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Old 25.02.2011, 19:26
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Swiss Education System: Questions

Hello, I'm from the U.K. In our School System we have 2 Major Qualifications.

The GCSE: 15-16 Years old (Subject's Vary per School)
The GCE Advanced Level: 18 Years old (Subject's vary per school)

In Switzerland, is the Matura the only Qualification's in the Education System and does the Matura include all learning Subjects?
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Old 25.02.2011, 19:34
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Re: Swiss Education System: Questions

If you are thinking of moving here and might be using the site quite a bit I suggest you make aquaintance with Mr. Google.

There is a mass of information here on EF but there are also other Swiss sites to help aliens who wander in this direction with more clearly structured material.
Googling Schooling in Switzerland gives you quite a bit of general info. When you get down to details members can give you the benefit of their experience.

Here's another one on compulsory schooling.
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Re: Swiss Education System: Questions

Hi - just a quick correction before we start

Geneva or Genève

OK, you are right, GCSEs do not exist in Switzerland. In the French speaking part the A'Level 'equivalent' is called Bac, Baccalauréat or Maturité.
Not equivalent at all though- as UK students study 4 subject at AS Level in Year 12, and 3 at A'Level in Year 13. In Switzerland (a bit like in Scotland) you have to continue all your subjects, but can specialise towards sciences, or Langs, Humanities, etc. If you fail in one subject you have to repeat the whole year, not just the subject you fail.

How old are you and what are your plans? If we know a bit more about you, we can try and focus replies a bit better.
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Re: Swiss Education System: Questions

Indeed google shows the way into the Swiss school system, there is a lot in English. But take one thing from an insider: Matura in Gymnasium/lycée is NOT the only way and is NOT for every body, and some students ARE more succesful in other types of school and one can make a rocket golden carreer in various areas of the economy going through the other types of schools, including apprenticeship. So keep your mind open in order to find the best fit for a given student.
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Re: Swiss Education System: Questions

Well, My children are 12 and 16 and they just wanting to know, about the Exams needed to get in-to University, I'm not that aware of the Education System in Switzerland as Most of my family are UK-US.
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My comment was exactly about that: The truth is: there is a selection at entrance for gymnasium, so don't despair if the students don't get in. There are other sucessful ways.
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Re: Swiss Education System: Questions

So there is now a Thread with the links in which should tell you the answers to your questions - but you do have to look up the links. The infos are in Family Matters where school stuff belongs.
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