Youth Education in Sampo

In all the fields of vocational education and training it is possible to complete a vocational upper secondary qualification and a matriculation examination simultaneously (a dual qualification). Completing a comprehensive school-based qualification takes three years, however, a matriculation examination-based qualification can be completed in two years.

In youth education, there are roughly 20 vocational qualifications in 7 fields of vocational education and training.

Technology, Communication and Transport

Social Sciences, Business and Administration

Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

Social Services, Health and Sport


Natural Resources and the Environment

Natural Sciences

You can find more information on the requirements for vocational qualifications on the web site of the Finnish National Board of Education

The extent and contents of studies

The extent of a vocational qualification is 180 ECVET points.

Those with a vocational qualification are eligible for applying to a university of applied sciences or a university. A joint qualification enhances one’s eligibility for further studies.

Different study paths for different students

At Sampo, we want to take into account the student’s situation in life and thus offer multiple different options for acquiring a vocational qualification. The collaboration between different fields of vocational education and training and multiple study paths aid the student to find his/her own individual path.

The joint qualification path (Dual qualification)
In the joint qualification the student completes simultaneously a vocational qualification and a matriculation examination. The upper secondary school classes are held within regular school hours in Sampo’s premises. A student can also complete individual courses in the collaboration upper secondary school even if they are not aiming for a matriculation examination. Having a joint qualification enhances the student’s eligibility for further studies. Regularly, studies in Sampo last three years.

The Taitaja path (The Skills path)
Taitaja is the annual competition for young VET students and apprentices. In the finals approximately 400 participants compete for the Finnish championships in over 40 skills. The competition gathers spectators in the tens of thousands.

The Competitive Sports Path
The Competitive Sports Path is aimed at secondary school students who are involved in target-oriented competitive sports. The aim of the path is to combine studying and sports. The student participates in training for three mornings a week with his/her own coach or trainer.

The International Path
In the International Path the student develops into working in international environments both in Finland and abroad and is prepared for possible further studies. Read more (linkki kv-sivuille)

The On-the-Job Learning Path
This path is suitable for a student who learns the most effectively by doing and in working life. This path includes more on-the-job learning than the regular study path. The extent of on-the-job learning will be agreed on in the individual study plan and there is no upper limit to it.

The Basic Path
Studies will be completed in accordance to the vocational qualification syllabus. Various optional subjects support the fulfillment of each student’s individual study plan.

Guidance Councelling and Student Welfare

The teachers are responsible for guidance in matters concerning their own subjects and the student’s closest councellor is their tutor. All of Sampo’s staff are responsible of supporting the learning process, however, the student councellors, curators, psychologists and school nurses in particular are the representatives of student welfare.

In addition, the learning support assistants, experts and study secretaries take part in supporting the students in their studies. Other means of support include remedial teaching, special needs education and Sampopaja (a working space with guidance available for those left behind). Tutoring students act as peer support for other students.

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