English-Speaking Countries in a Nutshell - Education vocabulary

English-Speaking Countries in a Nutshell - Education vocabulary

W naszym kolejnym konkursowym wpisie prezentujemy słownictwo związane z edukacją, które może pojawić się na finałowym teście. Mamy nadzieję, że poniższe zestawienie słówek i kolokacji zainteresuje nie tylko uczestników konkursu, ale także inne osoby uczące się języka angielskiego :). 


Degree - the qualification students get when they successfully complete a college or university course

Bachelor’s degree - the first degree that students get when they study at the university for three or four years

Bachelor of Arts (= BA) - a first university degree in an arts or social sciences subject.

Bachelor of Science (= BSc) - a first university degree in science

Master’s degree (MA) - a degree that is taken after a first degree, at a more advanced level 

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy - doctorate) – the highest level of degree qualification issued by a university

Dropouts - students who leave school before completing their education

Compulsory education - a number of years or age span during which children are legally obliged to attend school

Vocational education - the kind of education that prepares students for careers or professions

Vocational school - a school where students learn and develop skills that are necessary for particular jobs

Literacy - the ability to read and write. Nowadays, a literate person is someone who is able to use a personal computer as well

State school - a school that is paid for by the government and provides free education

Public school (in England) - a private and expensive school for young people between the ages of 13 and 18, whose parents pay for their education. The students often live at the school (boarding school) while they are studying

Public school (US) - a school which is free and paid for by the government

Grammar school (UK) - a state secondary school that selects their pupils by means of an examination taken by children at age 11

Co-educational school – a school where girls and boys are taught together

Nursery school (UK)/kindergarten (US) - preschool education

Primary Education - the first years of formal, structured education. In general, primary education consists of six or seven years of schooling usually starting at the age of 5 or 6.

Secondary education - the stage of education following primary education

High school (US) - a school for young people between the ages of 14 and 18

High school (UK) - a school for young people between the ages of 11 and 18

Tertiary education (or higher education) - education at the college or university level

Timetable (UK)/ Schedule (US) - a list of the times and lessons taking place at a school

Curriculum - the subjects which are included in a course of study or taught in an educational institution; a school or a college

Syllabus  - a list of the topics, books and a summary of the subjects to be covered in a course

Lecture - a formal talk at university or college where a larger group of students listen to a lecturer and take notes

Lecturer - somebody who teaches at a university or college

Tutor- a teacher who works with a student or a small group of students

Personal statement – an essay explaining why a student wants to choose a particular course with a description of one's achievements, interests. It is included as part of an application for a place at university or college.

Freshman - a student in his or her first year at a university or college

Sophomore - a student in the second year of a course of study at a college or university

Junior - a third-year student at university or college

Senior - a fourth-year student at college or university

Tuition fees - the amount of money that students pay to go to a private school or university

Scholarship - an amount of money paid by a school, university, etc. to a student who has a lot of ability, but not much money

Grant -money given by the government to support a student while studying

Internship - a period of work experience (often unpaid) offered by an employer to give students and graduates experience of working in an industry related to their field of study

Enroll - to officially register on a course at a college or university

Student loan - The money that a student borrows from a bank while at university or college to pay for his/her education

The three R's - the basic educational skills of Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic (maths)

Humanities - studies about human culture, such as literature, languages, philosophy, and history

Bookworm - a person who loves reading and/or studying

Campus – the buildings and grounds of a university or college

Master’s thesis - a long piece of writing on a particular subject, especially one that is done for a Master’s degree

Gap year - a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education



Attend - to go regularly to a school or university

Learn by heart – memorize something 

Prepare for an exam/a test /a quiz - to review what you have already learned to get ready for an exam

Take an exam/ a test/a quiz - to do an exam/a test/a quiz

Sit an exam/a test/a quiz - to do an exam/a test/a quiz

Pass an exam/a test /a quiz - to achieve a successful outcome from an exam.

Fail an exam/a test /a quiz - not to succeed in an exam

Cheat in an exam - to attempt to pass an exam in a way that is dishonest or unfair, for example by copying from another student

Pass with flying colours – to pass an exam or test easily and with excellent result

Resit an exam - to take an exam a second time.

Skip classes - to be absent from lessons you are supposed to attend

Play truant - to be absent without permission from parents or teachers

Graduate - to complete a university degree successfully.

Meet a deadline - to complete a piece of work by the required date