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Advanced Higher
SCQF Level 7 (32 SCQF credit points)

You would usually study Advanced Higher courses in your sixth year at school, or at college, often along with Higher courses.

  • More challenging than Higher level courses, Advanced Highers help you to prepare for the independent learning involved in degree level study.
  • They also give you the opportunity to study a subject in greater depth.

French: Advanced Higher

Why French?

The purpose of this course is to enable you to develop your ability to use the French language in useful and relevant contexts. The four skill areas are listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, the course provides you with knowledge of France and the customs and way of life of the French people.

Since the establishment of the Single European Market in 1992, many companies require employees who are fluent in one or more European language. Advanced Higher French is therefore an extremely useful course for a variety of career paths. It is also valuable for your general education and personal development.

Entry to the course

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

Course Outline

The course comprises three compulsory units and an assessment.

Understanding French (8 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop and extend reading and listening skills in French
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of complex and sophisticated language in the contexts of society, learning, employability and culture.

Using French (8 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop and extend talking and writing skills in French
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of complex and sophisticated French in the contexts of society, learning, employability and culture.

Specialist Study (8 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of two components:

  • develop and extend planning, research and analytical skills in order to undertake an independent specialist study based on literature or media or language in work.

Course assessment (8 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of four components with a total of 200 marks:

  • Component 1 – Question paper: Reading and Translation (50 marks)
  • Component 2 – Question paper: Listening and Discursive Writing (70 marks)
  • Component 3 – Performance (50 marks)
  • Component 4 – Portfolio (30 marks).

The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.

The performance – You will demonstrate your skills in French by talking about themes or topics related to the specialist study unit and at least one context from Society, Learning, Employability or Culture studied in the Understanding Language or Using Language units, or in preparation of the portfolio.

The portfolio – You will produce a piece of writing in English of 1,200 – 1,500 words, based on your analysis of either a piece of literature or media or language in work within the context of French.

Course Assessment

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.

Progression

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in: