Education in the country United Kingdom (UK) gives you the inspiration to develop the knowledge, skills, and the freedom to be creative, and to achieve the best.
Schools, colleges, universities, and English language teaching centers in the UK have world-class educational standards that are supported by qualified teachers and facilities. In addition, education in the UK is famous for research involving academics and professionals in the field of the world’s leading industry.
STUDY INFO IN UNITED KINGDOM
- UK is a center of history, art, culture.
- A multicultural British society.
- The internationally recognized quality of education at each level.
- Study period is shorter in comparison with other countries due to a more intensive program so it is more efficient in terms of time and money.
- The learning environment is energetic, creative, and fun.
- Variety of teaching methods and training that include not only the mastery of the material, but also to encourage the learners to be independent thinker.
- Free health insurance for international students.
- Competitive tuition fees.
- A country that is classic and has many interesting and beautiful sights.
- Various entertainment to suit students’ interests, such as theater, concerts, art galleries, major sporting events, pubs, restaurants and others.
- The opportunity to walk around the rest of Europe, with transportation and accommodation costs that are specific to students.
As a rough estimation, live in London costs around GBP 1,265 per month; while for the other cities in the UK it costs approximately GBP 1,015 per month. Fees mentioned above already include accommodations, meals, transportation, telecommunications, and other daily necessities. Of course, these costs will vary according to the lifestyle of each individual.
- Student Visa & Health Insurance
After getting the Full Acceptance Letter from the institution, students can apply for student visas which can only be administered by a particular agent education course, where SUN Education Group is one of them. After completing the required visa documents, visa applicants are required to be fingerprinted and photographed directly at the British embassy representative offices (VFS).
Once students get visas to come to the UK for more than six (6) months, they will receive an entry clearance in the form of vignette / sticker in their passport that is valid for 30 days from the date of departure. Furthermore, students will get a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) on arrival in the UK. BRP indicates that a student has the right to live, work, or study in the UK.
In addition to the application for Student Visa, students must undergo a TB Screening medical test to detect tuberculosis by taking chest X-Ray. And also there is Credibility Check Interview at the time of applying for the visa. UK also requires health insurance (National Health Service) of GBP 150 per year. This fee policy applies to international students since April 6, 2015.
There are many good choice of accommodation for international students in the UK which can be arranged after you are accepted in schools or universities in the UK.
- Accommodation School or University (University Residence)
Usually schools and universities provide accommodation for their students. Facilities include a bed, a storage closet for clothes, a desk and study lamp, chairs, heaters, and bookshelves. Some are also equipped with a bathroom in the room and 24-hour internet access. This accommodation costs an average of GBP 150 – GBP 300 per week.
- Rent Apartment or House
A popular choice for more than two (2) students who want to share the cost of accommodation is renting an apartment (flat) or a home with a minimum contract for one (1) year.
The cost of renting an apartment or a house is about GBP 200 – GBP 400 per week. Of course, the cost of rent depends on the size of the apartment or house and its location. You also likely have to pay the cost of electricity, heating and telephone charges.
- Part Time Work
Students who study more than six (6) months in the UK will be granted permission to seek part-time job for maximum of 20 hours per week during the school term and full time during holiday periods for the Bachelor or Master program.
The salary earned during part time work is around GBP 6 per hour; for the evening working hours (night shift) will get more than GBP 8 per hour.
Education in the UK is regulated and supervised by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Local authority is responsible for implementing policies for education and public schools at the area level. In the UK there are more than 3,000 schools / educational institutions that accept international students at various levels with thousands of choices field of study. There is a variety of access to education and training in the UK, which combines a wide range of fields of study selection according to the needs, interests and abilities.
The education system in the UK is divided into four (4) main parts, namely primary education, secondary education, further education, and higher education. Students in the UK are required to attend primary and secondary education which begins at the age of five (5) years up to the age of 16 years.
In brief, the basic education system in the UK is divided into key stages or 'key stages' as follows :
- Key Stage 1-5 to 7 years
- Key Stage 2-7 to 11 years
- Key Stage 3-11 to 14 years
- Key Stage 4-14 to 16 years
Generally, key stage one (1) and two (2) take place in the primary school and at the age of 11 years old students will go on to secondary school and complete a key stage three (3) and four (4).
Students will be assessed at the end of each stage. The most important assessment occurs at the age of 16 when the students take the test for General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). After students complete the GCSE, they have the option to continue on to further education and higher education or enter the workforce.
Here's a more detailed explanation of the stages of the UK education system :
- Basic Education (Primary Education)
Basic education in the UK begins at the age of five (5) until the age of 11, comprising the step of key stage one (1) and two (2) under the UK education system.
- Secondary Education
From age 11 to 16, high school students will get to the key stage three (3) and four (4) to start taking GCSE. Primary and secondary educations are compulsory in the UK; after age 16, a higher education is optional for students. Students usually take about ten (10) subjects that are assessed (depending on the subjects taken) through a combination of written assignments and tests.
