The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) is a statistical framework for organizing information on education maintained by the United. education of programmes (ISCED-P) and introduced, for the first time, a classification of levels of educational attainment based on qualifications (ISCED- A). 3. attainment levels (ISCED-A) based on recognised educational qualifications. Compared to ISCED which had seven levels of education, ISCED

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International Standard Classification of Education

Programmes designed for children from age 3 to the start of primary education. We facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities and support the functioning of the United Nations Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system. All degrees and qualifications are cross-classified by type of programmes, position in iscedd_a degree or qualification structures and cumulative duration at tertiary.

Prior to this revision analysts used the classification of the levels of education programmes as a proxy for measuring educational attainment.

International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) | UNESCO UIS

Website Education at a Iscef_a Views Read Edit View history. These programmes may also provide a pathway to other tertiary programmes. This manual will be useful for national statisticians collecting and reporting data on education to international organisations, as well as for policymakers and researchers interested in better understanding of these data.

ISCED is the second major revision of this classification initially developed in the s and first revised in Classification, reporting and analysis of data on educational attainment. We compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. At the category level codes x7 and x8 are not used. For a broader coverage of this topic, see Educational stage.


First stage of secondary education building on primary education, typically with a more subject-oriented curriculum. Education qualifications and the educational attainment levels to which they give rise. Lower secondary education or second stage of basic education. ISCED levels 5 to 8: Individuals, households and occasionally establishments eg schools and other centres of learning.

They are often not significantly more advanced than programmes at ISCED level 3 but they serve to broaden the knowledge of participants who have already completed a programme at level 3. Initial stage of organized instruction, designed primarily to introduce very young children to a school-type environment and to develop their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills.

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Normally starting between the ages of 5 — 7, designed to give a sound basic education in reading, writing and mathematics along with an elementary understanding of issced_a subjects. Programmes designed primarily to lead to an advanced research qualification, usually concluding with the submission and defense of a substantive dissertation of publishable quality based on original research.

It typically requires iscev submission of a thesis or dissertation of publishable quality which is the product of original research and represents a idced contribution to knowledge.


Statisticians in Ministries of Education, National Statistical Offices and international organizations, researchers and academics. It builds upon the learning outcomes from primary education ISCED level 1 and aims to lay the foundation for lifelong learning and human development. It covered primarily two cross-classification variables: Primary education or first stage of basic education. Tertiary education 5 chapters available.

Programmes typically designed to provide students with fundamental skills in reading, writing and mathematics and to establish a solid foundation for learning. These programmes are therefore devoted to advanced study and original research and are not based on course-work only. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December Articles with permanently dead external links Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers.

Programmes designed for children below the age of 3. It also includes country examples of programmes and qualifications that have been classified to ISCED ISCED level 4 programmes, considering their content, cannot be regarded as tertiary programmes.


Tertiary programmes leading to the award of an advanced research qualification, e. From early childhood education to post-secondary non-tertiary education 5 chapters available. Designed to complete basic education, usually on a more subject-oriented pattern.