Young people left with no study place after comprehensive school
If you do not get a study place in the joint application process for upper secondary education, you can apply for vacant places in the summer. If you would like to improve your grades from comprehensive school, discuss the options with your guidance counsellor.
You can still get a study place at an upper secondary school or vocation education and training institution for the coming autumn. Schools often have open spots left over after the application process. In the continuous admission process, applications for vacant study places are submitted directly to the educational institution. Contact the educational institutions you want to apply to directly.
Even if you were not accepted to the school you most wanted to attend, you may have been selected to another educational institution or been given a reserve spot in the school’s waiting line. Many people who have been given a reserve spot are contacted over the summer and invited to study, because not all the selected people will accept the study place they have been offered.
Contact the educational institution to which you have been accepted. Confirm by the deadline whether or not you would like to accept the study place offered to you. If you have been given a reserve spot, contact the educational institution and ask about your situation.
If you are unsure of your selection, contact the guidance counsellor at your comprehensive school. You can contact your school’s guidance counsellor even if you have already graduated from comprehensive school. It would be best for you to either begin your studies or training in the educational institution you have been accepted to or to apply for 10th grade. In 10th grade, you will have a year’s time to improve your grades and your chances of getting accepted in the next joint application.
Comprehensive school grades cannot be improved over the summer as summer studies. In order to improve your grades, you should apply for 10th grade. In 10th grade, you will be able to study for example subjects studied in comprehensive school or studies that will prepare you for a profession. You can get more information on 10th grade from your school’s guidance counsellor, school websites and Studyinfo. The application period for 10th grade is from May to the end of July.
You can also improve your final grades by taking part in VALMA preparatory education. VALMA preparatory education prepares for vocational education and training. It helps you to improve your chances of getting a study place. It is also an opportunity to familiarise yourself with studying for a vocational qualification. You will also gain some extra time to consider what you want to study.
You can apply for example for preparatory education for vocational training (VALMA). Young people, who have completed comprehensive school and who want to get a more clear picture of their possible career choice can take part in VALMA preparatory education. You may want to improve your grades in order to get into the educational institution you want to study at. You may need a bit more time to consider your options. You will be given six additional points in the following joint application process if you have completed at least 30 competence points in VALMA preparatory education.
You can sign up for VALMA studies, even if you have completed comprehensive school at an earlier time. You may also have the opportunity to transfer from VALMA preparatory education directly to a vocational institution in the middle of the school year. Ask your comprehensive school’s guidance counsellor for more information on VALMA preparatory education. The application period for VALMA is from May to the end of July.
Preparatory education for upper secondary school for immigrants and people who speak a language other than Finnish or Swedish (LUVA) might be just the thing for you. LUVA preparatory education is held in adult upper secondary schools and folk high schools. You can get more information on LUVA preparatory education from your comprehensive school’s guidance counsellor.
So-called discretionary selection is possible for students who have learning difficulties in comprehensive school. You or your family may have been going through a difficult point in your lives or there may be some other reason why you have underperformed in comprehensive school. You can also be admitted to an educational institution via discretionary selection, if you have a foreign diploma from a comprehensive school or if your language proficiency is lacking.
An entrance exam and separate exam can be organised for you, which will help in determining your competence and your study skills. A study readiness exam will be organised usually in April or May.
Ask the educational institution in question about discretionary selections.
You can apply for preparatory education for work and independent living (TELMA), for example. Applications for TELMA preparatory education are submitted in the application process of special education institutions. The education is based on a personal study plan and lasts between 1 and 3 years. The studies of each student in TELMA preparatory education are planned individually according to the student’s personal needs.
Ask your school’s guidance counsellor for more information about TELMA preparatory education.
It is never too late to look for a place of study. The last reserve spots for basic vocational education and training can open up at the last minute before the autumn term begins. You should be in contact with the educational institution you want to which you would like to be selected. Also follow the Opintopolku.fi website, where schools will publish information on open places.