The Comprehensive College/­Comprehensive Secondary School at Ármúli

The school is a comprehensive college which offers vocational as well as general education as a preparation for academic studies. The school is one of the leading secondary schools in information technology in Iceland and a leading school among the vocational training-schools for those working in the health care system.

The school has the following departments:

Preparation for Matriculation Exam with the following lines

  • Languages
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sociology Sciences
  • Economics

The Health school provides education for

  • Assistant (Practical)
  • Nurses
  • Massage therapists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Medical Secretaries

The Comprehensive College/­Comprehensive Secondary School at Ármúli in Reykjavík is organized on unit credit basis. The school year is divided into two terms of 14,5 weeks each, and a course covered in two weekly lessons of forty minutes each for one term carries one credit. Most units are two- and three-credit courses. Each course is given a three-digit number, where the first digit indicates the placement of the course whithin a study sequence, i.e. a course number in the 100's is the first course in a subject offered by the school, eventually followed by a "200" course etc. The middle digit distinguishes parallel or alternative courses, and the last digit denotes the number of credits.

The grading system is on a 1-10 scale. The minimum requirement for each subject is 5,0. On the last term it is permitted to have two subjects graded 4,0. No credit is, however, given for a course if the grades are below minimum.

Although the normal period of study is four years, gifted students can graduate in 3½ years or even 3 years. There is also flexibility in the other direction: students may extend their studies a year and a half beyond the normal four years.
All our students have completed 10 years of compulsory education and all the programs consist of full-time school study.

International projects
International co-ordinator: Helmut Hinrichsen (helmut@fa.is)


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