“This is the first time I’ve ever done French, I have an hour a week and from that I’ve achieved an NVQ qualification. The NVQ involves reading, writing, listening and speaking. I love the lessons; they’re really fun and the things we learn are things you can apply to real life. It’s another skill that I can put on my CV to show employers.” Abi James-Miller.
- Entry Level NVQ
- NVQ (Level 1)
- GCSE (Level 2)
- AS Level (Level 3)
- A Level (Level 3)
- NVQ (Level 3)
Duration of programme
- 1-2 years for Entry Level NVQ
- 1-2 years for NVQ (Level 1)
- 1 year for GCSE
- 1 year for AS Level
- 2 years for A Level
- 1-2 years for NVQ (Level 3)
AS and A Level are separate qualifications but are taught alongside each other for the first year. This gives AS students the opportunity to switch to the full A Level if they are ready.
- For Entry Level and Level 1 NVQ no previous experience is necessary so these courses are suitable for beginners. We would guide you towards the right level depending on your existing skills.
- At GCSE you need some previous experience of studying French at Key Stage 3; ideally to grade D or E (grade 3 or 2) or Level 1 NVQ.
- For NVQ (Level 3), AS and A Level you should have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include French, Maths and English Language.
However, individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
GCSE French broadens your existing knowledge of French language and culture; this helps you to work towards independence as a language learner.
The AS and A Level syllabuses include culture, current affairs and other ethical issues such as immigration, crime, politics and religious beliefs, as well as developing your language skills.
The Level 3 NVQ is a portfolio qualification focussing on French in work settings. Teaching includes practical sessions in the RNC working office and, for a proportion of your time; you will learn how to complete practical office tasks in French.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion, reading and written work. You will need to undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal ‘homework’ and assessment practice.
If you wish to study languages at university, you will learn how to use a virtual learning environment, known as Moodle, to help prepare you for studies in Higher Education.
Assessment of GCSEs and A levels is by examination, including an exam in Speaking and Listening. Exam formats at both GCSE and A Level can include questions that are very challenging for people with visual impairments – we specialise in finding ways of helping you to succeed.
Assessment of NVQs is by a portfolio of work that you produce. This is assessed both internally and externally.
Course Enrichment Opportunities
RNC languages offer lively social activities both inside College and within the Herefordshire languages community. We encourage you to join the Herefordshire French Appreciation Society, which is run by the RNC French tutor, to participate in conversation evenings. A Level students are also encouraged to attend monthly meetings of the Hereford Cercle Français, which include presentations on a variety of topics in French.
Native speaking volunteers offer additional speaking practice to students and join us on activities.
RNC has a close partnership with Cité Scolaire René Pellet in Villeurbanne, Lyon. Annual exchange visits are organised and places on the trip are prioritised for language students. The exchanges offer you the chance to explore a new culture as well as practising French language. Students often stay in contact with their French peers via email and social media.
Having a foreign language gives you a big advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. Many companies now say that they prefer staff to be able to speak more than one language.
The language skills you learn at RNC will equip you to work in a range of professional workplaces.
Language A Levels will also prepare you for Higher Education if you choose to continue your studies at university.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives.
Here’s what the teachers have to say…
“So many students at RNC try a language here for the first time and find that they have a real flair. In some cases, they haven’t been given the chance to study a language at school or to take part in trips abroad. Over the last few years we have taken students (some who have never travelled outside the UK before) to France, Spain and Germany and they’ve made friends with lots of language speakers outside college in the local community. One student discovered she was so good at French that she went on to take a GCSE and gained a grade A*!” Claire Lewin – Languages Teacher.