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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IGCSE Course Information

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
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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.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.
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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: 45 minutes, (25% of the total mark)

Paper 2: Reading: 1 hour, (25%)

Paper 3: Speaking (Oral): 15 minutes, (25%)

Paper 4: Writing: 1 hour (25%)

•   There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of those most convenient. You will need to check that your chosen centre can offer the oral exam.

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE French is £595 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £565.

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Meet Our IGCSE French Tutors

Yvette Newbury, Homeschooling Parent, UK

I looked at a few different subjects and exam papers and found that Cambridge exams were far more rigorous, so I asked my son what he would prefer to do - and he was very clear that he would prefer to take exams set by Cambridge University. So I was specifically looking for homeschooling for Cambridge IGCSE when I discovered the website of Wolsey Hall. Before your child starts their studies, they are invited to meet their tutors online via Skype and it is an excellent welcome to the start of the course. You can also download the course material so that if you are travelling it is still possible for your child to continue their education without a reliable or constant internet connection.

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