When graduating from grade 9 at around 15 years of age, students can either continue their studies, undertake vocational training or start working.
Upper secondary schools teach a variety of mandatory and voluntary courses. These courses are designed to help students move towards their higher or vocational education path.
Usually, secondary education is acquired within three school years in a gymnasium, upper secondary school or lyceum. The state and local governments ensure the availability of secondary education to everyone.
Vocational schools focus on practical skills and experience. They can be attended either after completing the basic or the upper secondary education.