FMF Chow spells good curriculum


The government council stipulated that the canton schools in Zurich Birch and Rychenberg, Winterthur, each run a technical secondary school. In application of § 4 number 3 of the Middle Schools Act of June 13, 1999 (MSG), the Education Council determined the allocation of profiles to schools on December 4, 2006 as follows:

  • Rychenberg Cantonal School, Winterthur
    Base year
    Profiles: pedagogy, communication and information, music, theater
    Matura: communication and information, music, theater
  • Cantonal School Zurich Birch
    Base year
    Profiles: pedagogy, communication and information, health, natural sciences
    Matura: communication and information, natural sciences
    Vocational baccalaureate: health

After the decisions on the conversion of the existing diploma schools into specialized schools and on the allocation of profiles, the decisions on the curriculum, the admission regulations and doctoral regulations as well as the examination regulations are now pending. The decision on the admission regulations is the responsibility of the government council.

Legal bases

According to § 4 MSG, the education council is responsible for issuing the curricula of the individual schools as well as the framework regulations necessary for the school operation, in particular for doctorates and final exams. In addition to the relevant federal regulations, relevant intercantonal agreements are also decisive, in particular the regulations on the recognition of qualifications from secondary schools, which the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Education Directors (EDK) issued on June 12, 2003 (hereinafter referred to as EDK regulations). The application for recognition of technical secondary schools in the canton of Zurich must be submitted by July 31, 2007 at the latest (Art. 27, Paragraph 2 of the EDK regulations).
Because the health profile prepares for the acquisition of the federal certificate of qualification for “health professionals” as well as for the professional baccalaureate, the provisions of the education ordinance and the education plan for “health professionals”, version of July 3, 2003, and the federal ordinance on the vocational baccalaureate of November 30, 1998 (vocational baccalaureate ordinance) and the framework curriculum for the vocational baccalaureate health and social direction of August 12, 2005 are complied with.

Curriculum (school program)

Pursuant to Section 27, Paragraph 1 of the MSG, the Education Council issues the curriculum at the request of the school commission, which defines the objectives and the timetable for the compulsory subjects. The Middle Schools and Vocational Training Office set up a project group to develop a common curriculum for the cantonal secondary schools. It includes representatives from the school administrators and the convents of the two cantonal schools that will run a technical secondary school, as well as representatives from the Free Evangelical School Zurich and the University Office. The middle schools department, the legal service, the ReBeGe project and the vocational school leaving certificate sector are also represented by the middle school and vocational training office. The lesson tables were submitted to the most important technical colleges in the canton of Zurich and the Zurich University of Education. The design of the health profile was also discussed with representatives of potential training companies. The specialist competencies listed in the curriculum take into account the provisions of the EDK framework curriculum, the “Health Specialist” curriculum and the framework curriculum for the vocational baccalaureate health and social direction. Incidentally, the school program is based on a competency model that places great value on promoting personal, social and methodological skills as the basis for the ability to study.
The different lesson durations at the Zurich Birch Cantonal School (45 minutes) and the Rychenberg Cantonal School, Winterthur (40 minutes) were taken into account by different numbers of lessons, with the total duration of each subject being aligned as closely as possible.

On April 18, 2007, the project group approved the curriculum (including the documents “Curriculum FMS ZH” and “School Program FMS ZH”), whereby two requests from the teaching staff to increase the number of hours for the subjects of geography and physics were dealt with. In the light of the government council's savings targets San04, no expansion of the range of courses is possible. No majority were found in the project group to suggest in which subjects lessons can be reduced in favor of geography or physics. For this reason, the two requests mentioned were not taken into account.
The planned timetables take into account the savings targets according to RRB No. 1023/2006 of July 12, 2006. The information on the admission procedure contained in the school program
correspond to the admission regulations.
The school commissions of the Rychenberg and Birch canton schools have approved the “FMS ZH curriculum” and the “FMS ZH school program”. A minority of the school commission of the Rychenberg Cantonal School, however, considered the number of hours for chemistry and physics to be insufficient to achieve the general educational goals mentioned in the curriculum as well as the guideline and reference goals in these subjects. The Education Directorate should therefore be commissioned to report to the Education Council after three years. In particular, the school administrators and school commissions concerned, as well as the education directorate, should be given the opportunity to examine the effects of the new curriculum, particularly with regard to the number of hours, and, if necessary, to apply to the education council for a corresponding adjustment.

Examination regulations

The scope of the regulations for the qualifications at the technical secondary schools in the canton of Zurich comprises four qualifications:

  • Fachhochschulausweis,
  • Matura,
  • Federal certificate of proficiency as a specialist in health,
  • Vocational baccalaureate in the health profile.

With regard to the Fachmittelschulausweis and Fachmaturität, the EDK regulations stipulate the examination subjects as well as the examination methods and the content of the two certificates. Regarding the duration of internships in the chosen occupational field, which are to be completed in preparation for the specialized Matura, a range of 12 to 40 weeks is specified (cf. § 18 in connection with Art. 8 Para. 2 EDK regulations). who in
If you want to join a university of applied sciences, you have to take into account the requirements of the respective course of study, which usually provide for internships of over 40 weeks.

With the health profile, the federal qualification certificate for specialist health as well as the professional baccalaureate can be acquired. As a result, the relevant federal legal requirements must be complied with, which apply to full-time schools for basic vocational training and to vocational baccalaureate schools (see letter B above). Due to the applicability of the Vocational Baccalaureate Ordinance, there are stricter requirements for completing the vocational baccalaureate than for the qualification from the Fachmittelschulausweis, because there only two instead of three subject grades may be unsatisfactory. This tightening is taken into account in Section 26, Paragraph 2, last sentence.


At the request of the Education Directorate, the Education Council decides:

  • A curriculum (“Lehrplan FMS ZH” and “Schulprogramm FMS ZH”) will be issued for the technical secondary schools of the canton schools in Zurich Birch and Rychenberg, Winterthur (see appendix).
  • Examination regulations will be issued for the technical secondary schools in the Canton of Zurich (see appendix).
  • The Education Directorate is instructed to report to the Education Council after three years. The experiences made with the new school model, in particular in connection with the effects of the new curriculum with regard to the number of hours, should be presented.
  • Publication of the examination regulations in accordance with Section III in the collection of laws.
  • Message to Dr. Ulrich Weiss, School Commission President of the Rychenberg Cantonal School; Ms. Silvia Luginbühl, President of the School Commission of the Zurich Birch Cantonal School; Miss Dr. Franziska Widmer Müller, Rector of the Rychenberg Cantonal School; Prof. Kurt Zangger, Rector of the Zurich Birch Cantonal School; Mr. Peter Weiss, President of the President's Conference School Commissions; Prof. Dr. Alfred Baumgartner, President of the School Directors' Conference for Middle Schools; Prof. Markus Späth, President of the Teachers' Conference for Middle Schools; the education directorate (secondary school and vocational training office as well as office for youth and career advice)