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IB Career-Related programme at OSAO

Oulun seudun ammattiopisto, run by OSEKK is an authorized IB World School, Career-related Programme (CP). These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Oulun seudun ammattiopisto, run by OSEKK believes is important for our students. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

OSAO has offered IBCP studies since 2004 in cooperation with Oulun lyseon lukio. 


Oulun seudun ammattiopisto run by Osekk responds to the competence needs of students and work life in Northern Finland.

We believe in the following values

  • Fairness
  • Creativity and courage
  • Responsibility

OSAO Services unit  aims to fullfill the mission by offering international education in a vocational context. OSAO offers IBCP as an internationally geared education that gives the student both globally valid working life skills and an academically challenging study component that improves their thinking skills and intercultural understanding.

Be all you can with the IBCP at OSAO!

As our students have expressed it:

“Making the world better place one student at the time – your Mom will be proud!”

Structure of IBCP studies

OSAO offers IB Career-related programmes a part of Vocational Qualification in Business Management.

structure of IBCP studies

IBDP English B, IBDP business management and IBCP core studies are included in the vocational qualification. The scope of studies is the same as in all vocational qualifications, 180 credits.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning in IBCP studies at OSAO, is based around the theories of David Kolb.

Kolb's learning cycle:

  • Concrete Experience: Learning by experiencing
  • Reflective Observation: Learning by processing
  • Abstract Conceptualization: Learning by generalizing
  • Active Experimentation: Learning by doing

In each stage of the cycle, a specific type of learning occurs: experiencing, reflecting, thinking, or
doing.  This theory is interpreted and applied in the module of study shown below.

Why choose IBCP in OSAO

As our students and their IB teacher have said:

"OSAO  is known for good quality. It strives to offer equal education for people from various cultures. Their target group is especially the youth. They also want people from different cultures to come together and learn to understand and respect each other."

"OSAO works with other educational institutions, NGO’s and organisations to develop learning that allows students to flourish intellectually, emotionally and ethically, allowing them to contribute positively in a multicultural world."

"IBCP-programme at OSAO  aims to prepare its students for a career in the 21st century. It also helps students to reach their full potential and encourages them to be flexible and mobile."

Who can apply and how to apply

This program is for those who have completed basic education (approximately nine years) with a good command in the English language.

Applications are to be submitted directly to www.osao.fi. All the eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an entrance examination on 16 May 2019. The entrance examination measures oral and written English language skills, learning skills and learning motivation.

Next application period is 19 February -12 March 2019.

Further information

Tiina Karvonen, Head of Department
+358 50 462 4720

Niina Miettinen, Guidance Counselor
+358 40 141 5317

Modified 2.1.2018