Year Ten is an educational year group in schools in many countries including Australia, England, India, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Wales. It is the tenth or eleventh year of compulsory education. It is referred to as ninth grade or "first year" in the US, and grade nine in Canada.
In schools in Bangladesh Year 10 or Class Ten (X) is the tenth year after Kindergarten. It is the tenth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 15 by 1 August in any given academic year. Year 10 is usually the fourth year of Secondary school. During this year or by the end of Year 10, all qualifying students complete Secondary school.
In Australia, Year 10 is the eleventh year of compulsory education. Although there are slight variations between the states, most children in Year 10 are aged between fourteen and sixteen. Year 10 is the final year of compulsory education in Australia. Students may elect to opt out of the education program at this point. This leaves the student without a VCE certificate (similar certificates apply in other states), and most choose to attend TAFE or enter an apprenticeship. Until recently, students that completed Year 10 in New South Wales would obtain their School Certificate.
In New Zealand, Year 10 is the tenth full year of compulsory education. Children entering Year 10 are usually aged between 13.5 and 15, but there is no minimum age. Year 10 pupils are educated in Secondary schools or in Area schools.
In schools in England Year 10 is the tenth year after Reception. It is the tenth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 14 by 1 September in any given academic year. It is also the first year of Key Stage 4 in which the secondary National Curriculum is taught and most GCSE courses are begun.
Year 10 is usually the fourth year of Secondary school and was previously called the "fourth year" or "fourth form". In some areas of England, with three-tier education it is the second or third year group of Secondary school.
In schools in Wales Year 10 is the tenth year after Reception. It is currently the tenth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 14 on 1 September in any given academic year. It is the first year group in Key Stage 4.
In India, Year 10 (known as Class 10 or Standard 10) is usually the tenth year of compulsory education. It is the 3rd year in High School with Standard 9th and 8th being the other two. It is also known as Matriculation and makes the students eligible for attending Pre-University Certificate course (or popularly called PUC or class 12th) which in turn will make them eligible to attend college.
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