Bachelor’s degree in alternation, principles and advantages

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Nowadays, more and more students are turning to Bachelor’s programs to prepare for their professional future. With this in mind, many institutions offer work-study Bachelors. But what are the principles and benefits of this type of training? This is what we propose to you to discover by browsing the next lines!

How does a Bachelor’s degree work-study program work ?

The Bachelor’s degree in alternation generally lasts three years. It allows holders to earn 180 ECTS credits. As a work-study program, students alternate theoretical courses with internships in companies. However, the pace varies depending on the participants and the schools chosen. Some of them offer, for example, 2 days at the university and 3 days in a company.

During the first year, the training provided remains basic. They provide students with all the necessary knowledge about the professional world and the chosen profession. During this core curriculum, the teachers provide general courses to the Bachelors. This knowledge is then further developed in the second year.

In the third year, participants are oriented towards a specific specialization. Current disciplines include:

  • TRADE;
  • management ;
  • economy;
  • accounting and finance ;
  • human resources management ;
  • marketing…

Depending on the institution, the work-study program can start in the first year of the Bachelor’s program. The program evolves according to the needs of the companies. Indeed, bachelors study with the aim of immediately joining a company at the end of their training. Work-study programs thus combine theory, practice and life skills.

Who finances the Bachelor’s degree ?

The Bachelor’s degree is a paying course. As a student, it is not easy to find the necessary funds. Hence the interest in financing. Several alternatives are available to students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Initially, it is possible to opt for scholarships. Among them is the BCS (Bourse d’enseignement supérieur sur critères sociaux) reserved for under 28s. It depends on the parents’ income, the size of the household and the degree chosen.

Some grandes écoles also offer occasional assistance to their students. They give rise to a total or partial exemption from tuition fees. In this category, we can also mention the annual allowance and the specific aid delivered by the CROUS and the State.

Bachelors in alternation also benefit from the advantages of paid internships. The host company covers part or all of the student’s tuition fees. Other financial aid exists for Bachelors who wish to work abroad. This is particularly the case forErasmus + grants.

The next trick to financing your bachelor’s degree is to get a job as a student. These can be done on a part-time basis to help the student complete the work-study program. With this in mind, you will need to organize yourself to find time for classes, homework, etc. Finally, the last option is to take out student loans. Generally speaking, repayment is deferred and begins as soon as the student enters the workforce.

What is the salary for a Bachelor’s degree in work-study ?

The work-study Bachelor’s program involves paid internships in companies. But how much is this compensation? The amount allocated depends mainly on the contract signed. In the case of a professionalization contract, for example, the salary calculation varies according to the student’s level of study. The minimum wage is set according to the age of the student:

  • 65% of the minimum wage for those under 21 years of age;
  • 80% of the minimum wage for those between 21 and 25 years old;
  • 100% of the SMIC for those over 25 years old.

In an apprenticeship contract, the salary is assessed as a percentage of the minimum wage. Again, age and the evolution of the training cycle will have to be taken into account. For example, Bachelors in work-study programs can enter into an apprenticeship contract up to the age of 29. In this case, the salary for 26-29 year olds will be the equivalent of the SMIC, regardless of the year of training.

What are the advantages of a Bachelor’s degree in work-study ?

  • the remuneration of the Bachelors in alternation is exempted from social charges;
  • the employer benefits from discounts on employer contributions;
  • The training courses offered are diversified and concern all diplomas (CAP, BTS, DUT, Licence, Master);
  • the speakers have solid professional experience;
  • Bachelors in alternation allow to learn and work at the same time, while being paid;
  • Work-study training facilitates integration into the workforce;
  • it promotes the continuity of studies towards the Master’s degree.

Does Sup de Pub offer work-study programs?

The Sup de Pub communication school offers work-study programs for high school graduates. This type of training is offered to students on a 24-month contract. Participants can choose between an apprenticeship contract or a professionalization contract. They alternate theory and practice during the first six months. The remaining six months of the year, they will work full time in the companies.


Updated 11 March 2024