French IGCSE

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 Edexcel French IGCSE 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 such as holidays and special occasions, daily life, and the environment.

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 Edexcel IGCSE course has been specifically designed to be studied online in your own time and space, and your tutor will be there to support you as you learn as well as provide feedback on assignments. You’ll have a clear induction to the course, and topics will be well-structured to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your exams.

Studying this IGCSE 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 (for exams in 2022)
  • 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)

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: X811
  • Qualification code: 4FR1
  • Official Qualification Title: IGCSE French

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

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

Study Method

This course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. It’s entirely e-learning based, and includes interactive activities such as quizzes and wordsearches. There’s also helpful videos to enhance your vocabulary and pronunciation.

Course Duration

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your tutor support will continue throughout this time.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

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 – one 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 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 if needed.

Course Outcomes

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 is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - IGCSE French

Difficulty - Level 2

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

Course Content

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, such as the names of colours and how to discuss public services like the bank and post office.

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’.

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.

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.

9: Preparing for paper three

Next, we’ll go through a summary of your course, give you some revision guidance, and cover exactly what you’ll need to do to prepare for paper three, your speaking assessment.

10: Preparing for papers one and two

In the final unit, we’ll make sure you’re fully prepared to sit papers one and two, your listening, reading, and writing assessments.

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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.

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.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

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