Primary and secondary education
Children are allowed to begin school at the age of four, but are not legally required to do so until the age of five. Primary education lasts eight years (of which seven are compulsory), in the last year of which pupils are advised as to the type of secondary education they should pursue.
Secondary education, which begins at the age of 12 and is compulsory until the age of 16, is offered in several types at several levels.
VMBO programmes (four years) combine general and vocational education, after which pupils can continue in senior secondary vocational education and training (MBO) lasting one to four years.
The two programmes of general education that grant admission to higher education are HAVO (five years) and VWO (six years).
Pupils are enrolled according to their ability. The last two years of HAVO and the last three years of VWO are referred to as the tweede fase (literally, second phase), or upper secondary education. During these years, pupils focus on one of four subject clusters (profielen), each of which emphasizes a certain field of study in addition to satisfying general education requirements. Each cluster is designed to prepare pupils for programmes of study at the tertiary level. A pupil enrolled in VWO or HAVO can choose from the following subject clusters:
Science and Technology (Natuur en Techniek)
Science and Health (Natuur en Gezondheid)
Economics and Society (Economie en Maatschappij)
Culture and Society (Cultuur en Maatschappij)
Only the six year VWO diploma grants access to the bachelor programmes offered by research universities; the HAVO diploma and the highest level ofMBO grant access to the bachelor programmes offered by universities of applied sciences
Senior Secondary Vocational Education and Training (MBO)
Senior secondary vocational education and training (MBO, secundair beroepsonderwijs) is offered in the areas of economics, technology, health, personal care, welfare and agriculture. MBO programmes vary in length from one to four years as well as in level (1 to 4). Graduates of VMBO programmes are eligible for admission to MBO, and completion of MBO programmes at level 4 qualifies pupils for access to HBO.
In Holland we have two main types of higher educations institutions. The universities, which more oriented on research in an academic setting, and Universities of Applied Sciences, which are more practically oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.
Driestar Hogeschool, University for Teacher Education, belongs to the second type of university. We offer bachelor degree course in Teacher Education. Also we offer three Masters in Education programmes: Learning & Innovation, Special Educational Needs and Instructional Leadership .
We are a Christian university, our starting point is the Bible. For all our students we aspect respect for everybody. Our university is small-scale. So lots of personal attention will be there.