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This syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.
June 2017 is the final examination series in which syllabus 0520 will be included in UK performance tables.
From 2020 examination this syllabus will no longer be regulated by the qualifications and examinations regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Changes to the syllabus and specimen papers reflect the change in regulated status. This syllabus will continue to be available worldwide.
Please note that if you make an entry for the A*-G grading scale, it is not then possible to switch to the 9-1 grading scale once the entries deadline has passed. If you find that you have accidentally made an entry for the A*-G syllabus, you must withdraw and re-enter before the entries deadline.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We revise qualifications regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world. We have made some changes to this syllabus and assessment materials to improve how learners demonstrate their ability in written and spoken French. These changes are for examination from 2021.
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2021 onwards, and March 2021 (India only). Please see the 2021 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021 syllabus.
Look out for a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the updated syllabus including a scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Learner and Teacher Guides as well as specimen paper answers. These resources will be available from April 2019 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub.
Cambridge IGCSE French as a Foreign Language (Cambridge University Press)
These skills-based resources encourage intercultural awareness with a focus on French as a world language. Activities designed to stimulate learning, help develop language skills and support students through the course.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
Cambridge IGCSE French (Hodder)
Strengthen language skills and cultural awareness with a differentiated approach that offers comprehensive coverage of the revised Cambridge IGCSE French syllabus for examination from 2021.
Read more on the Hodder website
Cambridge IGCSE French (Collins)
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the Cambridge IGCSE French syllabus. With a clear structure and engaging content, the topic-based units allow for language and skills to be taught in context.
Read more on the Collins website
Vocab Express Cambridge IGCSE French (Collins)
For learner support. Vocab Express is an online platform for schools that encourages students to learn foreign language vocabulary independently. This course is based on the vocabulary list for Cambridge IGCSE French.