Fjar wrote:Surely if you've done a Dutch equivalent of an A-Level you could go to university in the UK? There's only that, and your ability to speak English (which doesn't appear to be a problem at all), surely?
Well I thought that what I did was similar to A-levels but our education system is completely different so I'm not sure now. Basically we have three levels in secondary school, VMBO, HAVO and VWO. VMBO is not important in this case so forget about that one.
I started with a combination of HAVO and VWO for the first two years, then continued VWO for another year, than did 2 years of HAVO and got that degree. HAVO gets you to HBO (which, literally translated, means Higher Professional Education) in the Netherlands. However, you can do HBO for one year and then go to uni, but you can't go straight to uni with just HAVO. But then there's the fact that our HBO studies are all considered as bachelor so that should be quite similar to English uni.
Not to mention the fact that we work with "profiles" here, basically a combination of subjects you take in the last 2 years of HAVO. I chose the "Nature and Health" one which would get me in pretty much all bachelor studies as it's considered the most difficult profile, whereas other profiles would give me less options.
Oh and we don't need certain degrees for subjects to apply for a study, as long as you have a piece of paper that says you passed, you're in.
And when it comes to my English, I'll have to go to the Netherlands to do some stupid test to prove it's good enough, hah.
God it would be lovely if education worked the same in every country.