Le Baccalauréat français, or ‘Le Bac’ in common parlance, is the French equivalent to English A-levels. The exams are usually sat at the end of the Lycée, when a student is eighteen years of age. This is the course at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle.
There are three main sectors to the Baccalauréat, which pupils choose according to their strengths and areas of interest: General, Technological and Vocational (Générale, Technologique and Professionnel). These sectors are then subdivided into different branches called série, which help students to further specialize in their interests. For example, in the General sector, by far the most popular choice amongst pupils, there are three different série: Littéraire or ‘L’ (philosophy, literature, history, geography and languages); Scientifique or ‘S’ (maths, biology and physics); Economique et Social or ‘ES’ (economic and social studies, maths, history and geography). Candidates can have up to thirteen subjects, comprised of ten mandatory and three optional choices. Subjects receive a mark out of 20 (with 10 being a pass) and the overall grade is calculated by taking an average in combination with a coefficient specific to the particular série being taken.
The main difference between the French Baccalauréat and A-levels is the sheer breadth and variety of subjects studied; far more ground is covered and students are not forced to specialize until they reach university level. This is also the main reason that many consider it a far more rigorous program than its English counterpart. As such, the course has its own its own specific demands and hurdles that require tailored expertise. Our tutors at Tavistock have a wealth of experience in the field, having come through the system themselves in France or London and having taught the qualification at home and abroad. All of our tutors are fluent in both French and English. Sourced from Oxbridge or the Grandes Écoles, they really are the crème de la crème when it comes to tackling ‘Le Bac’.