Vocational Qualification in Business (QB)

The Qualification in Business helps you to reach your future dreams. Our compact program prepares you for international jobs and is a stepping stone for higher education. We educate you to become a competent professional. Your study environment is multicultural and your classmates come from diverse backgrounds.


Vocational Qualification in Business


1,5 years

To whom

After upper secondary school


Next program will start in January 2023


Next application period 15.2.-29.3.2023.
QB Applicant’s Guide »

Entrance exam

English language test for August program and interviews – will be announced later.

Study business and improve English skills

Qualification in Business is secondary level vocational education and we follow the official Finnish national curriculum.

QB is a compact and practical program and that lasts 1,5 years on average. The studies concentrate in business which includes working life and financial skills, customer service, entrepreneurship and marketing. Additionally, you will learn the latest skills in business IT.

Your English language skills are improved every day. Foreign students learn basics of Finnish. We give special importance to developing your soft skills, team working, problem solving and time management, to succeed in business life.

Learn business by doing

In addition to studying in the classroom you will have access to e-learning platform. You will use the latest technology in your studies and the college provides the laptops with necessary software preinstalled.

The methods of studying include learning by doing, teamwork and projects such as student parties, sales fairs and events. One third of studies include training in real companies. You can also have an international certificate in business administration in addition to the Qualification in Business. EBBD, European Business Behaviour and Democracy Certificate, is granted to students who demonstrate excellent skills in international business administration.

The teachers have extensive and specialized experience. They support you in your studies as well as developing your English language skills.

On top of everything you will have the opportunity to study and work with people from many different countries and cultures.

Interesting studies

The scope of the Vocational Qualification in Business is 180 competence points (cp). The qualification is composed of vocational units (145 cp) and common units (35 cp).

The qualification includes three compulsory units, total 55 cp:

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

Business College Helsinki optional units, total 75 cp:

  • Marketing communications and content production 30 cp
  • Planning a business 15 cp
  • Working in a company 15 cp
  • EBBD International studies 15 cp, (unit based on local competence requirements)

The rest of the competence points (50 cp) will be covered by the previously completed high school studies, degrees and parts of degrees as well as distance learning courses provided by our college.

Graduate in 1,5 years or even faster

The duration of your studies 1,5 years (18 months = three semesters) however you may graduate in a shorter time because some of the studies may be accredited based on your prior work experience and education; in this case you need to present certificates. One possibility to study longer is if your work place training lasts more than one semester.

Plenty of opportunities after graduation

Vocational Qualification in Business study program provides a wide range of opportunities for business career and further studies.

Graduates have been employed for example in sales and office work as well as private entrepreneurs. Many have continued studies in for example, at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and some in Aalto University.

Our QB study program can provide a wide range of business career and learning opportunities.

Who can apply?

Applicants must have an upper secondary education certificate and English language proficiency. If you already have a college or university certificate in the field of Business you are not an eligible applicant.