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Bachelor’s degree: what is worth?

08 July 2019

For several years, it has made its mark and for good reason,nowadays, all the major business schools offer a bachelor degree in their training portofolio, whether it is a generalist or specialised bachelor. So, what isa Bachelor's degree worth for French and international recruiters? What are the specificities and advantages of this programme? How much does it cost? What job opportunities and career prospects can you expect when graduated? In a few words, we tell you everything about the rising degree.

What is a bachelor's degree?

The bachelor's degree is a 3year diploma which is directly accessible after the A-Level. This three-year course is closely linked to the business world thanks to the internships each year which are part of the programme and to its large number of professional speakers who come to deliver courses throughout the year. The Bachelor's degree is today, and rightly so, considered a highly professional qualification on the job market. Widely appreciated by recruiters, this course is also known for its strong international orientation. Offered by most management schools and business schools, this course generates variable tuition fees, from 5,000 to 7,000 euros per year at IPAG. Note that several schools now offer the possibility of completing some years as sandwich course, which allows students to experience first-hand the business world but also reduce tuition fees.

There is numerous specialisations for the Bachelor’s degree, mainly in the commercial, communication or marketing fields: Bachelor in International Trade, Bachelor in Marketing and Digital Communication or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in English. The courses offered are varied and there is a lot of choice of options: project management, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, IT, international management, general culture, business development, etc.

What are the differences between a Bachelor and a 3-years University programme in France?

Like the 3-years University programme in France of the LMD system (License-Master-Doctorate), the bachelor lasts 3 years. These two courses have lot of points in common: they are accessible after obtaining a baccalaureate (A-level), they allow students to validate 60 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) per year and also offer them the possibility to pursue or not  with a master.

However, there is a fundamental difference: when the French 3-years University programme, offered by all French universities, delivers theoretical training in an amphitheater and sometimes through workshops with fewer students.he bachelor programme offers, on its side, a framework suited to acquire the essential knowledge and skills for its future career but also an environment more personalised depending on the vocational project of everyone. In addition, completing a bachelor's degree in a large business school allows you to enjoy the many advantages of the school: campus atmosphere, excellent faculty, learning several languages including rare languages, an active network of alumni, services of a career center, proximity to school with a large network of partner companies, opportunities to obtain a dual degree, etc.

The advantages of the bachelor programme

As you will have understood, the bachelor's degree has many advantages. Firstly, it is an internationally recognised diploma that makes it easier for you to get a job abroad. n a French subsidiary of a multinational or in a French company that shines throughout the world. You can also follow the course, in some schools, in English as part of a BBA Bachelor of Business Administration in English for example.

Then, the bachelor's degree course which prepares to the business world is certainly the reason that attracts the mostcandidates while seducing many recruiters. Thanks to the internships every year in initial training, ranging from 2 to 6 months per year, and to work-study opportunities, you accumulate several professional experiences to become quickly operational on the job market. It should be noted that the employment rate  for students who have completed several internships and/or work-study programmes is significantly higher than that of students leaving school with no professional experience. In the same way, the intervention of professional experts from different industry in bachelor programmes throughout the year makes it possible to create an esssential network or at least a very valuable one for the students. In addition, business schools often have a very close link with companies which allows to orient their educational project closer to the expectations of recruiters but also to send more students to train in business.

At last, with the bachelor’s degree diploma, you capitalise 180 ECTS credits at the end of your course. These, recognised in France, in Europe and all over the world, allow you to continue your higher studies in Master. You can then join a Grande Ecole programme through a parallel admission in the fourth year, whether to start a specialisation or to access higher positions at the beginning of your career. In a post-baccalaureate(A-Level) business school such as IPAG, many Bachelor students continue after their third year at the school by taking the Ambitions+ exam in order to join the Grande Ecole Programme and thus obtain two degrees.