French - Higher
The Course provides learners with the opportunity to develop their reading, listening, talking and writing skills in order to understand and use a modern language. This Course is made up of two mandatory Units which taken together, include the four language skills of reading, listening and talking, and writing.
The structure of the Units enables learners to focus on the skills required to understand and use a modern language, and to integrate reading, listening, talking and writing skills across the Units. Each Unit also offers opportunities for learners to focus on particular skills. The two units are:
Modern Languages: Understanding Language
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop reading and listening skills in the modern language and to develop their knowledge of straightforward language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
Modern Languages: Using Language
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills in the modern language, and to develop their knowledge of straightforward language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
Pupils have 4 periods a week of Higher French.
Homework is an extremely important part of the course.
As of the 2018/2019 session there are no compulsory unit assessments, however these are often still used in the department in the case of presenting candidates for "units only".
The Course will be assessed as follows:
- The Reading & Writing exam and the Listening exam take place during the SQA exam diet in May.
- The Talking performance takes place in school with a teacher and can be verified by the SQA.
- Pupils complete a piece of Writing coursework which is sent to SQA for marking.
The four skill areas now carry equal weighting; 25% per skill.