UK Schooling and Exams

Schools in the UK have different term times and study for different exams. Our students take a range of exams, including GCSEs, IGCSEs, IELTs and ESOL, and achieve impressive results.

The UK school year starts in early September and finishes in late June or early July. It is divided into three terms:

  • Term 1 (autumn) – Early September to mid-December (with one week half-term holiday)
  • Term 2 (spring) – Early January to mid-March (with one week half-term holiday)
  • Term 3 (summer) – Mid-April to end June / early July (with one week half-term holiday)

Exams in UK schools

All students on our school term courses study English and are entered for exams according to age and ability.

Most students in UK schools study to take GCSE exams at the age of 16. The IGCSE is the international version of the GCSE.

After GCSEs or IGCSEs, students study for two years for A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), where three subjects are taken as major subjects and three as minor. British Univertities accept either A-levels or IB qualifications as their entry exams.

The senior leadership team provides strong direction that is reflected in the students’ significant achievements in their public examination performance, the outstanding care of the students and the successful fulfilment of the School’s aims and ethos.
ISI Inspection 2016

Our IGCSE / GCSE exam results (2017)

Our Year 11 students achieved a higher-grade (A*-C / 4+) pass rate of 76.6%. This is much better than the UK average of 66.3% at GCSE, which is a particularly great achievement as our student don’t have English as a first language. Moreover, on our one-year programme, our students compete against others who have had two years to prepare.

Number of entriesA* / 9 A*-A / 9-7% A*-B / 9-6 % A*-C / 9-4
66111.2% 28.9%51%76.6%

Our IELTS exam results (2018)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recognised qualification used by schools and universities to measure a student’s language proficiency.

77% of our students achieved band 6 or above (9 = expert-user, 1 = non-user). These are our best results for five years and are an outstanding achievement at this stage for our students.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) exam results 2017/18

Overall summary

 CandidatesTotal Pass% Pass

A2 Key (KET)

Results for the A2 Key level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesDistinctionMeritPassLevel A1FailTotal Pass% Pass
June 20188224008100
March 2018170132201588
November 20178413008100
June 20171122430873

B1 Preliminary (PET)

Results for the B1 Preliminary level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesDistinctionMeritPassLevel A2FailTotal Pass% Pass
June 2018110650011100
March 20187133007100
November 2017132470013100
June 2017282217702175

B2 First

Results for the B2 First level ESOL exam.

 CandidatesABCDELevel B1Total A-C% A-C
June 201711011000011100



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