and learn about UK life and culture in preparation for university. This is a time for students to be more specific in their subject choice to prepare them for their university pathway. The A-Level programme is one of the most esteemed and progressive in the UK. A-Levels, or ‘Advanced Levels’, are the UK’s Gold Standard university entrance examinations. Achieving high A-Level results will ensure you get to choose from the UK’s most highly regarded universities.

Secondary school start date: September
Duration: N/A

A-Level Start dates: February / September
Duration: 2 Years


Institutions that offer Secondary Education and A-Levels:

ADCOTE School For Girls
Adcote School for Girls is a unique, vibrant, independent school.
Established in 1907, the school has around 220 pupils on roll and is set in a magnificent Grade I listed building, surrounded by 30 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland. Adcote combines small class sizes and individual attention which go hand in hand with a wealth of extracurricular opportunities.
Adcote is proud to be the only ‘purely girls’ independent school, from 4-18 years in Shropshire. Adcote allows girls to flourish in a single-sex environment where they make lifelong friendships with other girls, and where they learn to lead without unfair competition or distraction from boys. Adcote School for Girls is known for academic excellence and stellar results. From 11years to 6th form.

King Edward VI College
King Edward VI College Stourbridge is one of the leading academic sixth form colleges in the country. They specialise in A-Level provision and enjoy a national reputation for outstanding teaching and learning as well as results. The college is regularly ranked as one of the top colleges nationwide in terms of academic results, is a Beacon College, and has been formally recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Has a reputation of feeding students into the top 45 UK Universities. Very strong for students who want to study medicine, engineering or accounts.

CATS College
The college offers pre university courses including GCSE, A Levels, Fast Track A Levels, IB, Academic English, Summer programmes, High School Preparation programme.
Founded in 1952, CATS College is one of Britain’s most distinguished education providers. For over 60 years we have helped thousands of UK and international students achieve their ambitions and progress to some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
CATS College offers a wide range of programmes to suit the strengths and needs of every student, in three exceptional locations – Cambridge, Canterbury and London.
US locations: Boston

The Bournemouth and Poole College
With over 20 years as an established provider of International study you can be assured of high quality provision, excellent facilities and well-quali ed teaching professionals.
Combining traditional quality standards with innovative teaching and technology, the college o ers a wide range of quali cations and courses to prepare students for university.
The local region is one of natural beauty and culture and o ers many opportunities for part-time work. The college is based on the south coast of England and the city is full of international students. Graduates have an option of entering into 30+ good universities. The Bournemouth & Poole College are celebrating 100 years of providing quality education to the local community.


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