Education System

Everyone between the ages of 5 and 16 is entitled to free education in all state schools. On completion of Form 5, marking the end of compulsory secondary education, students may sit for the Secondary Education Certificate Examination (SEC). Successful candidates may choose to continue into the postsecondary academic route or enter into the labour market, including applying for positions within the Maltese public service.

Vocational education may take the form of apprenticeships, (which are part-time studies and parttime training on-the-job); as well as studies at different vocational institutions in Malta, such as the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS), the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) or the Malta Centre for Restoration.

The post-secondary academic route, known as Sixth Form, lasts for two years. Upon completion students may take the Matriculation Certificate Examination (MATSEC) to progress to higher education.

The figure below outlines the Maltese Education System from primary to higher education. It also explains the different entry and transition requirements to specific stages of the education system.

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