Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths

Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths are responses created for those who attended upper-secondary education training paths, developed under extinguished study plans, without having completed them. These paths enable the candidate to complete upper-secondary education, through examinations or attendance of Short-Term Training Units, if they lack up to six subjects/year (which can be distributed across all the school years of the study cycle or concentrated in a single year) – Decree-Law No. 357/2007, of 29th October.

Subject/year is understood as each of the school years of the study cycle of that subject, that is:

  • a subject with a one-year study cycle corresponds to one subject/year;
  • a subject with a two-year study cycle corresponds to two subjects/year;
  • a subject with a three-year study cycle corresponds to three subjects/year.

If the candidate has attended upper-secondary recurrent education by units or blocks that could be capitalised, a subject/year is understood to be 1/3 of the total units or blocks of that subject.

Complementary courses completed up to and including the 1979/80 school year are, for all legal purposes, equivalent to upper-secondary education, under the terms of the Order No. 6649/2005, of 31st March rectified by Rectification No. 1224/2005, of 18th July.

For whom?

Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths are intended for candidates aged 18 or over, who have attended extinguished study plans, without having completed them (up to six subjects/year).

What is the certification?

The certification obtained through Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths corresponds to the 12th year of schooling and confers level 3 or 4 of qualification of the National Qualifications Framework – Ordinance No. 782/2009, of 23rd July.


Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths may function in:

  • Public or private upper-secondary education establishments;
  • Training entities which offer upper-secondary Adult Education and Training Courses (AET courses), provided they are part of the training entities network of the National Qualifications System.

Consult the training entities which provide Upper-Secondary Education Completion Paths here.