Education System of France
The education system of France primarily includes three stages, primary education, secondary education and finally higher education. Most of the schools and a large number of universities in France are public institutions which have centralized administrations. The curriculum at primary and secondary schools is usually standardized. Schooling in France starts as early as 3 years of age. Primary school includes 5 years of study, which is usually from age 6 to age 11. After completing primary school, the French students move to the secondary school which is divided into 2 parts. The first stage, the collège, which is 4 years of study post collège, the students attend the lycée, which is 3 years of secondary education to finally become a baccalauréat professional. After finishing the primary and secondary education, students go for a vocational diploma or an academic diploma, to complete their higher education In vocational diploma, there are 2 years long technology-oriented degrees. In academic diplomas, there are 3 types of institutions in France. These are universities, Grandes écoles (these are similar to universities but offer specialised courses to study like social sciences, history, art ) and other specialized school.