Preparatory Level Teaching (2-year core programme)

Preparatory Level roadmap

This guide aims to:

• Help you get started at INSA Lyon.
• Help you find your way around the Preparatory Level buildings.
• Inform you of the various tools and services available to you.
• Explain all administrative formalities.

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Teaching takes different forms:

  • Lectures in lecture halls (around 100 students).
  • Tutorials in groups of 25 students.
  • Lab work.
  • Projects.

The lectures deal with all of the methods and knowledge necessary for learning the subject matter. They allow for acquiring the basics that are further developed during the tutorial sessions.
The individual work required of the students serves, during the tutorials, to help them achieve the necessary level of understanding and analysis, as well as developing their ability to summarize key points.

The tutorials provide new learning in the field of measurements and help the students integrate certain knowledge that they can then use to solve specific problems. A significant part of the teaching (30%) is devoted to these tutorials, which prepare the students for the engineering courses.

The Humanities (culture, communication and languages), as well as physical and sports education, complete the teaching by developing the life skills of the future engineers.

Students are required to follow all of these types of teaching.

Teaching is spread over two semesters of 17 weeks, with an average of 28-30 hours of classes per week (Monday to Friday).
In addition, students are expected to complete a greater or lesser amount of individual work, depending on their capabilities (around 20 hours per week).
The timetable of classes by subject matter, as well as the thematic openings offered in second year, may differ slightly from course to course.
A compulsory internship of at least four weeks, in France or abroad, must be carried out during the summer holidays between first and second year.


For all of the courses, the assessments are designed to help the students review the skills and knowledge acquired.
To this end, appointments can be suggested during the mid-year appraisals to further discuss any issues. The assessments take the form of continuous assessment and include:

  • written examinations covering the learning being acquired;
  • summary essays done at the end of each semester;
  • lab work assessments held at the end of each module.

Committees and the choice of specialisation

At the end of first year, the committees assess whether or not the students are capable of successfully completing the Preparatory Level, based on the work done during the year, and continuing the INSA engineering curriculum. In the event that a student is not authorised to complete the Preparatory Level, individualised support for streaming will be offered.
The possibility for a student to repeat first year is authorised only under exceptional circumstances, when the committees feel that an important personal or medical reason was responsible for the unsatisfactory results obtained.

At the end of second year, the committees assess whether or not the students have the level necessary to continue their education on the Master's courses. The students integrate the specialisation courses on the basis of the preferences they have expressed and a classification common to all of the Preparatory Level courses (with the exception of the Filière Active en Sciences and Sport de Haut Niveau courses). The number of places available on each course is known in advance.


Significant educational resources

  • 1,600 students, including 880 first years
  • 500 speakers (teacher-researchers, teachers, engineers, ...)
  • 21 BIATSS (engineering, administrative, technical and other staff), including 6 on the platforms
  • 20,000 m² of buildings
  • 4 laboratory centres
  • 4 seating up to 100 people, 2 up to 120 people
  • 8 computer labs
  • 4 design rooms
  • 31 tutorial rooms including 9 language labs
  • 24 rooms equipped with video projectors
  • 50,000 hours of instruction
  • an annual budget of € 560,000