SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview

Higher French is designed to deepen your previous knowledge of the subject and create a better understanding of the language. You will be exposed to the language over a length of time and acquire greater fluency in topics within the contexts of society, culture, learning and employability. During the course you will enhance your skills in reading, listening, writing, speaking and translation. Grammar aspects will be studied and classroom interaction in the language will be encouraged. This course requires the ability to study independently. 



What You Will Learn
  • Develop skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking French
  • Translation covering topics such as family and friends, lifestyles, learning in context, jobs and other cultural aspects of the language
Entry Requirements
  • French National 5 (course or relevant component units) or equivalent study and/or experience 
  • You should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Speaking exam (with the lecturer, around March/April) and final written SQA exam (at College, Sighthill campus, usually in May)
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • An interview may be necessary if you have achieved a qualification equivalent to SCQF Level 5 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Advanced Higher French taught at Edinburgh College 
  • Other SQA qualifications in French 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 
  • Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoon, digital classroom (using Microsoft Teams). 
  • OR
  • Open learning - Moodle self-study and scheduled Teams calls, possible access to digital classrooms if compatible with the timetable
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Rory 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

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Higher and National 5 Timetable
Applying for Higher and National 5s

Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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