- Further Education
After students finish secondary education, they have the option to extend for further education to take the Advanced Level ('A' Level), GNVQ's, BTEC's or other qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Cambridge Pre-U.
Education Advanced 'A' Level is also commonly referred to as the Sixth Form lasted for two (2) years, 'A' Level is usually followed by students aged 16 years or after they gained GCSEs. Students typically take two (2) to five (5) subjects 'A' Level which is a requirement for university admission. Each subject is assessed through written examinations, assignments or both.
With the certificate GCE 'A' Level, students can continue their studies to university or college which offers vocational programs. Fees for 'A' Level averaged around GBP 45,000 – GBP 50,000 for two (2) years.
IB is equivalent to GCE 'A' Level and it is more required today as a qualification to enroll in UK universities. Exam for this qualification can be done in private or public schools that exist in the UK.
For students who plan to go to college or university, they must complete the higher education first.
- Advanced Program (HND) and Pre-University (Foundation Studies)
Advanced Program (HND or Higher National Diploma) program offers technical and expertise, usually around 1-2 years depending on the subject and the selected certification. Qualifications obtained Certificate of Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate.
For class XII students of high school graduates in Indonesia, mostly in the UK universities require entrance program A 'Level or Pre-University (Foundation) before proceeding to the first year at university (Undergraduate degree). For difficult majors such as Medicine and Law, especially for the top university in the UK, international students are required to enter the program 'A' Level two (2) years prior to the Undergraduate program.
Fees for Pre-University Program (Foundation) in average are about GBP 13,000-GBP 20,000 per year.
- Professional Degree Program (Undergraduate Degree)
The first university in the UK was found approximately 800 years ago, so the universities in the UK already have experience and a very deep knowledge in the field of education.
In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, Bachelor program is settled within three (3) years. The term 'sandwich courses' where students complete a study of two (2) years at the university, and the third year they do research or internship outside of school, and then in the fourth year they return to the university to complete their S-1. In Scotland program S-1 generally lasts longer, i.e. for four (4) years. As for professions such as medicine program lasts approximately five (5) to (6) years.
Assessment is done through a combination of assignments, participation in seminars, written exams and thesis. After completing the Undergraduate course, students receive a Bachelor degree such as BA (Bachelor of Arts), BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), and BSc (Bachelor of Science).
Students who want to register Bachelor program must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS) online.
Tuition at the university ranges from GBP 12,000 – GBP 20,000 per year; while for the medicine, tuition around GBP 15,000 – GBP 40,000 per year.
- Professional Graduate Program (Postgraduate Degree)
Postgraduate program in the UK usually takes a short period of only one (1) year, including Master of Business Administration (MBA). This makes Postgraduate program in the UK to be very competitive compared to other countries which may take two (2) years.
For the Doctoral (PhD) program, the study time required is three (3) years.
The MBA program is designed to improve managerial ability, the ability to analyze complex issues and ability to make strategic decisions. There are several MBA programs designed specifically for certain industries (finance or retail) or sector (insurance and loss of defense, e-business, public sector, etc.).
One of the entry requirements for the MBA program is to have a working experience in a managerial position for minimum of three (3) years. Thus the cost of the MBA program is higher than the other Masters programs, ranging from GBP 15,000 – GBP 30,000 per year. The Master's program is generally divided into two (2) kinds of learning systems, namely:
- Classroom (Taught Program)
This is a more detailed academic program, designed to give depth to your knowledge of the field of study you took earlier in the Undergraduate level. Some programs also serve as 'conversion courses' which will introduce you to the new field of study that you take, if the field of study is different from the field of study of Undergraduate program previously.
Taught course is divided into two (2) the Master's program - usually lasts for one (1) year and consists of classroom learning, seminars, and thesis; and the Diploma Program - lasted nine (9) months consists of elements with the same teaching as Master Program but WITHOUT thesis.
- Research Program
For Research Program, the average study duration is two (2) years. This is a program where 70% of learning is a research outside of school such as in laboratory, field or company; as well as 30% more students were asked to formulate a hypothesis of the research conducted.
The research program gives you the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of special interest. You will develop a research topic under the supervision of one (1) or two (2) counselor who specializes in your chosen field. To succeed, you must be able to show the intellectual ability to be independent, have good time management and discipline as well as your own set schedule of time and research you do.
Fees for Master by Research Program average between GBP 12,000 and GBP 20,000 per year.
- DISTANCE LEARNING
Students can choose various types of educational pathways and training system, combining a variety of fields according to their needs and abilities. Many fields are also taken by distance learning in their respective countries. With a diverse selection of this specialized field, students have the convenience to choose the appropriate field with the desire, ambition and enthusiasm in taking a science.
