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Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

Hello,

I moved to France at the age of twelve and having lived there for seven years have now moved back to the UK.

I achieved my Brevet and my Scientific Baccalauréat there but I am having troubled getting them recognised by companies.

I am trying to apply to engineering apprenticeships but I get the same response everytime being that they will not take my application further as I don't meet the minimum qualification criteria. I believe my qualifications are being misunderstood as the minimum qualifications requested are 5 GCSEs A-C Grade.

I believe that these companies are using UK NARIC (UK Government Body) to obtain official transcripts but apparently the British equivalent isn't enough. I find this hard to believe as I looked into doing a year's foundation course at Uni and the curriculum was the exact same as that of Terminale.

Has anyone ever had similar problems? I would really appreciate some advice on this topic as I am confused.

Thanks.
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

There is the

European Qualifications Framework

You can compere qualificatiions here

http://ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-advice/comparing-qualifications/


This page from Bristol University should help in translation Bac results in to A level equivalents

UK GCE Advanced Level gradesFrench Baccalaureate equivalence (overall average, plus this score in specified subjects)Option International (overall average, plus this score in specified subjects)
A*A*A* 18 17
A*A*A 17 16
A*AA 16 15
AAA 15 14
AAB 14 13
ABB 14 13
BBB 13 12
BBC 13 12
BCC 12 11


http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/eu-qualifications.html


The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

 NormanH wrote:

You can compere qualificatiions here

 

Compering qualifications Norman ? That I would like to see Smile [:)]


I'm not a geek, I am a technically aware early adopter
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

I  pull them out of a hat 'Jusss like that' ...Big Smile [:D]

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Smile [:)]

Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

Thank you for your quick response NormanH.

This has helped a lot!
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

So would you say a Baccalauréat Général is better than GCSEs?

I know this sounds like a stupid question but none of the companies believe it's better than GCSEs.
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

CGSEs are a level 2 qualification which is a whole level below a Baccalauréat, which is an A level equivalent, or level 3.
Look at the diagram I posted: http://ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-advice/comparing-qualifications/

I have already given the Bristol site
Here is the one for Brighton
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/international/equivalencies/france

You might like to explain that
The French
baccalauréat
is the national examination that most French pupils take at the end of seven
years of secondary education

Source http://www.asiba.info/pdf/asibaoibhandbook2010.pdf

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Re: Baccalauréat Général and Diplome National du Brevet equivalents in the UK

If you are doing the BAC (S) like our two sons, it might be worth comparing the range of subjects you have done. We have no feel for what you do for 3 specific A levels, but our youngest who is doing his mocks at the moment for the BAC (S) is doing Spanish, International section History and Geography in English, English, Philosophy, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Extra higher level Physics, Sport (exams in three subjects, Ping Pong, Running and Rock Climbing). He has already taken the BAC section in French (written and oral) and History/Geography and had to give a 20 min presentation on a Science subject in front of a jury. In the stone age when I did my 3 A levels (Physics, Geography and Chemistry), that was it. The French system seems to produce a better rounded student with a wider grasp of subjects. Our eldest, who also did BAC (S) is at 19 now beging to appreciate even philosophy. IMO you can argue you are taking extra value to your next level of study than just an A level student.
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