Merkonomi, Vocational Qualification in Business

Vocational Qualification in Business

OSAO is offering a study programme in business delivered completely in English. After graduation you will be qualified to work in various business-related jobs such as customer service, sales and marketing communications in international environments.

Career and studies

After graduation you will be qualified to work in various business-related jobs such as customer service, sales and marketing communications in Finland or abroad.

Employment and opportunities for further studies

The course of study provides you with vocational as well as language skills that are an advantage when working in international business environments.

Vocational qualification gives students eligibility for further education in universities and universities of applied sciences in Finland.

Studies and applying

Rolling admission is aimed especially at upper secondary school graduates and those who are changing career direction and already have some previous studies or work experience. Applicants with upper secondary or higher level qualifications completed abroad are also suitable for the programme if their Finnish language skills are not sufficient for Finnish-language vocational education (liiketoiminnan perustutkinto, merkonomi). The studies require both good English language skills and good study skills.

Who can apply

Basic entrance requirements for studying Vocational qualification in Business:

  • Completed Finnish comprehensive school or other basic education (approximately nine years, age 7-16)
  • Good written and oral command in the English language
  • Basic command of the Finnish language (A1.3 European language framework)

Applicants from outside Finland

 The education is mainly targeted at Finns, citizens of the EU and applicants possessing residence permit in the EU. If you have a residence permit in the EU, please attach it to the application.

We can yearly accept a few applicants without the Finnish national qualifications in basic education. In this case we require that the applicant has the necessary capacity to study in the programme and has a well-grounded reason to study in Oulu Vocational College. Well-grounded reason could be e.g. family reasons.

Foreign applicants under 18 years old must have a legal guardian living in the Oulu area.

We will check the eligibility and guardian’s information before inviting the applicant to a selection interview.

Application period
Application period is from 28 March to 16 May 2022. Application period has been extended until 19 August. Interviews will be held by 25 August. Some applicants will be interviewed already during the application period.
Student selection will be made on week 34.

Start and planned duration of studies
Studies start on 5 September 2022. Planned duration is two years. You will have a personal competence development plan (PCDP). Duration of your studies depends on your prior competence and PCDP.

Place of study
OSAO, Kaukovainio unit, Services, Kotkantie 2 c, 90250 Oulu

Selection criteria

Students are selected based on an interview.

Admission points (10) are awarded for an interview as follows

    • prior competence, max 3 points
    • need for education, max 5 points
    • motivation, max 2 points

Applicants will be contacted and invited to a selection interview within a week after the application has ended.

Language proficiency assessment
Language requirements

    • basic command of the Finnish language (A1.3 European language framework)
    • good written and oral command in the English language.

Language skills are tested in a selection interview.

 Form of studies
The study is carried out as full-time education in accordance with the personal competence development plan. It is not possible to complete the studies as online studies. Teaching and guidance is provided as face-to-face, online and distance learning (Teams). Studies also include independent study.

Structure of studies

Scope of qualification is 180 competence points (cp)

Compulsory vocational units, 55 cp

  • Customer Service, 20 cp
  • Profitable operation, 20 cp
  • Acting in a work community, 15 cp

Optional vocational units, 90 cp

  • Sales, 30 cp
  • Planning and implementation of marketing communications, 30 cp
  • Service design, 15 osp
  • Planning a business 15 osp
  • Visual merchandising, 15 osp

Common units, 35 cp

  • Communication and interaction competence
  • Skills in mathematics and natural sciences
  • Societal and working life competences

Read more information about qualification at Studyinfo

Cost of studying

Education is free. You must have an own laptop and you buy the books yourself.

Further information

Maria Juntunen, Study Counsellor
+358 40 637 3094
maria.juntunen(at)osao.fi

Applying

Application form is here for the application period

Studies and applying

Separate admission is for those who have completed basic education and are without completed vocational qualification.

The programme includes International Baccalaureate career-related studies (IBCP). Our internationally geared study programme gives you both globally valid working life skills and academically challenging study component that improve s your thinking skills and intercultural understanding.

Kaksi logoa. Ensimmäisessä sinivalkoisella pohjalla kirjamet i ja b, toisesa sama pyöreä sinivalkoinen merkki IB-kirjaimilla ja teksti Career-related programme.

 

As a result of IB career-related studies you will be well-prepared for applying to higher education.

Read more about IB Career-related studies

Who can apply

Basic entrance requirements for studying Vocational qualification in Business:

  • Completed Finnish comprehensive school or other basic education (approximately nine years, age 7-16)
  • Good written and oral command in the English language
  • Basic command of the Finnish language (A1.3 European language framework)

We can yearly accept a few applicants without the Finnish national qualifications in basic education. In this case we require that the applicant has the necessary capacity to study in the programme and also has a well grounded reason to study in Oulu Vocational College.

