Tuition fees in British schools

Tuition fees in Britain depend on many different factors. There is no single "price list" based on which it would be possible to plan the parents' budget in advance and accurately. To assess the potential costs, you need, first, to assess the specifics of training and the status of the educational institution:

  1. boarding school with permanent residence or a traditional school with full-time education;
  2. English or international school;
  3. location of the school, campus equipment, facilities;
  4. the number of students in the school;
  5. the possibility of obtaining a scholarship;
  6. additional contributions;
  7. rating of the educational institution and its status.

It should be noted that the prestige of an educational institution, all other factors being equal, does not directly affect the cost of education in it. However, education in a respectable and proven school will likely cost more.

Estimating the cost of educating a child in the UK

Every year, the Independent School Council (ISC) conducts analytical research and publishes reports that determine the cost of studying in the UK, depending on the type of school chosen. Based on these data, today several trends can be noticed:

Tuition in a boarding house will cost significantly more than in a regular school. Even if the child will not live on campus.

The average price (for 1 trimester) of education in an elementary boarding school is about 8,500 pounds, in the secondary school - about 11,500, in the final grades - about 12,500 pounds. If a child does not live on the boarding school campus, the cost of education will be 30-40% cheaper. However, regular schools, without a boarding house, will cost less

The average cost of education in England, for both primary and higher education, is significantly higher in London. Further in the ranking of the most expensive regions are counties to the southeast of the capital, as well as Yorkshire. The cheapest education is in Wales and the northeastern regions of the country.

Naturally, you cannot fully rely on such statistics. Studying at a private international college Cardiff Sixth Form in Wales will cost more than 45,000 pounds per year, and this is almost the maximum price throughout England. This cost is justified since this college has been leading the ranking of private schools in the UK for several years

It is rather difficult to find the average cost of studying at international universities for foreigners in the UK since their pricing is not monitored by boards of trustees, as it happens in traditional schools.

In general, the cost of education in international schools is growing by 4-5% per year. As an example, studying at Winchester College for boys (one of the best in its segment) will cost more than 41 thousand pounds a year, at Malvern St. James girls' school - from 23 000 to 38 000, at coeducation Gordonstoun School - from 25,000 to 31,000 pounds per year

Tuition fees for large UK institutions that accept students for all degrees of education (from elementary to high) tend to be more affordable, stable and predictable. Smaller schools, on the other hand, often raise their tuition fees due to inflation and other economic factors cause they need to maintain the facilities and quality of education for students.

Additional costs of studying in the UK

As a rule, the cost indicated in the examples above includes fees for the tuition, lunch (or meals in a different mode), as well as accommodation (for boarding houses). In addition, the price includes extracurricular activities that are initially provided for by the school curriculum (excursions, additional courses, participation in student clubs, etc.).

To pay separately:

  1. School uniform, including casual and sportswear. It can be purchased at the school's store, the school's partner store, and second-hand shops.
  2. Individual lessons with teachers.
  3. Some co-curriculum activities: music, sports, tourism, excursions, travel to exchange with other educational institutions.
  4. Registration fee of £ 100-250. Paid once upon school admission.
  5. In some cases — an entry fee of £ 300-500
  6. Deposit for 2,000 to 15,000 pounds. The deposit is refunded at the end of the course, minus student incidental expenses, campus damage and other specific costs.
  7. Sometimes - payment for textbooks and commission for retaking exams.
  8. Donations from parents and students for the reconstruction and modernization of educational institutions. Often, the amount of such donations is comparable to the cost of the training itself, so you need to be prepared for such costs from the beginning.
  9. Guardian services. According to UK law, every foreign student under the age of 18 and residing in the country for more than 3 months must have a resident guardian.

Scholarships in British Schools

Most private English schools, both traditional and international, provide scholarships for gifted students - both residents and foreigners. These scholarships can cover 5% to 50% of the tuition fees for a given school.

Therefore, the question of how much education in the UK costs depends largely on the student himself. The scholarship can be awarded to a student not only for academic success. For example, a student can get a discount on tuition due to outstanding ability in sports, music and other activities.

In addition, a discount on tuition is eligible for:

  1. siblings;
  2. paying in a lump sum;
  3. representatives of some socially significant professions (not for foreign citizens).

You can learn more about how to get a quality British education in Russia from the consultants of the CIS International School by calling 8 800 775-42-70.

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