Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. Post-secondary diploma Level 4 and the system of preparation of children for school: 41. Education in England is overseen by the United Kingdom’s Department for Education.
Higher education often begins with a three-year bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate degrees include master’s degrees, either taught or by research, and doctoral level research degrees that usually take at least three years. Until 1870 all schools were charitable or private institutions, but in that year the Elementary Education Act 1870 permitted local governments to complement the existing elementary schools in order to fill any gaps. The Education Act 1902 allowed local authorities to create secondary schools. Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged 5 to 18, either at school or otherwise, with a child beginning primary education during the school year they turn 5. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are entitled to 600 hours per year of optional, state-funded, pre-school education.
This can be provided in “playgroups”, nurseries, community childcare centres or nursery classes in schools. The age at which a student may choose to stop education is commonly known as the “leaving age” for compulsory education. 2013 for 16-year-olds and 2015 for 17-year-olds. 18th birthday, and must remain in school until the last Friday in June of the school year in which they turn 16.