Collège is when pupils move up to secondary education. It is organised into four grades from 6ème to 3ème and structured into educational cycles.
Cycles and hours
All pupils of the collège receive 26 statutory hours of teaching per week, to which further optional lessons may be added.
Cycle 3, the consolidation cycle, links CM1, CM2 and 6ème – age 9-11. It is thereby able to improve the continuity and coherence of learning, building on a programme of teaching that is prepared for the three years together. The year of 6ème is intended to confirm the fundamental knowledge acquired at elementary school while introducing pupils to the subjects and methods used in secondary education.
Cycle 4, the further study cycle, comprises 5ème, 4ème and 3ème – age 12-14. It enables pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in different subject areas. Each pupil steadily prepares their ongoing studies, including within the framework of the various educational pathways (Future, Citizen, Artistic and Cultural education, Health), for future integration into the business and professional worlds.
The year of 3ème is when pupils take part in an observation exercise of the working world. This takes place within companies, associations, administrations, public entities and local authorities, under conditions set out in the Labour Code. Since 2016 it has been included in the “Future” pathway.
Collège must enable each pupil to develop their skills and express their potential while also taking specific situations into account. Various mechanisms are in place to support all the pupils.
The Brevet National Diploma (Diplôme national du brevet – DNB): a pupil’s first diploma
Awarded by a panel, the Brevet is a diploma that certifies knowledge and skills acquired on completing collège.
The award of the Brevet does not affect access to an upper secondary class when 3ème is completed. The common foundation of knowledge, skills and culture represents what every pupil must know and understand on completing statutory education. It combines all the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required to succeed in school, private life and future citizenship.
Additional subjects to the language disciplines and other options can be studied thanks to the AEFE network using the National Centre for Remote Teaching (Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance – CNED – http://www.cned.fr/). These subjects are included in the assessment, enabling us to personalise our pupils’ course of study.