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General English Course

The General English course is the most popular and in demand course at Castleforbes College. Structured to provide the fundamental basis for the learning of written and spoken language, it offers the knowledge to improve the fluency of English in any situation you are involved in.

The General English course will teach you also the idioms and colloquial terms of the Irish culture, improving your communication skills to make you more fluent. This process will be realized through fun and exciting lessons combined with the use of books, audio and video recordings and group activities among students.

The General English Course is focused on the learning of the following skills:

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Speaking

  • Listening

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Course Details

Level of English: from elementary to advanced

Start dates: every Monday

Course timetable: morning/afternoon/evening

Lessons per week: 20

Each lesson lasts 50 min.


Prices General English Courses September-June

CoursesHours per WeekTimeDaysPrice €/1 Week.Price €/4 Week.Price €/8 Week.Price €/12 Week.
General English Morning159.00-12.30Mon-Fri1154258001180
General English Afternoon1513.00-17.00Mon-Thur1003807501100
 General English Morning + Conversation Class20 9.00-12.30/13.00-14.00  Mon-Fri145525 1050 1500 
General English Intensive309.00-12.30/13.00-17.00Mon-Fri21580515502280
Conversation Class513.00-14.00Mon-Fri30100200300

*Registration Fee: € 25

Prices General English Courses July - August

CoursesHours per WeekTimeDaysPrice €/1 Week.Price €/4 Week.Price €/8 Week.
General English Morning159.00-12.30Mon-Fri130475935
General English Afternoon1513.00-17.00Mon-Thur115425800
General English Morning + Conversation Class209.00-12.30/13.00-14.00Mon-Fri1605751135
General English Intensive309.00-12.30/13.00-17.00Mon-Fri2459001735
Conversation Class513.00-14.00Mon-Fri30100200

*Registration Fee: € 25

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Cambridge First Certificate in English – FCE

What is FCE?

The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) represents the third level examination of the “Cambridge in English for Speakers of Other Languages” classification, better known as ESOL.

It has been associated to the level B2 from the Common Framework for European languages, and it is evaluated as Upper-Intermediate exam.

What is the aim of FCE?

FCE is aimed at all students who have an appropriate knowledge of the English language and who are capable of adapting it to the different situations of normal life, from work to study.

The positive result of the FCE, will demonstrate how the candidates are able to handle a large vocabulary, supporting relevant arguments and choose the appropriate tone of the conversation depending on the context .

Why take the FCE?

It is recognized as an official certification of English language proficiency at an Upper Intermediate level. Moreover it is considered as an essential requirement for the most of the Universities and Educational Institutions in Europe.

First Certificate in English

FCE Exam Registration

The FCE exams are held on a monthly basis and if interested in Castleforbes College will provide you all the useful information for the registration.

It is possible to check the exact dates at the following link :

Castleforbes College arranges FCE exams in external certified centres, where the students could take the exam.

You can check the list of the certified centres and where they are located in Dublin by clicking on the following link:

Cambridge FCE Structure and Exam Breakdown

Cambridge English: First (FCE) is a test of all areas of language ability. The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills.

The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

Reading and Use of English (1hour 15 minutes)

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing (1hour 20 minutes)

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

Listening (about 40 minutes)

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates)

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.


Download the pdf with all the information regarding the exam.



Prices FCE September - June

CoursesHours per WeekTimeDaysPrice €/1 Week.Price €/4 Week.Price €/8 Week.Price €/12 Week.
FCE Full Time159.00-12.30Mon-Fri1154258001180
FCE Plus209.00-12.30/13.00-14.00Mon-Fri14552510501500
 FCE Afternoon1513.00-17.00Mon-Thur115425 800 1180

*Registration Fee €25

Prices FCE July - August

CoursesHours per WeekTimeDaysPrice €/1 Week.Price €/4 Week.Price €/8 Week.
FCE Full Time159.00-12.30Mon-Fri130475935
FCE Plus209.00-12.30/13.00-14.00Mon-Fri1605751135
 FCE Afternoon1513.00-17.00Mon-Thurs130475935

*Registration Fee: € 25

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One to One Learning

Castleforbes College offers private one-to-one tuition for all students interested in improving their English quickly or looking for particular needs.

Each lesson is specifically tailored to the student request and to the subjects they are interested in improving or developing.

If your goal is to improve your grammar, enrich the vocabulary, develop your communication skills, this is the perfect course for your needs.

  • The price for the private one to one tuition is € 50/h.

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