Upon completion of basic education, all young people have the opportunity to apply for further study, irrespective of the comprehensive school that they have attended or the options or elective courses that they have chosen. Upper secondary schools provide a post-comprehensive school general education track.
The task of general upper secondary education is to provide extensive all-round learning and to continue the teaching and educational task of basic education. The objective is to offer sufficient skills and knowledge with a view to further study.
All upper secondary school students follow their own personal study plans. The upper secondary school syllabus can be completed in 2–4 years. Towards the end of their studies, students may take the national matriculation examination.