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Portals and Common First Years

Organization of the first year

Licensing portals

Since the start of the 2018 academic year, for the majority of Bachelor's degree mentions, the first year (L1) is carried out within one of the three Bachelor's degree portals.
These lead, from the second year of the licence, to different mentions
Your application in L1 must therefore be made on a portal if you plan to continue your studies in one of the mentions indicated in the table below.

  • List of portals and teaching sites according to the desired terms

    List of portals and teaching sites according to the desired mentions
    Name of the portal Licence terms Teaching sites
    René DESCARTES Computer science
    Saint Charles
    Marie CURIE Chemistry
    Sciences and technology
    Engineering Sciences
    Louis PASTEUR Chemistry
    Life Sciences
    Life and Earth Sciences
    Health and Social Sciences

    The portals are also open to distance learning

Gate details

Champ 1


Computer science, mathematics, mechanics, physics
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Chemistry, physics, science and technology, engineering sciences
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Champ 1


Chemistry, life sciences, life and earth sciences, health and social sciences
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Aids to success

Licence 1 with support

This arrangement is intended for students who have followed specialities in high school that are adapted to pursue a scientific course of study, but who have a fair level in the scientific subjects.

Licence 1 in 2 years (in this system the Licence will be obtained in 4 years)

This arrangement is aimed at students who have followed specialities in high school that are adapted to pursue a scientific course of study but with a low level of scientific subjects. These students are likely to have difficulties in traditional scientific degrees.

This means that the first year of the licence (L1) is completed in two years with adapted teaching and active teaching methods.

L.AS: Health access

Since 2020, each portal offers a Health Access pathway that allows students to apply for the competitive entrance exam to the 2nd year of health studies. Places are reserved in the second year of health studies for students from the various L.AS, in the first, second or third year. In 2021-2022, 30% of the places in the 2nd year of health studies will be filled by an L1, L2, L3 access pathway from an L.AS, and this rate will rise to 50% in subsequent years.

Most of the courses will be the same as those offered in the classic portal, but will allow students to follow courses in the field of health at a distance.

Please note that only students admitted to this Health option will be able to apply for selective access to the 2nd year of health. We advise you to apply in parallel to other accesses to health and to other non-health courses.

Choosing this Health option requires you to follow it throughout the year and does not allow you to switch to the "classic" portal, either at the beginning or during the year.

Year of Scientific Upgrading (AMNS)

  • Target audience

    You have passed a non-scientific general baccalaureate, a technological baccalaureate and you wish to study science. Today, only 10% of you succeed in the first year of your degree. The Year of Scientific Upgrading (AMNS) is made for you: you will have the knowledge expected to succeed, we will teach you the working methods necessary for higher scientific studies and, this year successful, you will have acquired some general elements of the first year of license, which will allow you to concentrate on the disciplinary teaching. The year of scientific upgrading is not adapted to professional baccalaureates.

    We have an AMNS for the Pasteur portal and an AMNS for the Curie and Descartes portals.

    Explanatory diagram of the Scientific Upgrade Year
    Explanatory diagram of the Scientific Upgrade Year [Description]

    For the AMNS Curie/Descartes :

    • René Descartes Portal (Maths, Info, Mechanics, Physics)
    • Marie Curie Portal (Physics, Chemistry, SPI, Science and Technology)

    For the AMNS Pasteur:

    Louis Pasteur Portal (SV, SVT, SSS, Chemistry)

  • Pedagogical approach

    • Take the time to assimilate the fundamental elements
    • Acquire the methodology
    • Reflect on your personal and professional project
    • Experience active teaching methods
  • Objectives

    • Succeed in your scientific degree
    • Be an active participant in your training
    • Gain self-confidence and autonomy
    • Develop cross-disciplinary skills: interpersonal skills, initiative, creativity and teamwork
    • Prepare for your future
  • Admission

    Access to the university is via ParcourSup. You cannot apply directly to AMNS. You must apply to one of the scientific portals of AMU (Descartes, Curie or Pasteur). The AMNS is a development of these portals designed to upgrade students who do not have a bac S.

    In concrete terms, you must make a wish on one of the portals.

    All you have to do is add the wish to the portal to your wish list. The AMNS is described in the tab "Success/outlets" of each portal. If you want to make sure you are offered AMNS, just mention it in your education proposal, but there is nothing special to check or do.

    You will be able to choose the teaching site as a sub-wish. Attention! AMNS Curie-Descartes is proposed on Aix-Montperrin and Marseille Saint-Charles only (the candidates having made a sub-vow on Luminy or St-Jérôme will be sent on St-Charles) and AMNS Pasteur is proposed on Luminy and St-Charles (the candidates having made a sub-vow on Aix will be sent on St-Charles)

    Once the wish is validated, you have to wait for the results of the first phase of parcoursup (in May) to get the answer. If it is a "YES", you will go to L1. If it is a "YES IF", you will be offered the AMNS (or the PES).

