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French Leaving Certificate course

Open to : 16/18 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 Rivieria, in Nice.  It’s demanding, fun and popular ~ so early reservations are advised!

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* The general French lessons section of this 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 :

  • It is a popular summertime location with language learners, with a long beach front and plenty of sunshine
  • Students love the buzz of the city

2022  Leaving Certificate Course Prices:

Tuition only  
1 wk     €550.00 2 wks   €960.00 3 wks   €1360.00
4 wks   €1790.00 Longer course quotes on request
Single rm accommodation
1 wk   €244.00 2 wks   €529.00 3 wks   €814.00
Shared rm accommodation
1 wk   €218.00 2 wks   €472.00 3 wks   €726.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person Summer supplements: Not applicable


2022 Course Dates

June: 06,  13,  20,  27
July: 04,  11,  18,  25
August: 01, 08, 16*, 22

Public Holidays: 14 Jul, 15 Aug
Lessons lost are not made up (a school guided excursion will be arranged instead).

*Tuesday start date as Monday is a bank holiday. Where Monday is a public holiday students will effectively have a 3 day course week, and a Monday excursion, so these weeks are not recommended for one week courses.

Leaving Certificate Group Course

26 group lessons of tuition per week
One lesson: 45 minutes
Max 10 students per morning group classes
Max 05 students per Leaving Certificate group classes
1 to 4 weeks language course duration
16 yrs+ age group June/July/August

For current French language students (CEF A2 elementary+ ability only). Standard group classes are held in international student groups (not just Leaving Cert students)
Classes in the first week will begin on the 2nd day of the course, the 1st day is reserved for language tests, induction and tour of Nice.
Mon/Fri /
09.00 – 10.40 / 11.00 – 12.20 hrs or 16.15 to 19.30 hrs
+ 3 PMs 13.15 – 14.45 hrs

Irish students can follow the Standard Course, as laid out below and then prepare for their Leaving Certificate in 6 additional classes held over three afternoons focused on both oral and written exam preparation. The afternoon classes consist of small group classes (maximum 5 per group) to really aid linguistic expression/comprehension and to develop self-confidence.
1 to 2 hours per day after lessons are dedicated to homework / All text material used in lessons deals with French literature and civilization / Tutors are all native speakers who are also professional teachers of French as a foreign language.

Cultural activities:
A range of activities are offered at extra cost. Students are advised of the options offered each week once in France via a notice board in the Centre. Although the proximity of the beach and the facilities of Nice tend to encourage students to make their own entertainment out of class.

Private study:
Students will be asked to complete some homework tasks each night in preparation for the following day’s classes.

Course places:
We recommend that students book their Summer course place as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

School Description

The Nice French college has an excellent academic record and offers a year round language college for students aged 16yrs+, during the summer students aged 16/20yrs are taught on a separate college site, when necessary in July and August.

Language students can follow a one week+ French course, in this beautiful Riviera location. The course is appropriate for teenagers who are independent and mature enough not to require constant direction from group leaders.

Established in 1993, the French language school in Nice is situated a few blocks south of the Railway station, some 200 metres from the Nice Etoile shopping area, 400 meters from Place Massena and 10 minutes from the Promenade des Anglais by foot. Located in a quiet residential area the school is situated in a lovely mansion, surrounded by similar styled houses from the turn of the 20th century.

The year round school consists of 10 classrooms, air conditioning, a library, computer room with Internet access and Wi-Fi. There are also hot and cold drinks machines and a small courtyard, shaded by trees where students can relax during breaks.


French host/ess based (private household)
Can be booked on a single or shared room basis (shared room pairings can be arranged, if you are not booking with a friend) on a half-board basis (breakfast and evening meal) with local hosts (who may live on their own, as a couple or as a family).
French hosts in Nice live in apartment buildings in and around the city. Hosts offer you the chance to share daily French life with native speakers.
Please note: They may well have more than one student staying with them.


Collection on arrival in Nice by hosts / Free on arrival
From either the airport/station by arrangement, free of charge (if at reasonable hour) but you can make your own way or book a taxi through the school for return trip.

Going out Permission

Teenagers aged 16/17yrs old will need a signed parental permission to be able to go out in the evenings.
Parents must indicate that either:
1/ no permission to go out is given
2/ students are free to go out up to 11.00pm in the week & at the weekend
3/ students can go out in Nice without restriction
French language students, over 18 years of age are not subject to parental permission rules. NB: Parents cannot set alternative curfews as the college is unable to police them.