Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0520
Entry Requirements


French is an international language, spoken officially and understood, not only in France, but also in 33 other countries in all five continents.  This number is second only to English, which is spoken officially in 45 countries.  It is an official language in 29 countries and one of 3 official languages in Seychelles, therefore, it is a great asset if one is able to understand, speak, read and write it. It is of the utmost importance to employers and to anyone who enjoys travel. Students at the International School benefit from learning two languages – English and French, and have the opportunity to take both at IGCSE level during Years 10 and 11.

There are four skills taught in French, namely Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Every student has access to a text book and dictionary in the school. Books can be taken home for homework purposes, but we are not in a position to provide each student with a dictionary as we need to maintain one set for classroom use. It is, therefore, advisable for students to purchase their own French/ English dictionaries.

Course Content

Students work through Envol. This scheme shows how the MFL French programme of study for key stage 4 can be translated into manageable units of work. The units studied are as follows:

Year 10 Year 11
Unit 1: L’amitié, mode d’emploi. Unit 9: Temps libre.
Unit 2: Histoire de famille. Unit 10: Vive le sport.
Unit 3: La superforme. Unit 11: En voyage.
Unit 4: Collège et collégiens. Unit 12: Le monde des médias.
Unit 5: Au travail. Unit 13: V comme vacances.
Unit 6: Chez moi. Unit 14: A chacun son look.
Unit 7: Séjour en France. Unit 15: Autour de nous.
Unit 8: Bon appétit Unit 16: Vers demain.


In Year 10, students begin a two-year course that leads to the IGCSE examination which takes place in May/June of Year 11. Candidates who have followed the course are eligible for grades A* to G.

In January of each year, students sit Mock Examinations, whereby their performance is assessed, following the requirements of CIE.

The course comprises the following examinations:

  • Paper 1   Listening   (45 minutes) Sections 1, 2 & 3 (45 marks)
  • Paper 2   Reading     (1 hour) Sections 1, 2 & 3 (45 marks)
  • Paper 3   Speaking   (15 minutes per student) (100 marks)
  • Paper 4   Writing     (1 hour) (50 marks)

Each paper contributes 25% of the total mark.

  • Papers 1, 2 and 4 are marked externally by examiners in Cambridge.
  • Paper 3 is marked internally and a recorded version on CD is sent to Cambridge to be moderated

Careers and Progression

French is the official language of many international organisations, including the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, WTO and the ICRC.  It is one of the working languages of many other international institutions.  Languages can be used for Teaching, Translation/Interpretation, Editing/Proofreading, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality, Foreign Service, International Organisations and other International careers.  Obviously, this list is not exhaustive; it is just to give you an idea of what kind of jobs your language skills might qualify you for and to help you find a starting place for your own research.

When applying for any job and for university, it is an important asset to have a second language on one’s CV.

For more information, contact Mrs Tirant