This page describes the educational system in England. The educational system in the Uk differs from the educational systems in the other parts of Britain.
The English educational system is divided into primary, secondary and higher education Children are required to start school at the age of five. Compulsory education lasts until the age of sixteen. Most pupils transfer from primary to secondary education at the age of eleven.
Students may then continue their secondary studies for a further two years (sixth form), leading most typically to an A level qualification, although other qualifications and courses exist, including Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualifications and the International Baccalaureate.
Higher education typically begins with a 3-year Bachelor's Degree. Postgraduate degrees include Master's Degrees, either taught or by research, and Doctor of Philosophy, a research degree that usually takes at least 3 years.
The most common patterns for schooling in the state sector in England
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
with sixth form
Upper school or
Key Stage 4 / GCSE
Year 12 (Lower Sixth)
Sixth form / A level
Sixth form college
Year 13 (Upper Sixth)