UK education options for F.3 students or below
Normally, Hong Kong students can progress to the next year group when starting their studies in the UK. They seldom have to repeat their previous level again. For applications of lower year groups, schools tend to focus more on students’ performance on music, sports and other extracurricular activities; Whereas for applications of higher year groups, more focus will be put on students’ academic achievements. Experience tells that students often have more choices on schools as well as a higher chance of getting into more well-known boarding schools if they started studying in the UK at a younger age.
The National Curriculum encourages students to learn a wide variety of subjects, which usually inolves eight to twelve subjects including languages, mathematics, sciences, geography, physical education, the arts and music. As many British students start learning a foreign language at Year 6 or so, Hong Kong students who start school in the UK in primary school may have the chance to learn a third language!