The Uk education system is usually divided into four major components: primary education, secondary education, further education, and higher education. Children in the United Kingdom are needed by law to attend primary and secondary school from the age of five until they reach the age of sixteen. Postgraduate studies in the Uk education system are rigorous. As a result, courses are typically much shorter than in other countries. Some state colleges offer two-year vocational diplomas that exempt students from a degree program's first and sometimes second years.