UK Universities

Why choose a UK University?


The UK is home to over 150 universities and is consistently represented in the top 100 universities in the world. In fact, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings the UK has 4 universities in the top 10 and 18 universities in the top 100.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 places Oxford and Cambridge in first and second place.

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Subjects and qualifications


The UK boarding school system is split into three levels.

Primary education is for children aged four or five up to 11 or 13. This has different names depending on the school and you might hear this referred to as primary school, infant school, junior school, pre-preparatory school or preparatory school. 

Secondary education is for pupils aged 11 or 13 to 16. You might hear this referred to as secondary school, high school or senior school.

In the last two years of secondary school (age 14 to 16), a lot of schools will study for GCSE qualifications. Alternatives include Standard grades or the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. 

Sixth form is for students aged 16 to 18. The two years are often called Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth.  At sixth form level, most pupils take A-levels. Alternative qualifications include Standard Grades or the International Baccalaureate. 

Boarding schools offer a wide range of subjects and all of these qualifications are highly regarded by universities, colleges and employers in the UK and around the world.