French Curriculum

French Curriculum

The French curriculum is regulated from France by the Ministry of National Education (Ministre de l'Éducation Nationale).

The education system offers a strong focus on developing independent, analytical thinking across broad subject areas.

Key Features

The French curriculum hastwo stages:

Primary school (enseignement primaire)

Primary students aged 6-11 are taught all essential subjects including literacy, numeracy, French, Geography, History, Arts subjects and a foreign language (often English).

The collège (enseignement secondaire)

At Secondary School level the French curriculum splits into two stages: the collège and the lycée.

  1. The collège teaches pupils aged 11-15 over the course of four years.
  2. The lycée (enseignement supérieur) teaches students aged 15-18 during their final three years of secondary education. 

Graduation Requirements

Compulsory Examinations

Students have to complete the Baccalauréat exam which they must pass in order to enter university. There are three common types of baccalauréat (known as séries) available to students with different interests and skills. Students keen to progress to university should undertake a baccalauréat in an area related to their intended future field of study:

  1. (S), Série scientifique: Students study the natural sciences, physics and mathematics
  2. (ES) Série économique et sociale: Students study economics, history, geography, social sciences and mathematics.
  3. (L) Série littéraire: Students focus on French, foreign languages, philosophy, foreign literature; and the arts.

Grading System In The French Baccalaureate ( Baccalaureat) Examination

The Baccalaureat exam is taken at the end of high school for entry into higher educational institutions. 

How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma?

  1. The following conditions for equivalency applies:
  2. Students must pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Grade 12.
  3. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  4. Students must pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies exam which is only applicable to Muslim students in Grade 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  5. The school has to apply the curriculum applied in their country of origin. The school has to synchronize their test schedules & timings with those of their native country.
  6. Certificates carrying the name of the school have to be issued by the Education Board Ministry of Education of their native country.