Upper School (IGCSEs)

Online IGCSE French


Our Online IGCSE French course is meticulously designed to provide learners with a profound understanding of both the French language and culture. Within this IGCSE French Online platform, students will rapidly acquire the skills to speak and understand French in diverse, everyday communication scenarios. The course’s pedagogy is rooted in the essential language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing, and students will see significant progress in these areas as they advance through the course.

Besides linguistic proficiency, our IGCSE French Online Course also delves into the culture and civilisation of French-speaking countries. This multifaceted approach not only enriches the learning experience but also fosters positive attitudes towards language learning and speakers of foreign languages. Completing this Online IGCSE French programme provides a solid foundation for further study at A Level and beyond.

Homework, Assessment and Reporting

In our French IGCSE Online framework, students in the Upper School are expected to complete at least one piece of homework per subject every fortnight in Level 3, and weekly in Level 4. Ensuring success in this IGCSE French Online course requires diligent revision of notes to reinforce learning after each session. We strongly advocate the creation of revision cards and comprehensive notes for each topic, aiding students in their preparation well ahead of their final exams at the end of this two-year course.

For assessment within the IGCSE French Online Course, Level 3 internal evaluations occur in June, while Level 4 internal mock assessments are scheduled for November and March. Reports are issued at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms for Level 3, and after mock assessments in the Autumn and Spring terms for Level 4. These reports include grades for attainment and effort across each subject, along with written commentary from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher.

To maintain open communication about students’ progress throughout the year, parents are encouraged to utilise their family Teams account. This unique approach allows for more detailed tracking than what is provided in our annual parent consultation evening.

Click here to see this year’s Assessment and Reporting schedule

The syllabus content is organised around five broad Topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures.

The course comprises 5 core topics designed to ensure students learn key vocabulary that is useful in everyday life contexts.

Recorded lessons produced by Cambridge Home School based in Cambridge UK – probably the best online school in the UK.

The 5 topics are:

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

To pass the course candidates must succeed in 4 assessment areas:

  • Paper 1. Listening
  • Paper 2. Reading
  • Paper 3. Speaking
  • Paper 4. Writing

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

If you are intending to study A Level French after IGCSE, we recommend that you spend some time in the summer holidays preparing. You should practise your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills regularly to enhance your overall proficiency in French. Here are some suggested activities:


Film – La Haine

“Cyber-société”: C’est quoi, la 5G ?

Comment on traite les criminels

No et Moi (trailer) – full movie available on streaming services

YouTube channel – French Truly

YouTube channel – FrenchPod101

YouTube channel – Learn French with Pascal


Grammar and Translation – practise conjugating all forms of verbs in different tenses

Duolingo – a popular language learning platform with French courses at various levels

Babbel – offers interactive French lessons covering grammar, vocabulary, and more


No et Moi – available to buy here

Revision tips on La Haine

Cinéma: le septième art

La famille en voie de changement

Le patrimoine

News from France in French – 20 minutes

News from France in English – BBC News – France

News from Africa in English – BBC News – Africa

News from the US and Canada in English – BBC News – US and Canada


Revision help from The Student Room


Top French Radio Stations

French music with listening exercise – Le Temps De L’Amour

French music with listening exercise – Elle M’a Aimé

French music with listening exercise – Déjeuner En Paix

French music with listening exercise – Sur La Lune

French music with listening exercise – Je Ne T’aime Plus

French music with listening exercise – Dis-lui Oui

What does the online IGCSE French course focus on?

The online IGCSE French course centres on enhancing the students’ abilities in listening, reading, speaking, and writing in the French language. The course not only equips students to communicate effectively in various everyday scenarios but also provides insights into the culture and civilisation of French-speaking countries.

How is assessment done in the online IGCSE French class?

Assessment in the online IGCSE French class is carried out through internal assessments for Level 3 students in June and mock assessments for Level 4 students in November and March. Reports containing grades for attainment and effort, along with comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher, are issued at specified times of the year.

What are the homework guidelines in the online IGCSE French course?

In the online IGCSE French course, Level 3 students are expected to complete at least one assignment for each subject every fortnight. For Level 4 students, the expectation is to complete one homework assignment per week. Creating revision cards and notes is crucial for exam preparation.

What topics are covered in French IGCSE online?

The French IGCSE online course includes five core topics: Everyday activities, Personal and social life, The world around us, The world of work, and The international world. These topics are designed to help students acquire practical vocabulary useful in daily life.

How can parents monitor their child’s progress in French IGCSE online?

Parents can use their family Teams account to maintain regular communication with teachers, thereby benefitting from more detailed tracking of their child’s academic performance than what an annual parent consultation evening can offer.

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