The platform is open for training wishes for the year 2020-2021. Results, waiting list, call list, dates, complementary phase… Here’s everything you need to know about Parcoursup.
[Updated on January 22, 2020 at 10:57 am]Top start for entries on Parcoursup. The platform opens this Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Senior high school students and students who want to reorient themselves, via the dedicated module ParcoursPlus, can now make up to 10training wishes. Attention: the platform remains open until Thursday, March 12, 2020. After this date, it will no longer be possible for them to express their choices. The first replies will be communicated to them as of 19 May 2020.
It is on the Parcoursup platform that senior high school students have to go to register for higher education. Parcoursup lists nearly 14,000 training courses (licences, Paces, BTS, DUT, IUT, CPGE…), whether selective (BTS, BUT…) or not. However, some training courses are not on Parcoursup and access is by competition. This is notably the case for the University Paris Dauphine, the IEPs, but also for certain business and engineering schools.
The results for the wishes submitted on Parcoursup will be announced between Tuesday, May 19 and Friday, July 17, 2020 for the main phase. The students concerned will be notified of the decisions of the requested schools by email or by a notification via the Parcoursup application.
For certain requested courses, High School students can be placed on a waiting list. This means that due to a limited number of places, the desired institution cannot yet accommodate them, as other applicants have been admitted on a priority basis. If people who have already been accepted withdraw, candidates placed on this waiting list will be accepted according to their rank. The platform will indicate the position of each candidate on the waiting list, the total number of places as well as the number of candidates on the waiting list.
The call list is the total list of candidates that the institution has definitively accepted or placed on the waiting list. On the Parcoursup platform, each high school student can consult the ranking of the last candidate admitted to the school last year as well as his or her own position for this year. Thus, the school can assess whether it is worthwhile to remain a candidate for this training, if its rank is close to that of the last candidate admitted, or whether it is better to accept another proposal, if its current rank is too far back. More explanations are available in this brochure from the Ministry of Education.
The complementary phase of Parcoursup begins on Thursday, June 25, 2020. High School students who have not been offered admission will still be able to make 10 wishes until Thursday, September 10, 2020. After the results of the baccalaureate, it will be possible to benefit from the support of the Commission d’accès à l’enseignement supérieur (CAES) in order to find a place in an institution.
The main intake phase of Parcours continues through the summer. High School students must accept their proposals for admission to institutions of higher education and/or maintain their pending vows. There are three steps:
- At the end of June, high school students can activate the answering machine option to accept admission proposals for their pending vows in their place, after classifying them according to their preferences.
- early July, after the results of the baccalaureate
- mid-July, the final stopover point. It marks the end of the main admission phase. The first proposals for admission must have been accepted or not.
In the event of a problem, a toll-free number managed by Parcoursup is available to candidates: 0 800 400 070. It is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. It is also possible to contact Parcoursup by email and on social networks (Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook). More than a dozen chat sessions will also be organized to accompany the candidates, says the Ministry of Higher Education.
High school students who have had all their wishes denied will be able to appeal. Those on the waiting list can wait for places to become available if they feel they are sufficiently well placed.
Those who have had all their wishes refused can appeal to the academic commission for access to higher education from 25 June after the results of the baccalaureate (if they are received). This is called the complementary phase. The candidates concerned will be notified by email or by a notification via the Parcoursup platform. The committee will accompany them and make a proposal adapted to their case.
To estimate their chances of being admitted to the school of their choice, high school students can take their position on the waiting list and the position of the last admitted last year. If they feel that their position is too far back, they can accept proposals from other institutions. Conversely, if they feel they are well placed, they can wait for withdrawals.
As of May 19, 2020, when you receive a response from a training course, you have two days to respond. During the baccalaureate tests from 17 to 24 June 2020, the deadlines for replies are suspended. The Ministry of National Education has published a brochure on this subject (see page 5).
In the past, a bug affected the platform at the beginning of the admission phase: high school students were first indicated as accepted when they should normally be placed on the waiting list. Hence the unpleasant surprise for some who were finally refused direct admission. The Ministry of Higher Education has indicated that the situation has been re-established.
Here is the calendar for the year 2020-2021.
- 20 December 2019: opening of the platform so that high schools can consult the training offer.
- From January 22 to March 12, 2020: High school students may make up to 10 wishes. There is no need to rank them in order of preference.
- Up to and including April 2, 2020: high school students compile their files and confirm their wishes
- 19 May 2019: users are aware of the decision of higher education institutions.
- June 25, 2019:launch of the complementary phase. It concerns future students who have not received a proposal for admission or who do not find satisfaction in the proposals received. They can make new wishes until 11 September, they can also apply to the Commission for Access to Higher Education (CAES).
- July 17, 2019: end of main phase
- Before the end of July 2020: administrative registration in the academic institution. Registration rules vary from one institution to another. In any case, registration will close on 27 August.
- 10 September 2020: end of the complementary phase and closure of Parcoursup.
The Parcoursup platform is designed to be responsive design It bends to the habits of Young People who are increasingly connecting with their smartphones. Parcoursup is therefore available as an app on the App Store and on Android . In both cases, the download is free of charge.
On the Parcoursup platform, high school students have to write a motivated training project of about ten lines. But some institutions may go further and ask the prospective student to attach a letter of motivation. The rules are the same as for a cover letter for a fixed-term or permanent contract. It is necessary to stand out by explaining your project and showing exactly how the training you want is made for you. Also remember to highlight your assets: academic achievements, skills acquired at school or outside (sports or community activities for example).
Sample cover letter for Parcoursup
To help you, the NDC has written a sample cover letter for a university education. You can use it as a frame. Above all, remember to have your letter proofread by an adult who can help you improve the content and form. Here is also a model letter of motivation for a master, a DUT or a BTS.
High schools can make up to 10 training wishes. The deadline for submission to the platform is March 14. These wishes will then have to be confirmed before April 2, 2020.
Registering on the platform of the Parcoursup site is not very difficult. However, certain procedures must be followed and several documents must be held. The student must be in possession of the elements described below:
Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive a file number and you will be asked to set a password that will be requested at each registration. Once the password has been set, you will receive a 6-letter validation code that you will need to enter in your file.