The structure of the programme

Specialized study programme 2½ years:

Compolsory subjects and levels
Normally three subjects constituting the specialized study programme
Multi-subject coursework
Electives
Specialized study project

Basic programme ½ year:

Compulsory subjects and levels: Danish, English, 2nd foreign language, history, physical education, an artistic subject, mathematics, a natural science subject and social science. The head of the school can also decide that instruction in Danish, English, 2nd foreign language, history and physical education should start at the same time as the specialized study programme proper.

Facts about the stx programme

Compulsory subjects and levels: Danish A, English B, 2nd foreign language B or A, history A, classical studies C, physics C, physical education (PE) C, an artistic subject C, mathematics C, religion C, social science, and in addition at least two of the subjects biology, chemistry and natural geography at C-level.

As a main rule, each student must also complete biology, physics, chemistry or natural geography at B-level.

The compulsory artistic subject is chosen from among visual arts, drama, media studies or music.

The 2nd foreign language is chosen from among the following: French continued level B and A, German continued level B and A, French beginner language A, Italian A, Russian A, Spanish A or German beginner language A.

Parts of the instruction are implemented as multi-subject courses within the framework of general study preparation, general language understanding and a natural science basic programme.

Apart from the compulsory subjects, each student chooses a specialized study programme and electives, and each student also writes a specialized study project in the third year within two or three subjects of their choice.

Specialized study subjects: Each student chooses a specialized study programme consisting of a package with three subjects or – in certain packages  - of two subjects. The packages, which are drawn up and offered by the individual school, can consist of subjects on the following levels: AAA-, AAB-, AAC-, ABB- or ABC. The number of different programmes as well as the specific content vary from school to school. 

Electives: Each student selects a number of elective subjects. The number varies according to the study field subjects taken by the student.

Example of choice of specialized study subjects and electives: 

Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
Specialized study subjects: Specialized study subjects: Specialized study subjects: Specialized study subjects:
Mathematics A English A Social Science A Music A
Physics B German A Mathematics A Mathematics B
Chemistry B Psychology B Business economics C Psychology C
Electives: Electives: Electives: Electives:
English A A natural science subject B A natural science subject B A natural science subject B
Astronomy C Social science B
English A

Number of weekly periods: Each student completes a minimum of 2470 hours of 60 minutes each. There is, in addition, homework with written assignments, preparation of texts, research etc. as well as time for examinations.

Typical work methods: Various methods of working are employed, for instance classroom instruction, project work, individual and group based written work etc. Up to 25% of the teaching time can be spent on virtually organised teaching, where students and teacher are not necessarily in the same room.

Type of school: The stx is typically offered by general upper secondary schools (Gymnasiums). Some of the schools also offer the higher preparatory examination (hf), and in a few cases schools offer hhx and htx in addition.

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Last modified 6. marts 2017