About British School
British school Algorithm A* in Moscow provides high-quality British education, corresponding to all standards of British high school education. The possibility to graduate from a British school at Algorithm A* in Moscow is now available to all schoolchildren with good academic performance and a good level of English.
British school Algorithm A* is accredited by Pearson Edexcel – the UK’s largest awarding organisation. Pearson Edexcel is one of two examination boards whose accreditation can be received by British schools located outside of Great Britain. The results of Pearson Edexcel A-level exams serve as entrance exams for applying to universities in Great Britain, the United States, Asia, Australia and many European countries. This includes high ranked universities belonging to the Russell Group (Oxford, Cambridge) and the Ivy League (Yale, Harvard, MIT). Thus, passing A-level exams provides direct entry to universities around the world.
Studies at Algorithm A* may begin from the age of seven. From elementary school until the age of 13, Algorithm A* students study four main subjects alongside the Russian school programme: English Language, History, Mathematics and Science. Teaching is conducted in English. At the end of each year, students receive a detailed report with evaluations and comments by teachers, with whom they can continue their studies at any British school in Great Britain or abroad.
At the age of 13-14, students begin studying the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) programme. At this stage, up to eight subjects are studied, including: English Language, English Literature, History, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Business and Spanish. It is possible to choose a humanitarian or scientific direction. At the end of the two-year program, students take the first official British GCSE examinations. The results of GCSE exams are recorded in the uniform database of the examination board and will appear on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website, once an application to British universities is filed. GCSE exam grades are an important part of the student’s academic “business card”, as they reflect the duration and success of the student’s studies on the English-language programme, which is of no small importance when their candidacy is considered by the admissions office of a foreign university.
After the completion of the GCSE program, students enter the A-level programme of the senior British school. The standard duration of studying the A-level program is two years. The program can be completed in a shorter time, but only in an individual study format with tutors. In the first year of the A-level program, Algorithm A* students study three or four of the following subjects: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, History, English Literature, Geography, and Spanish. The choice of A-level subjects, to a large extent, is determined by the sphere of interests of the student and their future specialization. More information about the selection of A-level subjects can be found here.
During the two-year programme, A-level students sit from four to six examinations for each of their chosen subjects. Submission of documents to British universities begins in the fall of the second year of study. By this point, students, as a rule, already have grades for GCSE exams and first year A-level exams (Advanced Subsidiary).
Based on the application and the projected results for the final exams, universities make students an offer (invitation). The offer can be conditional (with the condition that the student will receive the required grades, for example: AAB), or unconditional. In the event that the student’s final grades for the A-level qualification match those requested by the university, the student is automatically enrolled in the chosen faculty.
You can access detailed information regarding the application process to UK universities here.