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Second-chance Education

Junge Erwachsenen lernen auf dem Zweiten Bildungsweg
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The Berlin education system offers the opportunity to develop personally through lifelong learning and to respond to the changing demands of professional life.

Lehrer steht vor den Schülern und erklärt
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Catch up on a school leaving qualification

Second-chance education offers everyone who wants to continue their education many options to obtain a school leaving qualification or to achieve a higher level qualification.

Vocational qualification and intermediate school leaving qualification

You can obtain the following school leaving qualifications:
  • Certificate of vocational education (BBR),
  • Advanced vocational qualification (EBBR)
  • Intermediate school leaving qualification (MSA).

These offerings are aimed at both employed and non-employed or unemployed young people and adults.

You will improve your professional opportunities with each of these school leaving qualifications. The higher the school leaving qualification, the lower the risk of unemployment. You can achieve a school leaving qualification with the help of courses (evening or day courses). These qualifications always include a written and an oral exam at the end.

Personal consultation hours only with prior appointment by telephone

For the areas of non-student examinations and admission to secondary level II
we currently offer personal consultations on the following topics only after prior appointment by telephone:

  • Non-student exams to acquire lower secondary school (7-10) (BBR, EBBR, MSA) and upper secondary school (11-13) (Abitur) qualifications,
  • Non-students exams to acquire the university of applied sciences qualification as a non-school exam,
  • Supplementary exams to acquire Latin / Ancient Greek / Biblical Hebrew qualification,
  • Admission to the upper secondary school in special cases (both first educational pathway and second-chance education),
  • Recognition of mother tongues / native official languages in upper secondary school (11-13).

We are still available to assist you:

by phone
+49 30 90227-6292
+49 30 90227-6395
*Mo-Th 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*
Fr 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

or e-mail:

Evening and day courses

    • Peter-Ustinov-School
      Kuno-Fischer-Str. 22-26
      14057 Berlin (Charlottenburg)
      school homepage
    • Evening course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA
    • School am Schillerpark
      Ofener Str. 6
      13349 Berlin (Wedding)
      school homepage
    • Evening course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA
    • School am Berlinickeplatz
      Alt-Tempelhof 53-57
      12103 Berlin (Tempelhof)
      school homepage
    • Evening course for:
      • BBR
      • MSA
    • Tannenhof School
      Mahlower Str. 23/24
      12049 Berlin (Neukölln)
      school homepage
    • Day course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA

    Special feature: for young people with addiction problems

    • ZBW Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
      Fraenkelufer 18
      10999 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
      school homepage
    • Day course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA
    • Harri Reinert Adult Education Centre (VHS)
      Spandau/Carl-Schurz-Str. 59
      13597 Berlin (Spandau)
      school homepage
    • Day or evening course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA
    • Victor Gollancz Adult Education Centre (VHS) Second-chance Education
      Goethestr. 9-11
      12207 Berlin (Steglitz-Zehlendorf)
      school homepage
    • Day or evening course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA

    Special feature: day course for single parents,
day course in computer science

    • VHS Tempelhof-Schöneberg
      Besonderheit: für Migrantinnen und Migranten
      1. Etage im Bildungszentrum
      Tempelhofer Weg 62
      10829 Berlin
      school homepage
    • Day course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA
    • VHS Treptow- Köpenick
      Zeppelinstr. 76-80
      12459 Berlin
      In the Isaac Newton School
      school homepage
    • Evening course for:
      • BBR
      • EBBR
      • MSA

Exam requirements

Universitätsbibliothek der TU-Berlin
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Framework curricula for lower secondary school (7-10) form the basis for all examinations for a second-chance education for acquisition of the

  • Certificate of vocational education (BBR),
  • Advanced vocational qualification (EBBR)
  • Intermediate school leaving qualification (MSA).

Subject-related requirements for the exams in the second-chance education

(german)

PDF-Document (107.5 kB)

The non-students exam

lernende Jugendliche
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The non-students exam allows you to acquire any school leaving qualification, regardless of whether you have attended a course beforehand.

Of course you need to prepare well for the exam. You can do this on your own as an autodidact, but it is advisable to be supported by an independent educational institution. In this case, teachers can convey the content of the exam and assess whether you are adequately prepared for a successful exam.

Instructions and application forms for the non-student exam

Here you will find information, leaflets and admission forms for the exams and the individual school-leaving qualifications (german only).

Non-students exam

to acquire the certificate of vocational education (BBR)

PDF-Document (607.9 kB) - As of: September 2019

Non-students exam

to acquire the advanced vocational qualification (EBBR)

PDF-Document (144.6 kB) - As of: September 2019

Non-students exam

to acquire the intermediate school leaving qualification (MSA)

PDF-Document (302.0 kB) - As of: September 2019

Exam for specially skilled workers

PDF-Document (110.9 kB) - As of: Januar 2017

Supplementary examination or Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew qualification

PDF-Document (49.8 kB) - As of: Januar 2017

Non-students exam

to acquire the university of applied sciences entrance qualification

PDF-Document (116.1 kB) - As of: August 2020

Non-students exam

to acquire the general higher education entrance qualification

PDF-Document - As of: Oktober 2020

Colleges and evening classes

a course of studies? Then you need the general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) as access authorisation.

You can catch up on your Abitur at a college in day classes or as an employed person in evening classes. The admission requirement for all colleges and evening classes is that you

  • Are at least 19 years old,
  • Have acquired at least the vocational qualification or an equivalent qualification and
  • Can provide evidence of completed vocational training or at least two years of regular employment.

Completed military service, alternative service, proven unemployment up to 1.5 years and maintaining a household with at least one child or person in need of care can be recognised as employment.

Employment also includes dependent employment within the scope of the Employment Promotion Act amounting to at least 20 hours per week as well as possibly incomplete vocational training up to half of the prescribed training period and internships with a minimum duration of 3 months.

Subsequent acquisition of the general higher education entrance qualification in day classes:

Subsequent acquisition of the general higher education entrance qualification in evening classes:

Ordinance on the state colleges and evening classes of the State of Berlin (VO-KA)

(german)

DOWNLOAD-Document - As of: 13.03.2015