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Higher French (Course Code: C730 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study French?

Learning a new language allows you to connect with different people and their cultures. The ability to use language is at the centre of thinking. You reflect, communicate and develop ideas through language.

French is the second most popular learned language in the world after English, and is spoken in around 30 countries. These include: Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and many countries in central and north Africa. It is one of the official languages of the European Union.

It is a valuable second language in many different career areas and, of course, is useful when you are on holiday or travelling in France and other French-speaking countries.

What do I need to get in?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

This course aims to help you develop your reading, listening, talking and writing skills in French, in a variety of contexts. You will encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. In addition, the course also provides you with knowledge of France and the customs and way of life of the French people.

The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Understanding French (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Using French (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of two components:

The question papers will assess your listening, reading, and writing skills in French. The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.

The performance has two sections; delivering a presentation in French, and taking part in a natural, spontaneous conversation with the teacher or lecturer in French. The conversation will be from one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability, or culture.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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