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Primary, Secondary school and University

Primary schools

Primary Education, extends from age five till eleven,The State primary school system is localized in every town and village. Primary education is free of charge and includes school transport and textbooks.

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Secondary schools

Compulsory Secondary education in Malta lasts 5 years between ages 11 and 16. Many children stay at school for two additional 'sixth form' years until age 18.

Types of secondary school

There are two types of secondary education schools for studies up to age 16: junior Lyceums and Area Secondary schools. Studies at each last for five years and are divided into a two-year 'orientation cycle' and a three-year 'cycle of specialisation'. At the end of this cycle, pupils sit for the Secondary Education Certificate.

Upper Lyceums (ages 16-18) and sixth forms prepare pupils for the Matriculation Certificate which gives access to university.
Since 1994/95, the first cycle in area secondary schools is of three instead of two years' duration, while the second cycle is of two years' duration.

School leaving exam for university entrance, with necessary grades

Matriculation Certificate Examination.
The minimum average grade for entry to university is C.
For entry to Medicine and Surgery an average B grade must be achieved.
Alternative university entry credentials are considered if comparable. In the case of students over 23, applicants are interviewed and assessed by the Faculty concerned.

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Tertiary Level

Higher education is mainly provided by the University of Malta. The governing body is the Council, which acts on the advice of the Senate but which also has responsibility for appointing faculty staff, promulgating regulations, overseeing and approving expenditures and ensuring that the University responds to the needs of the country. The Education Act of 1988 is the principal legislation governing the provision of education.

Diplomas and Certificates are awarded in such fields as Nursing, Diplomatic Studies, Management, Administration, Librarian Studies, Religious Studies and Political Science after studies lasting between one and three years.

Other courses and awards are Bachelor's (General) Degree, Bachelor's (Honours) Degree, Master's Degree and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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