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Upper secondary education

Updated: 26 February 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education
Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education
2020
246 838

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Pupils, apprentices, trainees in upper secondary education, students and participants in upper secondary education, by age, type of school/institution and gender.
Pupils, apprentices, trainees in upper secondary education, students and participants in upper secondary education, by age, type of school/institution and gender.
2020
All ages0-15 years16-18 years19-24 years25-29 years30-34 years35 years or older
Total261 298236179 00956 9539 2956 1119 694
Upper secondary education198 336234167 15919 2963 8873 1434 617
Apprenticeship training, apprentices1 46 846110 88627 7394 1471 9882 085
Apprenticeship training, trainees1 75504001 1411074562
Other upper secondary education programmes2 1 37711786520496194
Folk high schools7 51905176 858951039
Employment training4 605054547197652 662
Preparatory course for engineering education8600256001366435
Men138 77510591 12035 3545 2872 8944 015
Upper secondary education97 19110482 56810 1021 7121 1671 538
Apprenticeship training, apprentices1 33 80017 94820 4882 9031 2921 168
Apprenticeship training, trainees1 2510305805743235
Other upper secondary education programmes45306292792452
Folk high schools3 29102702 92762626
Employment training2 077032413443191 170
Preparatory course for engineering education7120204991135426
Women122 52313187 88921 5994 0083 2175 679
Upper secondary education101 14513084 5919 1942 1751 9763 079
Apprenticeship training, apprentices1 13 04602 9387 2511 244696917
Apprenticeship training, trainees504095336331327
Other upper secondary education programmes92411157312572142
Folk high schools4 22802473 93133413
Employment training2 528022133754461 492
Preparatory course for engineering education1480510123109
1Pupils in vocational training in schools are included
2Because of reorganization of the officer school education in The Norwegian Armed Forces ongoing pupils were not reported for the statistical year 2018.
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Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, by education programs , grade and county of residence
Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, by education programs , grade and county of residence
2020
TotalProgrammes for general studiesVocational education programmesTotalTotal
PupilsPupilsPupilsApprenticesTrainees
Total198 336122 90275 43446 8461 755
Upper secondary level 176 43437 73538 69900
Upper secondary level 267 84335 23232 61117326
Upper secondary level 354 05949 9354 12446 6731 729
County of residence
Viken47 11831 31515 8039 043507
Oslo20 49316 0924 4012 58281
Innlandet13 9237 7466 1773 213104
Vestfold og Telemark15 8209 5026 3183 761189
Agder12 2136 9975 2163 362130
Rogaland19 16911 1608 0095 213109
Vestland24 35114 3899 9626 605195
Møre og Romsdal10 2685 8414 4272 49391
Trøndelag - Trööndelage16 8679 6717 1965 013191
Nordland9 1374 9274 2102 79084
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku8 4854 8923 5932 73672
County not stated492370122352
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Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, by education programmes /field of study. Percentage of women
Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, by education programmes /field of study. Percentage of women
2020
PupilsAprentices/traneesAprentices/tranees
TotalPer cent womenTotalPer cent women
Total198 3365148 50228
General studies122 902560.
Specialization in general studies95 090570.
Sports and physical education12 547440.
Music, dance and drama6 301680.
Art, design and architecture (Knowledge Promotion Reform from 2016/2017)3 096790.
Media and communication (Knowledge Promotion Reform from 2016/2017)5 868490.
Vocational education75 4344348 50228
Building and construction9 161810 8665
Design, arts and crafts1 587771 73881
Electrical engineering and computer technology9 99878 9015
Healthcare, childhood and youth development23 779828 99777
Media and communication0.1663
Agriculture, fishing and forestry5 454521 58729
Restaurant and food processing3 419472 13848
Service and transport3 995295 85430
Technological and industrial production11 665138 40510
Crafts, design and product development (from 2020/2021)332700.
Hairdressing, floral, interior and retail design (from 2020/2021)1 294880.
Information technology and media production (from 2020/2021)1 396140.
Sales, service and tourism (from 2020/2021)3 354420.
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Pupils , apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, immigrants and norwegian-born to immigrants, by gender. 1 October
Pupils , apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education, immigrants and norwegian-born to immigrants, by gender. 1 October
2020
TotalPupils1 Apprentices/Trainees2
Pupils, apprentices and trainees in upper secondarImmigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parentsImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parents
Total246 83850 69430 02112 6286 9121 133
Men132 17026 81915 1096 3274 549834
Women114 66823 87514 9126 3012 363299
1Pupils in education leading to basic competence are included
2Pupils in vocational training in schools are included
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Pupils , apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education in per cent of registered cohorts 16 -18 years, immigrants and norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by gender. 1 October
Pupils , apprentices and trainees in upper secondary education in per cent of registered cohorts 16 -18 years, immigrants and norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by gender. 1 October1
2020
Pupils, apprentices and trainees
