What Do These Abbreviations Mean?

CV (C.V. , Cv, cv) stands for "curriculum vitae" (Latin for "course of life"), a summary of academic and professional history and achievements. (Similar to résumé - a summary of relevant job experience and education.)

IB PYP. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 11.

IB MYP. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, 11 to 16 years old, (grades 6–10 in International Schools)

IB DP. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a two-year educational programme for students aged 16–18 that is internationally accepted by universities worldwide. It was developed in the early to mid-1960s in Geneva by the IB organization. IBDP is currently taught in English, French or Spanish.

KS. "Key Stage". A Key Stage is a level of the state education system in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.

  • KS1. Key Stage 1 is the legal term for the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 1 and Year 2, when pupils are aged between 5 and 6.

  • KS2. Key Stage 2 - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, when pupils are aged between 7 and 11.

  • KS3. Key Stage 3 - the three years of schooling ( Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9), when pupils are aged between 11 and 14.

  • KS4. Key Stage 4 is the two years of school education which incorporate GCSEs - Year 10 and Year 11 in England and Wales, when pupils are aged between 14 and 16.

  • KS5. (unofficial), the two years of post-compulsory education for students aged 16-18, or at sixth form, in the United Kingdom, to align with previous Key Stages as labelled for the National Curriculum.

    Students sit the GCE Advanced Subsidiary Levels examination and at the end of Key Stage 5, the A2 Level examinations. Sitting both AS and A2 level form the GCE Advanced Level qualification.

PGCE The Postgraduate Certificate in Education, a one-year course in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for undergraduate degree holders that allows them to train to be a teacher.



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