Different education programmes
Last updated: 5 9 2018
If you want to study you can choose between different programmes depending on what you want to study, what you have studied earlier and what form of studying suits you best. Information is available here about several different education programmes for adults.
Municipal adult education, Komvux
The municipality arranges adult education programmes at the basic and upper secondary level. This is known as Komvux (short for "kommunal vuxenutbildning"). Komvux is intended for people who need to complement subjects or courses at the basic or upper secondary level, but who are too old to attend compulsory or upper secondary school.
You can study in Komvux if you have turned 20 years of age, are registered or are going to be registered as resident in a municipality, and lack the qualification that the programme will provide.
Before you begin your studies, your previous knowledge will be assessed, so that you can start at the right level. You can study one or several courses in Komvux. You can study full time or part time. Then you can continue studying in higher or higher vocational education, or start working.
Benefits when you study in Komvux
If you are studying in Komvux and you are not receiving an introduction benefit, for example, you can apply for grants and loans from CSN.
Validation of your previous knowledge
In Komvux you can have a validation made of your previous knowledge. That means that your knowledge is surveyed, assessed and documented. This knowledge you may have acquired in different ways, for example by working or studying. A validation can increase your chances of getting a job or continuing your studies. The validation must be carried out in accordance with your circumstances and needs.
If you want to study, or have a validation made, ask the study and work guidance counsellor in Komvux what you should do. You can also contact your case worker at Arbetsförmedlingen, if you are participating in the introduction programme via Arbetsförmedlingen.
Special needs education for adults
Special needs education for adults is an education programme for people with a developmental impairment or who have sustained brain damage. The programme is sometimes called Särvux and sometimes Lärvux in Swedish. You can also study Swedish for Immigrants, SFI, in special needs education fort adults.
You can attend special needs education for adults if you have turned 20 years of age, are registered or are going to be registered as resident in a municipality, and lack the knowledge that the programme will provide. Your previous knowledge will be assessed before you begin studying, so that teaching can begin at the right level.
A vocational training programme provides training in a specific profession. You can attend a vocational training programme in Komvux or special needs education for adults. You can also attend a vocational training programme at one of the vocational training colleges.
You will have a lot of contact with companies during the training programme. You will be doing apprenticeships or internships, for example. This will increase your chances of getting a job after you complete the training.
Apprenticeships are a form of vocational training that is offered in Komvux and special needs education for adults. You can do an apprenticeship in order to get basic vocational training and more experience of a profession. You can also acquire more knowledge about the professional area, with the help of a supervisor in the workplace.
Folk high schools
A folk high school is a school for adult students where you can take courses at the basic and upper secondary levels. It is possible to board at many folk high schools while you study there.
Folk high schools offer general as well as specialised courses. You can take general courses instead of upper secondary school and sometimes instead of compulsory school. You can also take specialised courses that focus on a particular subject such as music or art, for example. You can also learn a specific profession.
Each folk high school determines who can study at the school. Folk high schools have their own grading system, but studying there can help you meet general entry requirements for universities and university colleges. Meeting general entry requirements means that you possess the knowledge you need in order to begin higher education studies.
Labour market training
Labour market training programmes focus on professions in which there is a great shortage of adequately trained staff. What programmes are available depends on what the labour market looks like at the time.
There is no guarantee that you will get a job if you attend a labour market training programme, but by doing so you increase your chances of getting a job, and you make yourself more attractive in the labour market.
Another way to study is through distance learning. Distance learning means that you don't go to a school or university to study, instead you can choose where you are going to study. For example, you can study at home or in a public library.
On some distance learning programmes you only use the internet. Other programmes include meeting teachers and other students on a few occasions each year. Between these meetings you keep in contact via the internet, email or phone.
There are many different types of education you can do through distance learning. You can do short courses as well as longer programmes, and distance learning can be full time or part time.