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Stx is a fulltime three-year general upper secondary education programme which qualifies the holder for admission to Danish business academies, Schools of technology and design, university colleges and universities.

The structure of the programme

 Foundation course – 3 months

  • Danish, English, Mathematics, Social sciences and subjects from the specialized study programme
  • Basic course in general knowledge of languages
  • Basic course in natural sciences.

Specialized study programme – 2 years, 9 months

  • Compulsory subjects and levels
  • The two to three subjects constituting the specialized study program
  • Individual project
  • Electives

Facts about the stx programme

Compulsory subjects and levels* in the specialized study programme

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • 2nd foreign language B or A (French, German or Spanish advanced B or beginner A, Italian beginner A, Russian beginner A, Chinese beginner A) 
  • History A
  • Classical studies C
  • Physics C
  • Physical education (PE) C
  • Artistic subject C (either visual arts, drama, media studies or music)
  • Mathematics B (C-level if the student has 3 foreign languages or more)
  • Religion C
  • Social sciences C
  • At least two of the subjects biology, chemistry or natural geography at C-level. 

* A = upper level, B = medium level, C = basic level.

Choice of a specialization

After finishing the foundation course, each student chooses a specialized study programme which consists of a set of two or three subjects supplemented by one or more electives.

Each school must provide a selection of 18 standardized programmes which students can choose from.

In their third year each student writes a project using methods from two different subjects. 

Example 1:
Specialization in 
natural science
Example 2:
Specialization in
Example 3:
Specialization in
Social science
Mathematics A English A Social Science A
Physics B German A Mathematics A
Chemistry B Social science B

Number of weekly periods

In the course of the three years each student completes a minimum of 2600 hours of classes. In addition to classes, the programme includes homework, written assignments, research, etc., as well as examinations.

Typical work methods

Various methods of teaching are employed, e.g. classroom instruction, project work, individual and group based written work, etc. Up to 20% of the teaching time can be spent on virtually organized teaching.

Type of school

The stx is typically offered by general upper secondary schools (Gymnasium in Danish). Some of the schools also offer the two-year higher preparatory examination (hf), and some schools all four secondary education programmes (stx, hf, hhx and htx).

Last modified 4. oktober 2022