French IGCSE

Studying French IGCSE will allow you to immerse yourself in learning this beautiful and expressive language.

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Overview

Bonjour! Would you like to be able to speak one of the most romantic languages in the world? You can with this IGCSE French course online that offers a conducive learning environment with a dedicated tutor to support you along the way, as French is not just spoken in France, but in Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, and many more countries making it a language that truly opens doors!

Speaking a foreign language is a mark of distinction that's highly valued by colleges, universities and employers alike. It's also a sought-after ability in many professions, such as journalism, teaching, marketing, policing, and more. Whether you're preparing for A-level study, your next travel venture, or looking to boost your job prospects, this internationally recognised qualification is parfait!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Home and School

In the opening section, you’ll learn how to discuss everyday topics like home and school. You’ll focus on describing things like your routine, school life, trips, and exchanges. As you learn, you’ll discover how to use adjectives and plurals correctly, and in the right context.

Unit 2 - Food, Health, and the Media

Moving on, you’ll frame your budding French conversational skills around other familiar topics like food and health. You’ll become comfortable with expressing quantities, negatives, and formulating questions. As you discover how to discuss the media and communication technology, you’ll delve into regular and irregular verbs, superlatives, and more.

Unit 3 - Family and Friends

By now, you’ll be ready to build on your knowledge with possessive adjectives and reflexive verbs, and understand the language format of imperative instructions. As you build on your language skills, you’ll add more interesting vocabulary which will allow you to discuss your family and friends along with your hobbies and interests.

Unit 4 - Holidays and Special Occasions

As you learn how to talk about holidays and special occasions in the French language, you’ll study how to use present participle and perfect tenses. You’ll also discover more vocabulary related to travel, transport, and directions.

Unit 5 - Daily Life

As you study conversational topics such as ‘life in the town and rural life’ and ‘shopping and money matters’, you’ll learn how to correctly use the imperfect tense, along with demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. You’ll also pick up more useful vocabulary, including how to discuss public services like the bank and post office.

Unit 6 - The Environment

As you move on to environmental issues such as weather and climate, you’ll learn how to speak in the conditional tense using the ‘si’ clause. You’ll then move on to ‘everyday life, traditions, and communities’, where you’ll study relative pronouns such as ‘qui’ and ‘que’.

Unit 7 - Customs and Childhood

As you move on to unit seven, you’ll reinforce your knowledge of the imperfect tense as you learn how to discuss popular customs. Next, you’ll study ‘plus que parfait’, the pluperfect tense, as you learn more vocabulary relating to childhood and role models.

Unit 8 - Education and Future Plans

Moving on, you’ll learn how to make conversation on topics such as ‘school rules and pressures’. You’ll discover how to express your likes and dislikes, using the appropriate adjectives and tenses. Next, you’ll move on to ‘work, careers, and volunteering’, followed by ‘future plans’, during which you’ll improve your ability to speak in the conditional tense using the ‘si’ clause.

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Awarding Body

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Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an IGCSE in French, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus (4FR1) has been chosen specifically because it best suits distance learning

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for examinations for Summer 2024.

You'll be required to complete two standard IGCSE written exams and one speaking assessment.

  • Paper 1 - Listening: 30-minute written exam, 25% of IGCSE, 40 marks.
  • Paper 2 - Reading and writing: 1 hour 45 minute written exam, 50% of IGCSE, 80 marks.
  • Paper 3 - Speaking: 8-10 minute spoken exam, 25% of IGCSE, 40 marks.

The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. 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 if needed

Entry requirements

We highly recommend that you have a basic knowledge of French before starting this French IGCSE course.

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

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Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

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Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

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Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

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Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

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Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

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How do I choose what GCSEs to take?

Selecting GCSEs is a highly personal decision that will be influenced by factors such as your educational and career goals, your skills and strengths, and the subjects you enjoy (or don’t enjoy). To help you decide on the right GCSEs for you and your future, we’ve written a detailed guide on choosing GCSE subjects.

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Can GCSEs help you get a place at university?

Gaining GCSEs is the first step toward sitting a uni degree. You’ll need GCSE courses or IGCSE courses to progress to A-level courses, which remain the most prevalent means of accessing higher education.

