The key task of transversal competences is to provide an integrative element to the general upper secondary studies. The areas of transversal competences comprise the common objectives of the general upper secondary school subjects (NCC2019).

The new Act of General Upper Secondary Education set an aim to organize interdisciplinary studies and broader study modules, so that students can develop their transversal skills during general upper secondary education (714/2018). Transversal competence then became a central reform within the general upper secondary national core curriculum of 2019, defining study subjects’ common objectives.