Secondary vocational education in France

There are many types of study programmes in French secondary vocational education. The study programmes often vary in terms of their , content and admission requirements. You will need information about this in order to determine the level of a diploma. On this web page, we describe a diploma we often see: the Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel.

Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel

Students follow education for a Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel at a lycée professionnel. They can also obtain the diploma by doing an apprenticeship (l’apprentissage) at a company.

  • : 3 years.
  • Content: the emphasis is on subjects for a particular profession. In the 1st year, students follow subjects from a professional sector (famille de métiers) of their choice. From the 2nd year onwards, they choose a specialisation within that professional sector (spécialité) and in some cases an option (option) within that specialization as well. Students also follow some general education subjects (enseignement général).
  • Function of the diploma: work. Sometimes, students gain access to higher education. This usually concerns short, vocational study programmes, such as the Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) or the Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT).
  • Diploma: Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel.

We compare a Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel to an diploma level 4.

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