Upper-secondary education

Key terms: Public expenditure on education / Bridge-year courses / Case management (vocational education and training) / Transition Lower - Upper secondary level / Quality development and quality assurance in the field of education / Mobility and exchange / Occupational, educational and career guidance

After compulsory education, adolescents transfer to upper-secondary education, which can be subdivided into general education programmes, and vocational education and training (VET) programmes.

  • The general education programmes include the Baccalaureate schools and the upper-secondary specialised schools. They do not lead to professional qualifications, but prepare for tertiary level education programmes.

  • Vocational education and training (VET), in which adolescents learn a profession, is mostly completed at training companies (apprenticeship) combined with teaching at a VET school. It can also be completed at full-time vocational schools.

The majority of adolescents enrol in vocational education and training (VET) after lower-secondary education. The adolescents complete upper-secondary education at the age of 18/19 and receive a corresponding certificate. More than 90% of young people complete upper secondary education.

Various measures (individual support, case management etc.) have been taken in order to optimise the transition from compulsory education to upper-secondary education. For adolescents who do not enrol immediately in upper-secondary education after compulsory education, bridge-year courses are available as interim solutions.

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Last update of this page: 20.07.2017