Recognised by universities worldwide, this diploma allows students to choose between three different options according to their interests, abilities and ambitions. It is studied by students age 15 - 18 years old. Each series covers a demanding syllabus and requires a mastery of written and spoken French as well the ability to analyse, organize and synthesise.
The three options are:
1. Literary: Based on literature, philosophy and foreign languages, this is aimed at those students who plan to follow university careers either in Law, Literature or Languages. A modern language is usually chosen as a speciality.
2. Economic and Social: This option offers a good balance between the social sciences, languages and mathematics. It is aimed at future university students in Economics and Law and Mathematics is usually added as a speciality.
3. Scientific: Focuses on the study of physical science and mathematics and is aimed at future scientists and medics. It is considered as being the most rigorous of the three series.