The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students to come and study. Qualifications obtained in the UK are widely recognised and highly valued around the world. Being home to the English language, studying in the UK also gives you the opportunity to really improve your language skills!
The UK is well known for its multicultural society, especially among students, and this makes it easier to assimilate in to your new environment.
Attending school in the UK, you will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of different subjects, experience authentic British life, make new friends and memories, and get involved in extra curricular activities! As well as gaining valuable qualifications, studying in the UK is also about developing new interests, making new friends and having fun!
Secondary GCSE level
The UK education system is recognised worldwide for its high quality and standards, and it provides a wide range of options – including A levels, BTECs and vocational qualifications.
Many high schools have the option for students aged 16-18 to study at their Sixth Form, while a lot of students also transfer to college to continue their further education. StudyChoice works with high schools and colleges.
School and colleges offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses, preparing students for higher education and the world of work.
The school year runs for three terms: September to December, January to April, and April to July
Students in England attend high school from ages 11 to 16, and study for their GCSEs.
Once a student reaches the age of 16, they can start a two year programme which leads to A level exams. Students specialise in three or four subjects that are usually relevant to the degree subject they wish to study at university. A levels are state examinations and are recognised by all UK universities, as well as by institutions worldwide.
The high school system in Scotland is similar to that in England, with students achieving National 4 and 5 qualifications by the age of 16.
Once you reach the age of 16 in Scotland, you will study a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, usually covering four or five subjects. So, essentially, GCSEs are similar to National grades, while A levels are similar to Highers and Advanced Highers
Vocational courses are designed for students who would like to develop practical knowledge and skills in a specific subject (e.g. Sport or Art & Design). Focusing on practical, skills-based learning, BTEC and vocational students are assessed during their course.
After each unit, students are assessed through assignments, tasks or tests, rather than at the end of the programme, as happens with GCSE or A level students.
At StudyChoice we work with over 30 colleges, located all over the UK. That means we can find the perfect college for each and every one of our students. If you go for our High School Select programme then you can choose your college!
Check our a couple of our colleges here – and contact us for help finding the perfect college for you!
We want you to always feel supported, and we are here to help and guide you. Our support team are dedicated and experienced, and will always be here if you need advice. As well as this, if you are living with a host family then you will also have a Local Support Coordinator who lives in your local area and knows your surroundings, and they will be there for you as well.
Aldo, an Italian student, came to the UK to stay with a host family and attend high school. He was nervous to arrive in the UK and meet his host family – just as the family were nervous and excited to meet him. But he ended up doing so well, and enjoying his experience so much, that he extended his stay and then went on to study at university in the UK as well!
Aldo enjoyed his time at school and made some great friends, and he sat his A levels while he was in the UK. He got great results – making his host family very proud – and he became a true part of their family along the way. They went through ups and downs together, and they supported each other through the journey. Now that he’s at university, thankfully he isn’t too far from his host family, so they still get to see him often!
|Art & Design||Art||Academic|
|Art & Design||Art & Design||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Production Arts Technical Subsidiary Diploma||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Performing Arts||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Photography||Academic|
|Art & Design||Photography||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Design - Graphic||Academic|
|Art & Design||Design - Graphic||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Design - 3D||Academic|
|Environment & Humanities||Environmental Sustainability||Vocational|
|Environment & Humanities||Animal Care||Vocational|
|Environment & Humanities||Animal Management||Vocational|
|Environment & Humanities||Construction and the Built Environment||Vocational|
|Business||Business and Accounting||Vocational|
|Environment & Humanities||Early Years Education and Child Care||Vocational|
|Engineering||Motorsport (Vehicle Technology)||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Upholstery and Furnishings||Vocational|
|Art & Design||Fashion and Textiles||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Barbering||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Beauty Therapy||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Hairdressing||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Hair Colouring Services Level 2||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Make-Up Artistry Level 2||Vocational|
|Health & Beauty||Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry||Vocational|
|Cookery & Catering||Hospitality Diploma||Vocational|
|Cookery & Catering||Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma Level 2||Vocational|
|Cookery & Catering||Professional Cookery - Patisserie and Confectionary||Vocational|
|Cookery & Catering||Cookery Professional Diploma||Vocational|
