Learning French can be
a great way to improve employment prospects as well as a
pleasure in its own right. French is an official
language in 28 countries and, along with English, is the
official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO,
NATO, the International Red Cross, the European Court of
Justice and a number of other international
organisations. Learning French, and gaining a French
IGCSE, gives you many choices for future studies or a
career. With a French IGCSE you will learn to understand
and communicate effectively in French, with abilities in
both written and spoken French.
The IGCSE French course will help you understand and
learn to use both written and spoken French, and develop
a knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary. You will
learn to use the French language in a range of familiar
and practical contexts and for a variety of purposes.
To put the language in context, you will also develop an understanding of the country and the people who live there.
IGCSE French is assessed through three papers which cover written assessment in listening, reading and writing skills. It is suitable for delivery in schools and colleges, and is graded A* to G.
The French IGCSE course is designed to prepare students
for the Edexcel IGCSE in French (4FR0) Specification for
examinations in June 2012 and later years.
You will develop understanding and use of the spoken and
written forms of French, in a range of familiar and
practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
You will develop the ability to communicate effectively
in French through both the spoken and written word,
using a range of vocabulary and structures
You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the
language's grammar and its practical application
You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the
countries and communities where French is spoken
You will be encouraged to develop positive attitudes
towards modern foreign language learning, and will be
given a suitable foundation for further study of the
language, or another language.
- You can either pay for your course in full or opt for
a monthly payment plan.
- Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of 5
courses that includes French
- You can speak to one of our course advisors now for
payment plans. Contact Us
- Please note that you are responsible for making your
own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an
examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary
depending on exam centre.
- Find out more information about arranging your
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications
to enrol in our IGCSE French course. Every possible
effort has been made to make this type of education as
accessible as possible.
For examinations from June 2014 onwards.
- Paper 1 - Listening
- Paper 2 - Reading and Writing
- Paper 3 - Speaking
Exams take place every June
Paper 1: 4FR0/01 - Listening
- The paper is assessed through an examination paper
lasting 30 minutes, plus five minutes' reading time
paper, set and marked by Edexcel.
- The examination will cover a range of topic areas. The
examination will consist of several short recordings
played by the invigilator. Students will have five
minutes' reading time before the recordings are played
to read through the paper and familiarise themselves
with it. The recordings, each of which will be heard
twice and will last no longer than 30 minutes including
pauses. All texts will be spoken by native speakers.
Paper 2: 4FR0/02 - Reading and Writing
- The paper is assessed through an examination paper set
and marked by Edexcel, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Students will be required to read a range of authentic
factual and non-factual written material of varying
length, in different registers and contexts, and from
different sources. These may include advertisements,
short passages, messages, letters, information leaflets,
faxes, emails, website pages, newspaper and magazine
- The questions will require a combination of non-verbal
responses and answers in the target language. In order
to answer the questions, students will need to use a
range of reading techniques such as skimming, scanning
and in-depth reading for details.
Paper 3: 4FR0/03 - Speaking test
- This speaking test will recognise the achievement of
the student in speaking the target language.
- The test will be divided into two sections. Each
student chooses the topic area for Section A;
- In Section A, the student will give a presentation of
one minute about their chosen topic, relating to a
picture of their choice. A conversation with the
interviewer about the topic will then follow, for up to
- For Section B, Students will take part in
conversations with the interviewer on two separate topic
areas. These topic areas will be different from the
topic area chosen by the student for Section A. Section
B will last up to a maximum of 6 minutes, with
approximately three minutes for each conversation.
No coursework is required as part of the assessment for
this course. It is 100% exam based
Exams are held every June.
Period for study/support is 12 months. This is the
maximum available time and it may be reduced, depending
on time period between your registration and exam
period. During this time, you will have full access to
data and information relevant to your course. However,
you will have to be on campus to access on line data and
Attendance to lectures will be strictly monitored.
A French qualification may be directly beneficial for
many careers and your French IGCSE will demonstrate to
employers that you have the ability to commit to
learning, and have acquired good language and expressive
skills - essential in practically every walk of life.
The IGCSE French can also provide progression to GCE AS and Advanced GCE level, and other equivalent qualifications.