Jersey has one college of further education and university centre, Highlands College, as well as the Jersey Institute of Law providing on-Island law degrees, and higher-level accountancy. The educational system follows the Anglo-Saxon model (see below), with the language of instruction being English. Its lead institution, Highlands College, boasts first-class academic results in the context of the UK, with over 80% of students achieving a degree at 2.1 or better (2016 results). It accommodates over 4800 students, with the majority of them, however, studying part-time. For more information please refer to https://www.gov.je/Government/Departments/Education/Pages/index.aspx.
The Jersey educational system is modelled on that of the United Kingdom. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’.
The length of Bachelor’s degree comprises three years. In order to apply for a Bachelor’s degree, students must possess a relevant high school qualification, A levels in this case, or international equivalent (e.g. Swiss Maturity or International Baccalaureate).
Postgraduate programmes in Jersey are taught mostly via research and coursework at Master’s and Doctoral levels. Postgraduate study tackles general study areas with a more specialist focus, and so may require students to be more decisive in their subject choices. Master’s programmes typically last a year. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
Entrance requirements vary across institution, study level and subject area. Generally speaking, applicants are assessed against their academic background and previous academic achievements. For international applicants, a proof of English language proficiency (B2 minimum) is also required. The main language of instruction is English.
In terms of financing the studies, the fees can be expected to be approximately £8 000 per year of enrolment. There is a slight variation between the courses, nonetheless the government-mandated cap for the academic year 2020/2021 has been set to £9 250.
Jersey students are not eligible for England’s student loans but a means-tested grants system exists to provide financial support for students from lower income families. The Jersey government also offers various funding opportunities via the Student Finance body for households with annual income of less than £200 000.
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Costs of living in Jersey are comparable to those in the UK, with the notable exception of the accommodation costs, however. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs approximately £20, with a loaf of bread costing approximately £1.40. A monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment outside the centre has been estimated at over £1 200.