Learning Environments

5.1 On-the-job learning and vocational skills demonstrations

Vocational upper second qualifications include on-the-job learning. All vocational qualification units include on-the-job learning and a vocational skills demonstration.

The expertise and competence required by the qualification units is demonstrated by doing work tasks in real work situations and processes (vocational skills demonstration). In the vocational skills demonstration, the student shows how well they have acquired the central competence or expertise defined in the qualification requirements. The demonstration is completed at the workplace in practical work situations. If necessary, competence demonstrated at the demonstration may be completed with other competence assessments.

The detailed descriptions of the qualification units including objectives, competence requirements and criteria used in assessing the competence. Vocational skills demonstrations are a central part of assessing your competence: the grade of the qualification unit is created by the competence shown in the demonstration and other additional competence, if necessary.

You will demonstrate your competence during the work section by doing actual work tasks in real work situations and environment at the workplace. At the end of the work section, the workplace instructor, the supervising teacher and the student conduct an assessment discussion. The workplace instructor and supervising teacher assess the student’s competence based on the assessment criteria. Based on the assessment discussion, the workplace instructor and supervising teacher decide the grades of the assessed qualification units.

You will look for the workplace yourself. This way, you will be better prepared for looking for a job after graduation. Your supervising teacher, PCDP instructor and working life services will support you in finding a place for your on-the-job learning. You can use the Vacancies register in Wilma from where you can see unpaid and paid jobs reported by businesses. You can also complete the on-the-job training in a place you have found yourself if the required competence can be demonstrated in real work tasks in the place. If you are interested in on-the-job learning abroad, contact the coordinators of international affairs (1.5.11).

The purpose of working life committees is to participate in the realisation of vocational skills demonstrations and the quality assurance of competence assessment and to process students’ requests for rectification concerning competence assessments. The working life committee includes the representatives of employers, employees and the field of education. Working life committees are national committees set by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

The educational institution has statutory accident insurance for students that also covers unpaid work sections. The insurance covers accidents and damages at the workplace. Insurance covers accidents which occur during travel between the workplace and home in Finland and abroad. The educational institution’s insurance does not cover intentionally caused damages. (Employment Accidents Insurance Act 460/2015, Act on Vocational Education 531/2017, government decree 637/2017 and Act on Accidents during Studies 1318/2002).

5.2 Learning by doing

You can acquire competence related to your qualification in Business College Helsinki’s learning environments and from workplaces and hobbies. In addition, you have the opportunity to work on assignments from real businesses and organisations under the supervision of your teacher. These assignments are a great bridge towards working life.

Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration (QBA)
Business and administration students who have previously completed basic education study as teams in different learning environments. Many of the educational institution’s learning environments offer them the opportunity to work in functional environments that simulate working life. Part of the teaching is carried out using methods of project learning. In these cases, the students get assignments from employers and partners.

Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology (QIT)
User support information and communications technology students specialise in their fields of expertise, and set up the college’s HelpDesk teams during their first year of studies. The teams provide support services and trainings for businesses as well as the college’s students and personnel. During the second year of studies, the information and communications technology students set up e-Sports leagues in different games, for the use of students and the personnel of the college. Software production students implement different software prototypes and production versions of software ready for release using methods of agile development during their first and second years of studies. Software ranges from games for a mobile or online application to systems of objects connected online – depending on the competence path and project. Instead of traditional classroom teaching, adult students in information and communications technology receive training days on different topics in addition to work and learning guidance.

Workplace as the primary learning environment for students in business and administration, and information and communications technology is a natural way of acquiring competence, if the students already have plenty of previous professional competence. For some students, also their own businesses may be learning environments.

All students have the opportunity to complete the International Marketing Event and EU issues 15 cp qualification unit in the group of English language students of information and communications technology. After completing the International Marketing Event and EU issues qualification unit, students can receive the European Business Baccalaureate Diploma (EBBD). The EBBD diploma is an esteemed certificate that provides a great basis for further education, in Finland or abroad.

5.3 Sports training and Skills as part of studies

As a full-time student of Business College Helsinki, you can apply to our educational institution BC’ top athletic team and through that, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Sports Academy URHEA. The BC top athlete team enables networking, and coordinates the actors around you (teachers, coordinators, BC top team, places for on-the-job learning, corporate sponsors, coaches, other athletes, friends in sports etc.). This allows you to focus on both your studies as well as training and sports in a well-balanced manner. In our educational institution, each BC top athletic team member has the opportunity of completing the qualification unit of Working as a top expert (15 cp).

The selection criteria for BC’s top athletic team/top training include participating in regular and professional training and competitions, success in competitive sports, achieving functional achievements related to professional competence and other success factors in developing and growing into a top expert and related vocational skills demonstrations. When a student has been admitted to the top training, they can demonstrate their professional competence in accordance with the individual top expert training plan of the Working as a top expert qualification unit, including the vocational skills demonstration.

The BC top athletic team and cooperation with URHEA promotes Business College Helsinki’s top athletes in combining their sports and civil career and simultaneously supports students’ professional growth into top experts through high-quality and diverse training provided on an ethically sustainable basis.URHEA provides additional services provided by the student flexibly to support studying and training in the Urhea networks.You can apply for URHEA at the start of the studies of the autumn term by filling in the Urhea application that you can find on our website and at the www.urhea.fiwebsite. You must be an athlete competing at least on the national championship level in order to be admitted.

For more information, please contact Lecturer Taru Toivonen (taru.toivonen@bc.fi) and Lecturer Tarja Airaksinen (tarja.airaksinen@bc.fi) and visit the website www.businesscollege.fi/opiskelu/urhea-yhteistyo/ and www.urhea.fi.

For more information about professional competence training and Skills/Taitaja activities, please contact Lecturer Tapio Kattainen (tapio.kattainen@bc.fi) and our educational institution’s Skills managers and the Skills coaches. Students can also get to know the website: www.skillsfinland.fi