Sunday, April 15, 2012

BAC and Ofsted Accreditation of Independent Colleges of Further Education

Independent colleges of further education can be accredited not only by Ofsted, which advises the Secretary of State of Children, Schools and Family about the suitability of private colleges for continued registration as independent schools, but also by BAC - the British Accreditation Council, which has offered a quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education since 1984.

The BAC accreditation is recognised internationally: therefore, it is a guarantee for overseas GCSE or A-level students that the independent college they are enrolling at is considered genuine by immigration officials and is a reputable institution of further education.

BAC accreditation lasts four years. Inspections are carried out in a variety of ways, including announced and unannounced visits to the private college by inspectors and the submission of an annual return by the college.

BAC inspectors focus on a variety of areas in order to assess the quality of education provision at independent colleges. They typically observe a number of classes at the college for a period of time, and ask GCSE or sixth-form/A-level students what they think of their teachers and of the activities offered by the independent college. They also ask college students about the extra support they receive outside classes. They assess the level of teaching (e.g. if it's creative and imaginative) and the level of active participation from GCSE and A-level students: therefore, small class sizes with a personalised approach to teaching, which is usually a priority of private colleges of further education, are viewed favourably by BAC inspectors.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Systems of Education in the UK - English and Welsh Year Groups

In the first part of a series of articles looking at the education systems across the UK, the overarching structure of the school year for state funded schools in England and Wales will be considered. The structures and terms for schools under the Scottish, Northern Irish and Independent School systems differ again and will be looked at in future articles.

The type and range of schools through which children pass during their education may vary depending on which part of the UK they grow up in, the nature of the schools in their locale and their parents ability to fund their education. However, for any schools receiving state funding in England and Wales, the defined schools years, and the requirements for education in each of those years, is set by the UK government and the Welsh Assembly respectively.

The Year Groups

The school year in the England and Wales begins on 1 September and runs up until 31 August and is split into three terms: Autumn (up to Christmas), Spring (Christmas to Easter) and Summer (Easter onwards).

Although children will usually progress through the school years depending on their age(s) in between those dates every year, it is possible to both skip years or repeat years if there is a need; if a child's performance is above or below the level expected at their current age.

Whilst it is not compulsory attendance for a child, the (state funded) school year system begins with the Nursery year for children who are three years old. The system ends with Year 13 (the 15th year in total) for children who turn 18 in the relevant timeframe. School attendance is only mandatory from the

ages of 5-16 and so children are required to enter school at some stage during Reception (the 2nd year), if they haven't already, whilst, at the other end of the system, they can then choose whether or not to pursue their education in Years 12-13 (Further Education) once they've turned 16.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Private Colleges of Further Education in London - The Advantages of Studying in the Capital

Students who wish to study at a private college of further education may decide to enroll at an independent institution in Central London. The choice of pursuing GCSE or A-level studies at an independent college in the heart of town is a rewarding one from many points of view: not only in terms of educational resources, but also considering the range of extra activities and amenities available to students. The opportunities that London offers allow students to make the most of their experience at the college, both academically and in their leisure time.

London is home to many museums and exhibitions that GCSE and sixth-form students at private colleges of further education can visit. Independent colleges often organize educational trips for their pupils, but students are also encouraged to visit museums and exhibitions that are relevant to their course of studies during their spare time.

London museums that are free for students to visit include the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. Additionally, students at private colleges in the Kensington area have easy access to the three museums in South Kensington: the National History Museum, the Victoria and Albert and the Science Museum. So, the choice of museums in London reflects the interests of GCSE and A-level students both in the scientific and the humanistic sphere.

There is a very large choice of libraries and bookshops for students who attend a private college of further education in Central London. As well as local libraries, all major High Streets host a choice of chain and independent bookshops. In particular, the popular Charing Cross Road is where the highest concentration of bookshops can be found: chains like Waterstones and Borders, as well as independents like Foyles. There are also many second hand bookshops, where GCSE and sixth-form students may find bargains.

