Holidays and Breaks

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Holidays and Breaks

Students are entitled to 8 weeks of holidays (in addition to their 25 weeks of study). 2 of these weeks are flexible; the other 6 weeks are non-flexible. The weeks at the beginning of the course cannot be changed (non-flexible), but 2 weeks at the end of the course may be moved (flexible). Students may request to take 2 weeks of holidays in the middle of their course instead of at the end, in which case their study end date will be extended by 2 weeks (as every student must complete a total of 25 weeks of study).

Holiday requests can only be approved if the student
(i) has completed 12 weeks of study,
(ii) has at least 85% attendance and when there is
(iii) no conflict with the college timetable.

  • Every student MUST consult Administration regarding holidays.
  • Holiday requests are not approved in the final 4 weeks of study as students are close to finishing their course. However, in extenuating circumstances, the college may accept and approve requests for holidays.
  • By enrolling in Four Court College each student has agreed to follow the COLLEGE TIME-TABLE and must follow its structure even when it conflicts with the student’s request for holidays, e.g. as in the Christmas college holidays.
  • Students may request to take 1-2 weeks of holidays in the middle of their course instead of at the end.
  • As the school is closed for 4 weeks over the Christmas period students must take these 4 weeks as holidays if their course falls during this period.
  • To take 1-2 weeks of holidays in the middle of their course (after 12 weeks), students must fill out a Student Request Form available from Reception. Assuming the student has 85% attendance and has completed 12 weeks study, the request will be approved on the Friday prior to the holiday dates. This ensures the student maintains 85% directly prior to their holiday. Students should allow a minimum of 3 (three) working days for their request to be processed. In the meantime students must follow their timetable.
  • Requested holidays must be a full week, Monday to Sunday; no partial holidays may be provided.
  • Students returning from holidays cannot be guaranteed that they will return to the same classrooms (subject to availability).
  • Upon registration, immigration officers will be provided with the details of each student’s course, including timetable, hours of tuition and holiday periods.

NOTE: No full-loaded HOLIDAY will be given UPFRONT. Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of study prior to requesting any holidays and they may not take any other holidays aside from the above (A, B or C).
This does not apply to college holidays (Bank Holidays, National Holidays and/or academic term). These are listed on the Notice Board. Students are also informed of these during Orientation/Induction.


  • Close family bereavement or major illness
  • Illness of a dependent family member.
  • Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence
  • Religious holiday and/or observance.
  • Injury or illness that is too severe and/or contagious for the student to attend class.

Students wishing to go on unscheduled beaks should notify the College well in advance (where possible) by filling out a Request Form available from the Reception.

The above exceptional cases may be considered excused absences.

Note: An excused absence will not result in the student being marked present for the day(s) missed; s/he will, however, not receive warnings related to the absence. In order for an absence to be excused, the student must provide the College with all relevant documentation – such as a doctor’s note/medical certificate, etc. – in a timely manner.

Students without 85% attendance will not be eligible for requests related to holidays.

Name of responsible staff member: College Manager/ Student Administrator, Telephone No: +353 (046) 9070180 Email: [email protected]



  • Morning Classes – Monday to Friday (9:15am to 12:30pm) 15 hours (Full-Time / 25weeks) (subject to change)
  • Afternoon Classes – Monday to Friday (1:45pm to 5pm) 15 hours (Full-Time / 25weeks) (subject to change)
  • Evening Classes – (Part-Time) – To be Confirmed

Please Note:

  • Classes will be scheduled Tuesday to Friday at the same time should Monday be a bank holiday.
  • Four Court College has facilitated students with a leeway of 15 Minutes in exceptional cases with valid reasons. Students who make it a habit to arrive late will be marked absent.
  • As per the student handbook and Study Visa regulations you are required to attend a minimum of 85% (all the time) of your course or/and classes.
  • The timing is subject to availability on a first-come-first-serve basis. For any change (if required) and/or query, please contact the College.
  • All students must take responsibility for Signing an Attendance Register at Reception Daily (A register of attendance is kept for official school records, visa purposes etc). Absenteeism & Expulsion Policy/Procedures
  • Every full-time student MUST consult administration regarding Holidays. By Enrolling with us each student has agreed to follow the College Time-Table (33 weeks cycle) and must follow its structure.
  • If student has been expelled there is no fee refund.


  • On-campus
  • Independent study
  • Supervised learning
  • Technology assisted learning
  • Clinics
  • Study groups
  • Special interest groups
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Clubs
  • Educational trips/field-trips (Compulsory to Attend)
  • Cultural, sports and social programmes
  • Conversational sessions
  • Additional exam preparatory sessions (optional)


  • 18 years of age (or above)
  • There is no entry requirement. New students will be interviewed on arrival at College and will be asked to take an online placement test in order to join classes that correspond to their current level and knowledge of English


The academic team selected the following (per level/course offered);

  • A1 – “English Result – Elementary”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • A2 – “English Result – Pre-Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • B1 – “English Result – Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • B2 – “English Result – Upper-Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • C1 – “New Headway – Advanced”
    by Liz and John Soars. Oxford University Press

Students can buy the books from International Books Shop.
Each book costs €40-€45 approximately (depending on levels – Subject to change).

Please note: All students MUST have a hard copy of the relevant course book (No electronic resources) and the appropriate materials from the first day of class. If you change your level during the course, you will have to buy another book for the appropriate level. Should the course book be changed, students are also responsible for buying the new book. Students who fail to meet these requirements will receive two warnings to rectify this matter: 1st Verbal Warning: Student will be reminded to ensure that they have the required materials for class on the following day. 2nd and Final Written Warning: The student will be told that failure to produce the necessary materials for the next class will result in them not being allowed to attend the class until they have done so. The student will not receive attendance for this day and coming days until they fulfil the requirements. Absences will result in students being expelled as per the Absenteeism & Expulsion Policy/Procedures.


Many English-speaking universities accept this qualification as evidence of language proficiency for entry into their courses. Four Court College strongly recommends you to take an additional Exam preparatory course.


Have you heard of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1..?

How good are you at writing English?

How wide is your vocabulary range?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a European system used to describe language ability on a scale from Beginners up to those who have mastered the language. It makes it easy for anyone to define and measure language ability. It also enables employers and educational institutions to easily compare qualifications and see how they relate to exams that they already know in their own country.

For you, the learner of English, it is a really valuable tool to help you self-assess your own language ability and to notice your own progress. Among other things, the framework describes grammatical accuracy, vocabulary range, reading, writing and listening skills and ability to express meaning.

The great thing is that the framework is translated into most European Languages, so you can study it in your own language in order to help you think about where you should be placed in terms of your English language skills.

You can go the the Council of Europe English Language Portfolio to see official translations of the CEFR Global Scale

Bulgarian Catalan
Czech Danish
English Esperanto
Finnish French
German Greek
Hungarian Italian

The History of the CEFR

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated as CEFR or CEF, was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

CEFR: Common European Reference Framework for LanguagesBasic language use
A1 A2
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Independent language use
B1 B2
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 C2
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

In Four Court College the classes are structured on the CEFR:

Elementary (CEFR level A1-A2)

Pre-Intermediate (CEFR level A2-B1)

Intermediate (CEFR level B1-B2)

Upper Intermediate (CEFR level B2-C1)

Advanced (CEFR Level C1)