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General upper secondary studies

Students at general upper secondary schools study a wide variety of subjects including mother tongue and foreign languages, mathematics and sciences, arts and social sciences, religion or ethics, health education, physical education, and crafts and art.

As of 1 August 2021, general upper secondary schools will follow a new curriculum. Students who start their studies after this will follow the new curriculum. In the new curriculum, what were previously known as courses, are now called study units. The minimum requirement for completing general upper secondary education is to complete 150 study points, instead of the previous 75 courses.

Students choose their courses themselves and progress in their studies according to their personal study plans. The syllabus can be completed in 2-4 years. The majority of students complete the syllabus in 3 years. After completing the syllabus, students take the Matriculation Examination.

City of Helsinki general upper secondary schools all have a so-called special educational task or a special emphasis on a certain subject. School with special educational tasks specialise in visual art, science, performing arts, physical education, or music and dance. Ressun lukio upper secondary school offers studies in an English-instructed IB syllabus. Mäkelänrinteen lukio upper secondary school and Sibelius-lukio upper secondary school have a so-called national educational task. There are also special emphasis syllabuses on internationality and cultural knowledge, entrepreneurship, media studies, science, languages, and music and technology.

Students can pick courses from their own school and, in some subjects, from all general upper secondary schools in Helsinki. In addition to classroom instruction, they can also study in multiform learning in a vast array of learning platforms online. 

Studies can be taken as online courses and as distance learning. General upper secondary schools work closely with national and international educational institutions, companies in the working life, and cultural and sports centres.

After completing general upper secondary education, students can apply to higher education at universities or general upper secondary education based vocational education.

06.04.2021 14:10