Federal Vocational Baccalaureate: A Degree After Basic Vocational Training

The Federal Vocational Baccalaureate offers young people additional opportunities. It combines basic vocational training with extended general training, which provides graduates with a double qualification: they have a profession and can present themselves in the employment market. With the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate, they can also start to study at a university of applied sciences without having to sit an entrance exam or, with a one-year supplementary examination (“Passerelle”), study at a university or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The Federal Vocational Baccalaureate is an expanded and broadened general education that supplements the basic vocational training. A Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training with three or four years of basic vocational training is a prerequisite for obtaining the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate.

The Federal Vocational Baccalaureate in Life Sciences is acquired at the aprentas vocational training school in Muttenz in parallel with the basic vocational training. Teaching for the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate in Life Sciences – at least 1,440 lessons for training alongside an apprenticeship – covers the following subjects:

  • First language: German
  • Second language: French
  • Third language: English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • History and Politics
  • Business and Law
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Interdisciplinary project work

Change to the admissions procedure for the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate:

As per the BL career regulation, since 2019 there is no longer an entrance examination for the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate 1 (part-time). The January 2019 reports from secondary level 1 shall apply. 



Marco Grether