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Universities of London: programs and features of education

Education received in England is considered more than just prestigious. It is a guarantee of successful employment in any country in the world. London universities alone provide education to nearly 420 thousand students, a quarter of whom are foreigners. How to enroll in a London university and which educational institution to choose will be useful information for anyone planning to get a diploma in this part of the world.

The education system in England

Every child between the ages of 5 and 16 must be educated in the UK. This stage is free (only in government institutions) for all children in the kingdom, regardless of the civil status of their parents.

The education system in the UK is considered classical and is the basis of the educational process in many other countries. The first schools appeared in England in the XII century and were distinguished by a high level of discipline and quality of teaching.

The entire learning process has the following structure:

  • primary education - elementary school - 5-11 years old;
  • secondary education - secondary school - 11-16 years old;
  • post-secondary education - further education - 16-18 years old;
  • higher education - higher education - from 18 years old.

Educational institutions are divided into public and private. All of them work according to individual programs, but are subordinate to the Ministry of Education.

Preschool, post-secondary and tertiary education are optional steps. At the age of 16, the student has a choice:

  • Continue a two-year study (the so-called A-Levels), which is a kind of preparation for a university. The choice is given to determine the subjects for which he will take exams. For example, those who will go to medical school usually choose chemistry and biology.
  • Go to college and master a profession in which you can work in 2 years.

University studies require a student to spend 3 years in undergraduate studies, 1-2 years in graduate studies and 2-3 years in doctoral studies.

London University Admission Procedure

Those who have definitely decided to enter a university in the English capital should start by choosing an educational institution, specialty and program. It does not hurt to read the reviews on the official website of the university, find out what requirements are being put forward, whether there is an opportunity for Russian students to get a room in a university dormitory, whether they can count on a scholarship or grant.

When applying for a bachelor's degree, you can use the online system UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), which allows you to send applications to 5 universities at once. If you plan to study for a master's degree, the submission of documents is carried out only on the website of the educational institution.

The list of documents includes:

  • A copy of the international passport.
  • High school diploma.
  • Photo.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Recommendations from teachers.
  • Autobiography.
  • Certificate of passing the IELTS language exam with a score of at least 5.5.
  • A receipt for payment of the application fee (some universities charge £ 20-50 to review the application).
  • Copies of documents on existing achievements in studies, sports, art.

ZIMA has compiled its list of Russian-language educational projects in London. Guided by the opinions of our consultants, readers' feedback and our own expertise, we have selected five weekend schools and several special schools, courses and circles - from ballet to drawing. We warn you right away: this is far from a complete picture of English Russian-language education. But we, as they say, vouch for these projects.

Russian Gymnasium No. 1

The continuing education school is located between Belsize Park and Camden Town. There are about 200 children studying at the school, but according to its director, psychologist and teacher Yulia Desyatnikova, there are much more applicants: the competition is six people per place.

Yulia Desyatnikova is known for the fact that she herself interviews each child upon admission, and she prefers to invite to the team not so much people with pedagogical education and work experience, as professionals from different fields. “I want a person to form a high-quality role model - intellectual, social, cultural, as part of the educational process,” she says. - And this is best done by people who do cool interesting things. Anyone can teach "Twice two", but we cannot reproduce the course and way of thinking of a professional mathematician. And the child reads it. "

Gymnasium in London began 16 years ago in a completely family way: first, Julia's husband and son taught there. Today, Russian Gymnasium No. 1 employs several professors and doctors of science, employees of IT companies, as well as many young teachers, including former students of the school, which the gymnasium is especially proud of. In addition to the school in London, Yulia Desyatnikova today has centers in Paris and a dozen other European cities, as well as in Tel Aviv. Julia opened English schools in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Children and adolescents from 2 to 17 years old are invited to the London gymnasium, from this year a program is planned for children from 9 months old (successful pilot launches have already taken place in other cities). In addition to academic subjects, children attend creative classes: the younger groups are more involved in art and music, the older ones are more involved in theater. There are five theater groups in the gymnasium; this year's graduation class staged The Master and Margarita.

