The University of Southampton

Appendix 8: Educational Institution Information

Levels of academic qualifications

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Masters student PhD, also referred to as Postgraduate Researcher (PGRs) Early Career Researcher (ECR) Academic Professor 
First degree (Bachelors or Masters) More research based than first degree Specific area of research, gain title ‘Dr.’ Working under more senior academic Independent researcher Overseeing specific areas of research

National Curriculum Key Stages

Key Stage EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5
Year Group Reception 1 & 2 3-7 7-9 (in most schools) 10 & 11 (some schools start in year 9) 12 & 13
Age Range 4-5 yrs 5-7 yrs 7-11 yrs 11-14y rs 14-16 yrs (13 if in year 9) 16-18 yrs
Other Info Start primary school (or infant if separate from juniors) Start of juniors if separate to infants Start of secondary school GCSEs AS/A levels

General school term dates

Term Autumn term Autumn half- term Spring term Spring half-term Summer term Summer half-term
Rough Dates 1st week in September to week before Christmas Usually mid October 1st full week of January to week before Easter Usually late February Week after Easter to 3rd week in June Usually mid May

General university term/semester dates

Term Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Rough dates Last week in September to mid December 1st full week in January to late March Late April to mid June
Semester Semester 1 Semester 2