Total populationImmigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parentsImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parents
Both sexes94.386.882.393.6
Males93.786.281.892.9
Females94.987.682.994.3
1Pupils in education leading to basic competence, and pupils in vocational training in schools are included
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Pupils in folk high schools, long courses, by gender, age and completed/not completed education
Pupils in folk high schools, long courses, by gender, age and completed/not completed education
2019-2020
TotalCompletedNot Completed
TotalMalesFemalesTotalMalesFemales
Total7 2026 9262 9793 947276129147
Less than 19 years548495278217532825
19 years4 7404 6351 7712 8641053570
20 years or older1 9141 7969308661186652
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Pupils in folk high schools, long courses, by age and county of residence . 1 October
Pupils in folk high schools, long courses, by age and county of residence . 1 October
2020
TotalUnder 19 years19 yearsOver 19 years
Total7 5195174 3302 672
Viken1 7221021 025595
Oslo63229388215
Innlandet50829275204
Vestfold og Telemark56534325206
Agder52832322174
Rogaland69227444221
Vestland94048575317
Møre og Romsdal38540218127
Trøndelag - Trööndelage77753449275
Nordland28723158106
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku2283494100
County not stated2556657132
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Vocational examination candidates, by category and results
Vocational examination candidates, by category and results
Vocational examinationsPer cent passed
TotalApprenticesPractice candidatesPupils1 TotalApprenticesPractice candidatesPupils1
2007-200821 28814 5196 30046993939479
2008-200922 54215 3776 85730893929476
2009-201022 84915 3087 13141092929470
2010-201122 61814 9477 03563692929472
2011-201223 27914 5438 05268491909476
2012-201323 50315 3677 39674091909472
2013-201425 06515 5878 80167793939575
2014-201525 66915 6239 20684092929474
2015-201626 65215 6559 9081 08993929481
2016-201727 05815 83910 0601 15993939584
2017-201827 92816 61210 1151 20193939482
2018-201929 33717 77110 5431 02394949481
2019-202028 21918 5568 6111 05292929480
1Pupils who have completed vocational examination after training in school.
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Completed educational programmes in upper secondary education, by gender and results
Completed educational programmes in upper secondary education, by gender and results1
2019-2020
TotalCompleted2 Percentage completedTotal menPercentage completed, menTotal womenPercentage completed, women
Total3 101 70391 7969050 4338951 27091
Upper secondary education81 87973 9949040 8058941 07491
[Upper secondary education, advanced course II/certificate53 66047 9628922 7528730 90891
General studies51 06645 6208922 1798728 88791
Specialisation in general studies (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)41 76637 0038917 8688623 89890
Sports and physical studies (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)4 1483 951952 379941 76997
Music, dance and drama (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)2 0611 90893657891 40494
Art, design and architecture (Knowledge Promotion Reform from 2016/2017)902822912008970292
Media and communication (Knowledge Promotion Reform from 2016/2017)2 1891 936881 075861 11491
Vocational education2 5772 32590565892 01291
Design, arts and crafts (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)18216993289315493
Electrical engineering and computer technology (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)37369733974100
Healthcare, childhood and youth development (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)1 2421 0948867791 17589
Media and communication (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)80801004210038100
Agriculture, fishing and forestry (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)1 036946913958964193
Not an education programme in the Knowledge Promotion Reform171710081009100
Completed apprenticeship examinations28 21926 0329218 0539210 16693
Vocational education28 21926 0329218 0539210 16693
Building and construction (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)5 6175 097914 9159070293
Design, arts and crafts (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)782670861108567286
Electrical engineering and computer technology (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)3 5633 215903 3699019493
Healthcare, childhood and youth development (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)7 5377 013931 503936 03493
Media and communication (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)1616100101006100
Agriculture, fishing and forestry (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)793753956029519194
Restaurant and food (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)1 1511 027896058754691
Service and transport (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)4 1163 838932 744931 37294
Technological and industrial production (The Knowledge Promotion Reform)4 6444 403954 1959544997
Not an education programme in the Knowledge Promotion Reform00.0.0.
Folk high schools7 2026 926963 108964 09496
Employment training10 9379 310855 618855 31986
Other upper secondary educational programmes3 1 6851 566939029578390
1All pupils registered at Upper Secondary Advanced course within the period 1.10.-30.09., all apprentices and practice candidates who sat for examinations within the period 1.10.-30.09. and private candidates who passed.
2Completed education means achieved general, vocational certificate or requirements for admission to tertiary education
3Because of reorganization of the officer school education in The Norwegian Armed Forces about half of the data were reporten in the school year 2017/2018.
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About the statistics

The statistics gives number of pupils, apprentices, students and participants in upper secondary education.

