What is French?

French is a respected qualification that is valued by universities and colleges. The course gives you the opportunity to improve your ability to communicate formally and informally in a range of contexts and to understand a challenging range of texts, styles and registers. Speaking, reading, writing and listening skills are tested through four examination papers.

What will I study?

You will study the four examined skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in a structured and engaging way, looking at different topic areas and developing your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

Being able to understand and communicate in another language is a crucial skill that universities are employer’s value. You will gain first-hand insight into a different language and into several different countries where that language is spoken. Learning another language will also improve your understanding of your own language. Languages are recommended particularly for those who would like to study English, History, International Relations, and Politics at University.

How is it assessed?

Paper 1- Listening 25%

Paper 2- Speaking 25%

Paper 3 -Reading  25%

Paper 4 -Writing  25%


Each paper draws on topics on vocabulary from the whole course, but assess one particular skill.

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier are available.


Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE (9-1)

What do I need?

You should have studied French before, ideally for at least 2 years.  You need to be willing to work hard on improving your French. Reading widely and listening to French media regularly really helps. It is essential that you are regularly reviewing your vocabulary throughout the course.


When is this exam available?

This exam is available in May/June every year.