The Scottish education system has gained an international reputation for its quality, breadth of knowledge and reliability. Its graduates can be found in almost every country in the world. According to statistics, Scotland is one of the most educated countries in the world.
Children study in Scottish schools for seven years and go to high school at the age of 12. All children must attend school between the ages of 5 to 16 years.
From 5 to 12 years children attend primary school. They learn the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics, and computer science, science, about the world (environmental studies), the basis of art, religion, ethics and morality. Each school develops its own curriculum in accordance with the requirements of the Scottish Education Department and the industry (SOEID), regularly inspecting the quality of teaching in schools. Children's knowledge is checked by tests in reading, writing and Mathematics. Grades are range from A (the highest score, an analogue of “5” in Estonian education system) to E.
At the age of 12 years students go to secondary school. At the age of 15, students take exams on general certificate of secondary education, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE Standard Grade), corresponding to the English GCSE. After this, students can either go to college for further education, or to continue their education in school to earn a diploma of higher level (Higher Grade). To do this, children should be from 16 to 18 years old and pass exams in 5 or 6 subjects. This certificate is enough to apply to Scottish universities.
In order to study in other parts of the United Kingdom, or to get into one of the top universities in Scotland, Scots have to finish the so-called "sixth year" of school and receive a certificate Scottish Certificate of Sixth Year Studies (SCSYS), which is equivalent to British Diploma GCE A-level. Nowadays, instead of the certificate shall be issued a certificate graduates SCSYS Advanced Higher. It generally corresponds to A-level - certificates of Higher and Advanced Higher are accepted by all universities in the UK.
Special vocational education in Scotland can be obtained after graduating high school at the age of 16. Many colleges have agreements with universities for accreditation. This allows students to enter directly into the second or even third year of university.
The normal duration of university studies for a bachelor's degree - 4 years.