The general and technological second class is a class of determination which includes lessons common to all students and optional lessons to choose from.
A determination class
The general and technological second class is designed to enable students to consolidate and broaden their mastery of the common base of knowledge, skills and culture in order to make a successful transition from middle school to high school. It prepares them to determine their choice of a course within the final cycle up to the general or technological baccalaureate with the aim of pursuing successful higher education and, beyond that, of their professional integration.
- Common lessons for a strengthened common culture
- Optional courses: students can choose a maximum of two optional courses (one from among the general optional courses: German-Theatre-Plastic Arts)
Devices to better support the student
A substantial timetable (up to 54 hours, as an indication and according to the needs of the students) is dedicated to support in the choice of orientation. These hours are devoted to the development of a project leading to the choice of a training path and the teaching of specialties of the final cycle, then to a successful pursuit of higher education.
Teaching schedule tables
The final cycle of the general route includes courses common to all students, compulsory specialist courses to choose from and optional courses to choose from.
Lessons common to all students to strengthen the common culture
There is no more series in the general way. A substantial common core is followed by all students who benefit in particular from a scientific teaching of two hours per week in first and final year. Also part of this common core, French (in first class), philosophy (in final class), history-geography, living languages A and B, EMC and EPS. In total, the common core lessons represent nearly 60% of the total lessons in première and 55% in terminale.
Progressivity of courses: the choice of specialty courses
In the final cycle of the general route, in addition to the common courses, students follow compulsory specialist courses of their choice: 3 in first class and 2 in final class. These lessons allow students to gradually acquire skills and knowledge adapted to their future choices of pursuit of higher education.
In first class, students must choose their 3 specialty courses (at the end of general and technological second class) from a list of 7 possible specialties.
In the final year, students choose to keep 2 specialty courses out of the 3 in first year, according to their centers of interest and their higher education projects.
The optional courses (1 to choose from in première and 2 at most in terminale) allow students to complete their training according to their centers of interest and their plans for further studies.
The optional courses specific to the final year class ("additional mathematics", "expert mathematics" and "law and major issues of the contemporary world") may allow students to broaden the possibilities of higher education.
Reinforced guidance support
As in general and technological second class and in addition to personalized support according to the needs of each student, support for the choice of orientation of 54 hours as an indication is offered to students to refine their choice of lessons in specialty in terminale class and prepare their future choice of pursuing higher education.