Common Core Basic Education Program
The Common Core Basic Education Program is the result of decisions taken by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport with respect to the education reform in Québec. It consists of 13 programs of study in the first phase of adult general education, known as Common Core Basic Education. These programs of study are made up of courses spanning three levels: Literacy, Presecondary and Secondary Cycle One.
It should be noted that the Sociovocational Integration (semiskilled and unskilled occupations), Francization and Social Integration programs are not part of Common Core Basic Education, although they may, depending on the learning needs of the adults concerned, constitute a steppingstone to it.
Diversified Basic Education
The Diversified Basic Education Program for Secondary III, IV and V is an adaptation for adult learners of the Québec Education Program, Secondary Cycle Two, for the youth sector. Thus, the subject areas, broad areas of learning and cross-curricular competencies in both programs are the same. However, in order to meet the specific needs of adult learners, the division into courses is different and some programs of study are found only in adult education.