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richselina

School Years - UK & Aus

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Hi,

In the UK we take GCSE's at age 16 (Year 11) and then typically A levels at 17/18 (Year 13).  Is this similar in Australia or are there just exams at the end of Year 12 ?

Thanks, R

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Foreign country and, within that, several different systems.

School ends at the end of year 12 (which is generally the 13th year of school which starts with Kindergarten /Prep or some other nomenclature as opposed to the 14 yes in UK) with a 2 year course (11/12) some of which is examined and some of which is continuous assessment - the percentage of each rather depends on the state. Kids start year 11 as they are just 16. Australian yr 12 results generally tend not to equate too well to A level results for a UK Uni entrance, especially for competitive degrees. 

There's definitely not the focus on "exams" as  there is in UK.

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