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The Child and Recreation Programme

Are you interested in people and value your own well-being and that of others? In the Child and Recreation Programme, you will learn about people of different ages and with different preconditions.

Video: Video briefly describing the Child and Recreation Programme (runtime 4:59)

What you will learn in the Child and Recreation Programme

You will learn how to contribute to the quality of life and well-being of others. You gain knowledge about how other people learn things and how they grow and experience personal develop. You will also learn about working together with others and communication.

We get to learn a lot about communication. Everyone may think that they know how to communicate, but here we learn how to communicate well and about the social interactions between various groups.

Barwaqo / a student in the third year of the programme

You train yourself to interact with other people and develop your ability to understand their needs. You will reflect on how people live together and what opportunities they have to grow and experience personal development. You also learn about health and working environments.

The Child and Recreation Programme places a heavy emphasis on pedagogy, ethics, democratic values and human and civil rights.

The programme is based on assignments that you will complete either in groups or on your own. You hone your ability to take the initiative and be creative, and also learn more about the possibilities of running your own business. You practice planning, implementing and documenting your work.

Right now I’m at uni, studying to be a preschool teacher. The Child and Recreation Programme gave me a great foundation. My whole first year at university in the preschool teacher-training programme covered things I had already learned back in upper secondary school.

Johanna / graduated from the Child and Recreation Programme with a specialisation in Pedagogical and Social Work

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes define what a learner will have acquired and will be able to do upon successfully completing their studies in a particular upper secondary school programme.

The intended learning outcomes for the Child and Recreation Programme (

Programme structure

In the programme structure, you can see which subjects and courses are included in the educational programme. You can also see how many credits are earned for each course.

Programme structure for the Child and Recreation Programme (pdf) External link, opens in new window.


Recreation and Health

  • You will learn about health, recreation and wellness. You will learn about how you can work to contribute to people’s quality of life and well-being through various recreational activities. This specialisation provides the opportunity for employment as a staff member at a swimming facility/sports centre, sports and recreation facility, or as a personal trainer, as a few examples.

Pedagogical and Social Work

  • You will learn about the learning and growth of children and adolescents. You will learn how to treat people in different situations and how to provide good support and service. You will learn how to work with people to contribute to their quality of life and well-being. This specialisation provides the opportunity for employment as a nanny, pupil assistant, or personal assistant, or for working with support and service in the field of disability, as a few examples. It can also provide the opportunity for employment as a security guard.

Diploma project

At the end of the Child and Recreation Programme, you will undertake a diploma project in your chosen professional field. In your project, you must display evidence that you have the requisite knowledge to start working in the field in which you have received your education.

Learning in a Work Environment

Parts of the educational programme are conducted at one or more workplaces and lasts for a period of at least 15 weeks. These elements are called Learning in a Work Environment (“APL”). This is an important element of your education. APL gives you experience and contacts that may be beneficial when you are looking for a job.

In the Child and Recreation Programme, APL may consist of work at a preschool or school, or at a swimming or recreation facility. Through APL, you will get to practice leading and participating in activities of various kinds that contribute to quality of life and well-being.


If your school offers upper secondary school apprenticeships within the framework of the programme, you can choose to take advantage of this opportunity. This means that you gain the same knowledge but carry out at least half of your studies in one or more workplaces.

Further information about apprenticeships in upper secondary school – one foot in working life and one foot in school

Entering the workforce after graduation and examples of career paths

You can start working immediately after completing the programme. Below you will find examples of career paths for graduates, i.e., the professions in which you can look for work after graduating from the programme. Next to each profession is a link to facts about the responsibilities of the position and average wages/salary.

Swimming/sports centre staff


Pupil assistant

Sports and recreation facility staff

Personal assistant

Personal trainer

Security guard

Further information about the responsibilities of these professions and forecasts regarding the future prospects of each profession can be found in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” service (“Find a profession, A–Z”).

Search various professions in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” (“Find a profession, A–Z”) service

Eligibility to continue your studies after graduation

Do you want to continue your studies at a university or other higher education institution after completing the programme? This programme provides you with the general entry requirements for studying at an institution of higher education. After completing the programme, you also have the opportunity to continue your education at a polytechnic or independent adult education college (folkhögskola).