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSE
UK has a very good tradition in teaching English. English teaching is given at all educational levels ranging from beginner to expert, and is designed for all ages from young to old. Some courses prepare students to study in specific areas such as Medicine, Law or Business.
Teaching system is usually more in the form of practice, where you are expected to actively communicate in English since you first sign in, get involved in the game, problem solving and discussion to practice your English skills.
English Language Course fees are around GBP 150 per week for a large class and GBP 400 per week for smaller classes and intensive.
- STANDARD OF EDUCATION QUALITY & ACCREDITATION IN THE UK
Standard quality of education in the UK is highly guaranteed by the government; therefore, the UK qualifications are recognized and valued all over the world with high quality.
All levels of education, particularly undergraduate and postgraduate degree had to go through the authorization of the Department of Education & Skills (DfES) and the Royal Charter of Act of Parliament.
Some quality assurance i.e. Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) is held every four (4) years, to assess the quality of teaching on specific subjects; also the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) to assess the quality of a university research. RAE is an important reference for consideration at the Postgraduate studies in the UK. Scale ranging from 1-5, the higher the scale means that the higher the university's funding to certain of educational research on the subject.
GEO & CULTURE
As with other European countries, the UK is also a country with four (4) seasons each year:
- Winter : December - February
- Spring : March - May
- Summer : June - August
- Autumn : September - November
The weather in this William Shakespeare's home country is generally quite friendly though you may often hear that in the UK is always raining and foggy, but in fact the weather there is quite comfortably. Summer is usually quite mild and winter is still within normal limits depending on the city where you live.
Some things you need to consider with regard to the weather in the UK :
- The weather in the UK is likely to change, especially in early spring; you can feel the rain, snow and sun, all on the same day.
- Get used to carry an umbrella with you wherever you go.
- Wear a jacket that is thick and preferably waterproof.
- Make it a habit to wear layered clothing, you can reduce or increase the clothes worn when the weather changed.
Many citizens of other countries who have long settled in the UK, making this country rich and diverse, open-minded and multi-cultural society. This is also reflected in religious life in the UK; while about 70% of the UK population is Christian, but people of other faiths are also quite large such as Islam, which reaches 2.7 million people.
The national language here is of course English with a distinct accent, which often called the British accent.
Taking a trip in the UK is easy with a wide selection of transport such as cars, trains, buses, and airplanes.
Cost of the ticket depends on when you will be traveling, where you are going and how long before you book tickets. In purchasing a ticket, you can make use of the special student discounts.
UK Government is in form of a kingdom with the highest leadership held by a queen or king; while a prime minister runs the governance.
UK consists of four (4) states that include the United Kingdom. They are England, Northern Ireland (North Ireland), Scotland (Scotland) and Wales; these states each has a unique history, culture, and natural beauty.
Britain is the largest state, with approximately 64 million inhabitants. Four (4) largest cities in the UK based on the number of inhabitants are London as the capital of the UK (8.5 million), Birmingham (2.5 million), Leeds (1.7 million), and Manchester (2.5 million).
Northern Ireland has approximately two (2) million and of that number, 350,000 live in Belfast. Residents in Northern Ireland enjoy a lower cost of living compared with three (3) other countries.
Scotland inhabited by approximately 5.3 million residents in big cities like Glasgow (600,000) and Edinburgh (500,000 inhabitants). Scotland is known for having beautiful natural scenery such as mountains, lakes and valleys.
Wales is inhabited by three (3) million people with Cardiff as the largest city with a population of 450,000 inhabitants.
Almost every city in the UK has its own tourist attraction, from the classic and historic to the modern and technologically advanced.
As the second economic center after New York, this capital of UK is full of multicultural society. A modern city with all forms of technological sophistication and infrastructure such as Tower 42 skyscraper, Canary Wharf area, etc; mingled with ancient buildings relics of the past like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. Do not miss the city's landmark Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. The town filled with red double decker buses and black taxis have a lot of area or district; such as the West End theatre district which is the center for theater, musical and other performances, Chinatown is located in the Soho district, etc.
This number four (4) largest city in the UK is a port city, making the city has diverse cultures, ethnicities, and cultures. The oldest Black African community in the UK and the oldest Chinese community in Europe are located in this hometown of The Beatles. The RMS Titanic ship was registered in the port of Liverpool.
The places to be visited while students are in Liverpool are namely The Albert Docks, The Three Graces (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building, Port of Liverpool Building), Echo Arena; and for football fans, the Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park are two (2) football fields often used by clubs Liverpool F.C. and Everton.
- Did you know that the name Big Ben comes from a man named Sir Benjamin Hall whose name is engraved on The Great Bell?
- Did you know that the UK published more than 200,000 books every year making it the largest book publishers in the world today?
- Did you know that the guards in the Tower of London called Beefeater?
- Did you know that the flag of the UK often called the Union Jack?