Upper secondary school – national programs and IB
Programmes with a focus on university studies
Programmes with a focus on university studies are designed to prepare you for further studies at university or college. The programmes with a focus on university studies are:
- Business and Administration Programme (EK)
- Arts Programme (ES)
- Humanities Programme (HU)
- Natural Science Programme (NA)
- Social Science Programme (SA)
- Technology Programme (TE)
There are also programmes with a special variant. A special variant is a course of education within a national programme that deviates from the national programme due to a specific focus. To be eligible for admission, you may need other subjects and grades than those generally needed for eligibility for programmes with a university focus.
For more information about the national programmes, please visit the website.
The vocational programmes are primarily to prepare you for working life or higher vocational education. The programmes do not provide you with general entry requirements for university studies. You can however achieve the general entry requirements for university if you add some courses to your studies in the vocational programme.
The vocational programmes are:
- Child and Recreation Programme (BF)
- Building and Construction Programme (BA)
- Electricity and Energy Programme (EE)
- Vehicle and Transport Programme (FT)
- Business and Administration Programme (HA)
- Handicraft Programme (HV)
- Hotel and Tourism Programme (HT)
- Industrial Technology Programme (IN)
- Natural Resource Use Programme (NB)
- Restaurant Management and Food Programme (RL)
- HVAC and Property Maintenance Programme (VF)
- Health and Social Care Programme (VO)
Within the vocational programmes, you may have the opportunity to attend an upper secondary apprenticeship education. This means that at least half of your education will take place at one or several workplaces.
For more information about the national programmes, please visit the Swedish National Agency for Education’s website.(Skolverket)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme prepares you for studies at university or college. The IB programme is taught in English, and it is not necessary to have a final grade in Swedish to be eligible for the IB programme. There are different rules for different IB schools. Students applying for the International Baccalaureate are usually summoned for a test. Contact the school you wish to apply for directly, in order to learn more about their tests and/or requirements for admission.
Note that, in most cases, the IB education in Sweden involves three years of study. The first year (the Pre-IB) is a preparatory year, during which you will prepare for the actual IB education, which you will study during the remaining two years.
For more information about the IB programme, please visit www.ibo.org.