Enrolled pupils: Pupils, apprentices or trainees registered at an educational institution.

Reform 94: Gives youth from 16 to 19 years old a legalised right to education at the upper secondary level. This right was extended to all from 2000.

The Knowledge Promotion: New reform in upper secondary education. This reform was introduced in autumn 2006 and replaces the Reform 94. The new reform involves a transformation of the contents and structure of upper secondary education.

Course level: This is used to differentiate the three class levels in upper secondary education. The first year: Basic course or level 1, second year: advance course I/level 2 and third year: advance course II/level 3.

General areas of study (Reform 94): Includes courses in general, economic and management studies, music dance and drama, sports and physical education.

Programmes for General Studies (The Knowledge Promotion): Includes courses in specialization in general studies, sports and physical education, music, dance and drama, art, design and architecture and media and communication.

In autumn 2016 media and communication went from being a vocational education programme to a programme for general studies. Pupils who began in autumn 2015 or earlier continue this education.

Vocational areas of study (Reform 94): Includes courses in health and social studies, agriculture, fishing and forestry, arts, crafts and designs, hotel and food processing trades, building and construction trades, technical building, electrical trades, engineering and mechanical trades, chemical and processing trades, woodworking trades, media and communication, sales and service.

Vocational Education Programmes (The Knowledge Promotion): Includes courses in agriculture, fishing and forestry, building and construction, design, arts and crafts, electricity and electronics, healthcare, childhood and youth development, restaurant and food processing, service and transport, technical and industrial production, crafts, design and product development, harirdressing, floral, interior and retail design, information technology and media production and sales, service and tourism.

From the autumn of 2020, a new structure of courses and apprenticeships in vocational education programs was implemented. Design, arts and crafts and service and transport was split up, and replaced by four new education programes (crafts, design and product development, harirdressing, floral, interior and retail design, information technology and media production and sales, service and tourism). Those who startet autumn 2019 or earlier, complete their education according to the old structure. From the autumn of 2020 electricity and electronics was renamed to electrical engineering and computer technology, and technical and industrial production was renamed to technological and industrial production.

Trade and journeyman’s examination: Final examination taken on completion of an apprenticeship at a workplace or upper secondary school. Successful candidates are awarded a trade or journeyman’s certificate entitling them to practice the trade concerned.

Trainee: A person who take a less comprehensive test than the vocational examination.

Skills test: A test at a lower level than the vocational examination, a test in terms of the goals that are established for the training.

Alternative education program: Pupils in alternative curriculum. Former a separate education programme. From fall 2010 pupils in alternative education is primarily reported under the ordinary education programmes where they are connected.

Type of Education: Educational activity is classified by the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education (NUS2000). It groups different types of educations by levels and fields of orientation.

Ownership: Schools are classified into state, county, municipal and private schools.

Social background: Mother or father’s education background. The highest education level of one of the parents defines the pupils social background.

Basic requirements for higher education: Pupils who have completed and passed upper secondary education programme for general studies meet the basic requirements for higher education. Basic requirement can also be gained in vocational education programmes. Occupational skills can be attained normally after two years in school and two years of practical training in an organization (differs in some subject areas). Occupational skills can equally be attained after three years of vocational training, then attaining a certificate. A trainee take a less comprehensive test than the vocational examination, a skills test.

Adults in upper secondary education: This involves both adults in ordinary courses and others in specialised courses for adults.

Completed education: Educational activities completed at an educational institution within a specific period and apprentices and trainees who have taken a vocational examination.

Completed and passed: Among pupils, apprentices and trainees completed education also means that the individual has passed all courses that can lead to a certificate, vocational qualification or skills test. In folk high schools and other education programmes it means the pupil has completed the educational activity and may not have passed.

Municipality of residence: Is based on the registered address as of 1 October the current year.

School residence: Is based on the address of the school or apprenticeship workplace as of 1 October the current year.

Age: Per 31 December the current year.

Immigrants: These are persons born abroad of two foreign-born parents and four foreign-born grandparents. Immigrants emigrated to Norway at some point.

Norwegian-born to immigrant parents: Persons who are born in Norway of two parents born abroad.

Other upper secondary education: Includes pupils in approved private schools. Also, pupils in a few other schools that has approval for economic support to upper secondary education by Lånekassen, and where the schools are not approved by the directorate for education and training.

