International School Ikast-Brande
Educational path after ISIB
At International School Ikast-Brande we believe in supporting our students not only when they attend ISIB, but also supporting their transition into Upper Secondary Education here in Denmark or abroad.
ISIB starts the conversations with our students and parents early at our bi-annual Parent/Teacher Conferences and regular pastoral care meetings with students and parents.
The Cambridge International Curriculum prepares students for a variety of educational paths in Denmark or abroad.
Students at ISIB sit for the IGCSE Cambridge International exams that grants them direct access to the IB Diploma Programme (DP), The Cambridge International A-levels and as well ISIB students will also have access to the Danish Upper Secondary school system.
There are several ways to qualify for the different paths. For the educations in Denmark, it’s the Danish educational authorities who direct the conditions for this procedure. Students may qualify directly based on their performance at ISIB, or the process may involve an entrance test and/or a personal interview. The Upper Secondary education system in Denmark consists of a broad variety of educations, some with a general academic focus and others with a mercantile, technical, or vocational focus. Students may also opt to do a Danish grade 10 course or the schools may advise to do so depending on the Educational Readiness Evaluation.
Efterskole / 10. klasse is a non-mandatory / extra year students can attend following their completion of the Secondary Education (Year 10) at ISIB. Some Efterskoler offer a program from Grade 8. Efterskoler are boarding schools and their purpose is to offer both a Grade 10 educational program, but primarily a wide range of sports, activities and personal developmental programs to the students before embarking on their choice of Upper Secondary Education.
Educational Readiness Evaluation for Upper Secondary Education
The Ministry of Children and Education requires schools across Denmark to assess the extent by which students are ‘ready’ to begin and complete an Upper Secondary Education. The assessments are completed before the 1st. of December and will be shared with the parents.
The Educational Readiness Evaluation Process
Every student is assessed by their teachers on the three categories of Upper Secondary Education.
This information is shared with the UU Vejleder (Youth Guidance Counsellor), who assists us in guiding students towards an Upper Secondary Education or an alternative pathway. Readiness evaluations can be found at https://ung.unoung.dk . More details will be sent to parents about when the evaluation can be accessed.
More information about the UU Vejleder assigned to ISIB can be found under “links”.
The process begins in Year 9 to make sure that students who are assessed as ‘not ready’ have sufficient and adequate support and guidance until the end of Year 10.
The evaluation is repeated twice each year by the school based on the data and evidence provided.
Students are assessed using a traffic light system:
Ready for Secondary Education
Working towards being ready for Upper Secondary Education
Not currently ready for Upper Secondary Education
The evaluation for all students is conducted across four domains:
Features of each domain include:
Below is a comparison between the grading system at ISIB and the Danish national grading system:
If a student is ‘not ready’:
When students are evaluated as ‘not ready’, we work in collaboration with the UU Vejleder and parents to devise a plan for the student, either to assist in getting the student ‘ready’ for Upper Secondary Education, or to look at other educational or vocational directions.
There are minimum entrance requirements for Upper Secondary Education programs. The criteria for grades are as follows:
Generally, students who are interested in STX, HHX, HTX and IB are assessed ‘ready’ if they obtain an average minimum D/C grade, or 5 in the Danish system; and they are evaluated as ‘ready’ under the Personal, Social and Practical domains.
Students, who are interested in HF and vocational training are assessed ‘ready’ if they obtain a D, or 4 in the Danish system, and they are evaluated ready under the Personal, Social and Practical Domains.
Generally, students who wish to choose a vocational education are assessed as ‘ready’ if they obtain an average minimum E grade, or 02 in the Danish system, in both Danish and Mathematics, and they are evaluated as ‘ready’ under the Personal, Social and Practical domains.
Generally, students who wish to choose IB/STX/HHX/HTX are assessed as ‘ready’ if they obtain an average minimum D/C grade or 5 in the Danish system, and they are evaluated as ‘ready’ under the Personal, Social and Practical domains.
Students who wish to choose HF are assessed as ‘ready’ if they obtain an average minimum grade D, or 4 in the Danish System, and they are evaluated as ‘ready’ under the Personal, Social and Practical domains.
It is worth noting that different Upper Secondary Education programs can have different requirements. An example of this is that students must have studied German or French for STX for a minimum of 360 hours.
Students must check and be aware of these requirements as they are applying for different options.
Reporting Students Readiness
During Parent - Teacher Meetings, Homeroom teachers and/or Deputy Head of School will give an indication of whether or not students are ready for Upper Secondary Education.
For a more detailed version of their readiness, please log into www.optagelse.dk
Guidance on Choice of Education
During the months of September-October, the UU Vejleder will organize a general guidance meeting at the school for the Year 9 and Year 10s. The UU Vejleder will talk about the educational system in Denmark, the options and how to make choices. Representatives from the school will also attend to assist the students. These meetings take place during the school day.
Education Fair - Mandatory Attendance
In November UU invites all students and parents from the secondary schools in the area to an Education Fair – Uddannelsesmesse in Hyldegårdshallerne. The aim is to prepare the students for making the right choice between the various introduction/bridge building visits at the Upper Secondary Schools, Vocational schools etc. which can take place in the spring or talk to companies offering apprenticeships. Please note that the Ministry of Education requires that attendance is mandatory for Grade 8 / ISIB Year 9 students and parents.
Some Upper Secondary Education programs (STX, HHX, HTX, HF) require students who do not take a suite of national exams to complete an entrance test. Students are assessed in a variety of subjects (English, Maths, Danish and Science) in Danish. Information regarding these tests will be shared by the UU Vejleder.
More information about the Readiness Evaluation can be found at:
More information and dates about the Entrance Tests can be found at:
Youth Guidance Counsellor - UU Vejleder
UU Vejleder at: https://www.isib.dk/youthguidancecounsellor
ISIB cooperates with UU vejleder Ms Gitte Kolding Mortensen who will be visiting our learners on a regular basis throughout the year. In collaboration with the school, Ms Gitte guides our students through the process of their readiness for Upper Secondary Education programs in Denmark.
For more information, please contact:
Gitte Kolding Mortensen
Upper Secondary Schools / Vocational Schools in Ikast-Brande - Herning:
IB Schools in Denmark:
Upper Secondary Schools in Denmark:
IGCSE Grading System
Danish Grading System