Azbuka has three “products”: a Russian-English bilingual school, a Saturday supplementary school and a kindergarten. Azbuka is the first and so far the only attempt in London to create a full-time bilingual primary school. Now she is already five years old (the first issue will be soon). The class schedule is the same as in other English schools, with minor adjustments for Russian holidays. Teaching is conducted in Russian and English. The languages ​​alternate as follows: one quarter of academic subjects are taught in Russian, and creative classes are taught in English. In another quarter, they change: academic subjects are transferred to English, and "humanitarian" - to Russian. Accordingly, teachers also change, but they make up the program together.

The second "product" of the "ABC" is the Saturday school, it has existed for 15 years and therefore is still better known. Unlike the bilingual Saturday "ABC" works only in Russian. “We do not take children who have a passive Russian,” says the head teacher of the “Azbuka” Svetlana Malinina. “One non-speaking child is enough for the whole class to switch to English, and for us full immersion is important.” Classes are structured so that children communicate with each other as much as possible at school, so tasks "perseverance" are left at home. And "Azbuka" is famous for insisting on regular homework, as well as communication in the family in Russian and regular attendance of classes. Without all this, they believe at school, nothing will work.

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard School has an interesting history: it was created on the basis of the bilingual English-French school La Petite Ecole Bilingue, which was founded 30 years ago in London by Lady Anna Henderson-Stewart, a Frenchwoman with Russian roots. The Russian school "spun off" from the French in 2011, when Lady Anna's daughter-in-law Tatyana Henderson-Stewart came to work. So it's a family affair in the full sense of the word.

Today "The Cherry Orchard" is the evening classes of the Russian language, three Saturday schools (Kensington, Hampstead and Fulham), Russian-language camps in the half-term and the kindergarten "Cherry". Children of the "Cherry Orchard" from 1.5 to 13 years old.

There are many language schools and summer camps in England where children from all over the world come on vacation. Here teens can immerse themselves in British culture, make new friends, see beautiful cities and improve their English with professional teachers.

Along with active language learning and immersion in an English-speaking environment, there are training programs in football, tennis, golf and horse riding. For effective language learning, children are invited to a unique Lego camp, and older schoolchildren will be interested in robotics, programming and leadership classes.

After classes, every day children will find a rich entertainment program: outdoor sports games, creative contests, exciting excursions and much more.

We have compiled for you a list of children's camps and language schools in England, where you can send children for summer holidays, indicating programs, living conditions and the necessary contact information.

Oxford and other cities

Regent Stowe School Summer Camp

The well-known and prestigious Stowe School in the summer accepts students on its campus of the equally popular Regent English Language Training summer school. It is one of the UK's largest seasonal education networks for children ages 7-17 worldwide. The experience of teaching teachers Regent English Language Training - more than 45 years: it uses an individual, personal approach, attention to the needs and abilities of each student, a dynamic multinational environment on campus, innovative and effective teaching methods.

The territory of Stowe School provides all the necessary equipment, infrastructure and technology for a comfortable learning - the campus stands out even among the top rated British schools. The territorial location of the campus is also very successful: it is easy to get to metropolitan London and the unique historical Oxford by transport (the road to Heathrow International Airport will also take no more than an hour), and the total area of ​​the territory reaches 3000 square meters. The school is located in the former residence of the Duke of Buckingham, which provides a unique historical flavor, a majestic architectural ensemble.

All students of the Regent Stowe School summer courses live in comfortable Stowe School residences (rooms for 1-2 people), boarding meals are organized (three times a day + lunch packages for long excursions). Each student receives a personal electronic key and an ID-card. Laundry service is provided; all teaching aids and materials are already included in the course price.

In their free time, students can go in for sports - among the most popular options are squash, swimming, tennis (large and tabletop), football. Interesting events and parties are constantly organized, there are music and creative circles, master classes (including culinary ones), team games and sports, discos and film screenings.

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