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Weighted-curriculum education

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Comprehensive schools can specialize in some subjects. Pupils are selected for weighted-curriculum education with aptitude tests.

Aptitude tests are used to evaluate pupil abilities and aptitude for studying in weighted-curriculum education. The times and dates of aptitude tests and detailed information about the tests can be found on the web pages of the schools that provide weighted-curriculum education.

Pupils in weighted-curriculum education study 1-2 lesson hours more per week than other pupils.

Do the following

Pupils applying for a place in weighted curriculum education will take an entrance examination and aptitude tests.

To whom and on what terms

Passing the aptitude test.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

Pupils in compulsory education age may apply for a place in weighted curriculum education. The kinds and extent of weighted curriculum education depend on how comprehensive schools emphasise certain subjects in their instruction following decisions made by the municipality or other education provider.Weighted curriculum education may include languages, natural sciences, music, visual arts or physical education.

Pupils may apply for a place in weighted curriculum education that starts either in grade 3 or grade 7 of basic education. Weighted language studies can already start in grade 1. Weighted curriculum education extends the pupil’s school week by 1 to 2 hours.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceEducation Division, Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 1/25/2022