Labour marked courses: Courses for adults arranged at upper secondary schools on behalf of NAV.

Foundation Course for Engineering Studies: A one-year course that provides the qualifications necessary for admission to and Engineering Bachelor programme in Norway.

Folk high schools: These are independent schools with an integrated goal and usually without a curriculum and normally without examinations.

Long courses in folk high schools: These are courses with a duration between 16.5 and 33 weeks.

Wishes for education programme - Primary wish: Primary wish for education programme fulfilled. Based on the wish-number on the applicants file. Lower wish: Primary wish for education programme not fulfilled, but a lower wish for education programme. Unknown wish: A small percent of the pupils did not apply for upper secondary education through VIGO. This is mainly pupils in adult education and pupils in private schools.

The Norwegian Standard Classification of Education, which was created by Statistics Norway in 1970, groups the educational activity. The standard has been revised; the latest version is from 2000. The type of educational institution is classified by the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (NOS C 182).

Name: Upper secondary education

Topic: Education

Not yet determined

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

The statistics provide figures for the county and national level.

Annual.

The statistics is reported to UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat.

All education statistics at Statistics Norway is stored in a proper, standardized manner in consultation with the Data Inspectorate.

The purpose of these statistics is to collect data on all upper secondary education in Norway, as regulated by the Education Act and also other upper secondary education programmes. It is in the public interest to create as accurate data as possible for research and planning. The statistics is individually based, and report each educational activity for each pupil, apprentice and trainee. All educational activities were attached to each person's Personal ID-number. Data on adult applicants and participants reported at individual levels with personal ID-numbers are included in the data. Individualized personal data on education has been collected since 1970.

Important users of the education statistics are public administration, special interest organizations, the media, researchers, business and industry. Key users are among the ministries are, in particular, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs. The statistics is also used by international organizations such as the EU, the OECD and UNESCO.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Data on upper secondary education is included in the Norwegian National Education Database (NUDB). NUDB collects all statistics on ongoing and completed education from 1974/75 and BHU since 1970 in a common database.

Sections 2-2 and 2-3 and the Ministry of Finance's delegation letter of February 13. February 1990.

Data is delivered in accordance with EU legislation 1925/99 3711/91

The statistics include all pupils, apprentices and trainees registered at upper secondary education under the Education Act and completed education at upper secondary as well as folk high schools, vocational schools (as of 2015, vocational schools are not included), employment training and other upper secondary education programmes. There is also an annual collection of data on adults in specialised courses for adults since 2004.

Within upper secondary education, the counties own administrative data system, VIGO, is the main source as well as special registration systems for adults in the counties. For folk high schools, data on applicants and pupils is sent electronically to Statistics Norway. The various institutions are the source of data of the other areas within upper secondary education. Accredited web-based schools are included from 2012.

Data is collected from administrative registers from the counties main enrolment system, VIGO. The main purpose of VIGO is the management of the enrolment of pupils in upper secondary. The database however contains data on all pupils registered in county upper secondary schools. Data from private upper secondary schools are also reported through VIGO. VIGO also includes vocational education, which are persons in apprenticeship training or trainees, and sit for qualifying examination. The folk high schools report their data to the administration system NAVI. Statistics Norway gather necessary statistics from this server. Statistics Norway also receives data from the Labour Directorate and other upper secondary institutions.

All education data undergo various on-receipt controls. It encompasses deletion of duplicates (units with identical Personal ID-number), a control of correct and valid values for each variable. The data is also recoded so they are comparable. All Personal ID-numbers are checked for errors.

The statistics is based on enumeration of the number registered pupils, apprentices and trainees, completed education or vocational examination or skills test, and adults registered in an educational activity as at 30 September in the reporting year.

Not relevant

The general rule is not to publish data if less than 3 pupils are found within a cell or unit in a table. This is to prevent identification of individuals within the statistics.

Individually based education statistics was collected for the first time in 1974, and has been published annually since then. Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The Norwegian Standard Classification of Education has been revised to secure comparability over time. Data on trainees was collected for the first time in 2006.

A statistical investigation may be encumbered with various sorts of error. Errors may occur during the collection of data if units being investigated are not identical to the mass of units we aim at describing. Other types of error may occur during the coding the data collected.

Errors in data collected from administrative registers can be caused by uncertainties in the definition of variables and values between those responsible for the registers and others responsible for data collection from the registers.

Other sources of error can be the quality of the personal and school data in the registers or the registration process of data input into the registers. Such errors can affect the quality of the data if the control and revision processes in Statistics Norway are not comprehensive enough.

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