The National Extension College
Open up a whole new world of conversations when you study IGCSE French Online.
Fall for the language of love through our engaging, and inspiring, online distance learning French IGCSE course.
The ability to converse in another language is one of the most practical, life-long skills you can develop, one you can apply beyond your studies in your day-to-day life. By studying IGCSE French online you’ll build on basic French language skills by working on your listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Our relevant and practical course materials cover topics such as daily life, the environment and food, health and the media. As well as enabling you to explore French language, customs and culture – learning a language will also help you to develop a stronger working memory and improved listening skills.
- Making the most of the course
- IGCSE French course guide
Section 1: Home and school
- House and home
- School life and routine
Section 2: Food, health and the media
- Food and drink
- Common ailments and healthy lifestyles
- Media – TV and film
Section 3: Family and friends
- Relationships with family and friends
- Daily routine and helping at home
- Hobbies and interests
Section 4: Holidays and special occasions
- Special occasions
- Tourist information and directions
Section 5: Daily life
- Life in the town and rural life
- Shopping and money matters
- Public services
Section 6: The environment
- Environmental issues
- Weather and climate
- Everyday life in a Spanish-speaking country
Section 7: Customs, childhood and travel
- Customs and festivals
- Travel and transport
- School rules and pressures
- School trips, events, exchanges
- The importance of sport
- Accidents and injuries
- The world of work
- Future plans
- Work, volunteering, careers
- Communication – by internet, mobile phone, email, social media
- Keeping informed – radio, newspapers, TV, online
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Colin who is just one of our first-class French tutors:
“I have been involved with education, either in a voluntary or a paid capacity, for over forty years, and I don’t seem to find it boring yet! After a Joint Honours Degree in Comparative Literature and French Language and a Masters in European Studies, both at UEA, I have taught in comprehensives, sixth forms, adult education, evening classes and distance learning. I have also been an examiner – both marking and writing examination papers – since 1978, as well as working at regional and national levels for the NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) and the NUT (National Union of Teachers). In my spare time I garden or write articles, poetry and stories – some published!”
What you need to know
- Edexcel 4FR1
- Online learning with support from a personal tutor
- Complete at your own pace
- Approx. 120-150* hours plus time for completing assignments
*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
- 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade
- Set textbook – included as a free ebook with your course: French for Edexcel International GCSE (Second Edition)I, by Séverine Chevrier-Clarke,Jean-Claude Gilles, Karine Harrington, Wendy O’Mahony, Kirsty Thathapudi and Jayn Witt, Hodder Education, 2017
- Internet access
- Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
- Access to learn@nec
- All the course materials you need to complete the course
- Support from a personal tutor for up to 18 months from your date of enrolment
- Assignment marking
- Guaranteed exam place
- free e-book version of the essential textbook
- NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
- Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
- Information on how to apply for exams
Your course fee does not cover:
- Exam entry fees
- Additional past paper marking
- Revision tutorial
- Optional tutorial
- Additional review
Exams and assessment
- Paper 1: Listening – 25% of marks (30 minutes)
- Paper 2: Reading and writing – 50% of marks (1 hour 45 minutes)
- Oral exam – 25% of marks (8-10 minutes)
There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course.
Additional support if you're under 18
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.
- Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
- Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
- You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
- Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
- Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.
Who is this course for?
Alongside English, French is the only language spoken on all five continents. Studying IGCSE French online will help boost your confidence in this widely-spoken language, and is an excellent choice if you:
- Like the opportunities learning a new language brings – in business, or for your own pleasure.
- Are a keen traveller, or would like to explore a new culture from your own home.
- Have a general interest in languages, how words work or how language is structured.
- Want to add an international angle to your choice of GCSE subjects which is something employers look for.
- Enjoy learning. Learning a language is ultimately a lot of fun!
- Basic knowledge of French – such as a beginner’s course or school French
- Our course materials assume that English is your first language
- Studying other Modern Foreign Languages or French at AS/A Level.
- Stronger employment opportunities in companies with international links or enhanced employability if you’d like to work abroad.
- A range of careers including those in education, international business, communication and translation through to cultural, tourism or governmental positions.
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