In Spain, the education regulating body is “Ministry of Education”. In Spain it is  the “Law Of Education” that makes the regulations. According to this law, education in Spain is compulsory and should be free from “six years to sixteen years of age”. This is supported by the government of the Spain. From 6 to 16, the school attendance is compulsory for every child.

A Look at  the Education System

Spanish Education SystemThe education before 6 years is termed as pre-primary education or kindergarten education and is divided into two groups. First is up to 3 years and the second is from 3 to 6 years of age. From 6 to 16 years of age, the education in Spain is divided into two groups. 1) The first group, called primary education, is for students between the ages of 6 and 12. 2) 12 to 16 years ( called secondary education) The primary education is divided into three cycles 1) 6 to 8 years (first cycle) 2) 8 to 10 years (second cycle) 3) 10 to 12 years (third cycle) During this stage, the average number of students in a class is around 25 in the Spanish schools.

The primary goal of this level of education is to provide all the children with a common education which makes it possible for them to acquire the basic cultural elements, learning oral expression, writing and arithmetic, as well as a progressive self-sufficiency of action in their environment. The certificate given at the end of this stage is termed as School Graduate. The secondary education is divided into two cycles 1) 12 to 14 years (first cycle) 2) 14 to 16 years (second cycle) During this stage, the average number of students in a class is around 30 in the Spanish schools. The certificate given at the end of this stage is termed as Secondary Education Graduate.

The next stage of education is called as medium-grade training cycles. This stage has two options. 1) Bachelor degree and lasts for 2 years. The subject categories available are o Arts o Natural and health sciences o humanities and social sciences o technology 2) Training for occupations will allow a student to take their studies for only specific jobs and is often an the choice for those who want a less academic course. Upon obtaining this qualification the student is then allowed to enter the workforce in their field, or can enroll in another technical program that combines all of the specialized courses that are required.

The next stage of education also has two choices. 1) Post secondary occupational training, an extension of the occupational training allows students to further enhance their training to a higher level and lasts either one or two years 2) University education and admission into it is determined by a university entrance exam which is held in each June. It has three stages.  The short degree programs that take 3 years to complete, which can be either University diploma or Engineering Technician are longer  programs last between four and six years. You will find that the programs are separated into two different cycles. In the first cycle you can anticipate two to three years of education that consists of general education studies in the major that you have chosen. In the second cycle there is an additional two to three years of further education required. Doctoral programs generally require two years of further study and consist of both coursework and a dissertation.

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