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CHINESE EDUCATION

Education in China is mandatory between the ages of six and fifteen. Schools are divided into Primary Schools, Junior High Schools and Senior High Schools:

AGE
UK YEAR
UK SCHOOL
CHINESE FORM

CHINESE SCHOOL

5 - 6
1
Primary    
6 - 7
2
Primary
1
Primary 1
7 - 8
3
Primary
2
Primary 2
8 - 9
4
Junior
3
Primary 3
9 - 10
5
Junior
4
Primary 4
10 - 11
6
Junior
5
Primary 5
11 - 12
7
Senior: Form 1
6
Primary 6
12 - 13
8
Senior: Form 2
7
Junior High School 1
13 - 14
9
Senior: Form 3
8
Junior High School 2
14 - 15
10
Senior: Form 4
9
Junior High School 3
15 - 16
11
Senior: Form 5
10
Senior High School 1
16 - 17
12
Senior: Lower Sixth
11
Senior High School 2
17 - 18
13
Senior: Upper Sixth
12
Senior High School 3

Thus, a Chinese student applying for Year 9 entry in UK the following year would normally be in Junior High School 1 (Form 7) or a student applying for Year 12 would be in Senior High School 1 (Form 10).

Students must pass an examination to graduate from Primary School and another examination to graduate from Junior High School. Entry into Senior High Schools is competitive and depends on the grades obtained in the Junior High School examinations. At the end of Senior High School there are national examinations (the Gaokao) and university places are allocated on the results of these examinations.

All instruction in Chinese schools is in Mandarin Chinese.

Foreign languages are usually introduced in Form 7.

The standard of mathematics achieved in Chinese schools is very high. Chinese students arriving in UK will usually be at least one year (or more) ahead of their UK peers in this subject.

 

 

 

 

 

SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN CHINA

Core subjects such as Mathematics, Chinese, History, Geography are taught from Primary 1.

Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught from Junior High School 1.

A foreign language (not necessarily English) is compulsory from Junior High School 1.

Some subjects (Business Studies, Economics, IT, Computing, Sociology, Media Studies) are not taught in Chinese schools.