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United Kingdom

United Kingdom Education Stats

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The United Kingdom has a well structured education system and boasts a 99% literacy rate among both men and women. The education system is divided into four distinct sections or stages. These are primary, secondary, further and higher education. Students in the UK legally attend school between ages 5 and 16, which is primary to secondary years. Further and higher education occur thereafter.

These are further broken down into Key Stages 1 – 5. Primary education consists of Key Stages 1 and 2 while secondary education is made up of Key Stages 4 and 5. Further education is referred to as Key Stage 5 and incorporates community colleges and the sixth form or grades 12 and 13.

Students are formally assessed at the end of each Key Stage. However, the most important assessment is the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) which occurs at the end of secondary school.

Examinations or qualifications which can be gained in Further Education are A-Levels, GNVQs, BTECs.

The final stage is higher education. Some 50% of students in the UK usually matriculate into higher education or universities.

Definitions

  • Educational attainment > Tertiary: Percentage of adult population (aged 25-64) educated till tertiary level (year 2000).
  • Enrolment ratio > Secondary level: Net enrolment ratio, secondary level, is the ratio of the number of children of official secondary school age enrolled in school to the number of children of official secondary school age in the population.
  • Literacy > Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Female: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Male: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Total population: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Mathematical literacy: Mathematical literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old 2000
  • Preschool enrollment rate: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music."
  • Reading literacy: Reading literacy mean value of performance scale (15 years old, 2000)
  • School life expectancy > Male: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • School life expectancy > Total: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • Scientific literacy: Scientific literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old (2000)
  • Tertiary enrollment: Gross enrolment ratio, tertiary level is the sum of all tertiary level students enrolled at the start of the school year, expressed as a percentage of the mid-year population in the 5 year age group after the official secondary school leaving age.
  • Universities > Top 100: Number of universities in the top 100
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Educational attainment > Tertiary 26% 2000 12th out of 18
Enrolment ratio > Secondary level 93.7% 2000 5th out of 93
Library books 27.9 million 1999 3rd out of 46
Literacy > Definition age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling 2003
Literacy > Female 99% 2003 21st out of 157
Literacy > Male 99% 2003 31st out of 157
Literacy > Total population 99% 2003 23th out of 161
Mathematical literacy 529 2000 7th out of 27
Preschool enrollment rate 106.43 2008 57th out of 135
Reading literacy 523 2000 7th out of 27
School life expectancy > Male 16 years 2002 4th out of 97
School life expectancy > Total 16.4 years 2002 4th out of 110
Scientific literacy 532 2000 4th out of 27
Tertiary enrollment 59.5% 2000 9th out of 96
Universities > Top 100 13 2005 2nd out of 22

SOURCES: OECD Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2003; UNESCO; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; OECD; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.; The Times, 2005

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"United Kingdom Education Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/United-Kingdom/Education

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The United Kingdom has a well structured education system and boasts a 99% literacy rate among both men and women. The education system is divided into four distinct sections or stages. These are primary, secondary, further and higher education. Students in the UK legally attend school between ages 5 and 16, which is primary to secondary years. Further and higher education occur thereafter.

These are further broken down into Key Stages 1 – 5. Primary education consists of Key Stages 1 and 2 while secondary education is made up of Key Stages 4 and 5. Further education is referred to as Key Stage 5 and incorporates community colleges and the sixth form or grades 12 and 13.

Students are formally assessed at the end of each Key Stage. However, the most important assessment is the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) which occurs at the end of secondary school.

Examinations or qualifications which can be gained in Further Education are A-Levels, GNVQs, BTECs.

The final stage is higher education. Some 50% of students in the UK usually matriculate into higher education or universities.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

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