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French 1


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Please note: classes for this course run for two and a half hours from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Start your French language learning journey and discover the diversity of cultures in the French-speaking world. You can take French 1 as a short course, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) or a BA degree.

This French 1 course, leading to *CEFR A2 (Elementary)/GCSE, is for complete beginners. We will teach you how to speak and understand basic French. You will learn to speak and write at a basic level about:

  • yourself and your family
  • your home, your home town and everyday routines
  • your feelings
  • past events and future plans
  • the climate
  • people
  • clothes
  • culinary tastes
  • visits to shops, restaurants or cinemas.

You will learn to give directions and tell the time in French. You will also learn to speak about the environment, your friends, neighbourhood, job, countries you have visited, books you have read, how to make holiday bookings, or write a CV. You will be introduced to the French media (websites, newspapers, television and films) and learn how to give your opinion on TV programmes, films, books and news items. Classes will be conducted in French from day one.

Assessment is via two pieces of coursework (10%), a 40-60-minute in-class written assessment (20%), a 90-minute in-class written and listening comprehension assessment (40%), a 10-minute in-class oral interview (20%) and class participation (5%).

We offer French language courses from beginner to advanced levels so you can continue your language journey to a high level of competency. 

We operate a rolling application procedure and some courses fill up quickly. We encourage you to enrol as early as possible.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.