About Oslo VO Sinsen

Visiting address: Lørenveien 11

Post address: Pb. 649/650 Løren
N-0507 Oslo
Headmaster: Kirsti Moxnes

E-mail: postmottak@ude.oslo.kommune.no (with attention Sinsen Voksenopplæring)

Oslo VO Sinsen was created in 2002 as a branch of the Oslo Adult Educational System. The Competence Reform provided adults with the right to upper-secondary education based on specific criteria. The school offers examination-related education and various upper-secondary education programmes for adults. Most students get education aimed at university and college admissions certification. 

The school also offers in-depth studies in different science subjects. Training at Oslo VO Sinsen takes place both internally and externally for vocational programme students. In addition to training, the school has also the responsibility to map and assess adult applicants’ real competence (validation and accreditation of former learning).

85 employees and 1 500 students 

The school has about 85 employees and about 1500 adults who are full and part time students both during daytime and evening. Students’ ages vary from 20 to 60 years old, most of them being between 30 and 40 years old. Approximately ¾ of the students have minority language backgrounds. Oslo VO Sinsen aims to offer a flexible and personalized course of training for adults in an inclusive and pleasant environment where adults experience growth and professional development.

The school has used AFL (assessment for learning) for several years now in its efforts to get as many students as possible to finish successfully their education. Oslo VO Sinsen has, throughout many years, been part of different European cooperation projects and student and different staff reviews indicate high satisfaction among students and employees.


In 1958 Oslo Municipality created Oslo Realskole and Gymnasium for adults who wanted upper-secondary education. The training took place in Foss, then Frogner, followed by several years at Hegdehaugen and in 1990 it was finally moved to Sinsen upper-secondary school.

The same year the state took over the responsibility for education and the name was changed to State Resources and Adult Education Center, abbreviated SRV. In 1999, SRV, NFU (Norwegian Distance Education) and NOV (Norwegian Adult Pedagogical Institute) merged under the name VOX.

It was first located at Sinsen, then Skullerud, and is now situated in Oslo centre. Oslo Municipality took again charge of adult education in 2002 by establishing Oslo Adult Education, which was renamed Oslo Adult Education Sinsen in 2005.