Program Structure

Each CEGEP program leading to a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) is made up of two components: GENERAL EDUCATION and CONCENTRATION courses.


The General Education component of a student’s DEC fosters connections between the world of CEGEP and the greater human society in which we are all a part. Students will gain insights into how people see their world, how they communicate, solve problems, and gain self-awareness. Courses in General Education are designed to make links between the course of studies in an academic program and the world outside the College gates.

The compulsory subjects common to all CEGEP programs are:

English (4 courses)
Introduction to English: To analyze and produce various forms of discourse
Literary Genres: To apply a critical approach to literary genres
Literary Themes: To apply a critical approach to a literary theme
B-Block: To communicate in the forms of discourse appropriate to one or more fields of study

French (2 courses)
Level 1: Basic communication in French
Level 2: More advanced communication in French
Level 3: To communicate comfortably in French
Level 4: To engage in a cultural or literary subject in French
B-Block: To apply these communication skills to a field of study

Students are placed into a French level based on their Quebec Secondary V final French grades or by the result of the placement testing.

Humanities (3 courses):
World Views: To apply a critical thought process to world views
Knowledge: To apply a logical analytical process to how knowledge is organized and used
B-Block: To apply a critical thought process to ethical issues relevant to a field of study

Physical Education (3 courses):
Lifestyle Courses: To help students develop awareness of their own health and lifestyle behaviours
Activity Courses: To encourage students to assess their abilities and monitor their improvement in a specific activity
Active Living Courses: To equip students with the tools and knowledge to take control of their personal health and physical well-being now and in the future.

Complementary courses (2 courses):
The complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration.

Note that Liberal Arts (700.B0), Arts & Sciences (700.A0), and Double DEC (200.12) students achieve Complementary competencies as part of their Concentration Courses of choice.


Concentration courses are those courses which are directly related to DEC program. Different programs have different number of Concentration Courses. Pre-University programs have between 12 and 16 program-specific courses while Technical programs have between 15 and 36 program specific courses, including the stage component.

The Règlement sur le régime des études collégiales (RREC) requires graduating students in all diploma programs (DEC) to demonstrate that integration of acquired competencies of a given program of studies has taken place. It allows the College to verify that the overall program outcomes, as defined by means of the Exit Profile, have been achieved by the students.

The Ministerial Examination of College English (the English Exit Exam) is a four-hour examination that takes place: in May, August, and December. All students in English CEGEPs must take the examination before graduating and must pass the examination to obtain a diploma. The examination is designed to determine whether students have achieved a satisfactory level of competence in English. It is based on the Ministerial Objectives and Standards for all English courses given in the province.