General upper secondary education

The City of Tampere offers general upper secondary education for approximately 4,000 students in upper secondary day schools and for 600 students in a general 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 for day students, where teacher training also takes place. There are also four privately-run general upper secondary schools. Furthermore, in the city-maintained general upper secondary school of Tampereen lyseon lukio, it is possible to choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Tampere general upper secondary school for adults, in turn, offers a distance learning programme in general upper secondary education by means of an innovative form of studying in virtual learning environments.

General upper secondary schools collaborate with other educational institutions, organisations and business life.


General upper secondary education provides extensive all-round education and language skills. Additionally, it develops skills for self-development and further education. After taking the national matriculation examination, it is possible to apply to study in different educational institutions of further education.

Studying in general upper secondary school is more theoretical than in comprehensive school and the methods used are different to those used in basic education. For example, independent work plays a more important part in general upper secondary school.

General upper secondary day schools

Many general upper secondary schools place special emphasis on particular subjects, such as visual arts, music, natural sciences, physical education, communication, expressive arts, mathematics and ICT, more international content, languages, environmental studies and creative expression. Some of the upper secondary schools in Tampere have been authorised to carry out specific educational missions on a national level in addition to working as institutions of general upper secondary education. This means that these schools can allocate the class hours differently than other general upper secondary schools.

Tammerkosken lukio places special emphasis on visual arts and design, and Sammon keskuslukio on physical education and communication. Tampereen lyseon lukio offers instruction in English leading to an IB diploma (International Baccalaureate). The following general upper secondary schools have their own curricula with a specific focus area: Hatanpään lukio places special emphasis on music, Tampereen teknillinen lukio on mathematics and ICT, Tampereen klassillinen lukio on natural sciences, and Tampereen lyseon lukio on social sciences.

Vocational upper secondary education and training combined with general upper secondary education

Combining general upper secondary education with vocational education and training has become more popular in recent years.

Students can complete general upper secondary school, the national matriculation examination and a vocational qualification in four years. Simultaneous education is possible in study sectors like metalwork and machinery, dressmaking and clothing, textiles, automation technology, ICT technology, forestry, nursing and care, and catering services.

When combining general upper secondary education and vocational education and training, Tampere general upper secondary school for adults is the institution that provides general upper secondary education.

General upper secondary school for adults (evening classes)

In the general upper secondary school for adults, students can complete general upper secondary education by studying in the evenings. The classes take place in Sammon keskuslukio.

Instruction in the upper secondary school for adults is given between the hours of 16.00 and 20.40 in the evening. Classes usually take place on four evenings of the week from Monday to Thursday.

The curriculum and timetable allow students to plan their studies independently. The students choose a suitable number of the five lessons taught daily. For instance, an individual plan containing three daily lessons makes it possible to complete general upper secondary school in three years.

A general upper secondary school programme for adults comprises 44-48 compulsory study units. In addition to completing general upper secondary school, students can also take the national matriculation examination. Students with a vocational qualification that is combined with study units and syllabuses of certain subjects only can also take the matriculation examination.

A wide choice of study units 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.