UK Schooling and Exams
Schools in the UK have different term times and our students study for a range of exams (including GCSEs, IGCSEs, IELTs and ESOL) and achieve impressive results.
English education year
The English education 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.
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 Universities accept either A-levels or IB qualifications as their entry exams.
Our IGCSE / GCSE exam results (2018)
|Number of entries||A* / 9 -8||A*-A / 9-7||% A*-B / 9-6||% A*-C / 9-4|
- Our higher-grades (A*-C / 4+) pass rate of 80.1% was much better than the UK average of 69.2% at GCSE
- Our top-grades (A*-A / 9-7) pass rate of 31.9% was much better than the UK average of 21.4% at GCSE
This is a particularly great achievement given that our student don’t have English as their first language. Moreover, on our one-year programme, our students compete against others who have had two years to prepare.
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.
Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) exam results (2017/18)
|Candidates||Total Pass||% Pass|
A2 Key (KET)
Results for the A2 Key level ESOL exam.
|Candidates||Distinction||Merit||Pass||Level A1||Fail||Total Pass||% Pass|
B1 Preliminary (PET)
Results for the B1 Preliminary level ESOL exam.
|Candidates||Distinction||Merit||Pass||Level A2||Fail||Total Pass||% Pass|
Results for the B2 First level ESOL exam.
|Candidates||A||B||C||D||E||Level B1||Total A-C||% A-C|