IGCSE French

Edexcel IGCSE
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
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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 will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Home and School

    • House and home
    • School life and routine
    • School trips, events and exchanges
  2. Unit 2 - Food, Health and the Media

    • Food and drink
    • Accidents, injuries, common ailments and health issues
    • The media
    • Information and communication technology
  3. Unit 3 - Family and Friends

    • Relationships with family and friends
    • Daily routines and helping at home
    • Hobbies, interests, sports and exercise


  4. Unit 4 - Holidays and Special Occasions

    • Special occasions vocabulary
    • Past tense
    • Holidays and tourist information vocabulary
    • Travel, transport and directions vocabulary
  5. Unit 5 - Daily Life

    • Life in the town and rural life
    • Demonstrative adjectives / pronouns
    • Shopping and money matters
    • Public services e.g. bank, post office


  6. Unit 6 - The Environment

    • Environmental issues
    • Weather and climate
    • The conditional tense
    • Everyday life, traditions and communities
  7. Unit 7 - Customs and Childhood

    • Customs
    • Childhood
    • Role models
  8. Unit 8 - Education and Future Plans

    • School rules and procedures
    • Work, careers and volunteering
    • Future plans
  9. Unit 9 - Preparing for Paper 3: Speaking

    • IGCSE French (Edexcel) 4FR1
    • Preparation and Techniques for Paper 3
  10. Unit 10 - Preparing for Papers 1 and 2: Listening and Reading and Writing

    • Preparation and Techniques for Paper 1
    • Preparation and Techniques for Paper 2

Awarding Body

edexcelEdexcel 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’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 2Reading 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.

Past Papers

You can access past papers for this course. They are free to access and cover a range of exam boards.

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