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GCSEs and equivalents

School students in the UK usually obtain GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) as their first qualifications at the age of about 16

A-levels and equivalents

A-levels (Advanced levels) and their Scottish equivalents are the most popular option for continuing students after GCSEs and Standard Grades

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Student life: off campus

The lively experience as a student in the UK doesn’t end as soon as you step off campus. There is plenty to do around the UK, and you are often offered a sample of the country’s delights at a discounted rate

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Keeping healthy

For many students, starting university in the UK will be their first experience of living away from home, and it’s important to remember to look after your own well-being to help keep yourself happy and healthy

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Contacting home

When you’re in the UK, you’ll want to hear the voices of your friends and family back home. Or at least be able to communicate with them and find out what’s going on in each other’s lives

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English language courses

The UK is the world centre for English language tuition. Over 500,000 people come to the UK each year to learn English. UK institutions offer a variety of English language courses to suit all needs

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Returning home

Going back home will not just involve packing your belongings and catching a plane. There will be many things that you have to do to pick up your life as seamlessly as possible back home and to take full advantage of your time in the UK

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Adjusting to life in the UK

The UK is a great place to live as well as study. It is a vibrant, fun multicultural country with beautiful scenery, historic sights and some of the best museums, art galleries and cinemas in the world

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Food and drink

If you want to branch out from food in your halls of residence, or indeed your own cooking, no matter where you come from, you will usually find an eating establishment that suits your tastes and budget