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Glossary item | Last updated: 03 Feb 2021

International Standard Classification of Education

'The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) is used to define the levels and fields of education. ISCED is a three-stage classification:

  • Less than primary, primary and lower secondary education (ISCED 2011 levels 0-2)
  • Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education (ISCED 2011 levels 3 and 4)
  • Tertiary education (ISCED 2011 levels 5-8)'.