Foreign applicants under 18 years old must have a legal guardian living in the Oulu area.

A well-grounded reason could be e.g. family reasons. We will check the eligibility and guardian’s information before inviting the applicant to the entrance exam.

The education is mainly targeted at Finns, citizens of the EU and applicants possessing residence permit in the EU. If you have a residence permit in the EU, please attach it to the application.

How to apply

  • Read the applicant’s quide before filling in the application form.
  • Fill in the online application form. The application form is available during the application period from 22 February to 22 March 2022 and closes on the last day of application at 15:00 Finnish time.
  • Attach copies of the school certificates to the application form.
  • If you are graduating from a Finnish comprehensive school (peruskoulu) in the spring 2022, deliver a photocopy of the school certificate by 8 June 2022.
  • Invitations to entrance examination are sent to all invited applicants by email.
  • The entrance examination is arranged on 12 May 2022 in Oulu. We cannot arrange any entrance examinations online.
  • The results of student selection will be published 14 June 2022 at the earliest.
  • Studies start in August 2022. All selected students must bring their original documents to be verified on the first day of their studies.

Delivery address for the documents

KV-merkonomivalinta
OSAO, Kaukovainion yksikkö, palvelut
Kotkantie 2 C
90250 OULU
Finland

Documents by email to kaukovainio.palvelut@osao.fi.

Planned duration of studies

Planned duration is three years.

Selection criteria

Admission points are awarded for general academic success and for entrance examination result.

Some applicants can be accepted in discretionary selection. The reasons for discretionary selection are e.g. difficulties in determining the applicability of certificates (applicants without the Finnish national qualifications in basic education).

If you have the required amount of points but lack sufficient readiness in oral and written communication in English, you cannot be admitted to the study programme.

Structure of studies

Vocational units 145 competence points(cp)

Compulsory vocational modules

  • Customer Service, 20 cp
  • Profitable operation, 20 cp
  • Acting in a work community, 15 cp

Optional vocational modules

  • Sales, 30 cp
  • Event production, 15 cp
  • Planning a business, 15 sp
  • IBDP Business and Management, SL, 15 cp
  • IBDP English B, SL, 10 cp
  • IBCP Reflective project, 5 cp

Common units, 35 competence points

Read more information about qualification at Studyinfo.

Cost of studying

Education is free. You have to have an own laptop and you buy the books yourself. In addition, IB examination fees round 200 euros.

Further information

Tiina Karvonen, Head of Department
+358 50 462 4720
tiina.karvonen(at)osao.fi

Maria Juntunen, Study Counsellor
+358 40 637 3094
maria.juntunen(at)osao.fi

 

 

FAQ about applying to Vocational Qualification in Business

You have to fill in an online application form. The application form is available during the application period. You can attach the required documents to your application.

With legal guardian we most often refer to the parent; legal guardian has the right to decide for matters concerning a student that is under 18 years old. For example, if an underaged student has some problems, we must be able to contact the legal guardian and have them responsible for helping the student.

No, unfortunately we cannot arrange any online examinations or an online interview. You have to attend the exam and the interview in Oulu, Finland.

In separate admission we follow the Finnish national joint application criteria in which you do not get any extra points from work experience.

In rolling admission point are awarded for prior competence.

No, your English skill are tested in the entrance examination or in the interview.

The education is mainly targeted at Finns, citizens of the EU and applicants possessing residence permit in the EU.

You can still apply if you have a valid reason to study in Oulu. For example, in case your parents are moving to Oulu for work, you can apply.

Vocational Qualification in Business includes Finnish as a second language studies and customer service Finnish skills. In order to pass the level required a student must have basic command of the Finnish language at the beginning.  The level recommended is A.1.3 in European language framework.

The Finnish language is tested in the entrance examination or in the selection interview. You can study basics of Finnish before the entrance examination or in the interview.

You must attach copies of the school certificates and an official English translation to the application. The translation must be done by an authorised translator and must include the translator’s signature and stamp.

If you are graduating in the spring 2022, you should ask for an official statement of you upcoming graduation from your school. Please attach the statement to the application. In addition, an official English translation of the statement is required if the statement is not written in English.

If you are not a citizen of the EU and you have a residence permit in the EU, you should attach the residence permit to the application.

Upper secondary or higher education graduates with completed qualification cannot be accepted in separate admission (including IBCP studies). If you are eligible for higher education in Finland, you can’t apply for our education in separate application.

Upper secondary or higher education graduates can apply in rolling admission.

You don’t have to study especially for the entrance examination. The entrance examination measures oral and written English language skills, learning skills, and learning motivation.

There is no tuition fee. Students are required to finance their studies and living expenses themselves. We don’t have a dormitory.

OSAO does not have scholarships available for international students and cannot offer financial assistance to students.

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