One of the major concerns of independent colleges of further education is to ensure their students' well being, so a choice of sports is routinely offered to both GCSE and A-level pupils. Independent colleges in London often have agreements with local facilities for students' use, e.g. to play football or table tennis. Private colleges actively encourage students to practice sports in their leisure time too, e.g. attending local gyms. As well as using local sports facilities, college students can also enjoy walks in London's many parks, which include Hyde Park, Regents' Park, St James's Park and Holland Park.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Australia - Top 5 Colleges, Education System, Accommodation Charges

Australia has become one of the great havens to get world-class education on various courses. Students from different parts of the world are lured by its modern infra-structure and excellent quality of education. It has one of the most advanced economy and falls into the category of developed nations. Unlike US and UK where education expenditure takes a toll on your pocket, the cost in Australia is quite competitive; this is what attracts lots of students towards Australia. Every year more than 400,000 students from 200 different countries come to Australia to seek education.

To study in Australia, you can choose between the five top colleges, they are-

- Taylors College
- Martin College
- Adelaide hospitality and Tourism School
- AMI Education
- Group Colleges of Australia

The education system in Australia is governed by each state, solely. There are 6 states in Australia and other minor territories. The other thing that is worth noticing in Australian education system is compulsory education from 6 to 15 years for very Australian citizen. Australia is famous for its great education system and the education system of Australia has a strong international reputation. The safe and friendly environment in Australia has also raised its education system to a high standard.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Famous Educational Institutes of New York City

Education in New York City is valued and imparted at the highest standards! There are thousands of educational institutes working in harmony and healthy competition to provide best and updated education to its citizens. The public school system of New York City is the largest in the world! New York City is famous as hub of research in medicine and the life sciences.

Top institutes of New York City include the following:

New York University: Established in 183 New York University has 11 four-year colleges, 6 two-year colleges, a law school, a graduate school, a medical school, an honors college, and a journalism school. It is ranked in the top 5 institutes of USA. The New York University's alumni include Jonas Salk, Colin Powell, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

SUNY at Buffalo: Although initially a medical center, it now offers countless degree programs such as School of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Management, and other schools and colleges.

Stony Brook University: Founded in 1957, State University College was initially a training center for the teachers. However today, students can study in a variety of departments of the University, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, School of Journalism, School of Professional Development and School of Nursing.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Communications Schools - Gaining a Higher Education

Communications schools provide many opportunities of gaining a higher education to students looking to become professionals in the field. Students can seek the education they need to pursue a successful career by completing an accredited degree program. Studies are available at various levels and will provide the skills needed to seek employment. Students can choose from a number of specialized areas of study that will prepare them for their desired career. Students can start by learning a number of things about obtaining a communications education.

1. Educational options range from an accredited associate level degree to a masters degree. Student scan select the level of education they would like to obtain based on their desired career. Undergraduate degrees typically take two to four years to obtain and are available at the associate and bachelor level. Master degree programs can require students to complete an additional two years of accredited study. Accredited schools and colleges offer training in specialized areas such as mass communications, telecommunications, media communications, visual communications, and wireless communications. The specific area of study will depend on the level of education being pursued. Students can choose an area and begin their educational training.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Role of CBSE Schools in Improving the Educational Standards

CBSE board is the name given to the Central Board of Secondary Education. The CBSE body has affiliated a large number of schools and some of the best CBSE schools in India are both public and private. Those schools who are affiliated with the CBSE board have to set high standards of education. Their popularity is rising day by day, as parents have started to realize the benefit of studying their kids at such schools.

The board examination is taken by the student, when he or she is enrolled in any of the classes from 9 to 12. The engineering and medical fields demand the student to take some extremely difficult exams and to prepare for such exams. Studying a CBSE syllabus is a good choice, because it prepares the student on the same level as these exams. These schools prepare a person's mental capabilities to a higher level than those schools following national standards of education. Students who are planning to take the SAT exam are advised to get enrolled in the best CBSE School.