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Portugal:Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Portugal:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Higher Education

Portugal:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Portugal:First Cycle Programmes

Portugal:Bachelor

Portugal:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Portugal:Second Cycle Programmes

Portugal:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Portugal:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Portugal:Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Distribution of Responsibilities

Portugal:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Portugal:Main Providers

Portugal:Main Types of Provision

Portugal:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Portugal:Teachers and Education Staff

Portugal:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Management and Other Education Staff

Portugal:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Portugal:Management Staff for Higher Education

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Quality Assurance

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Educational Support and Guidance

Portugal:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Portugal:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Portugal:Mobility and Internationalisation

Portugal:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Mobility in Higher Education

Portugal:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Portugal:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Portugal:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:National Reforms in School Education

Portugal:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Portugal:National Reforms in Higher Education

Portugal:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Portugal:European Perspective

Portugal:Legislation

Portugal:Institutions

Portugal:Glossary

Types of Institutions

Post-secondary non-tertiary education has been taught in higher education and non-higher education establishments, namely, in upper-secondary teaching establishments, vocational training centres, technological schools and other training institutions accredited by the Ministry of the Economy.

Post-secondary non-tertiary education is taught through specialised technological courses (STC) which are intended to confer qualifications at level 5, in accordance with Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd July. A qualification at level 5 is obtained by combining a general or vocational secondary training, with a post-secondary technical training and is characterized by:

  • being a high-level technical training;
  • the qualification obtained include higher level knowledge and skills;
  • do not require, in general, scientific domain in the concerned areas;
  • skills and knowledge acquired allow to assume, generally autonomously or independently, responsibilities of conception and/or direction and/or management.

STC aim to meet socio-economic needs in terms of specialised workers who can adapt to the rapidly changing scientific and technological requirements of the labour market, functioning also as an alternative way of improving young people’s skills and re-training working people.

With the creation and regulation (Decree-law n. 43/2014, 18th March) of a higher education cycle that does not confer academic degrees, higher professional technical courses, which enter into effect from the 2014-2015 academic year, the teaching of technological specialisation courses gradually is phased out in higher education institutions:

  • no new students are admitted to STC taught by higher education institutions from the academic year 2015-2016 onwards, inclusive;
  • the STC taught by higher education institutions stop operating by 31st December, 2016.

As such, from this date, the STC will only be taught by non-higher education institutions.


Geographical Accessibility

There is no legislation regarding geographical accessibility of STC courses.


Access and Enrolment Requirements

STC courses are directed at people who:

  • have finished their secondary schooling or equivalent training;
  • have passed all their 10th and 11th year subjects and have attended the 12th grade but have failed to finish the year, or people who have a legally recognised equivalent qualification;
  • hold a level 3 vocational training, which confers no academic qualification;
  • or people possessing a technological specialisation course or a higher education degree or certificate who want to retrain.

The selection and placement of candidates to join an STC are carried out by the training institution, according to their criteria.

 

Description of STC

STC last between a year and a year and a half, which corresponds to a number of credits (ECTS) between 60 and 90.

The STC training plan includes general and scientific training, technological training and work-based training.

The general and scientific as well as the technological training components last between 840 and 1020 hours, each being allocated, respectively, 15% and 85% of the total length of the course.

The technological training component, involving practical, laboratory, workshop and/or project activities, must be allocated at least 75% of the classroom sessions.

Work based training may last between 360 and 720 hours.