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Friday, August 20, 2010

Education in the UK: you learn something every day

My little twin cousins, Kai and Kia, have just got their A-Level results! I'm so proud of them - they both got 3 A grades and one of the new A* grades! Yes, brains do run in my family. These great results mean that they'll be going to really good universities.

However, not all A-Level students are quite so lucky. This year, a record number of talented British students will miss out on a place at university altogether. There are currently six students competing for each university place...

In case you don't know how the British system works, here's an outline:

  • Students apply to up to five universities via a body called UCAS. Their application includes a 'personal statement' explaining what they want to study and why. Their teachers also estimate how they will perform in their A-Levels, offering 'predicted grades'.
  • The universities respond to each student, either rejecting them, accepting them unconditionally, or (usually) making them a conditional offer. For example, a university might say "We'll accept you on to our History course if you get an 'A' in your History A-Level and at least 'B's in the two other subjects you study".
  • If all goes well, you'll be able to go to the university you like best!
  • If you don't do as well as expected in your A-Level exams, then you'll probably want to look for a university place through 'Clearing'.
  • 'Clearing' is the UCAS service which helps to match up students to under-subscribed courses. This year, there are six times as many students in Clearing as there are university places available, so it's a 'survival of the fittest' situation!
So that's how we do things in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Scottish system (Highers) is different, but I'm not an expert on that.

I'd love to learn how higher education works in your country!

And do you agree with the common complaint that 'too many young people are going to university nowadays'? What would you offer them instead?

Perhaps you think that education is a waste of time? I look forward to reading your comment full of spelling mistakes, if that's the case!


Anonymous Karl said...

i fink ejucation iz well rubish wot a waist off time goin scool its dead borin an i cant wait leave

August 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Karl again said...

an bye the way that woz the boringist blogg ive ever red

August 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Lea said...

In which country it is so "rubbish"? If you find, that there is not your place, why do you stay?

August 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

nowaday english is veryvery important.let's go so far an comeback.our land.FOREVER.only ONE!

August 31, 2010 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

According to this article:

in the US, education might not be worth it when tuition fees are too high... interesting !

October 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

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