The short answer is as early as possible. Depending on how selective the schools are, registration deadlines will close several years before the year of entry. Assessments often begin three years before the start of studies and consist of several stages. Once parents have decided at what age their child will study in the UK and the type of school they would like, it is essential that we discuss an application strategy in advance.
This depends on the individual. Why are there single sex schools? Some children do better in a single sex environment as boys and girls develop physically and emotionally at different speeds. Others thrive in mixed schools. The merits of each system become clear when parents visit schools and talk to pupils about their experiences.
The process depends on the candidate’s age. In all cases a preparation stage which helps candidates bridge the knowledge gap between their education system and UK schooling. Generally, the admissions process will include online pre-tests, written entrance tests and interviews for schools. Apart from elite universities, most do not have assessments.
Pupils should reflect on the subject they love studying or an activity in which they participate consistently. Reading books and articles, watching lectures, attending courses, internships and events focused on the area of interest will point to the right subject. Often the actual choice will be a balance between academic interest and employability.
Deciding on a subject is at the core of the decision-making process taking into account the capabilities and interests of the students. After down-selecting to a number of suitable universities there should be a strong preference for those at the highest level academic excellence based on their outstanding levels of teaching and research. These are the institutions future scholars should strive to join for both the legacy and potential of the experience.
Universities in the UK are familiar with a range of international qualifications. University websites specify entry requirements for most countries in addition to standard qualifications such as A levels, Advanced Scottish Highers and the IB Diploma. Many universities also accept the BTEC and Foundation Certificates.