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Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education

Finland

6.Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education

Last update: 17 March 2023

After completing basic education (single-structure primary and lower secondary education) 15-16-year-olds continue to general or vocational upper secondary education. Both forms give eligibility for higher education and usually take three years.

This chapter is divided into three parts:

  • General upper secondary education
  • Vocational upper secondary education and training (VET)
  • Post-secondary non-tertiary education.

In 2019, 54% of basic education school-leavers opted for the general upper secondary school, 40% for the vocational upper secondary education and training, and 3.1% did not immediately continue to secondary level. 2.4% continued to studies not leading to a qualification, for example basic education for a tenth year on voluntary basis.

Table 6.1. Direct transition to upper secondary level after the completion of basic education, 2010 and 2019 (%)

Year

General upper secondary

Vocational upper secondary

No qualification-oriented studies

Did not continue immediately

2010

54

41

3

9

2019

54

40

2.4

3.1

Source: Statistics Finland 2021