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The UK Education System | College of Contract Management

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Introducing the UK Education System

Study routes
International study
Explore your options
Traditional study
Higher education
The National Curriculum
Examinations and qualifications
Types of UK qualifications anybody can get
Online courses and study
College of Contract Management courses
Why choose us?
Study wherever you are

 

There are many different routes and pathways an individual can take in the UK education system. All aspects of UK education fall under one of two categories, either compulsory, or non-compulsory. Children will usually begin school from the age of 3-4, and will remain in compulsory education until the age of 16, when they can choose to continue into higher education if they wish. Generally, most 16 year olds will stay on at college or sixth-form, unless they choose to take an apprenticeship or find volunteering work until the age of eighteen.

 

Study routes

This is because the general route for many young individuals is to study in further education such as college, and then join university at the age of 18. Similarly, many head to college to gain further qualifications which help them prepare for life in the workplace; it is a great way to streamline your career options and specialise in a certain sector. Globally, UK education – in particular higher education – is recognised as a high-quality foundation of knowledge, with many students travelling to the UK to gain a degree. This is because the quality of education in the UK is recognised globally as it provides students with life-skills and knowledge from industry professionals since many academics choose to teach in the UK.

International study

With this, there is no wonder that many wish to gain a UK education even if they are not from the UK. Studying internationally can sometimes seem impossible with high tuition fees and expensive visas. This can be made slightly more accessible with scholarships or funding for international students which is sometimes available for certain courses or universities. If you don’t live in the UK but are interested in studying a UK course, have a look around and see if there are any scholarships for international students, you might find a university is desperate for students in your chosen area of learning.

These are great opportunities to broaden your education and career opportunities. Many big companies around the world recognise the high standards of British education, regardless of the subject. In fact, many employers value UK education so highly that they actively seek candidates with such an education as they know they will have transferable skills.

 

Explore your options

Of course, another option for those who are looking to gain a UK education from anywhere in the world is taking an online course. The accessibility of these courses delivered online means that UK education is much more accessible at more affordable rates anywhere worldwide. This is generally because online courses are cheaper. Many people forget that online courses are still very much part of the UK education system. It is worth noting, they provide a more flexible opportunity for young people or those past school-leaver age. They provide the chance to further your education with professional diplomas or certificates. This can also be done without the need for financial sacrifice either, since online courses are much more flexible than their traditional counterparts, making it easier to continue to work while studying.

 

Traditional study

If you’re looking to commit to a traditional university course, that’s exciting too! There are so many options to choose from, so you can find many online resources such as TheUniGuide to help you find which institution is best for you. You can find out what sort of university you would like to attend, for example: city versus campus universities are a hot debate. Would you rather stay in the hustle and bustle of city life? Or would you prefer a quieter campus-style university which has more of a community feel? These questions are all part and parcel of choosing where you want to spend the next 3-4 years. Often you’ll want to decide the location you want to live in.

 

Higher education

Some people may prefer to choose a university closer to home and commute to lectures. Others may prefer a university far away in order to fully immerse themselves into student life. Either way, higher education institutions such as college and sixthform help prepare students for a move into the adult way of living. The UK education system helps to guide individuals towards a university pathway from as early as secondary school. This is because the university pathway is highly recommended for students to go on to professional and rewarding careers. It is also why the UK education system is so highly recognised. UK graduates progress to recognised firms and corporations worldwide, demonstrating the competency of the education institutions.

 

The National Curriculum

The UK curriculum itself prepares individuals from a young age with the skills and education they need to progress through the education system. The varied curriculum will cover core and – at an older age – ‘option’ choices when picking subjects for chosen examination periods such as GCSEs and A Levels.  The core subjects which are learned all the way through until Key Stage 3 compulsively, will be:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Art and design
  • Physical education
  • Music
  • Computing
  • Design and technology

 

Key Stage 2 will see the introduction of Modern Foreign Languages which can include French, Spanish or German. Then, once entering Key Stage 3, students will then be introduced to the subject of Citizenship, which can include Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). At the age of around 14, students will begin to streamline their study subjects by picking four subjects. This does not include compulsory core subjects such as English and maths – in order to take their GCSE examinations. This is when they can choose which subjects they wish to continue their studies with. These include geography, modern foreign languages or art and design, for example.

