The Kokkola upper secondary school for adults
The Kokkola upper secondary school for adults offers general upper secondary education to students over the age of 18. The goal of offering upper secondary education to adults is to increase the extent of their general knowledge, improve their learning-to-learn skills, and provide them with a stronger foundation for succeeding in further studies and working life.
In the general upper secondary school for adults, you can complete the upper secondary education syllabus for adults and obtain a general upper secondary school certificate and a Matriculation Examination certificate. You can also raise your grades from previous upper secondary education or basic education and supplement your studies with individual basic education or upper secondary education courses or subjects. You can study in the general upper secondary school for adults either through contact teaching in the evenings or through distance learning.
The upper secondary school for adults also offers the possibility to complete the basic education syllabus for adults and to obtain a basic education certificate. Basic education for adults is aimed at persons who have exceeded the compulsory school age but who have not completed the basic education syllabus, or who have a need to supplement their basic education degree or raise their grades. Basic education for adults is divided into early and final-stage studies. The final stage covers comprehensive school grades 7–9. The final-stage studies consist of 46 courses.
The academic year of the upper secondary school for adults is divided into five periods. During each period, the students will usually take a maximum of four courses. The duration of each course is 28 hours. The classes are held on four evenings each week, from Monday to Thursday between 17:00 and 20:00. Each period ends with an exam week during which the classes are replaced with an exam for each subject. The grades for the passed courses are entered into the Wilma system.
In general upper secondary education for adults, the students must complete a minimum of 44 courses. If you are planning to complete the entire general upper secondary school syllabus, you should plan your studies so that you take both compulsory and specialisation courses in different subjects. This way you will meet the minimum course requirements. You may have to study some courses independently. Agree with the course instructor on taking a course as independent studies. General upper secondary school education can be completed in 2–4 years.
Studies in a general upper secondary school for adults are always part-time studies, which means you are not eligible for student financial aid granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela.
Separate subject entities
You can also study separate subject entities and supplement your previous studies in the Kokkola upper secondary school for adults. You will receive a separate certificate for the completed studies. The course fee is 20 €/course, but no more than 80 €/academic year.