If you're an upper secondary school (Batxillerat) student who wants to go to university, first you need to find out what courses are on offer at Catalan universities, how they are organised, where they are taught, what the cut-off marks were in recent years, and which career opportunities they provide.
If you'd prefer to take an advanced-level training cycle (CFGS), a Plastic Arts and Design or Sports Education training cycle, see the course offering on the Ministry of Education website.
Once you've found the course you need for the job you'd like to do in the future, find out which steps you need to take to obtain a place:
1. To be admitted to university, you must pass the university entrance exam (PAU).
2. Once you've passed the exam, to apply for admission to Catalan public universities or the University of Vic–Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), you have to complete university pre-enrolment on university admissions portal. If you want to take a course that requires a personal aptitude test (PAP), such as Physical Activity and Sports Sciences courses or Commercial Air Navigation and Aerial Operations, you must first complete the university pre-enrolment and then, after enrolment, take the test, which will be held in June.
3. In terms of the allocation of places, if you have passed the university entrance exam (PAU), you will be accepted in the general quota of places. If you are a student with a disability, or you are an elite-level or high-performance sportsperson, you will have a place reserved.
If you have chosen an advanced-level training cycle (CFGS), once you have obtained the advanced vocational-training technician qualification, you will be able to enter the university and even have university credits recognised, as long as the course you want to take is related to the training you have received.
University pre-enrolment 2018
Students who are repeating upper secondary school subjects (taking 3 or less subjects), who will obtain their upper secondary school qualification (Batxillerat LOE) in 2017, can gain admission to university bachelor's degree courses with this qualification (the admission mark is the average mark for the upper secondary school exams).
Students who gained the upper secondary school qualification (Batxillerat LOE) in 2016 who have not taken the PAU or failed it, can gain admission to university bachelor's degree courses with this qualification (the admission mark is the average mark for the upper secondary school exams).
Students of upper secondary school in 2016 who are retaking in 2017 can only pre-enrol for the September enrolment period, but must take into account that students who have passed the PAU shall have priority for university places. (See: 'General quota for places: order of priority" for the allocation of places)
If these students wish to improve their admission mark, they can take university entrance exams (PAU) in the specific phase.