Uganda has a 3-7-4-2 formal education structure. There are three years of Pre-primary School, which has an official entry age of three 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 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) Certificate. Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary.
Lower secondary, which is known as Ordinary Level, consists of grades 8-11 and culminates in the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE); upper secondary, which is known as Advanced Level, consists of grades 12-13 and culminates in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). In addition, Uganda has a lower secondary vocational education track that lasts three years, and multiple upper secondary vocational education tracks that each last up to two years (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2014 school year).