Zimbabwe has a 2-7-4-2 formal education structure. There are two years of pre-primary school, which has an official entry age of four and is referred to as early childhood education. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of seven grades. At the end of the cycle, students receive the Grade 7 Certificate. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary.
Lower secondary, which is known as lower secondary (forms 1-4), consists of grades 8-11 and culminates in the Ordinary Level Certificate; upper secondary, which is known as upper secondary (forms 5-6), consists of grades 12-13 and culminates in the Advanced Level Certificate. In addition, Zimbabwe has a lower secondary vocational education track that lasts one year, and an upper secondary vocational education track that lasts two years (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2016 school year).