At Oxbridge, we offer both GCSE and IGCSE courses, which are qualifications of equal merit with the added benefit of being internationally recognised. Both GCSEs and IGCSEs can be studied by adults online.

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How long does it take to gain a GCSE as an adult?

GCSEs are typically studied across a period of 2 years however, our fast-track GCSE option enables you to complete and qualify for your chosen GCSEs within a year.

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Do Universities prefer IGCSEs or GCSEs?

Universities prefer neither iGCSEs or GCSEs. Universities recognise both iGCSEs and GCSEs and treat them equally.

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Why study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses with Oxbridge?

When you enrol on a course with us, you’re really enrolling into a partnership. We set up our online learning platform to help people achieve the grades and qualifications they need to realise their aspirations. We do everything we can to help make our students’ dreams come true.

Our learning platform is award-winning, and our course content is written by Oxbridge subject experts and delivered by tutors who are just as passionate about their teaching as they are in helping you succeed.

On average, by studying Oxbridge online GCSE courses, we find that our students get grades that are 20% higher and pass around 30% quicker than students in traditional colleges. We’d love to help you do the same!

If you aren’t sure which course is right for you, speak to one of our learning advisers, they’d be more than happy to help you find the right path.

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Why Study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses online?

GCSEs remain a basic requirement for further education and some workplaces, so adding them or an IGCSE equivalent to your CV can be essential for personal success.

Studying these GCSE qualifications online has opened up a world of possibilities for people who haven’t been able to learn around their jobs or family commitments before.

If traditional education has held you back long enough, take the reins and build a future you’re proud of.

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Is IGCSE harder than GCSE?

International General Certificate of Secondary Education courses (ICGSEs) cover some of the same subjects as GCSE’s such as GeographyEnglish Language and the sciences, but they are recognised internationally. The level of difficulty is equal to a GCSE course, and universities view both qualifications as equal.

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Can Adults take GCSE Courses?

It’s never too late to gain a GCSE qualification. Oxbridge teach thousands of adult GCSE courses every year. So, whether there’s a specific career you’ve always been interested in but couldn’t pursue because you didn’t have the right qualifications, or you want to take up a college or university course, an online General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) course can help get you there. The same can be said for our adult A-level courses too.

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What does GCSE stand for?

GCSE stands for: General Certificate of Secondary Education and IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Whatever your aspirations and goals for the future, you’ll most likely need GCSEs to get there. Introduced in 1988, the General Certificate of Secondary Education remains the UK’s primary recognised certificate of foundation-level education and is viewed by employers, colleges and universities as the minimum expected standard for prospective candidates.

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Are online language courses effective?

Yes, they are; we have tons of success stories from students who have gone on to achieve their goals after studying with us. So whether you want to work overseas, communicate better when you travel or even improve your cognitive performance, there are many advantages to learning a new language.

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Why study a language course?

Whether you: want to improve your understanding of the English language, require an A-level qualification in a specific language to progress on your chosen career path or, want to learn a new tongue as a hobby, taking language classes online is an effective way to learn without disrupting your lifestyle.

They say that the easiest way to learn a new language is to speak it regularly. When you enrol in one of our online language courses, you will have access to a personal tutor to help you every step of the way. You can learn to speak, read and write French or Spanish fluently at GCSE or A-level when you study with us.

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Why invest in one of our online language courses?

Our courses are created by industry experts and taught by experienced and passionate tutors through our award-winning learning platform. You’ll gain all of the advantages of traditional education and so much more when you study with us.

Rather than learn at a specific time, place and pace of an entire class, you’re given total control when you enrol on a language course with us. You can study whenever and wherever is easiest for you, which is perfect if you’re navigating a full-time job or have family commitments that must take precedence.

Not only that, you have a whole team on hand to support you, from our learning advisers to personal tutors, who you can schedule one-to-one time with whenever you need additional help or support.

Browse through our language courses and speak to one of our learning advisers if you have any questions.

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Will you be required to complete a reading list?

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. 

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Why study an IGCSE French course online?

This distance learning course follows the Edexcel IGCSE French syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online, in your own time, at your own pace. You’ll receive well-structured assignments, which will help develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for your exams.

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What will you learn on this IGCSE French course?

You’ll develop your ability to speak and write coherently and confidently, communicate with native speakers, listen to and understand French speech, and express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently.

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How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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