General upper secondary education

The Government decides on the general national objectives of general upper secondary education and on the allocation of the time to be used for instruction in different subjects and subject groups and for student counselling.

The Finnish National Board of Education draws up the national core curriculum. The core curriculum defines the objectives and core contents of the different subjects, subject groups, thematic subject modules and student counselling.

The National Core Curriculum for Upper Secondary Schools was reformed in 2015 and the local curricula based on the new national core curriculum came into effect on 1 August 2016.

National Core Curriculum for General Upper Secondary Education Intended for Young People

Preparatory education for general upper secondary education

On 31 January 2014, the Finnish National Board of Education adopted the National Core Curriculum for Preparatory Education for General Upper Secondary Education 2014.

The National Core Curriculum for Preparatory Education for General Upper Secondary Education was updated in 2015 and it came into effect on 1 August 2016.

The National Core Curriculum for Preparatory Education for General Upper Secondary Education was given first time in 2014

National Core Curriculum for Preparatory Education for General Upper Secondary Education 2014 (pdf)