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TERTIARY-TYPE A EDUCATION (ISCED 5A)

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Definition:
Tertiary-type A programmes (ISCED 5A) are largely theory-based and are designed to provide sufficient qualifications for entry to advanced research programmes and professions with high skill requirements, such as medicine, dentistry or architecture.

Tertiary-type A programmes have a minimum cumulative theoretical duration (at tertiary level) of three years’ full-time equivalent, although they typically last four or more years.

These programmes are not exclusively offered at universities.

Context:
Conversely, not all programmes nationally recognised as university programmes fulfil the criteria to be classified as tertiary-type A. Tertiary-type A programmes include second degree programmes like the American Master.

First and second programmes are sub-classified by the cumulative duration of the programmes, i.e., the total study time needed at the tertiary level to complete the degree.

Source Publication:
Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary
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Cross References:
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).
Tertiary-type B education (ISCED 5B)

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Thursday, January 30, 2003

Last updated on Friday, March 14, 2003