Education in London can be quite variable. The government introduced league tables to allow parents to select which are the best schools in their area. Often however children are taught what the need to past the many tests rather then whats needed to give them an overall education. Often parents will buy a house based upon how good the local schools are.
When looking at Universities it is also very important to make sure the University you go to has all the right accreditations especially if you want to go into a profession where there are strict controls such as being a lawyer, accountant, etc.
The Truth About Education in London and The Rest of The UK
Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to London and other parts of the UK to further their education. For many their families have struggled, and saved for many years to send their child to another country where they might find more opportunities. The truth is British Universities love foreign students, especially when they come from outside of the European Union. On average most British Universities will charge 300% more to a non EU student then they will to a European student. A non EU student represents a huge amount of money to a university. Schools will send delegations of teachers and staff ff to other parts of the world each year to try and attract people to come to their university.
The truth about higher education in the UK is the experience you will have will vary enormously by the University and by the course.
How to Pick a Good University
Going to University is a huge investment in time and money. The choices you make will affect your entire future.
Below are some tips on how to pick a good place to study
Don’t Trust Everything you read from the university – You cannot simply trust what is written on their website or in their brochure, even photos shown are often edited in such a way to show the university in it’s best possible light. One gleaming example of this is The University of East London. It has one of the newest campuses in London, built right on the River Thames. If you look at some of the photos they’ve put out in the past it shows what looks like a wonderful campus with brand new accommodation blocks that overlook the River Thames. What those photos do not show you is the student accommodation blocks are located directly opposite the runway to London City Airport. Now can you imagine how trying to sleep or study might be impacted by the noise of planes landing or taking off right outside your window?
If you want to see the truth for yourself simply follow the link below to Google Maps
The Quality of Teaching at University Level is Highly Variable
Once you get to University level the quality of teaching you will get will vary enormously. At university level the title of teacher is often replaced with the word lecturer. Quite often that means you are going through a book that was chosen by the course leader at the time the course was created and
Teachers Do Not Always Know Anything About The Subject They Are Teaching
I once went for an interview at a very well known University in London which was offering a Masters Degree in Biometrics.
With all of the recent changes in the world and businesses, governments and other organisation looking to improve their overall security I thought biometrics would be an up and coming field to get into.
However when I went for the interview I found out that the course leader had left and someone else had taken over. I then began asking a series of questions about the course and almost every single answer from the course lecturer was “I don’t know”
The Most Honest thing I was Ever Told About Going To University
This was told to me by someone that was a few years above me in school and came to my college when I was 17 years old to give us all advice about going to University .. His words were .. “You will be lucky if you ever use 5% of what you learn at University”
After having spent 4 years doing a Business Degree I can pretty much agree with that statement. I might even go as far as to as 2% or 3%. But that would depend a lot on the university you went to and the actual course you took. If you did maths at university and went into a job that was based largely on maths then I’d imagine 90%+ of what you learnt would be totally relevant and useful. But if like me you are doing a Business Studies course then you soon find out that (at least in my case) none of the lecturers had ever run a business in their lives. A few had worked in other jobs such as being in the army, as an accountant, a lawyer, etc But not one single person had actually started a business of their own, create a product or service and then gone out to the world to sell that to others. You were effectively being taught business by people that had never done it themselves. This is the biggest downside of going to University, that you are often being taught by people who haven’t got a clue about the subject in real life and the only thing they know about the subject matter it what they’ve read themselves in a book.
Be weary of The Name of The University or School
Many educational establishments know that a nice sounding name will attract more students. They will often trade on the reputations of well known universities such as Oxford or Cambridge and have very similar sounding names. Do your research into the universities, use various search engines and look in student forums and message boards and try and hear from others that actually went to that university.