29 - What do I need to know about Post-Secondary Education in Malta?

Secondary schools prepare students of ages 12 to 16 to sit for the SEC examinations (commonly known as O Levels), which will enable students to continue to advance their studies at a higher level after the age of 16. Students who acquire passes in at least English, Maltese, Mathematics, and two other subjects can enrol various post secondary institutions after secondary school. These include Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, the Junior College, and various private and church post secondary institutions. At GCHSS students are also given the possibility to sit again for SEC subjects alongside their study programme.

GEM16+ Education Programme 

This programme is intended for those students who, in September 2016, possess a limited number of SEC subjects between Grades 1 and 5 or possess SEC subjects at Grades 6 or 7.

Students need to have finished their Secondary Education in June 2015 or June 2016. 

Students at GEM 16+ study Maltese, English, Mathematics, Physics or ECDL and sit for SEC (May 2017) following a course in small groups.  They also receive lessons in PE and PSCD. The Programme is recognised by MCAST and ITS. Students receive a stipend and a grant. 

Courses are held at GEM16+ Education Programme Centre at Gzira.

Applications are received online on :


or directly at the Programme Centre at Gzira. 

Contact info GEM 16+:​

Tel: (+356) 21322159, 21334076 

E-mail: gem16plus@ilearn.edu.mt 

Post Secondary Education

At Junior College, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary, and other  such institutions students are prepared to sit for the Advanced Level (A Level) and Intermediate Level exams. These exams will provide students with the necessary qualifications and certificates to enter university. Students who want to sit for SEC exams again are given the opportunity to study for these at GCHSS.


At Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School persons who are 18 or over can also enrol in an individual study programme that gives one the opportunity to choose whatever subjects one needs at any level as long as the prerequisites for studying the subject are met.

University of Malta

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. The main campus is situated in Msida. There are two other campuses, one in Valletta and one in Gozo, where part-time evening degree and diploma courses are offered.

For more information, contact the University’s International Admissions Office:


Room 103, International Admission Office Administration Building,

University of Malta Msida

Tel: (+356) 2340 2225


Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC)
Foreign qualifications need to be assessed to determine their equivalency to the European Qualifications Framework as well as the Malta Qualifications Framework. This process is carried out by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) through the MQRIC.

MQRIC is the official national body which deals with the recognition and comparability of both academic and vocational qualifications.

Tel: (+356) 2381 0000

Address: National Commission for Further and Higher Education

Sir Temi Zammit Buildings, Malta Life Sciences Centre Ltd, Malta Life Sciences Park, San Gwann, SGN 3000

E-mail: qric.malta@gov.mt

Website: http://www.ncfhe.gov.mt​