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Upper secondary education

Upper secondary education encompasses all competence-building training between the lower secondary and higher education levels. Legislation adopted in 1994 grants everyone between the ages of 16 and 19 the right to three years of upper secondary education, which is designed to lead to qualification for higher education programmes, a trade certificate, a vocational qualification, or lower-level qualifications. Everyone has the right to be accepted for one of the foundation courses for which they have applied, and to a two years’ study/training programme which builds on the foundation course.

Pupils who are entitled to special needs tuition are entitled to up to two years of extra upper secondary education, if needed, to meet their individual educational goals.

Upper secondary education is available in all parts of Norway.

From the autumn of 2006, pupils will be able to choose from a total of 12 lines of study/training in upper secondary school:

  • Sports and Physical Education
  • Music, Dance and Drama 
  • A specialist subject
  • Building and Construction Skills
  • Design and Crafts
  • Electrical Trades
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media and Communication
  • Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Restaurant and Food Trades
  • Service, Transport and Communications
  • Technical Trades and Industrial Production

In the second and third years, pupils follow a more specialised course building on the foundation year.

Most pupils taking vocational subjects work towards a trade certificate. They normally follow two years’ teaching at school and one year’s training at a workplace, followed by one year’s work at the same workplace.

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