Further Education Colleges & Other Institutions
You can study further education courses at a variety of institutions including:
Schools: Many schools offer further education qualifications such as A levels, the International Baccalaureate and vocational qualifications.
Sixth Form Colleges: These colleges mainly cater for students aged 16 -18, and specialize in academic courses to prepare students for higher education.
Further & Higher Education Colleges: These colleges offer courses and qualifications in a wide range of vocational and academic subjects at many levels. Some specialize in particular industry sectors such as art and design, catering, engineering or finance.
Private Training Providers: Private training companies work with colleges and employers to provide practical training and international-respected qualifications in subjects such as engineering, ICT, health and social care.
Universities: Universities mainly offer higher education courses, but many also offer a range of further education courses.
Scholarships & Financial Support
Scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards, loans...there are many financial support options for international students who wish to study on a UK course. Demand for scholarships is always greater than supply; to maximize your chances, apply as early as possible.
- Canada: Humber International Entrance Scholarships (Full and Partial Tuition) for Undergraduate Students
- UK: Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarships and Leadership Programme for Developing and Emerging Countries
- Amsterdam University College Undergraduate Scholarships (upto €15300) for both Dutch and International Students
- Morland Writing Scholarship Grants (£18,000 fiction and £27,000 non-fiction) for African Scholars
- British Chevening Scholarships for Commonwealth Country Students
- The PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge for Nigerian Secondary School Students
- Nigerian Stock Exchange Annual Essay Competition and Scholarship for Senior Secondary School Students
- Australia: Africa Scholarships at Macquarie University for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies
Grade Level & State Exams
LEVEL OF STUDY
3 - 4/5 Nursery N/A N/A
4/5 - 11 Primary Years 1 - 6 Kindergarten - 5th
12 - 16 Secondary Years 7 - 11 6th - 10th
17 -18 6th Form or Years 12 -13 11th - 12th
work-based training (Junior -Senior)
At the end of year 11, students take national standardized exams; the General Certificate of Secondary Education. Students may choose the number and subjects of their exams, (there are 48 GCSE exams available). They may opt to sit higher (level A - D) or lower (C - G level) exams. However, English, Math, and Science are required subjects, and UK universities expect students to sit at least 5 GCSE exams.
Post 16 Qualifications:
After GCSE's students may choose academic or vocational track. Students who go on the vocational track may choose to receive work qualification. Students onto continuing the academic track attend 6th form colleges during years 12 - 13.
Students may choose the number and subjects of their A levels, however, universities expect students to complete at least 2 A level qualifications. Some university degree programs may specify A level subjects and results for required admission.