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Education Systems Comparison UK USA Aus

We looked closer at the differences of UK, USA and Australian school curriculums to help you make the right choice with schools.

Posted on

18 November 2013

Last updated on 27 June 2017
Education Systems Comparison UK USA Aus

There is sometimes a lot of confusion between the English, UK, Australian and American schools systems so here we have a handy chart for you so you can compare the ages, and terminology used in all the education and schooling systems. This should help you understand the grade versus year and age comparison.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGE 

English School Type

Eng. Key Stage

English Year

US School Type

US Grade

4-5

Primary/ Infant School

Reception

x

Elementary School

Nursery 

5-6

Primary/ Infant School

KS 1

Year 1

Elementary School

Kindergarten

6-7

Primary/ Infant School

KS 1

Year 2

Elementary School

1st Grade

7-8

Primary/ Infant School

KS 2

Year 3

Elementary School

2nd Grade

8-9

Primary/ Infant School

KS 2

Year 4

Elementary School

3rd Grade

9-10

Primary/ Infant School

KS 2

Year 5

Elementary School

4th Grade

10-11

Primary/ Infant School

KS 2

Year 6

Elementary School

5th Grade

11-12

Secondary School

KS 3

Year 7

Middle School

6th Grade

12-13

Secondary School

KS 3

Year 8

Middle School

7th Grade

13-14

Secondary School

KS 3

Year 9

Middle School

8th Grade

14-15

Secondary School

KS 4

Year 10

High School

9th Grade/ Freshman

15-16

Secondary School

KS 4 GCSE

Year 11

High School

10th Grade/ Sophomore

16-17

6th Form/ College

A Level/ IB

Year 12

High School

11th Grade- Junior

17-18

6th Form/ College

A Level/ IB

Year 13

High School

12th Grade- Senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGE 

Scotland Type

Scotland Year

Key Stage

Northern Ireland

N.I. Year

Key Stage

4-5

Nursery

Year 1

 

Primary

Primary 1

 

5-6

Primary

Primary 1

 

Primary

Primary 2

 

6-7

Primary

Primary 2

 

Primary

Primary 3

 

7-8

Primary

Primary 3

 

Primary

Primary 4

 

8-9

Primary

Primary 4

 

Primary

Primary 5

 

9-10

Primary

Primary 5

 

Primary

Primary 6

 

10-11

Primary

Primary 6

 

Primary

Primary 7

11 Plus 

11-12

Primary

Primary 7

 

High/ Grammar 

First Form

 

12-13

Secondary

1st Year

 

High/ Grammar 

2nd Form

 

13-14

Secondary

2nd Year

 

High/ Grammar 

3rd Form

 

14-15

Secondary

3rd Year

 

High/ Grammar 

4th Form

 

15-16

Secondary

4th Year

Standards

High/ Grammar 

5th Form

GCSE

16-17

Secondary

5th Year

Highers

High/ Grammar 

Lower 6th

AS Level

17-18

Secondary

6th Year

Highers

6th Form/College

Upper 6th

A Level

 

 

 

 

AGE 

Australian School Type

Name

4

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

5

PP

Pre Primary

6

Primary

Year 1

7

Primary

Year 2

8

Primary

Year 3

9

Primary

Year 4

10

Primary

Year 5

11

Primary

Year 6

12

Primary

Year 7

13

High School

Year 8

14

High School

Year 9

15

High School

Year 10

16

High School

Year 11

17

High School

Year 12