Non-compulsory. Baccalaureate or Vocational Training.

Non-compulsory level for teenagers aged 16+ who have completed their EP and ESO and thus hold a Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education

There are two types of Post-Compulsory Secondary Education: Baccalaureate and Vocational Training.


Duration: 2 years.

Specialty fields: 3

  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Arts:
    • Visual Arts, Image and Design
    • Performing Arts, Music and Dance

Available in both private and public schools.

The students who complete this level get a Certificate of Post-Compulsory Secondary Education and gain access to University or Higher Vocational Training.

Vocational Training:

Duration: 1.5-2 years.

Requirements: Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education or examination for students aged 17+. Specialty fields: See courses below. The students who complete this level get a Technical Degree.

Vocational Training Courses

Vocational Training courses are divided into modules (subjects) for students to become skilled workers in different trades. Students who finish the courses get the degree of Medium-Level or High-Level Technicians. Course contents are in keeping with the needs of specific trades in the labour market.

Each module takes a certain number of hours, depending on the course. Courses are taught at learning centres, except for In-Company Training (FCT) courses, which are part of all stages. Usually, the last months of Vocational Training consist in in-work training. Lifelong Learning Programmes like Leonardo da Vinci or Erasmus enable students to do their in-work training abroad.

Vocational Training courses usually take two school years, although some are shorter (one school year and one term).

There are two levels of Vocational Training courses:

  • Medium-Level Training.
  • High-Level Training.

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Vocational Families

There are about 140 different labour market-oriented degrees for students in the Vocational Training cycle. These degrees are grouped into families according to the technological and economic characteristics of the courses.