Lots of options after the Brevet exam

Not every student heading into lycée is academically minded – here Jane Hanks examines vocational options in the post-collège world

Now is the time for mostly 14 and 15-year-old students in 3ème in collège to decide what to do after their brevet exam. They have to choose – and opt on paper – between a Bac général, technologique or professionnel - or another vocational qualification, the CAP.

In March the conseil de classe will decide whether that choice is suitable for the pupil and parents will receive notification where they will have to make their final choice.

The majority of students choose to go on to study for a Bac général specialising in either the sciences (Bac S), economics (Bac ES) or literature (Bac L) after the first year in lycée. However, there are other options for pupils who want to start doing something other than studying academic ...

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