Study French language and culture at your own pace. Join our virtual learning community and stay in regular contact with your tutors and fellow students.
French is spoken by over 200 million people in more than 50 countries around the world. It is one of the foremost languages of international communication.
Study the French language and culture to Graduate Diploma level, at your own pace, when and where you like. Join our ‘virtual’ learning community, in regular contact with your French tutors and fellow students, and attend Immersion Days in Dundee.
Who should study this course?
- a Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a recognised additional teaching qualification in French?
- a Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their French for teaching purposes?
- an advanced student of French (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in French for work purposes or for personal interest?
If the answer to any one of the above questions is YES, then this course is for you.
Teachers: this course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
There is no requirement for applicants to have an undergraduate degree to study this course, as the modules you study and the credits you gain are not at Masters/postgraduate level.
We have a long established tradition of language teaching here, both with students at the University of Dundee and via distance learning. We use a combination of online tools, including web conferencing, and face-to-face immersion days, to give you a range of experiences in the language.
Experienced staff (both native, and near-native French speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support.
The Diploma is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).
We are fortunate to have the support of the French Institute for this course.
For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in French (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.
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- Revision (10 week) French
- Graduate Diploma in German
- Graduate Diploma in Spanish
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
Experienced staff (both native, and near-native French speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support. Take a look at our staff profiles for more information about the French teaching team.
The course is organised into modules of approximately ten weeks duration, which are made up of reading materials and audio information, plus web conferences (using Skype or an equivalent technology). Other online tools include a Discussion Board for formal and informal course discussions.
Two French Immersion Days per academic session are held online, providing a chance to chat with other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities.
You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual French-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts.
How you will be assessed
A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.
The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held online.
What you will study
This course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical French. Learning materials are of wide general appeal, as well as of interest to language teachers.
The course is organised into modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas.
We cover the following skills and topics:
- French language, including grammar and communication skills
- culture and society
- themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, French and Francophone cinema
- professional studies
In the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014, 65% of firms stated they had a need for foreign language skills, with French being the language most in demand.
Studying French can improve your careers prospects whatever industry you work in.
Applicants will normally have a pass in Higher French (or equivalent, such as the Dundee Intensive French course by distance-learning). If you are a Secondary MFL teacher seeking an additional qualification in French, your undergraduate degree should normally be in another Modern Foreign Language, and you should hold a current Secondary MFL teaching qualification.
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting academic year 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course|
|Rest of UK students||This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course
See our scholarships for International applicants
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
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