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Biarritz: French Leaving Certificate course

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Open to : 17/18 yr old students       

Is this course for you ?
Yes.  If you’re looking for an immersion French course, staying with local French hosts. It’s perfect for French Leaving Certificate students from Ireland* looking to prepare prior to their exam year.    Past students have really enjoyed living on the Atlantic coast, in Biarritz.  It’s demanding, fun and popular ~ so early reservations are advised!

* The course will also attract students studying for A levels – in the UK, the Abitur – in Germany and the Matura – in Switzerland.

Course Plus Points :

  • All teachers are fully qualified and experienced in the teaching of French as a foreign language
  • Only French will be spoken in class
  • Afternoon lessons are focused on end of high school exam technique and revision, and students are in small groups focused on relevant skills for their language exams

Location Plus Points :

  • Biarritz is a smart, lively Atlantic town in the south west of France close to the Spanish border
  • It is a popular summertime location with language learners, with great beaches and plenty of sunshine
  • Students love the laid back feel to the town

Leaving Certificate Group Course

20 French group lessons x 45 minutes per week
6 small group lessons focused on exam technique and revision
French lessons held: Monday to Friday AM
On average 8/12 students per class
Max. 14 people per class

Monday 10.10 hrs to 12.30 hrs (every week)
Tuesday/Friday: 09.00 to 12.30 hrs for general French classes
Three afternoons per week: Exam revision classes

Course Content

Initial level test on Monday morning
20 lessons of general French classes + Exam focused workshops:
Levels B1, B2, C1: 3 workshops on exam preparation.

Development of all 4 main language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening and focus on oral communication

Improve vocabulary and core grammar skills
Develop knowledge of French culture and civilization
Speak and write with fluency and accuracy in every day situation, for professional and/or academic purposes according to the learners’ goals and levels in French.

Communicative and task-based approach
Groups of no more than 14 students to give each learner a bigger amount of time to speak and to encourage conversation and interaction
Continuous assessment
Extra study outside class
Attendance and participation required for fast learning
Course certificate based on the number of hours and level in French

College Description

The Biarritz French language school has an excellent academic record and operates each summer, catering for adults (and teenage students aged 14 yrs+).  The school is based at the main school site up to the end of June, and then students on the Teenage course are moved to separate building, just next door.  The Leaving Certificate students study with the adults at the main site.

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The school is located in the centre of Biarritz, 5 minutes’ walk from markets, restaurants, cafés and boutiques in the lively Halles district and only 10 minutes from the world-famous surf spot at the Côte des Basques beach. Set in a typically Basque town house dating from 1850, with a terrace garden and a private swimming pool. The French language school in Biarritz offers a range of teenage courses, in addition to catering for exam revision courses for Leaving Certificate, A’ level, Abitur and Matura students approaching the end of their high school careers.  The French language school staff are aware that the students are on holiday and will do all they can to help students enjoy their French experience, both in and outside the classroom.


Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne (BAB) is situated on the Atlantic Coast, in the south west of France in the Basque Country.  The area is a very attractive holiday destination because of its diversity and its nightlife!  Inland, Bayonne offers a beautiful riverside setting, medieval old town, famous Gothic cathedral and great shopping. Biarritz, is a surfers paradise and offers a wide range of daytime holiday activity possibilities, golden beaches and good nightlife.


French hosts/ess based (private household)
Available to students aged 17/18yrs of age only (no 16 year olds)
Offered on a shared room basis (either with a friend or the college will find another student for you to share with) with half-board (breakfast and evening meal) or full-board (breakfast and evening meals every day and Sunday lunch + picnic lunch on other days) arranged by the hosts.

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Hosts offer either one twin room or in a few cases, two or three, twin rooms and a few offer triple rooms.
French hosts live in and around Biarritz and Anglet – in houses just a walk or a short bus ride from the language school (30 minutes max by bus).

Students are expected to keep their bedroom tidy and may be asked to clean the room. Hosts provide bed linen, but students should bring their own towel. The bedrooms have storage space, a workspace, a lamp and a window.

Hosts offer you the chance to share daily French life with native speakers. They may well have more than two student staying with them.

They will collect you from Biarritz airport/station by arrangement, (if at reasonable hour) and take you back at the end of the course, for a fee.


Arrive: Sunday  / After 3pm.
Arrivals pre 3pm at extra cost
Depart: Saturday AM / Check out from hosts by Noon

Travel to Biarritz by plane and then take a taxi or book a transfer to your host accommodation.

Going out Permission

Teenagers aged 17 yrs old will need signed parental permission to be able to go out in the evenings. CESA will forward details upon enrolment. French language students, aged 18 years of age+ are not subject to parental permission rules.