Studies leading to a basic qualification in youth education
It usually takes three years to complete a basic qualification.
Studying in class and during on-the-job learning periods is practical.
In addition to the vocational subjects, the qualification comprises studies supplementing vocational skills, such as languages, general subjects and physical education.
Studying and school meals are free of charge. The student acquires the textbooks him or herself and pays half of the cost of the tools and work clothing needed during the studies.
Upper secondary school studies supplementing vocational skills may be included in a basic qualification. Alongside the basic qualification, the student may also take the matriculation examination. (Depending on the field, the basic qualification may also include studies completed at a university of applied sciences.)
The student may, from the outset, complete the basic qualification in the form of apprenticeship training, or he/she may be transferred into apprenticeship training at various stages of his or her studies. Further information on apprenticeship training is available here.
Upon completing the basic qualification, the student may complete a vocational or specialist vocational qualification. The basic qualification also entitles him or her to apply for a study place at a university of applied sciences or at a university.