The program comprises of a minimum of 44 courses made up of Finnish national curriculum compulsory and specialization courses and school based specialization courses. Students under 18 must take an additional four courses.
From 2016 August on the new students will follow NEW CURRICULUM and students who started their studies earlier should meet their student counsellor to plan the curriculum path.
In the NEW CURRICULUM courses are as follows:
a) Compulsory courses
There are 33 / 37 compulsory courses to be completed in total depending on the level of mathematics. Swedish B1 is a compulsory subject but if a student has NOT studied Swedish before the student can make an application to the Principal and request that the Swedish be exempted. In that case Swedish courses must be compensated with either Swedish B3 (beginners level Swedish) or other specialization courses. You can get applications of Swedish exemption from the student counsellor.
In new curriculum students have some flexibility in the natural sciences. One must complete the 1st course of each natural science: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography. In ONE of these student must complete 2nd course as well.
b) National specialization courses
National specialization courses prepare for the matriculation examination. The content of the courses is the same throughout Finland and the Matriculation examination is based on both compulsory and national specialization courses. All students must complete at least 5 national specialization courses.
c) School specialization courses
School specialization courses are school specific. There can be either preparing courses for high school studies or preparing courses for the matriculation examination or preparing courses for the CIE examinations. Course content is described in this study guide. Notice that in computing (ATK) students can only count 3 courses towards the school leaving certificate.
d) Preparatory Finnish
Students who have a level of Finnish below B1.2 study preparatory Finnish courses that aim to prepare them for High School Finnish language courses. Preparatory courses are not counted towards the 44 / 48 courses of High School leaving certificate.
e) Courses for students under 18 when starting their studies
Students who started their High School studies under the age of 18 years must complete 4 additional courses: Physical education (LI1), Health education (TE1), Art 1 (KU1) and Art 2 (KU2).