Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018. Our new course for 2019 exams onwards will be available from Autumn 2017.
Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019 and enrolling on our new course.
If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 31st October. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 31st December. After this final date you would need to enrol on our new course.
French is the most popular second language learned in the UK, and this home study IGCSE course will teach you its fundamentals in spoken and written form. Gaining this qualification will provide both practical benefits, in terms of being able to communicate more easily should you visit the country, and theoretical benefits, in that you’ll gain an understanding of how the language is constructed and get to know French culture. Full details of the course can be found below.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 40 minutes, 25% of marks
One oral exam, 25% of marks:
The oral exam is 10 minutes. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018.
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 15 assignments
This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.
This course comes with the Palgrave-Macmillan Breakthrough French 1, Euro edition book and accompanying CDs.
Speaking practice is a vital part of learning a language. For this you will need to be able to make recordings of the speaking exercises you will carry out.
Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.
How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
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Module 1: Introductory skills
- Studying a foreign language
- Vocabulary guide
- Listening and pronunciation guide
- Grammar guide
Module 2: Study topics
- Talking about yourself
- Talking about family, friends, likes and dislikes
- Ordering snacks and drinks
- Finding holiday accommodation and changing money
- Finding the way – asking and giving directions
- Time, dates, timetables and bank holidays
- Shopping for food
- More about shopping and other daily tasks
- Travel and transport
- Enjoy your meal!
- Healthy living, and interests and hobbies
- Town and country – holidays and holiday activities
- Where you live, the weather and the environment
- School, work and getting a job
- Home life and events, including loss and theft
- Character and personal relationships
- Future plans – careers, family and holidays
- Talking about past events
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