SCQF Level 7
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
French Advanced Higher is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in the French language. You will be exposed to the language over a length of time in order to acquire greater fluency, flexibility and accuracy. This course will expand on what you have previously studied and focus on developing your ability to understand and express ideas and opinions in French as you learn about current affairs and issues from the viewpoint of those living in other countries than your own. The course will improve your ability to read, listen, talk and write in French allowing you to understand and use a modern language. Grammar aspects will be studied and you will research and analyse at least two literature or media sources of their choice within the context of the French language and produce a portfolio, consisting of one piece of writing in English of between 1,200 and 1,500 words. You will develop valuable translation skills and be in a great position to study the language further at a university level. 

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects. 

Course Fees: £300 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when the application has been processed. 
What You Will Learn
  • Develop Skills in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking within the four Contexts of Society; Learning, Employability and Culture 
  • Translation Skills 
  • Essay Writing Skills and Analytical Skills 
Entry Requirements
  • Higher French or relevant component units or other SQA qualifications in French studied at SCQF Level 6 
  • You can apply with equivalent French qualifications or if you have extensive experience in French 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through the Advanced Higher SQA exam. 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • An interview or test may be required if you have an equivalent qualification or experience in French 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Further study in modern languages or related areas 
  • This course alongside other qualifications can be used to apply for a variety of university courses 
Career Opportunities
With further study you gain employment in the following: 

  • Tourism officer 
  • Teacher 
  • Interpreter 
  • International relations 
  • International business 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • This course runs for a total of 36 weeks. 
  • The part-time, class-based course runs twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday 
  • The online, distance learning course is delivered through the College’s virtual campus Moodle and offers regular contact with the course tutor, either at College, via Skype or over the phone 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £320 Open Learning (year 1)
Fee: £320 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Student Stories
Further study in modern languages or related areas 

This course alongside other qualifications can be used to apply for a vRory Whyte is 29 years old and lives in Dundee. Rory decided to come to Edinburgh College as it was the closest college to him that offered the Highers he needs to go to university. After a successful year, Rory was awarded the Student of the Year Travel, Tourism & Modern Languages Award at this year’s Prize Giving ceremony. We caught up with him and asked about his experience at Edinburgh College. 

“I’ve worked extremely hard this year and it means a lot that the College has taken notice. Nowhere in Dundee offered Higher Spanish outside of High School, and I needed an A at Higher for my university application. I did look at other options but, ultimately, I was attracted by Edinburgh’s reputation and facilities. 

Thanks to the kind recommendation on the part of my Spanish tutor at the College, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a conditional offer to study Interpreting with French and Spanish at Heriot-Watt University. Languages have become my passion, and interpreting has been my goal since returning to education.” 

Read more of our student stories here.
Start Date and Time

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Tuesday 01/09/2020

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021

Open Learning

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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