School Leaving Certificates in UK
GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education)
In year 10 and 11, students in the UK prepare for their GCSE's exams. They follow 8-12 subjects and take the exams at the end of year 11. The GCSE is internationally recognized and many students leave school afterwards to begin an apprenticeship.
Some schools offer a special one-year GCSE or pre-IB course for international year 11 students. This is an ideal preparation for the 2-years A-level or IB program.
The British school system offers students the opportunity to concentrate on 3-4 subjects in the Sixth Form, the final two years at school. They can concentrate on their individual strengths and ignore their weaknesses. This program is ideal for students who already know in which area they would like to work or study after school. A perfect program for specialists!
The A-level program consists of
4 AS Courses ( Lower Sixth Form) and
3 A-level Courses ( Upper Sixth Form)
The International Baccalaureate (IB)
was developed in Switzerland and the curriculum was created by the IBO in Geneva. More and more British boarding schools introduce the IB nowadays and it is recognized by universities worldwide.
This program is ideal for students who have a wide range of interests and talents, who want to keep all options open and don't want to concentrate on a specific route yet.
The IB program consists of 3 Higher Level courses and 3 Standard level courses, one course in Theory of Knowledge, CAS activities and an extended essay.