Women and men still choose different subjects

The adult learning associations arranged 44700 courses with 508000 participants in 2015. Men had a clear majority in science, industrial and technical subjects, with 77 per cent, while women made up 70 per cent of participants attending social science subjects.

Men and women largely followed the traditional pattern in their selection of subjects. As in previous years, female participants were in the majority in most main subjects. Women made up 70 per cent of the participants attending social science, 66 per cent of all participants in health, social and sports and 63 per cent in language courses. On the other hand, men accounted for 77 per cent of all participants in science, industry and technical subjects and 70 per cent of participants in transport and communication.

Courses in goods and services previously had a large majority of women. Seventy per cent of all participants on courses in goods and services were women in 2010, but the percentage declined to 51 per cent (19 percentage points lower) in 2015.

Most participants on courses in aesthetic studies and arts and crafts

Courses in aesthetic studies and arts and crafts have been the most popular courses arranged by adult learning associations in recent years. Participants on courses in aesthetic studies and arts and crafts accounted for 41 per cent or 209000 participants in 2015. Courses in organisation and management had the second most participants, with 23 per cent or 119100 participants. Courses in goods and services had the lowest number of participants and accounted for just 0.2 per cent or 1136 participants.

28100 were offered a final examination or internal tests

In total, 28100 participants were offered a final examination or internal tests in 2015. This accounted for 6 per cent of all participants. A total of 9300 were offered a public examination, 15600 were offered another valid examination or certificate and 1000 were offered a vocational examination. In addition, 2200 were offered internal tests.

Sixty per cent of all participants who were offered a public examination were men, while 70 per cent of participants who were offered another valid examination or certificate were women. Women were also in the majority, 71 per cent, among those who were offered a vocational examination.

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