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Northern Ireland

Studying in Northern Ireland

Education System

Northern Ireland’s education system is broadly similar to that in England and Wales with some minor differences. Education is compulsory from age four to age 16. Primary education is catered between the ages of 4 – 11 years old. Secondary Education is offered to 11- 18 year olds through Secondary and Grammar schools. Entry to Grammar schools is on the basis of a transfer exam. At age 16 pupils sit the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations. Post-GCSEs, some pupils remain at school to study Advanced Level AS and A2 subjects or vocational qualifications. Vocational or academic GCE AS-level and GCE A-level examinations, usually taken at age 17 and 18 respectively, provide access to further and higher education. Learn more [link to]

Applying to study in Northern Ireland

The British Council provides a range of resources to ensure that students get the most out of their education in the UK, including information on courses, qualifications, institutions, English requirements, visas and travel. Learn more [link to]

List of Universities

To find out more about enrolment, please contact the chosen institution directly.

  • Queens University Belfast Learn more [link to]

Dr. Gerard O’Hare, Honorary Consul
of Latvia for Northern Ireland

Honorary Consulate of Latvia
in Northern Ireland
30 Monaghan Street, Newry,
Co. Down,Northern Ireland,
BT35 6AA

T: +44 (0) 28 3025 4577
F: +44 (0) 28 3025 4561

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