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UK Educational System

Summary:
The first postsecondary credential is commonly considered a U. S. bachelor's degree equivalency (through variations such as India and Sri Lanka are controversial). Grading scales are usually on 100-point scales with wide ranges for exceptional student and relatively narrow failing ranges. The use of credit hours is uncommon - though becoming more common. Fairly specialized degree programs are at the postsecondary level. Most general education requirements are taken at the secondary and "A-Level" levels.

Commonly encountered examples: Britain, Uganda, Kenya

Variations: Indian, Sri Lanka, Singapore

The British pattern of education is similar to that of the United States, but differs in appreciable ways. The British secondary education system culminates with standardized examinations called General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE). After 11 years of study a student's education may be summed up in only four or five (but in some cases as many as 10) examination grades.

Those interested in attending a university must study for another two years and then take "A" (Advanced) Level examinations. This advanced level is similar to AP examinations in the United States, and is a transition between secondary and tertiary study. Many of these exams are monitored or graded by British examination committees under the auspices of British universities (for example, the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in Singapore or the University of London School Examinations Board, etc.).

Bachelor's degrees in the British pattern are typically three years in duration. The bachelor's degree is completed after 16 years of primary, secondary, and postsecondary education. Bachelor's Honours degree students must take more modules and usually complete more independent study. Admission to the next level of education usually requires the Bachelor's Honours degree. Master's and Doctoral degree programs follow the bachelor's degree.

Source: International Educator, Volume XI, Number 3, P.20

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