Upper secondary education

Upper secondary education typically begins at the end of full-time compulsory education. It normally caters for the 16-19-year-olds and can be divided into two groups:

  1. General education qualifying for access to higher education and

  2. Vocational or technical education qualifying primarily for access to the labour market

Upper secondary education comprises e.g. the general upper secondary education provision of the Gymnasium, the higher preparatory examination or HF-programme, the higher commercial examination or HHX-programme, the higher technical examination or HTX-programme, the basic social and health training programmes and the vocational education and training programmes.