International Standard Classification of Education (2011)
The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was designed to facilitate the compilation and comparison of education statistics both within and across national boundaries. It combines two cross-classification variables (levels and fields of education) with the type of education (general/vocational/pre-vocational) or students’ intended destination (tertiary education or direct entry into the labour market).
- ISCED 0: Early childhood education (‘less than primary’ for educational attainment)
Pre-primary education is defined as the initial stage of organised instruction. It is school-based or centre-based and is designed for children aged at least 3 years.
- ISCED 1: Primary education
This level begins between 5 and 7 years of age, is compulsory in all countries and generally lasts from 4 to 6 years.