In the last 2 years of pre-University education English students usually attend the "advanced level", so-called GCE Advanced Level or abbreviated to A-levels. In the first year students study 4 selected item on the second year is still only 3. The majority of programs of A-Levels last two years, although some schools and colleges, including Oxford Tutorial College, have accelerated programs, which take 1 to 1.5 years.
Students can complete the program A-levels in a private school and the public. When choosing a place of execution of the program should ask the statistics of academic performance and graduates entering universities. In addition, some expert organizations, such as the Financial Times are the ratings of the schools. As a rule, in the first row of such ratings fall into private schools. It is believed that graduates of private schools have good chances of admission in all British universities with higher teaching quality and examination results. However, many public schools with more modest status give your pupils an excellent education and great chances of admission to leading universities.
If You are planning to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, you should pay attention to educational institutions that provide special courses for foreign students and have a high statistics of admission of their graduates in the universities. The procedure of admission in these universities you will get an additional entrance examinations. On admission to Cambridge for a first degree see the detailed material in this section. On admission to Oxford for the first higher here.
Alternatives to A-levels can be the International Baccalaureate program (International Baccalaureate, IB), Cambridge Pre-U Diploma (Pre-U) and Foundation programme.
For admission to the programme A-levels applicants must be at least 16 years, and he must know English language at level not below intermediate (IELTS 5.0). Preparation of documents necessary to start at least a year before admission. Some schools will require only the high marks from school at home , or offer to pass tests in core disciplines.
There are private schools that do not accept foreign students, there are schools that accept applications for 2 years.
The IB program is an international program, in contrast to the British A-levels. It is considered to be broader, since it is the study of 6 subjects and writing a term paper. The program is offered mainly by private schools and has a somewhat elitist.
The CIS is 23 schools accredited by the international baccalaureate Organization. Among them, 18 Russian (and not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but in Samara, Krasnoyarsk, Perm and Vladivostok), 6 schools in the Republic of Kazakhstan, 3 schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan, 1 school in the Republic of Armenia. The list can be found on the official website of the International Baccalaureate.