The topic is not new and the Government really wants this to happen in practice. About a year ago, we informed on here that vocational education students would be able to enter higher education without national exams.
The Government will create a special access route that also extends to the learning, education and training courses for young people and the network of schools of Turismo de Portugal.
Access to Higher Education ... without exams (but with specific tests)
The Government wants it to be already in the next academic year that students who finish a professional course can enter a degree or integrated master's without having to take national exams.
For this, a special contest will be created, reveals the newspaper Público. Students of professional courses, specialized artistic courses, apprenticeships, education and training for young people and also from the network of schools of Turismo de Portugal will be able to apply to this special competition.
Instead of “normal” exams, students will have to take specific tests that will be the responsibility of the Higher Education institutions themselves.
Speaking to TSF, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, stated that ..
a consensus was generated among all institutions, within the scope of the National Commission for Access to Higher Education, to come into force in the next academic year. We are finalizing the discussion and the approval of the legal terms, at the Government's headquarters, to also, in a timely manner, ensure that the institutions are able to attract more students of professional education
This is a very important step that we are taking to combat inequalities in access to higher education
This measure appears as a solution to the fact that students of vocational education have to undergo national exams, as well as students who enter general courses in secondary education, which are about subjects that they do not address in class.