The eBac, or 'blended-learning,' programme, is a programme offered by the Ministry of National Education, Children, and Youth (ministère de l’Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse), in which 25 % of the programme is delivered at a high school and 75 % delivered online, and which leads to a secondary school leaving diploma (baccalaureate) in the "Modern G" section of the traditional secondary school education system.
This program is intended for adults who never completed secondary school and would like to return to complete their secondary education. It is also intended for students in the traditional secondary education system who have successfully completed the fourth-class year (15 years old). The eBac courses cover the secondary education "Modern G" section (social sciences) programme for the third- to first-class years, and are quite flexible, which makes them easier for adults to cope with as they balance the demands of their job, family life, and school.
The eBac is composed of several modules. Generally, each module lasts 8 weeks. Each 8-week period is called a 'session'. Each year consists of 6 sessions in all.
The following may be candidates for the eBac:
- students enrolled in a Luxembourgish school who are at least 16 years old and have completed the fourth-class year of general secondary education;
- adults who left the school system without having taken the baccalaureate exam and who wish to complete the traditional secondary education programme.
To be admitted into the third-class year (3e) of secondary education, candidates must have successfully completed the fourth-class year (4e). Where this is not the case, candidates must submit an application for admission on the eBac eLearning Platform. In certain cases, after examining their applications, the eBac committee may decide to assess students' knowledge of French, German, English, and mathematics. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate student's skills and decide whether enrolment in a third-class year programme is appropriate.
eBac structure and curriculum
The eBac offers the official 'G Section' (human and social sciences) curriculum to students at the following levels:
To learn more about the official educational programs offered by the eBac, select the desired class in the 'Secondary Education (Enseignement secondaire) tab, then click on 'Show curricula' (Afficher programmes).
Additionally, details on the specific features of the eBac curriculum as compared with the traditional curriculum may be viewed on the eBac Portal.
eBac courses are offered as modules. Of the modules in each level of study, students ('eLearners' or 'eLs') are free to choose as many as they like, and to set their own pace for completing them.
Depending on their skills, their learning speed, and their organisational constraints, eLearners may enrol for several modules at once, which enables them progress more quickly in their education and to shorten the theoretical duration of study (which is 1 year per level).
Procedures for assessments and the final examination
In-class testing is organised during the 7th week of each session. These tests enable the eLearner to complete a module which, if the eLearner's average is high enough, will be counted towards their progression. Students who, at the end of the session, do not feel ready for the test, and who are enrolled in the module as 'free students,' may choose not to complete the in-class test, but instead to sit for the same test 8 weeks later. In-class testing must be organised every 8 weeks.
The final examination permits eLearners to earn a secondary school leaving diploma (baccalaureate) that is identical to the one awarded in the traditional education system.
eBac enrolment procedure
There are no set enrolment periods. Interested individuals may apply at any time of year for admission to the next session, subject to having enrolled online and submitted their application 15 days before the start of the session.
Enrolment is only possible using the form available on the eBac website, which must be filled in online. Once the applicant has completed the online enrolment process, an application file must be sent by post or delivered in person to the eBac eLearning Platform (Forum Geesseknäpchen, 40 boulevard Pierre Dupong, L-1430 Luxembourg), together with copies of their last diplomas and/or report cards.
The applicant must wait for an official response from the eBac.
Prerequisites for enrolment
Applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
- they must be older than the age at which compulsory schooling ends, i.e., 16 years old (preference will be given to adults who are working or seeking work and to persons with physical disabilities);
- they must have successfully completed the Luxembourgish secondary education 4th-class year (4e); they must submit an application including certified copies of their last 3 report cards, by post or in person, to the eLearning eBac Platform;
- they must have the required skills in German, French, and English;
- they must submit a complete file providing details on their past education and professional experiences.
Applicants who have not successfully completed the 4th-class year (4e) must submit a complete file providing details on their past educational and professional experiences, including:
- certified copies of their last 3 report cards;
- certified copies of any previously obtained certificates or diplomas;
- a description of their professional experience, with recommendations from past employers, if possible.
Application files should be sent by post or delivered in person to the eBac eLearning Platform (Forum Geesseknäpchen, 40 boulevard Pierre Dupong, L-1430 Luxembourg).
Learners who enrol for the eBac must:
- have internet access—preferably ADSL broadband—and pay all connection fees;
- have the necessary computer equipment and ensure that it remains in working condition;
- know how to use traditional word processing, internet browsing, and email software, among others;
- regularly check their email.