University: the licenses most coveted by candidates via Parcoursup

The license is the first type of postgraduate training most chosen by high school students. In 2023, 70% of candidates have made at least one desire to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Of them, 16% only selected licenses on their wish list, 26% also selected a second training course.

Just before BTS and BUT (respectively 49% and 35% of candidates), licensing is by far the preferred form of training for high school students. The bachelor’s degree is a training accessible directly after high school, with courses at the university, which allows training in a fairly broad field for three years before specializing in a master’s degree.

What makes the license a success is its cost, very limited (170 euros per year), and access normally open to everyone, without selection except for the most requested licenses, as long as you have your container.

The most requested licenses via Parcoursup in 2023

There are around forty license mentions, here are the “mentions” or specialties most chosen when making wishes in 2023, including the two special licenses: the LAS license (Health Access Option License), and the STAPS (Sciences and Techniques of Physics and Sports). Activities).

  1. Law (308,613 wishes)
  2. Psychology (139,496)
  3. ESTAPS (132,577)
  4. Economy and management (126,369)
  5. Foreign and regional languages, literatures and civilizations LLCER (94.080)
  6. Mathematics (81,652)
  7. Applied foreign languages ​​(81.105)
  8. History (79,175)
  9. LAS – Life Sciences (75,374)
  10. Economic and social administration (59,885)
  11. Life sciences (54,379)
  12. Letters (47,827)
  13. LAS – Health Sciences (41,131)
  14. LAS – Psychology (39,268)
  15. LAS – STAPS (38 114)
  16. Political science (36,926)
  17. IT (36,734)
  18. Sociology (32,771)
  19. Management (32,584)
  20. Economy (31,517)
  21. Information and communication (29,585)
  22. Educational sciences (27,087)
  23. Physics (27,009)
  24. Life and earth sciences (26,849)
  25. Chemistry (25,453)
  26. Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities (25,264)
  27. LAS – Law (23,421)
  28. Science and technology (19,070)
  29. History of art and archeology (18,825)
  30. LAS – Life and Earth Sciences (18,390)

The Law degree is a very popular degree due to the general nature of its training – which leads to various legal professions, but also to public institutions or private companies – but also to subsequent studies or gateways to other studies (Science, Journalism. ..). . The license also attracts many desires because it is also the main way to learn law (while economics and management can be learned in business schools, for example). Every year it is always the most requested license with 308,613 wishes in 2023.

Below are among the most popular licenses: psychology (139,496), which leads to the profession of psychologist through a master’s degree, but also to the MEEF master’s degree (teaching, education and training professions) which allows preparation for competitive examinations. school teacher The Staps license (132,577) to advance into careers in sports, entertainment, physical training and also to become a physical therapist. Finally, the economic-management license (126,000) for careers in the field of management, marketing, commerce and human resources.

In fifth position, the LLCER License (Foreign and Regional Languages, Literatures and Civilizations), of course, allows access to professions in modern languages ​​(interpretation and translation), but also to professions in teaching (through CAPES or aggregation in the language studied) and communication, documentation, journalism or cultural mediation.

The success rate: the Achilles heel of the license

Despite the promise of non-selective training, for several years the possibilities of hosting classrooms have forced universities not to accept all applications for registration. Furthermore, if the selection is not made upon entry, it is made during the 3 years of study: only 47% of those enrolled in the license obtain it in 3 or 4 years.

Lectures in classrooms and the freedom granted to all students to attend or not attend classes do not adapt to all student profiles. Depending on the faculties, this pace can vary greatly, it is up to you to consult the success statistics on each training sheet in Parcoursup.

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