Certificate of Continuing Education (CCEd) in French

The CCEd in French is a qualification that will bring beginners' French language skills to first-year university standard in a year via evening classes.

We are currently accepting applications for the next three-year cycle of the CCEd in French, which, numbers permitting, will commence in Glasgow in September 2023. Those who gain the qualification then have the option of continuing their studies into second year and up to university pass degree level within three years.


An approved qualification

The Certificate for Continuing Education is an evening degree programme comprises undergraduate level modules in the language at first, second and third-year levels.

The two first-year modules, Introduction 1A and Introduction 1B, are intensive beginners’ classes. They are suitable for people with some or no knowledge of the language but with previous experience of language learning, and would equally suit those with qualifications in the language from some years ago who wish to refresh their knowledge.

The CCEd provides a General Teaching Council-approved qualification and has in previous years appealed to candidates from diverse backgrounds including:

  • secondary school teachers wishing to acquire an additional language;
  • primary school teachers;
  • teachers of classics;
  • musicians, journalists, lawyers and a range of professional people with an interest in French and the French-speaking world

The intensive beginners’ classes will bring you up to first-year university standard in one year, with the aim of allowing you to continue your study of the language into second year and up to university pass degree level within three years. There is no long-term commitment, however, since enrolment is initially for one year and renewable on an annual basis. You will be free to opt out at any stage.

On completion of the full course, you'll qualify for the award of the Certificate of Continuing Education.



Although this class is offered part-time via evening classes, it mirrors the courses taken by our full-time undergraduates, and will be taught by the same university staff, many of them native speakers, who also teach the day-time students. You will therefore be guaranteed access to genuine university standard courses on a part-time basis, leading to a reputable qualification, and you will have access to the same university facilities enjoyed by full-time students, including:

  • The Library (Curran Building)
  • Strath Union
  • IT facilities
  • Strathclyde Sport



The class is offered on a one evening class per week basis over 22 weeks, and follows the normal day-time University teaching semesters (i.e. from late September to early December and from late mid-January to late March).

The examination period will be between late April and late May:

Enrolments permitting, classes begin in late September. Since full-time students have a period of grace in which to change courses, it might be possible to accept late applications after this time. Please enquire if in doubt.

All classes take place in the University’s campus in Glasgow city centre, and are of three hours in duration, between 6pm and 9pm on Tuesday evenings. More details about the course content and assessment will be available on the Virtual Learning Environment page. Find us here:


Fees and funding

In 2023-24 registration fees for the CCEd courses are £950 covering 22 weeks of tuition and examination fees. Please note: students who under exceptional circumstances are allowed direct entry into 2nd semester of the course will have to pay the full £950 for the course.

If you plan to undertake the course for reasons of continuing professional development and could make a case to this effect, you might wish to approach your employer for support.

Many teachers completing CCEd courses at Strathclyde are in receipt of full or partial funding from their schools or local authorities and if you fall into this category, we would recommend you enquire about funding. Permanent teachers currently employed by Glasgow City Council should contact Catriona Sharp, Education Support Officer for Modern Languages at Glasgow City Council (Catriona.Sharp@glasgow.gov.uk), who has indicated that funding might be available for teachers wishing to study for a CCEd.

These courses also qualify for support of up to £500 from ILA Scotland for applicants whose earnings are below a certain income threshold. Visit SAAS for more information.

Please note: all applicants for Professional Registration in an MFL registration category will need to have met the residency requirement in full before submitting their application. Find further information on GTC registration.



If you're interested in signing up for this course please apply below. 


Contact us

Please contact Ms Joan-Emilie Lefever-Rhodes (joan.lefever@strath.ac.uk) for further application details.