For some people, the school systerm in the Netherlands can seem quite confusing.
Well in fact, it’s pretty easy to understand.
Let me help you.
Children in the Netherlands are privilege to go to school.
他们4岁时 就可以上小学了 小学读8年
So at age 4, they go to primary school for 8 years.
When a pupil finishes his primary school, he/she can continue to
one of three different types of secondary education, depending on the people’s level.
Preparetory secondary vocational education is vocationly oriented and takes four years.
From there on, a student can go on a secondary vocational education.
This prepares students for work or work related study program.
Its qualification levels range from one to four, with four being the highest level.
After primary education, a pupil can also go to a pre-university education.
This is a six-year long secondary education track,
designed to prepare students for a such university
where they can obtain bachelor of arts or science or laws.
After that, a student can continue studying to get a master’s degree and a PhD.
So far, the school systerm in Netherlands seems very similar to systerm in other countries.
But, here comes the part that makes a different from most.
Between university preparatory education and preparatory secondary vocational education,
there is another line of education a pupil can follow,
called senior general secondary education.
This is a five-year long education that prepares them for studying in higher professional education.
Higher professional education is taught at universities of applied sciences.
这意味着除了理论知识外 学生还将通过实习 小组作业等方式
This means that besides theoretical knowledge, the students will get practical, hands-on experience
through internships, group work and so on.
A compeletely first year of higher professional education
also grant access to the first year of bechelor’s program at research university.
After a student receives a bachelor degree
he or she can continue studying and obtaining a master’s degree.
Together, this eight qualification levels make up the Dutch qualifications framework.
The binary education systern makes it possible for students to find a higher education program
to best suit their skills.