Type of qualification
This qualification is a general education school leaving certificate obtained on completion of grade 10 at a secondary school (Realschule) or, under certain circumstances, at other lower secondary level school types. It can also be obtained at a later stage during vocational training at upper secondary level. In some Länder called Realschulabschluss. This type of school usually comprising grades 5-10 provides pupils with a more extensive general education and the opportunity to go on to courses of education at upper secondary level that lead to vocational or higher education entrance qualifications.