British education has a strong reputation, especially for the quality of the teaching standards. There is a strong tradition to integrate teaching and research at all levels of study at university level.
All British universities (with the exception of one private university) are State institutions and each academic department is subject to an external review to prove that they are maintaining minimum standards in teaching, research and university management; the results of these assessments are published. British qualifications are internationally recognised, due to these rigorous assessments. Many countries are now adopting this model of assessment.
The British education system follows a slightly different model than many other countries. In Britain, the secondary school system is completed in 13 years. In many countries, the school system is 12 years.
At the end of Year 11, students take General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams in a range of subjects.
At the end of Year 13, students take Advanced Levels (A levels) exams, often in three or four subjects.
Entry to British universities is based on competitive entry. For British students, this will be based on their A level examination results. Due to the high degree of specialisation at A level, students can study the specialist subject (major) immediately which means that a British Bachelors only takes three years to complete.