The system of education in Russia includes 2 levels – basic and professional education. The first one includes preschool, primary, basic and secondary education, that all together make up a school block. The professional level includes secondary and higher stages – Bachelor’s, Specialist’s and Master’s degree and preparation of highly qualified staff.
School education in Russia is not charged, its duration is 11 years and has the following gradation: elementary, secondary and high school (grades 1-4, 5-9 and 10-11), the first 2 stages are mandatory. School admission age is 6-7, and scholars usually graduate when they are 17-18. School graduates get a school certificate necessary for becoming a university student.
Secondary Vocational Education
Students in Russia now can leave school after grade 9 and go to a college, technical school or specialized school to get secondary vocational education. In such institutions skilled workers, employees and mid-level professionals are trained. Such education can also serve as a preparatory stage before entering the university. The study usually lasts from 2 to 4 years.