DEFINITIONS

Full-time study – study load that permits completing cumulatively at least 75 per cent of the studies, which, according to the curriculum, must be completed by the end of each academic year.

Part-time study – study load that permits completing cumulatively less than 75 per cent of the studies, which, according to the curriculum, must be completed by the end of each academic year.

Secondary vocational education a set of requirements established by the vocational education standard and the national curricula for vocations or professions. The acquisition of secondary vocational education provides the prerequisites and grants the right to start working in the acquired vocation or profession or to continue studies to acquire higher education.

Vocational courses after basic education vocational education based on basic education, vocational training on the basis of basic education, vocational and secondary education based on basic education, vocational secondary education based on based education, vocational secondary education, professional secondary education based on basic education. Since the academic year 2014/15, new categories have been added: fourth-level vocational courses which include fourth-level initial vocational education (vocational upper secondary education), fourth-level initial vocational education and fourth-level continuing vocational education (admittance to all categories available since 01.09.2013).

Vocational courses after secondary education vocational secondary education based on secondary education, vocational courses based on secondary education, professional secondary education based on secondary education. Since the academic year 2014/15, new categories have been added: fifth-level vocational courses which include fifth-level initial vocational education and fifth-level continuing vocational education (admittance to both categories available since 01.09.2013).

Vocational courses with non-defined basic education vocational education for young people with special needs and without basic education, vocational training for persons beyond minimum school-leaving age who lack basic education. Since the academic year 2014/15, new categories have been added: second-level vocational education, third-level vocational education (admittance to both categories available since 01.09.2013). The completion of any other level of education is not a prerequisite for admittance.

Vocational education a system of knowledge, skills, experience, values and behavioural norms which are required for working in a certain area of specialisation, for obtaining certain qualifications and for applying for and retaining a certain position, and the acquisition and improvement of that system creates the prerequisites for successful professional activity.

Vocational school / vocational education institution educational institution where the knowledge, skills and attitudes for the performance of a skilled trade in a vocation or profession are acquired.

METHODOLOGY

The statistical data on education have been collected and processed by Statistics Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Research. The data about education are based on total surveys, i.e. the survey population of education statistics includes all educational institutions which have an activity license for providing education regardless of their form of ownership.

In 2004, the Ministry of Education and Research initiated a project to bring different partners together and to combine the collection and analysis of various educational data in one system called EHIS (Eesti Hariduse Infosüsteem) – the Estonian Educational Information System. A special unit will be formed in the National Examination and Qualification Centre to administer this new system. The new resource can be used by Statistics Estonia since 2005/2006.

CLASSIFICATIONS

International Standard Classification of Education

International Standard Classification of Education

The comparison of the 1997 and 2011 versions of ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) is presented: Comparison of ISCED97 and ISCED 2011

Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)

The Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements is available on the website of Statistics Estonia at www.stat.ee/metadata under the heading “List of classifications”.

MORE DATA

Kutseharidus. 1996–2006. Vocational Education

Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia

CONTACT PERSON

Triinu Lukas

Methodology and Analysis Department

Tel +372 625 8430

triinu.lukas@stat.ee

Updated: 12.12.2016