Access to Higher Education Diploma (Diplôme d’accès aux études supérieures - DAES)
Adults who do not hold a secondary school leaving diploma (classical or general studies) and adults who hold a qualification that does not allow them access to certain university courses because of the specific nature of the diploma have a second chance to obtain a diploma and gain access to higher education with the DAES.
The DAES is a new training route as part of the adult education offer. It prepares learners for the reality of teaching and learning at university by developing the subject-related knowledge and cross-disciplinary competencies needed for higher studies.
The DAES is recognised as being equivalent to the Luxembourgish secondary school leaving diploma; it provides access to higher education and university studies, to the regulated professions and employment in the public sector.
Several training formats are offered:
- DAES during daytime classes
- DAES as a sandwich course: 30% during evening classes, the rest as independent learning in the form of eLearning (currently this option is offered only for the final class, but as from 2020 onwards, the sandwich course will also be available for the preparatory class)
- eDAES, eLearning course
Preparatory class and final class
The training leading to the DAES lasts one or two years, depending on the level already reached by the applicant:
- a preparatory class, for learners who do not meet the conditions for access to the final class. The year is organised in modules which allow students to revise the basics and to re-appropriate the necessary learning techniques and strategies.
- a final class, leading to a final examination, and during which students must also carry out supervised personal work. Successful completion of this class opens the door to higher education and university studies;
For ease of access to universities and higher educational establishments, the course leading to the DAES covers the four areas of study defined in the organisation of the final cycle of study in secondary education and in legislation with regard to the reciprocal recognition of secondary school-leaving diplomas. Each area of study is organised in modules.
The learner selects six modules
, which must include at least two languages and at least one module in each of the other areas of study.
- Languages: German, English, French
- Mathematics: mathematics, applied mathematics
- Natural sciences: biology, chemistry, physics
- Human and social sciences and arts: economic and social sciences, geography, history, philosophy, arts
To be able to apply for the course of study leading to the DAES, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
- be at least 20 years old on 1 September of the current year,
- be able to provide proof of having worked at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months,
- have left initial training at least two years ago.
To be admitted to the preparatory class, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
- have successfully completed the fifth year of classical or general secondary education,
- have successfully completed the fifth year of technical secondary education - technical scheme (former school system),
- hold a Vocational Aptitude Diploma (DAP) or a Technical and Vocational Training Certificate (CATP),
- applicants wishing to enrol for this course without having successfully completed one of the classes referred to above must sit entrance examinations covering the syllabus in French, German, English and mathematics.
To be admitted to the final class, applicants must meet one of the following conditions :
- have successfully completed the preparatory class,
- have successfully completed the sixth year of classical or general secondary education,
- have successfully completed the sixth year of technical secondary education - technical scheme (former school system),
- hold a master craftsmanship (brevet de maîtrise) or a technician's diploma (diplôme de technicien).
Applications should be submitted no later than 30 August of the current year.