Tertiary educationTertiary education
or third-stage education
, is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education
such as a high school
. Tertiary education is commonly higher education
which prepares students for a quaternary education
, but it can also be vocational education and training
are examples of schools that provide tertiary education. Tertiary education generally culminates in the receipt of a degree: vocational certification, Associate's degrees, or Bachelor's degrees (B.A. or B.S.).