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French Level 1, Part 1 (Medical and Humanitarian Professions)

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Course type:


Credit level:

Not for credit


15 hours

Available course dates:

From: 11 October 2023 To: 13 December 2023

Course overview

By studying French for Medical and Humanitarian Professions Level 1, you will have a basic factual knowledge, grammatical base, and range of both general French vocabulary and specific medical and health-related vocabulary; understand and use familiar everyday expressions and common medical vocabulary in predictable situations; be able to produce short, simple texts, e.g. writing a letter asking for work experience; be able to read, assess and analyse short, simple texts related to the medical field; and have basic intercultural awareness to understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture, everyday life and current issues in the country/countries where people speak French, emphasising on the needs of the medical and humanitarian fields.

What does this course cover?


  • Greetings
  • Formal and informal register
  • Personal information
  • Life in hospital (1)
  • Professions
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Human body


  • Getting to know each other
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Describing symptoms, physical conditions and states of mind
  • Describing a place
  • Giving and asking for directions


  • Present tense of verb être and avoir
  • Gender of nouns and adjectives and their agreement
  • Interrogative pronouns
  • Interrogative adjectives
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Negation 'ne ... pas'
  • Prepositions of places and before names of countries
  • Present tense of s'appeler and other regular -er verbs 
  • Present tense introduction to irregular verbs
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Il y a, c'est, voici

What will I achieve?

You will acquire basic language skills and achieve the equivalent of A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), entry level of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

After completing all three parts of this course, students should be ready to join a French for Medical and Humanitarian Professions Level 2 course at the King’s Language Centre.


*The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £250

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