 

Examinations and qualifications

UK education includes examinations at age 16 and at age 18 if students choose to stay on in higher education. These exams result in awarding qualifications which students can use to either further their education or gain access to career prospects or university. At age 16, individuals will take GCSE exams. At 17-18, students will take AS-Level (Year 12) or A-Level (Year 13) exams. Generally, this is seen as a route to progress to university. These qualifications are recognised worldwide and are a general benchmark for academia and an individual’s skills.

At a younger age, individuals will take two SATs tests; one at age 7 and one at age 11. This is to test general curriculum competencies and the students’ understanding of their core subjects. The SATs tests also help to monitor a child’s progress as they move through key stage 1 to key stage 2. Another use of the SATs tests is the requirements and curriculum quality of the educational institution in alignment with league tables.

 

Types of UK qualifications anybody Can get

There are many different types of UK qualifications within the UK education system which anybody can achieve from wherever they are. Usually, internationals searching for UK qualifications aim for widely recognised achievements such as Diplomas or Certificates. These will be costly to travel for, however. This is why the rise of live online courses has been so fundamental for specialist education. You could also achieve a Higher National Diploma from the UK even from the other side of the world. These are great qualifications to have since they help demonstrate a level of expert knowledge which is widely accepted in the professional world.

 

Online courses and study

For example, you can gain an Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying in less time than a traditional university degree and for much less money.  The benefit of taking an online course is that they work flexibly around your existing schedule. This means you can still study if you have childcare or working commitments which you couldn’t otherwise sacrifice. Flexibility is vital for those studying abroad, since sometimes timezones won’t allow for live watching of lectures. The online feature of these courses means you can catch up in your own time. Our lectures are recorded live, so whether you attend at the time or wish to view them at a later date, you can do so with the added flexibility. Often, this takes away much of the stress of studying at university and is a much more preferable choice with busy people across the world who wish to gain an education.

 

College of Contract Management courses

The College of Contract Management has a large variety of online and in-house training courses. These help streamline specific skills and careers. Industries we offer courses in include construction, business, IT and marketing. These courses are offered at different qualification grades and at different time periods; there’s bound to be something to suit your needs. Depending on what career goals you have in mind, one of our courses may even put you ahead of your competition when applying for job roles.

 

Why choose us?

The lecturers we use for our live online and face-to-face training courses are experts in their field. Most of them are lecturers at top UK universities already. This means they are not shy to teaching and can guide you through your certificate or diploma with ease. Moreover, the interactive online approach means you can contact them with any queries or suggestions you may have. You will also be able to speak or contribute with text chat when you attend live online courses. This will give you that virtual classroom experience from the comfort of your own home. The lecturers will use screen-sharing software as they work through their presentations with you, allowing you to discover new topics and explore case studies as a group.

 

Study wherever you are

It doesn’t matter where you reside in the world, you are eligible to apply for our live online courses. This is because we aim to make education and personal development accessible to everybody. As long as you have access to a reliable internet connection, you will be able to attend our online college. Generally, our courses will contain a set number of modules. Furthermore, it is likely you will have to complete an assignment at the end of each one. This is a process to help track your understanding and this will also give you your awarding grade at the end of the course. Depending on your work ethic and your dedication to further study, you can achieve the highest grades and impress future employers, without even having to sacrifice your job. Not to mention, we also offer flexible payment plans. These include monthly direct debits to spread the cost of your online course, making it much more affordable. If you have any queries about our online courses or wish to discuss your eligibility, get in touch with our admissions team at enquiries@theccm.co.uk for more information.

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