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School in the UK
You’ll attend school alongside local students. You’ll have to study, attend classes and do your homework! In return, you’ll have an exceptional opportunity to experience everyday life in a UK school, and make friends with local students as well as other exchange students from around the world.
The school day starts at around 9 am in most schools, and finishes around 4pm. You’ll be able to walk, cycle or take public transport to school.
You’ll have lunch in the school canteen (you can buy lunch, or take a packed lunch from your host family), and most schools offer sports or other activities at lunchtime and after school.
When you think about school in the UK, one of the first things you probably think about is the school uniform!
In England and Wales students at most schools wear a school uniform if they go to secondary school (aged under 16), and all Scottish students wear a school uniform. You’ll be expected to wear uniform as well, so you will quickly blend in with local students.
If you go to sixth form in England or Wales then you will usually have to follow a dress code instead of wearing a uniform.
What will I study?
In England and Wales you will study with local students who are working towards their GCSEs if you are 14 or 15 years old. You’ll study between eight and ten subjects, some of which you will be able to choose yourself. If you are aged 16-18 you’ll study with students working towards their A-levels. Here students will usually study three subjects, which you can choose.
Students in Scotland study for their National 5s at the age of 15-16, before moving on to study for Highers and Advanced Highers.
Getting involved with sports teams, clubs and other organised activities is one of the best ways to meet local students and make friends when you are in the UK.
You’ll be able to find some activities through your school, either after school or at lunchtime.
Other sports, youth groups, clubs and other activities can usually be found in your local community and your Local Support Coordinator will be able to help you to find local activities that appeal to you.