Baccalaureate: preregistration and enrolment

What do you need to know?

This is the application to study for the baccalaureate at publicly funded schools.

The baccalaureate is not compulsory and is spread over two academic years. It is offered in several forms in order to provide specialist preparation for students depending on their plans and interests with regard to future training.

When they finish the course, students receive the Baccalaureate qualification, which allows them to:

  • Study at university, as long as they pass the entrance exams set by the universities.
  • Study advanced level professional training courses.
  • Study artistic training courses (having passed the relevant test).
  • Start working.


This level of education can be studied in three different types of schools which make up the Spanish school system: state, private and chartered (private schools paid for with public funds):

  • Enrolment is free of charge for state schools, which are wholly financed by the Government.
  • Private schools are financed privately.
  • Finally, chartered schools are private schools which receive funding from the Government. Enrolment is also free of charge for chartered schools, although there may be fees and voluntary costs for extracurricular activities.


Only one preregistration application may be made per student. Even so, you may indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to various institutions and modes of study, all in order of preference, on the same application form. Submission of more than one application invalidates any priority rights which may apply.

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools where you can enrol.

  • It is advisable to show, in order of preference, the maximum number of desirable schools as this increases the chances of obtaining a place in one of the schools chosen.
  • The application form and documentation must be submitted to the first-choice school.
  • You should be aware that the schools organise open days so that families can visit them and get to know them better.

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at students aged 16 and over wanting to access the baccalaureate and who have completed compulsory secondary education (ESO) satisfactorily, or who have one of the qualifications which grant the right to access it.

What requirements must be met?

  • The student wishing to register must be able to prove one of the following qualifications or studies:
    • The compulsory secondary education (ESO) completion qualification.
    • A technical qualification, having passed an intermediate- or advanced-level training course (CFGM or CFGS).
    • Studies in education systems abroad which have been recognised as equivalent to the ESO qualification or the technical qualification. Recognition is accredited with the relevant credential, or, if it is still in progress, by submitting the form for conditional registration in teaching institutions.

What do you need to do?

COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, this formality can only be processed online on the Government of Catalonia Ministry of Education website and following the instructions provided, although the application form can be obtained in person from schools.


Before formalising the application, you are recommended to consult the chosen centre's website, or the Generalitat de Catalunya's website, for information regarding the details concerning preregistration and the chosen subjects.

What steps must you follow?


STEP 1: Fill in the application form and gather the documentation
  • Online:
  • Via the Government of Catalonia website. You can download the form, fill it in, to generate the application, and print it out.
  • The information and the application form are only available in Catalan and Spanish.
  • Please remember that you can put your telephone number on the form to receive status notifications for the application.
  • It is important that, in the application itself, you indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to several schools so that there are more options in the event that your first choice is not given to you.
  • Before continuing, check and prepare the documents that are required for completing preregistration. 




STEP 2: Submit the original application form and the documentation

The application form and the documents may be submitted in one of two ways:  

  •  Online registration: the procedure ends with submitting the form and, therefore, it is not necessary to submit any copies to the centre or any supporting documentation for the applicant or the student that may be validated by electronic data exchange between administrations. 

It is only necessary to submit supporting documentation for the priority criteria in cases where it cannot be validated through the electronic exchange of data by administrations. It must be submitted, by email and within the established deadline, to the official email address of the first-choice centre, in digital format. 

  •  Online form: you must download the application acknowledgement and save it on your device. 

Once you have done this, the application acknowledgement must be sent by email to the official email address of your first-choice centre, within the established time limit, accompanied by identification documents and documents attesting to priority criteria, in digital format. 

Your first-choice school is responsible for analysing the applications and looking after all the documentation submitted. If applications exceed the available places in a school, in order to allot places, the specific criteria are used first and, subsequently, the priority criteria. In the event of a tie, additional criteria will be assessed according to the scale. 

The period for submission of applications and publication of the list of preregistration applications varies, depending on the year, but is usually between May and June. 


STEP 3: Check whether the student has been admitted

Once the preregistration period has ended, you need to check the lists to see if the student has been admitted.

The lists can be checked by various means:


STEP 4: If the student has been admitted, enrolment will be formalised

In the event that the student has been admitted, you need to formalise enrolment at the relevant school within the established time limit.

If you do not complete enrolment within the time limit set, you will be deemed to have relinquished the place.