    Once you have accepted this proposal on ParcourSup, you can register at the university here:

  • Further studies

    During the AMNS you will be accompanied in your professional orientation with a personal follow-up. If you have more than 10/20 of general average at the AMNS, you will be able to integrate the first year of the portal of your choice within the faculty of sciences of AMU. It is also possible to reorient yourself towards other courses by applying via parcoursup.

  • Program

    This preparatory year takes up the scientific program of the high school from the second to the last year of high school and approaches some additional notions to facilitate the insertion in L1 the following year. The following courses will be spread over 2 semesters (about 25h per week):

    168h of math in AMNS Curie/Descartes or 148h of math in AMNS Pasteur :

    • calculus in R: fractions, development/factorization, square roots, inequalities, intervals, absolute value, second degree equations, root of a polynomial
    • vectors and plane geometry: vectors, Chasles relation, cartesian/polar coordinates, trigonometry, scalar product, orthogonality
    • sequences: reasoning by recurrence, arithmetic/geometric sequences, monotonic sequences, limits of a sequence, Newton's binomial formula
    • functions: usual functions (quadratic, cubic, inverse, square root, neperian logarithm, exponential, sine, cosine), domain of definition, limits, continuity, derivatives, study of functions
    • primitives and integrals: calculation of primitives, integration by parts, calculation of areas
    • probabilities and statistics: conditioning, independence, fluctuation interval, estimation
    • complex numbers: algebraic form, trigonometric/exponential form, square roots, geometric representation (affix of a point, of a vector)

    68h of physics in the two AMNS

    • geometrical optics: plane/spherical mirrors, conjugation formulas, lenses, focus measurements, Bessel's method, association of lenses and mirrors, Descartes' law, plane/spherical diopters, prisms, the eye and the magnifying glass, optical devices
    • wave phenomena: from ultrasound to light (interference/diffraction, acoustic wave, use of an oscilloscope, signal propagation, standing waves, Doppler effect, radiation absorption, spectroscopies, electrical analogy)
    • Newtonian physics: simple pendulum, damped pendulum, pendulum with viscous friction, horizontal/vertical spring, RLC circuit

    68h of chemistry in both AMNS

    • Structure of the atom, periodic table of elements, electronic configuration (first 3 periods)
    • Chemical bonding, representation of molecules (rough, semi-developed, developed, topological formulas, CRAM representation, Lewis diagram), nomenclature of organic compounds, Z/E isomerism, basics of stereochemistry
    • Amount of substance, molar mass
    • Chemical reaction, equilibrium, reaction progress table, main classes of reactions in organic chemistry
    • Solutions, solvent, phases, concentration
    • Acids/bases
    • redox reactions

    54h of SVT in the AMNS Pasteur

    • the diversity of the living world and the theories of evolution
    • first approach to DNA/RNA: replication, transcription-maturation, mutation
    • reproduction
    • the cell and the cell cycle
    • photosynthesis of the chlorophyll cell
    • chloroplasts and mitochondria
    • synthesis and consumption of glucose: Krebs cycle
    • physical effort
    • regulation of blood sugar
    • regulation loop
    • immune system: organs involved, mechanisms of struggle.
    • solar system, planets
    • earth envelopes, plate tectonics
    • rock cycle
    • major stages in the history of the Earth
    • dynamics of fluid envelopes

    28 hours of university work methodology in the two AMNS

    • functioning of the brain and memory
    • influence of the environment on learning, stereotype threat effect
    • learning strategies
    • note-taking
    • concept maps
    • summary note
    • group work (jigsaw)
    • critical thinking

    84h of maths/Phys/Chemistry for the AMNS Curie-Descartes

    • the size of the structures of the universe, time and space scales
    • color/spectroscopy: Wien Stephan's law, additive and subtractive synthesis, Beer-Lambert's law, IR/NMR spectra analysis, colored species in chemistry
    • thermodynamics: heat capacity, latent heat/change of state, calorimetry, Joule's 1st law
    • radioactivity: fission, decay/kinetics, fusion, nucleus cohesion energy
    • Newtonian physics: Newton's laws, laws of gravitation, Kepler's laws, Cavendish balance, fields (gravity/magnetic/electric/electrostatic), free fall, inclined plane, parabolic motion, oscillating motion
    • power/energy
    • electrochemistry: battery/accumulator
    • mathematical tools: power law, perimeter, area, volume, Neperian/decimal logarithm, differential and integral calculus, first order differential equations, exponential function, vector projection, scalar product, trigonometric functions, compound functions

    84h of Chemistry/SVT for AMNS Pasteur

    • classifications of the living world, phylogeny
    • interactions between living beings, ecology, biodiversity in danger
    • repoduction strategy of living beings
    • Earth materials, notion of time and dating, reconstitution of past environments, major stages in the history of the Earth
    • major issues in geology
    • chemistry of living molecules
    • chemistry of the environment

    24 hours of personal and professional project supervised in the two AMNS

    20 hours of French (reading comprehension and written expression) in the two AMNS

    16 hours of scientific projects in the two AMNS

    18 hours of English in the two AMNS

    10 hours of lectures on "Major ecological issues" in the AMNS Curie-Descartes

Persons responsible for the training

Sophie Gachet and Séverine Queyroy:

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