French GCSE

Our course code: X811

Course fee: £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

Do you have a passion for languages? Are you looking to improve your spoken, written, and oral French to prepare for A-Level study, enhance your next travel venture, or boost your business prospects in the international market? Then our AQA French GCSE course is ideal for you. With the help and unlimited support of your personal tutor, you’ll learn how to communicate and understand the French language whilst exploring a variety of topics over three modules such as marriage and partnership, music and sport, social media, the environment, and healthy living.

You’ll develop your ability to speak and write coherently and confidently to communicate with native speakers, to listen to and understand French speech, and to express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently. Speaking a foreign language is a mark of distinction highly valued by colleges, universities, and employers alike, as well as a sought-after ability in many professions, such as journalism, teaching, marketing, policing, and more!

Our AQA GCSE course has been specifically designed to be studied online in your own time and space, with unlimited access to your personal tutor via email and telephone. You’ll have a clear induction to the course, and your assignments will be well-structured to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your exams.

Studying this GCSE French course, you will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – Your tutor will help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam).

Please note, you won’t be able to start this course until 30/01/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

French is the most popular second language learned in the UK, and this home study iGCSE course will teach you its fundamentals in spoken and written form.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X811
  • Qualification code: 8658
  • Official Qualification Title: GCSE French

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The materials are part of a set text e-book.

Course Duration

Your course will run for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment. You can enrol today, but this course begins on 30/01/21. At this point, you will receive your login details to our MyOxbridge portal, and your learning materials will be accessible when the course officially begins.


All enrolments will be for exams in Summer/Autumn 2022, or if you wish to fast track your learning in time for examinations in 2021, please do contact us.

You’ll be required to complete three standard GCSE written exams and one speaking assessment.


  • Paper 1: Listening – 35 minute written exam, 25% of IGCSE, 50 marks
  • Paper 2: Speaking – non-exam assessment, 7-9 minutes, 25% of IGCSE, 60 marks
  • Paper 3: Reading – 45 minute written exam, 25% of IGCSE, 60 marks
  • Paper 4: Writing – One hour 15 written exam, 25% of GCSE, 50 marks

The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades (CAGs) if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an GCSE in French, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8658) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - GCSE French

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Identity and culture

During this module, you’ll focus on topics such as family and friends, technology in everyday life, and free-time activities such as cinema and sport. You’ll learn how to write and speak about the people and things that are most important to you, as well as begin to understand others speaking about their hobbies and interests in the French language.

2: Local, national, international, and global areas of interest

Here, you’ll focus on social issues, your local neighbourhood, travel and tourism, and global issues such as poverty and homelessness. You’ll continue to learn how to effectively communicate in the past, present, and future tense, as well as improve your understanding of grammatical issues such as verb conjugation. As you explore the themes of this module, you’ll also hone your ability to listen to and understand spoken French at near-normal speed.

3: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

In this module, you’ll learn how to discuss your studies, school life, and education and career ambitions. You’ll continue to develop your French speaking and listening skills, taking part in short conversations, and responding to spontaneous questions. You’ll be able to read and interpret increasingly lengthy texts and source materials, and correctly answer questions that reflect your comprehension.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. The course comes with active e-book versions of the following texts which are included free on your course: French for Edexcel International GCSE (Second Edition), S Chevrier-Clarke, JC Gilles, K Harrington, W O'Mahony, V March, K Thathapudi and J Witt, Hodder Education 2017

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.