Fagskulen Vestland - Vestland Higher Vocational College – was founded in 2022 when Fagskolen i Hordaland and Fagskulen i Sogn og Fjordane merged into one organisation.
Fagskulen Vestland is owned by the Vestland County Council and is today one of the largest public vocational schools in Norway, with approximately 2. 000 students and around 200 employees. The school has nine campuses along the western coast of Norway, with main administrations in Bergen and in Førde.
Fagskulen Vestland offers higher vocational education at EQF level 5, which is a level above upper secondary education. The courses are profession- and business- focused and are within a wide range of subject areas, including maritime, marine, technical and petroleum technical fields, building and civil engineering, health professions, and food and agricultural subjects. All programmes are offered in Norwegian only.
The educational staff at the school have a thorough experience from the different professional fields and have an up-to-date knowledge about relevant competence needs. As the courses are vocationally oriented, many are developed in close collaboration with public organisations and private enterprises to ensure working life relevance.
Students are enrolled based on previous educational level, certificate of apprenticeship, or relevant work experience. The school offers short module-based courses from 5 ECTS to full time/part time courses of 120 ECTS. Many of our courses are digital, which means that students can be enrolled from all over the country and may study alongside work. 80 % of our students are part time students, whereas 20 % are full time students.