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Graduate Diploma in French (Distance Learning)

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in French course offers many advantages in that it allows you to study French at your own pace, when and where you like. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (subject to approval) and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

This is a unique distance-learning course, delivered primarily over the internet, using a virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be part of a 'virtual' learning community, in regular contact with your French tutors and fellow students. Together we explore aspects of the French language and culture and share language teaching expertise.

Experienced staff and native French speakers are responsible for the module design, delivery and student support.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is scheduled to run from September 2014 to June 2016 and it will only run if sufficient numbers of students enrol.

Who can apply?

Are you:
A Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC 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?

Aims of the course

The 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 and are studied in 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. The course covers 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

Immersion days

Four French Immersion Days per academic session are held at Dundee University, usually on a Saturday. They will provide a chance to meet other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are fortunate to have the support of the French Institute for this course.


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 in Dundee.

Course materials

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual French-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. Please note that you will be required to have Internet and Skype access.

Residence abroad

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.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in French (Distance Learning) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A pass in Higher French (or equivalent, such as the Dundee Intensive French distance-learning course). A degree or equivalent If you are a Secondary MFL teacher seeking an additional qualification in French, you should also have:a degree in another Modern Foreign Language a current Secondary MFL teaching qualification.

Course Fees

The fees for the Graduate Diploma course will be £1,650 per year (for two years).

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