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FRENCH BACCALAUREATE
 

In France, the baccalauréat is the school-leaving qualification which opens the gates to higher education. It Is also recognized and highly respected throughout the world.

Students have written or oral examinations in nine or ten obligatory subject areas with the option of extra subjects. A common core (French literature, two foreign languages, history, geography, science and sport) guarantees an extremely broad general culture, while a system of “series” and options allows specific profiles to emerge: scientific, literary or economic.

 
The three “series”: L literary, ES Economic and social, S scientific
Each “series” comprises at least nine subject areas. The common core is complemented by an in-depth study of a group of subjects: literature, philosophy and languages in L, economics and mathematics in ES, and mathematics and science in S.
Each of the three series covers a broad and demanding syllabus, and each requires a mastery of written and spoken French as well the ability to analyse, organize and synthesize.
 
Specialisms, options and personal study
A student has to choose at least one specialism from the selected “series”. This choice helps define the student’s individual profile.
A student can also choose one or two options, depending on individual timetables. These options are valuable because only passing grades are registered on the student’s record.
In the first year, a candidate is required to present an extended essay or project, prepared in a small group. This work requires independent research on a interdisciplinary theme related to the principal subjects in the student’s “series”.
 
Examinations
The Baccalaureate exams are spread out over two years in France: one to three exams at the end of the first year, depending on the programme, with all the other exams taking place at the end of the final year of schooling.
The marks, out of 20, depend entirely on the results of the final examinations.
Obtaining the baccalauréat diploma gives a student access to all universities in France, although certain conditions (related to the overall score or “mentions”) may apply.
 
The principal advantages of the French Baccalaureate
The core curriculum along with a variety of different options means that the student acquires an extremely broad general culture.
The choice between three different series allows the student to make choices suited to his or her ability, interests and higher education ambitions.
Candidates acquire a profound knowledge and understanding of French language and culture.
The development of analytical thinking and structured knowledge on the one hand, and of independent study and research on the other constitute an excellent preparation for university.
Final exams are spread over two years and only one year’s work is examined in the final examination in each subject.
The weighting of different subjects and an extra oral examination allow a student to compensate for weaknesses and make up lost ground.
The French Baccalaureate is widely recognized around the world.
 
     
 
 

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French baccalaureate: www.education.gouv.fr
 
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