Education in Malta

Updated 2020-05-07 10:25

The schooling system in Malta reflects the former British governance of the country. Parents may choose from state or private schools, with private schools including both church and independent schools.

The schooling system in Malta

School is compulsory through age 16 and is split into four stages: pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary and secondary school is mandatory.

Following completion of secondary education, students are free to choose to continue their education at a post-secondary and eventually tertiary level, or they may opt to join Malta's workforce.

Malta's government is committed to furthering education levels, offering several incentives to subsidise the cost of continuing education. The aim is to consistently maintain the country's socioeconomic development across a huge range of sectors.

Catholic schools in Malta are subsidised by the government and charge no fees. There are also some local private schools, which operate as parents' foundations.

Primary school in Malta

Almost every locality in Malta features at least one primary school and most localities also feature secondary schools. Kindergarten facilities are also available, free of charge, for all children aged between three and five.

Malta's local primary schools educate children between the ages of 5 and 11.

National examinations are taken at age 11, after which students continue to secondary school.

Secondary school in Malta

After three years of secondary school, some students transfer to trade schools, which provide technical or employment-related training.

Others will go on to take the Maltese equivalent of the British GSCEs at the end of their fifth year of secondary school. That might allow them to enter the sixth form for two years to take intermediate and advanced-level examinations in preparation for University.

Secondary education includes several mandatory subjects, including mathematics, English, Maltese (for Maltese nationals), at least one science subject and one foreign language, and environmental studies.

A number of elective subjects are also available, including various foreign languages; and subjects across both the humanities and sciences.

Private schools in Malta

The benefit of private schooling in Malta is that your child will receive more individual attention to satisfy his or her specific needs, as these schools tend to have more resources available than either state-owned schools or church schools.

Additionally, private schools tend to emphasise teaching in English, whereas state schools tend toward teaching in Maltese. All schools will teach both Maltese and English classes as students are expected to be bilingual.

Expat children living in Malta can be educated in one of the private international schools or enrolled in the local state, church, or independent schools.

Some local schools that are popular with expat families include De La Salle College in Birgu, St Aloysius' College in Birkirkara, both schools are only for boys, and the Sacred Heart School in St. Julian's is a girl school.

International schools in Malta

Malta has several international schools parents can explore when moving to Malta.

St Edward's College is a Catholic boys' school that follows the British curriculum and prepares students for GCSEs at age 16. There are girls' programs for pre-primary as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The Verdala International School is for boys and girls and offers an American-style education, preparing students for the international baccalaureate or IGCSEs. The Verdala School offers boarding facilities.

Quality Schools International is an international chain with a school centrally located in Malta at Mosta.

Private school tuition fees in Malta are quite reasonable by international standards.

There are also almost 60 English-language schools in Malta, with summer being a very popular time for students to come to the Mediterranean islands to learn.

The University of Malta

The University of Malta offers accredited certificate, diplomas, and degrees at Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate levels in a wide range of subjects.

The University's Mediterranean Studies programme is highly popular with visiting students from other countries.

Useful links:

Malta Government

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