Secondary education includes two types of course: general secondary education (ES) and technical secondary education (ST).
- General secondary education: comprises seven years of studies awarded by a final diploma giving access to further and higher education. The objective of ES is to impart general knowledge in the spheres of human sciences, literature, mathematics and natural sciences.
- General secondary education is divided into two cycles:
- Lower cycle: 7th- 5th
- Upper cycle: 4th-1st (general class in 4th and specialisation cycle 3rd – 1st)
Students who practise a sport to a high level are admitted at the request of the national federation of the sport concerned at the sports-study structures (Sportlycée), attached to the Lycée Aline Mayrisch.
Technical secondary education: prepares students for working life. Also makes it possible to enter higher education. The duration of studies varies from six to eight years, depending on the section chosen. It comprises 3 cycles:
Lower cycle: 7th-9th
Medium cycle and upper cycle, divided into three different study regimes:
- Technical regime: awarded by a technical diploma.
- Technician training regime: leading to technician’s diploma.
- Vocational regime: currently awarded by a CATP (Certificate of technical and vocational aptitude), in the future by a DAP (diploma of vocational aptitude).
From the 2010-2011 academic year, technical secondary education will be organised into 4 regimes:
- Technical regime: offers general and technical training with a vocational slant awarded with a technical diploma. Allows access to general university studies.
- Technician training regime (DT): This is vocational training which prepares for working life and leads to the technician’s diploma. Subject to passing additional preparatory modules provides the possibility of accessing higher technical studies.
- Vocational regime (DAP): Training for trade or profession. With the option of following courses to obtain an advanced diploma. Subject to passing additional preparatory modules provides the possibility of accessing higher technical studies.
- Vocational regime (CCP): This is basic vocational training which prepares for working life.
The preparatory regime for technical secondary education
Aimed at students who have difficulties in assimilating certain content and following normal learning rhythms. Enables the student to make progress at his or her own rhythm. Languages and mathematics are taught through modules and students are monitored individually. Passing through the preparatory regime should enable students to access classes in the lower cycle and vocational regimes of the EST.