UPPER SECONDARY EDUCATION IN
In Norway all young people between the
age of 16 and the age of 19 have a legal right to three years of upper secondary
Secondary education is not compulsory. However; more than 95% do
avail themselves of the offer.
Bjørkåsen is a comprehensive upper secondary school for
the deaf and hard of hearing. The school is located in Bergen (population
approx. 230 000), a town situated on the west coast of Norway. The school is national. This means
that students from the whole country attend Bjørkåsen.
The school has approximately 40 students.
In 1997 deaf pupils got the right to use sign language
as their first language and Norwegian as a second language. This right plays a
very important part when building and maintaining a deaf culture. At Bjørkåsen
all teachers, even hearing ones, use sign language. Students are grouped in
classes of no more than 6 students per teacher with an average of 4 students per
Courses offered include general theoretical subjects
required for university or college entrance as well as a range of vocational
can choose from the following foundation courses:
- General-, Administrative- and Economical
- Health and Social Care Studies
- Woodworking Trades
- Sports and Physical Education
- Hotel- and Food-Processing Trades
- Media and Communications Studies
Specialised courses are offered in the second and third
year (advanced courses I and II) and in apprenticeships. Apprenticeship schemes
are part of the upper secondary school system. The first two years of training
are provided at school, whereas the final specialized part (up to two years) is given at a workplace in the form of on-the-job training.
The school also offers a third year of General Education, which gives access to higher levels studies for vocational students. In addition we offer specially designed courses for
youths with learning disabilities.
In spring 2002 Bjørkåsen became an adult education
centre for deaf and hard of hearing people. We offer education, training and
testing/documentation of competence acquired through adults' non-formal
Detailed information about each of the courses can be
obtained from the schools administration:
International contacts are important to staff and
students at Bjørkåsen. The school cooperates with schools for hearing impaired
people in Portugal, Czech Republic, France, England, Sweden, Denmark,
Finland and Iceland.
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