Studying in the second grade
General upper secondary education
The City of Tampere offers general upper secondary education for approximately 3,200 students in upper secondary day schools and for 800 students in an upper secondary school for adults. There are six city-maintained general upper secondary schools and a general upper secondary school for adults in Tampere.
Additionally, there is Normaalikoulun lukio (Teacher Training School of the University of Tampere), which is a state-maintained general upper secondary school. There are also four privately-run general upper secondary schools. In the general upper secondary school of Tampereen lyseon lukio, it is possible to choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
General upper secondary education provides extensive all-round education and language skills. Additionally, it develops skills for self-development and further study. After taking the national matriculation examination, one can apply to study in different educational institutions of further study. Studying in an upper secondary school is more theoretical than in comprehensive school and the methods used are different from basic education. In upper secondary school independent work is emphasized. The upper secondary schools collaborate with other educational institutions, organisations and business life.
Vocational upper secondary education and training combined with general upper secondary education
Students have the opportunity to complete upper secondary school, the national matriculation examination and a vocational qualification within four years. Simultaneous education is possible in, among others, study sectors like metalwork and machinery, dressmaking and clothing, textiles, automation technology, ICT technology, forestry, nursing and care, and catering services.
Upper secondary school for adults (evening classes)
In the upper secondary school for adults, students can complete general upper secondary education by studying in the evenings. The classes take place in Sampo Central Upper Secondary School (Sammon keskuslukio). Instruction in the upper secondary school for adults is given between 16.00 and 20.40 hours. Classes usually take place on four evenings of the week from Monday to Thursday.
A wide choice of courses is available for students: these include languages, mathematics, chemistry and physics. It is possible to improve one’s previous grades in theory-based subjects completed in comprehensive school. There is also a unit for distance studies where virtual learning environments are used.
Tampere Vocational College Tredu
8,000 youngsters and 8,000 adult students are studying in Tampere Vocational College Tredu annually in tens of different vocational qualifications, as well as further qualifications, specialist’s qualifications and supplemental education. Tredu offers 5 programs in English: Business, Restaurant and Catering Services, Tourism Industry, Log house building and International Wilderness Guide.