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Ongoing studies
Those that have an established curriculum, a minimum duration of three months and which are associated to an official or private education centre, regardless of being independent learning, distance or correspondence education, etc.

Methodological aspects

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Population censuses include a question about ongoing studies of any kind that the persons were studying on the date of reference.

The Report draws on information from the censuses of 2001 and 2011. the question addresses persons aged 16 and over and is a multiple response question, allowing up to three categories to be marked.


2001 Population Censuses

The ongoing studies included:

  • Education for adults (literacy, basic education).
  • Social inclusion programmes.
  • GCSE and adult secondary education
  • Batxillerat, BUP, COU (Pre-university studies).
  • Official Language Schools.
  • Basic and intermediate arts courses
  • Vocational training at intermediate or equivalent level.
  • Vocational training at advanced or equivalent level.
  • University diploma, technical architecture or engineering or equivalent.
  • University degree, architecture, engineering or equivalent.
  • Post graduate studies, master's degree, medical internships or similar.
  • Doctorate.
  • Other training courses: Courses and workshops aimed at the unemployed. Internal training by companies (for employees only). Other courses not included in these (IT, official examinations, etc.), language academies, courses for cultural or leisure activities, etc.).

2011 Population Censuses

The ongoing studies included:

  • GCSE, adult secondary education.
  • Programmes for entry level professional qualifications.
  • Batxillerat (Pre-university courses).
  • Intermediate vocational training, arts and design, sports training and equivalents.
  • Courses in official language schools.
  • Professional music and dance courses.
  • Advanced vocational training, arts and design, sports training and equivalents.
  • University diploma, technical architecture or engineering or equivalent.
  • University level courses and arts courses and equivalents.
  • University degree, architecture, engineering or equivalent.
  • University master's degree, medical specialisations or similar.
  • Doctorate.
  • Other official education courses (basic adult education...).
  • Training courses by public employment services.
  • Other courses without official regulation.

The Population and Housing Census 2011 includes survey data. The results have been conveniently rounded up and are shown without decimals. Hence, some totals may not coincide with the sum of their disaggregation.


Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".

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