IGCSE French

Why study Cambridge IGCSE French

Our Cambridge IGCSE French homeschooling course is based around the language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing,

Psychological studies have found that speaking a second language, such as French, is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than those of single language speakers, and these differences offer a number of benefits including:

  • Improved listening skills since the brain has to work harder to distinguish different types of sounds
  • A stronger working memory than those speaking only one language. This helps with mental calculation, reading and other vital skills
  • The ability to switch from one task to another more quickly
  • Being better at your first language. It is said that you can never understand one language until you understand at least two.

These are all quite apart from the benefits of your child immersing themselves in another culture, and of seeing their own culture from the perspective of another.

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

We offer a wide range of IGCSE Courses.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of IGCSE Courses.

Student studying Cambridge IGCSE French

Key topics covered in the course

The syllabus content of our CIE IGCSE French course is organised around 5 broad Topic areas which provide the context for your child to learn vocabulary and study grammar and structures. Through the study of these Topic areas, they will gain insight into the French language and French communities. The Topic areas are:

  • Everyday activities
  • Personal and social life
  • The world around you
  • The world of work
  • The international world

Prior requirements and hours of study

  • Previous study: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course should have studied a French curriculum at Lower Secondary Level (Years 7-9).
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. This is an approximate figure which depends on your child’s learning abilities and the pace at which they work.
Vocabulary learning across 5 key topic areas in Cambridge IGCSE French
online tuition for igcse French

Additional service – online tuition

We are pleased to be able to offer Wolsey Hall students the opportunity to book 1:1 tuition at IGCSE level in French. Each session lasts 45 minutes.

Our courses are designed with a self-study approach, however, you may wish your child to have the opportunity to discuss a particular topic area with a Tutor and our 1:1 sessions allow them to direct their learning in this way.

Please note that this is an add-on service that incurs an additional fee.

The syllabus and exam

•   The course will prepare your child for the (CAIE) Cambridge IGCSE in French, syllabus 0520 or 7156.

•   The exam comprises three written papers and the oral. There is no Coursework requirement:

Paper 1

Listening: 50 minutes, (25% of the total mark)

Paper 2

Reading: 1 hour, (25%)

Paper 3

Speaking (Oral): 10 minutes, (25%)

Paper 4

Writing: 1 hour (25%)

All of our IGCSE courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course sample

Course Fees

Paula Roberts

Subjects: French, Spanish

Caroline Leprêtre

Subjects: French

Maddy Akers

Subjects: French, Spanish

Claire Gooch

Subjects: French

Caroline Thomson

Subjects: French, Spanish

Liz Matthews

Subjects: French, German

Victoria Bentata

Subjects: French, Spanish
We are so thrilled with Demi and her results using this program. Thank you and all Demi’s teachers and Manager for all their help. Wolsey Hall is an awesome program.
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Michelle Evan, IGCSE Homeschooling Parent