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Education system in Finland. WORKING LIFE. Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training. Students are mainly aged 16-25 years The school-based education system means full-time studies for 3 years at a vocational institution (120 credits).

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Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training

  • Students are mainly aged 16-25 years
  • The school-based education system means full-time studies for 3 years at a vocational institution (120 credits).
  • Education and training of compulsory studies is primarily organised in year classes. Else, students follow their individual study plans.
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General Issues

Vocational upper secondary qualifications and study programmes are defined in a Ministry of Education decree. The fields of education are as follows:

• Humanities and education;

• Culture;

• Social science, business and administration;

• Natural sciences;

• Technology, communication and transport;

• Natural resources and the environment;

• Social services, health and sport;

• Tourism, catering and domestic services

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Vocational qualifications

  • 150 VET providers
  • 52 vocational upper secondary qualifications
  • 119 study programmes
  • The qualifications provide the students with a wide variety of basic skills as well as more specialised skills in some areas.
  • Students are qualified to find placements in working life, to perform various tasks in their field in changing conditions, and so to develop their vocational skills throughout their lives.
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Upper Secondary Vocational Education and Training in a Nutshell

  • Admission requirement is the completion of basic education syllabus
  • Education providers primarily select their students based on earlier academic achievement but may also hold entrance exams or aptitude tests and may take the applicant’s work experience into consideration
  • Application takes place through a joint application system electronically
  • The studies primarily aim at obtaining the vocational skills needed in working life
  • Additionally, three-year studies give general eligibility to apply for studies at universities and polytechnics
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Upper Secondary Vocational Education and Training in a Nutshell

  • Opportunities for individual progress in studies
  • A vocational upper secondary qualification can be obtained through attending a vocational school, through apprenticeship training, or through a competence test
  • 20 credits (around 6 months) of the studies are conducted on-the-job
  • Skills demonstrations were launched in 2006 as proof of having reached the goals given to vocational studies.
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North Karelia College

part of

North Karelia Municipal

Education and Training Consortium

  • 8 Colleges
  • Adult Education Centers
  • 7700 students
  • staff: 1050
  • Owned by 14 county\'s municipalities
  • 169 000 inhabitants in North Karelia
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Educations 120 credits

  • Dancer
  • Artisan
  • Visual Artisan
  • Media Assistant
  • Game development Theather and event technology Graphic design Sound production Film and sound
  • Practical nurse
  • Machinist
  • Plater-welder
  • ICT-assembler
  • Printing AssistantDesign Assistant
  • EDUCATION PREPARING FOR UPPER SECONDARY VET (20-40 credits)
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Applying to college

  • Admission procedure will take place through the joint application system, maintained by the Finnish National Board of Education
  • Students are free to choose which educational institution they apply to. If a person does not gain admittance to the school of his or her first choice, other possible schools are considered
  • Entrance exams
  • -> www.haenyt.fi
curriculum 120 credits
CURRICULUM 120 credits
  • vocational studies 90 credits,
  • including on-the-job learning min. 20 credits
  • skills demonstrations
  • core subjects (20 credits, 16 compulsory + 4 optional)
    • the native language
    • the other national language and a foreign language
    • mathematics
    • physics and chemistry
    • social, business and labour-market subjects
    • health education; physical education
    • arts and culture; environmental studies
    • ICT; ethics, other cultures
    • psychology and entrepreneurship
    • free-choice studies, which vary (10 credits)
  • Studies include at least 1.5 credits of student counselling.
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Moreinformation:

www.oph.fi

www.koulutusnetti.fi

www.cedefop.europa.eu

www.pkky.fi/amoo

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