Dates, Deadlines Applying to a UK School

Applying to a UK state or independent school for 2023-24? Here are the most important dates in the academic calendar, all carefully collated for you by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com.
Dates, Deadlines Applying to a UK School
By Carli Allan
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Key dates for UK curriculum and IB schools

UK curriculum schools

GCSE/IGCSE
GCSE/IGCSEs are studied over two years from Years 10-11/Grades 9-10, and exams are taken at the end of Year 11. Most students will choose the subjects they want to study for GCSE/IGCSE towards the end of Year 9/Grade 8 (aged 13/14 years).

A/AS Level options
A/AS Levels are studied over two years from Years 12-13/Grades 11-12 and exams are taken at the end of Year 13. Most students will choose the subjects they want to study for A/As Level towards the end of the first term of Year 11/Grade 10 (aged 15/16 years).

International Baccalaureate Programme 

IB Primary Years Programme
The IB PYP is studied over eight years from KG to Year 6/Grades 5 (three to 12 years) and exams are taken at the end of Year 13. Students complete a project-inquiry known as the PYP Exhibition in their final year of the programme.

IB Middle Years Programme
The IB MYP is studied over six years from Years 7-11/Grades 6-10 and exams are taken at the end of Year 13. All students complete an MYP Personal Project over an extended period of time in Year 11/Grade 10.

IB Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme
The IBDP/IBCP is studied over two years from Years 12-13/Grades 11-12 and exams are taken at the end of Year 13. Most students will choose the subjects they want to study for the IBDP towards the end of the first term of Year 11/Grade 10 (aged 15/16 years).

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