|Cookery & Catering||Nutrition & Health||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||Games Design Digital Games Development||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||ICT||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||ICT Game Design & Creative Media (Film)||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||Computing||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||Creative Media (Digital Game Design and Development)||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||ICT First Certificate||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||Computer Science||Academic|
|IT & Gaming||IT - Creative Technology Level 2||Vocational|
|IT & Gaming||Electronics||Academic|
|Media||Creative Media Production||Vocational|
|Media||Creative Media Production / Film and Television Production||Vocational|
|Music||Music Technology (Production)||Vocational|
|Music||Music Practitioner Diploma Level 2||Vocational|
|Performing Arts||Performing Arts||Vocational|
|Performing Arts||Performing Arts Extended Diploma||Vocational|
|Performing Arts||Acting Diploma||Vocational|
|Performing Arts||Dance Diploma||Vocational|
|Performing Arts||Drama and Theatre Studies||Academic|
|Performing Arts||Film Studies||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Biology||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Chemistry||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Computer Science||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Mathematics||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Physics||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Further Maths||Academic|
|Maths & Sciences||Economics||Academic|
|Languages||English Language & Literature||Academic|
|Humanities||History - Modern||Academic|
|Humanities||History - Medieval||Academic|
|Humanities||Philosophy & Religious Studies||Academic|
|Humanities||Govt & Politics||Academic|
|Environment & Humanities||Psychology Extended Certificate||Vocational|
|Environment & Humanities||Health & Social Care||Vocational|
|Travel & Tourism||Travel & Tourism||Vocational|
|Travel & Tourism||Air Cabin Crew||Vocational|
|Sports||Sport, Health and Fitness||Vocational|
|Sports||Sports Outdoor Adventurous Activites Extended Diploma||Vocational|
|Sports||Sport and Exercise Science||Vocational|
|Sports||Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science Level 2||Vocational|
Yes – if you choose the High School Select programme, then you can choose not only the area that you will be in, but also the school or college you will study at! We want you to be able to study where and what you want – so you can tell us in your application if you have a preference. Take a look at our High School Select page to find out more about this.
Yes – if you choose the High School Academic programme you can choose your subjects!
Yes – but this might depend on your academic performance, and the subjects that you choose to study. At the end of your time in the UK, you should obtain a report card from your school or college, and this will demonstrate your experience and qualifications.
If you are interested in sitting exams, then you should tell us this when you apply, so that we can make sure your subjects will allow you to obtain a recognised qualification.
As soon as your placement is confirmed, we will notify you of the details of where you will be studying. The process of matching you with the perfect school or college (and host family, if you choose to stay with one) takes time and can be complex, and we want to make sure we find you the best match. We’ll aim to let you know your destination a few months before you depart.
It’s different for every student depending on your lifestyle, and it also depends on whether you stay with a host family or in student accommodation, and how you travel to school! The average monthly expenditure is usually between £100-£150 if you’re staying with a host family.
On our application form, there is a section asking you for some information about yourself – this includes whether you would be happy living with pets, whether you would prefer a non-smoking family, and if you have any other special requirements or allergies, among other questions. You should give us as much information as you can on here, and this will enable us to match you to the most suitable family!
This depends and can be different depending on the school and the host family! There will probably be other exchange students at your school. Host families can choose to host one or two students, so you might have another student within your host family.
If you have a problem with your host family, then you can talk to your Local Support Coordinator. They will help you to talk about the problem and find a solution. If the problem is serious and can’t be resolved, there can be the option of changing host family.
All of our students and their parents will have a contact person before, during and after their stay. During the programme, our students are supported by various levels of support – our Head Office team, their school and (depending on what type of programme you have chosen) a Local Support Coordinator. We also have an emergency number for emergencies out of office hours. StudyChoice will keep in touch with you while you’re here in the UK, and we can offer support, guidance and advice.
Yes – StudyChoice organises tours and trips every term that you will be able to take part in! Independent travel is also possible, but you will have to get permission from StudyChoice, as well as your natural parents (and host family, if you’re staying with one!).
Yes – there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in sports and activities while you are in the UK! You can join a club or play sports through your school or college, and if you’re staying with a host family, they will be able to help you get involved in activities in the local area.
Yes – you can ask for an extension of your programme.
If you aren’t sure if you will need a visa, take a look at the UK government website:
This will tell you what kind of visa you need to apply for, what fees are involved, and what the requirements are. The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before you start your course.