Apart from the documents provided when you submitted the preregistration application, the schools may also request the following when you come to enrol:

  • A photocopy of the student's vaccination card showing the doses of vaccine received and their dates. If you do not have a vaccinations card, you need to submit an official medical certificate or the student’s health card showing the doses of vaccine received and the relevant dates. If the child has not been vaccinated on a doctor’s advice, or for other reasons, an official medical certificate justifying this must be submitted.
  • If appropriate, if it was not possible to submit it with the preregistration application, the renewed DNI with the new address.
  • Documentation attesting to any access requirements.

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools in Barcelona where you can enrol.

Who can submit the application?

The application can be submitted as follows:

  • If the student is of legal age: the student himself or herself.
  • If the student is a minor: the student’s parents or guardians, in person, or by means of a representative.

What documentation must be attached to the application?

General documentation:

  • Preregistration application form.
  • Original and photocopy of the identity document of the person making the application (parents, guardians or de facto guardians).
  • In the case of foreign nationals: resident’s card showing the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE).
  • If you do not have a resident’s card, you can provide your passport or, in the case of a foreign national from a European Union country, the identity document from your country of origin.
  • In the case of Spanish nationals: Spanish national identity document (DNI).
  • Individual healthcare card (TSI) for the student. If you do not have this card when preregistering, you need to provide it when enrolling.
  • Original and photocopy of the family book, birth certificate or other documents relating to parentage, where the child’s name and date of birth and their relationship to the parents or guardians can be verified.
  • If the student is adopted or fostered, the documentation relating to the adoption or the ruling on fostering must be provided.
  • The identification or parentage details for foreign students may, extraordinarily, be attested with identity documents, family book from the country of origin or such alternative documents as the person may provide, translated, if necessary.
  • It there are more applications than places at a school, the following priority criteria are given points for assigning places. In the event of a tie, additional criteria will be assessed (the associated points may vary).
    • Specific criteria: preference is given to students from affiliated schools and studies when preregistering for the baccalaureate at a specific school, except for the arts category. In that case, no supporting documents need to be submitted.


Documentation attesting to any priority criteria:

  • Where there are brothers or sisters at the school or parents or legal guardians working there (40 points):
    • Documentary justification is not needed as the school checks this itself.
  • In the case of proving proximity:
    • Points are only given to the following:
      • Proximity to the family home (30 points if it is in the catchment area, or 10 points if it is within the municipality but outside the catchment area).
        • The address on the identity document (DNI or NIE) of the applicant is considered to be an address indicating proximity to the school.
        • Where the usual residence given does not match that on the identity document, or where dealing with foreign nationals without a resident’s card, the Barcelona Municipal Education Institute will check the registered address for the student’s family unit on its own initiative, using the Barcelona City Council register of residents.
      • Proximity to place of work (20 points):
        • Photocopy of the employment contract or a certificate from the company.
        • In the case of self-employed individuals whose address is where they work, the address recorded at the Tax Office will be used and a copy of the registration, change of details and deregistration form for the taxpayers’ register (forms 036 and 037) will provide evidence of that.
  • Where family income is chosen for points (10 points):
    • Up-to-date certificate issued by the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Families attesting to being in receipt of the minimum insertion income benefit.
  • Where the student, parents, guardians or brothers or sisters are disabled (10 points):
    • Original and photocopy of the disability certificate showing a disability of 33% or more (in Catalan or Spanish).
  • In the case of providing evidence of the academic record:
    • Academic certificate showing the grade.
    • In the case of studies under the former system: original and photocopy of page 27 of the basic education school record book, if the average mark for the stage appears in numerical form.
    • If the student is still studying: certificate of the average mark for the studies which have already been definitively assessed.
    • Students from abroad must submit the document recognising their qualification. If there is no record of recognition, or a decision has not yet been reached, you can request a calculation of the average mark from the Ministry of Education. If it is not requested, or cannot be calculated within the time limit, it will be considered to be 5.


Documentation attesting to any complementary criteria:

  • Please remember that if you are a foreign national and want to access the second year of the baccalaureate, you will be requested to provide recognition or validation of the first year baccalaureate qualification.

What does the application cost?

The process is FREE OF CHARGE.

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Which body is responsible for the formality?

In Barcelona: the Barcelona Education Consortium (body formed by Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya) and the Barcelona City Council Municipal Institute of Education.


Elsewhere: Catalan Ministry of Education (Generalitat de Catalunya-Government of Catalonia).

Where can I find more information?

You can use the link to the official Barcelona Education Consortium website (only available in Catalan, but it does have Google Translate which means that the portal can be viewed in many languages).


The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.