Information about Europaskolan Strängnäs

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About the school

Europaskolan Strängnäs, is a “free school”, started in 1994. The profile of the school is strongly linked internationally both with Europe and the whole world and IT and digital technology play an important part. It is situated on a classic campus, in the historic town of Strängnäs.

In 1994 Europaskolan was founded as a sixth form college (upper secondary school) of high standard. The reasoning was that high achievers from all over the country would be educated into becoming allround, competent professionals and responsible citizens.

The profile of the school is actively orientated towards Europe and the whole world. It uses up to date Information Technology and digital aids. History, politics, economics, industry and commerce and European culture are an integral part of teaching. Everything is geared towards an increasing awareness and a feeling for a united Europe which will open doors into Europe and further education.

“One of Sweden’s best sixth form colleges.” This is the statement made by the Swedish Education Authorities. In this school you will find a feeling for tradition and everlasting values with an emphasis on “keeping up to date”.

Europaskolan Strängnäs was first to follow the standardisation laid out by the Swedish “Kunskapsrörelsen” maintaining a high quality of learning and knowledge. From the start we have had links with the academic world, including Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology). We also co-operate with various firms such as pharmaceutical companies.

There are six course options/programmes at the school, including two specialist advanced courses, The Science Course Option and The Modern Humanities course option, which we were the first to offer as a free school sixth form college in Sweden.

The school is run as a limited company owned by the non-profit making foundation Europaskolan. Any profit is ploughed back into teacher training, refurbishing the buildings and renewing equipment. There are no private shareholders or dividends.

Thomas Axelsson (Principal)
Europaskolan Strängnäs


The Europa Course Option/Programme (SA and HU)

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Are you considering a future in an international field? Perhaps as a lawyer, an architect, a psychologist or a teacher? The Europa option gives a grounding in social sciences. In the second and third year you can specialize either in social sciences or the humanities.

The Europa option’s courses start in Europe. They contain everything from co-operation and conflict to the arts and culture. Most of all we study the great political changes which have formed our position in the world.

Detailed studies of arts and humanities, social sciences and history enable you to form your own international perspective.

The Europa option prepares you well for higher education – like other course options in the school.

What could you become after you have completed the course (SA) Social Sciences?

  • A Lawyer
  • Subject Teacher in a primary or secondary school
  • Psychologist
  • Graduate in Social Science
  • Psychotherapist
  • Sociologist
  • Political Scientist

The Science Course Option/Programme

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Do you want to prepare to be a researcher in natural sciences and mathematics? Europaskolan’s Science Programme offers you this possibility. You will study at speed with the opportunity to participate in university education and get some of the best education in Europe.

Have you gained an A grade in maths, physics and chemistry? If so the Science option can be for you. Here you can study to be a teacher with a high academic education. You are also invited to participate in courses at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology) and Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University) in Stockholm.

This “spetsutbildning” (specialist course) is the highest level of sixth form college course you can take in Sweden. It is based on the concept of motivating those students who have a particular interest in theoretical subjects. It can be compared to sports colleges but with the emphasis on natural and social sciences.

Europaskolan in Strängnäs was the first school in Sweden to offer the Science option when the government gave the go-ahead for specialist training in 2009. The course was overseen for quality of education by KTH, Södertörn University and Astra Zeneca. It is approved by the Education authorities and follows their directive.

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What could you become?

The Science Programme gives you a wide variety of choices in the future. Depending on your choices and in depth courses, you could become:

  • Researcher
  • Doctor
  • Vet
  • Dentist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Bio Medical Analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Optician
  • Landscape Designer
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher (primary or secondary school)
  • Psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social Scientist
  • Political Scientist

If you want to know more about specialist courses in Sweden, read www.spetsutbildningar.se


The Modern Humanities Course Option/Program

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The specialist course in Modern Humanities is designed for those who are interested in how societies are created and led, what is at the root of  their culture and how different communities interact. In addition we study what affects international relations, how conflicts arise and how they can be solved.

You will take specialist courses in sociology and history. In-depth courses cover European cultural understanding and society, the history of ideas, conflict and co-operation, democracy and human rights as well as debate and discussion.

These special courses will be run in co-operation with the university of Uppsala and Stockholm. These special courses constitute the highest possible qualification attainable in Sweden at 6th form (senior high school) level.


The Business Programme

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Do you want to learn how to start up your own company? Then this course is for you. You  will be attractive to the work market and it will prepare you well for further studies at university or business college.

In this Business Programme you will create, manage and develop a business with your classmates. Just as you would in real life.

The programme gives you theoretical knowledge and “hands on” experience. You will have support from an actual company during your whole time at school.

You will study amongst other things, business economics, how to become an entrepreneur and company law. During the third year you can choose to specialize in your chosen area of interest – perhaps international finance, marketing or accounting.

The Business Programme is a direct link into trade and industry.  It will also prepare you for further studies with or without further business experience.

What could you become?

This course provides you with a  foundation for further university or college studies to be:

  • Bachelor of Science (economics)
  • Lawyer
  • Subject Teacher in secondary school or sixth form college
  • Psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Behavioural Psychologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Political Scientist (specialising in economics and statistics)

If you choose Science 2 as a specialist extra course, you can extend your qualifications and will be open to further advanced  studies as a physiotherapist, dietician, agriculturalist, architect or nurse.


The Chemistry/Physics Course Option – Chemistry/Physics Programme (NA)

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Do you want a future as a well-educated natural scientist? Perhaps as a researcher? Then the above course is right for you and includes physics, chemistry and mathematics. The Chemistry/Physics Programme has been developed in co-operation with both industry and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (The Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm. It also has links with Strängnäs companies which manufacture pharmaceutical and biotechnical products.

This programme can be a springboard to an exciting future as a natural scientist. It is broader than the Science Programme but with the right approach, the Chemistry/Physics Programme can also lead to a career as a researcher.

On the Chemistry/Physics course you can also learn about genetics, bio-technology, material physics and astronomy. In order to practise logical thinking we study different axiomatic systems, amongst others Euclid’s geometry.

In year two you use data programming with an emphasis on mathematics and physics.

Below you can download your points for this programme as a pdf document.

What could you become?

  • Doctor
  • Vet
  • Dentist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Biomedical Analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Optician
  • Landscape Designer
  • Lawyer
  • School Teacher (secondary or sixth form)
  • Psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Behavioural Psychologist
  • Social Scientist or Political Scientist

Arts courses as additional choices (Artes)

Are you interested in music, song, theatre studies or art? If so you will find that we offer additional expressive arts courses attached to our normal Advanced level (senior high school) option programmes. Take the opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop your artistic ability. These skills will be very useful in your other studies.

There are several advantages in taking these additional arts based classes alongside your normal A level course/programme. By studying subjects such as art, music and theatre, you will be using both sides of your brain which develops creativity. This creative ability will also be useful in other subjects and can make study easier.

You can choose your own extra classes before year 2 or 3. It doesn’t matter which option programme you choose. ”Artes” is an extra course and open to all students at Europaskolan Strängnäs. You will not only have the opportunity of making new friends from other classes but you will be better prepared for university and further education.

Choose from the following arts courses (Artes) for your extra class:

  • Art: Art and Design 1b and Photography 1b
  • Music: Instrument and voice 1 and Ensemble 1 (Music Academy)
  • Theatre Studies: Drama productions and role characterisation