In the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country there is free schooling available from 3 to 16 years old and education is compulsory from 6 years old. It consists of:
Types of school
There are state schools, "concertado" schools (private education subsidised by the Department of Education, Universities and Research at the Basque Government) and international schools.Apart from the international schools in the Basque Country, teaching is in two languages: Basque and Spanish. These are the two official languages in this Community.List of non-university education centres (schools and institutes in the Basque Country): http://www.hezkuntza.ejgv.euskadi.net/r43-5532/es/
Students can choose whether or not to stay on at school from 16 to 18 years old.
Students who pass the Compulsory Secondary Education qualification obtain the "Graduate of Compulsory Secondary Education" qualification which allows them to study for a High School Diploma (bachillerato) or intermediate vocational training (ciclos formativos de grado medio).
Vocational Training refers to the set of studies strongly linked to occupations and the labor market, and today is interpreted as a process throughout the active life of the person, encompassing both formal training of school-age young people, and job training aimed at employed workers or professional competence recognition.
Vocational Training offers around 170 different titles aimed at people to achieve professional competence and be prepared for skilled jobs. The different titles are grouped into professional families and consist of courses called "modules" with theoretical and practical content, including a work placement stage.
The Basque university system is part of the European Higher Education Area, also known as the Bologna process.
The Bologna Plan is based on a flexible system of easily readable and comparable degrees, in order to promote the employment opportunities for students and encourage their mobility, while also aiding the international competitiveness of the European Higher Education System. The qualifications which can be obtained are:
New system of university qualifications:
This is based on Graduate and Post-Graduate, which together are structured into three cycles: