Exam Preparation Classes


We are now an official Cambridge Preparation Centre for preparing students for exams.  We offer one to one and group classes for all the main English exams including:

  • First Certificate (FCE)
  • Advanced Certificate (CAE)
  • PET
  • CPE
  • BEC

We understand that students often like to work towards a goal and working towards an exam can keep you motivated.  Our teachers have experience with all the exams and we have a full range of up-to-date resources for the exams.  Our Exam Packages also include enrolling you for the exam at one of our Partner Exam Centres in Coventry or Birmingham. Alternatively, you can just enrol for the classes.

Our exam packages include 10 weeks of exam preparation classes, exam enrolment fee, transport to the exam and support and guidance throughout the course and exam day.

Exam Dates 2016

FCE Exam dates

11th March

7th June

28th July

18th August

29th November


CAE Exam dates

2nd March

8th June

21st July

19th August

30th November

Why take exam preparation classes with us?

  • Our courses are taught by highly experienced and qualified English teachers with excellent knowledge and experience of the exams
  • We provide a programme tailored to the exact requirements of the exam
  • We offer a welcoming and friendly Tuition Centre
  • All course materials are provided
  • Enrolment and transport to the exam are included
  • We provide regular feedback on your progress

Our Cambridge Examination preparation courses run for 10 weeks before the Cambridge exam dates and the classes run for 15 hours a week.  Classes take place Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 with students able to use the school’s facilities for private study each afternoon.  The classes have a maximum of 8 students and often there will only be 4 students per class.

If you aren’t sure of your level you will be tested in advance and all students are also tested on arrival to be sure you have the appropriate level for the course.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS are recognised by Universities and Employers throughout the World 

Which exam should I take?

First Certificate in English (FCE) 

FCE is an upper intermediate level exam at level B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Choose FCE if your knowledge of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study. To be successful, you will have a wide grasp of vocabulary, and be able to construct an argument and use appropriate communication styles for a variety of situations. You also need to show an awareness of register and of the conventions of politeness and degrees of formality as they are expressed through language.

FCE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). FCE indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) 

CAE is the second highest level Cambridge ESOL exam, at level C1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Choose CAE if you are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including social and professional situations, and in higher education. CAE recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life.

CAE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). It is also useful preparation if you are working towards CPE . Studying for CAE helps you to improve your language skills and use them in a wide range of contexts. The exams are based on realistic tasks, and indicate the ability to use the language in practical situations. If you are successful, you’ll be able to participate in meetings and discussions, expressing opinions clearly, and be able to understand and produce texts of various types, including business letters and reports. You’ll also be more than capable of following university courses taught in English.

IELTS – The International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org 

IELTS is accepted by almost all British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand colleges and universities. It is also increasingly recognised in North American academic institutions as well as many professional organisations such as the UK General Medical Council and the UK Ministry of Defence. You can find out who accepts IELTS scores here.

Exams are held locally every month. Grades are banded on a scale of 1-9 and the majority of universities are looking for at least 6/7 for entry to a degree programme. Foundation courses require a lower grade of at least 4.5. IELTS is recommended for long stay students intending to go on to further and higher education in English speaking countries.

Other Examinations 

Cambridge Business English Certificate – BEC 

Preparation courses for BEC Preliminary, Vantage and Higher are also available.  Please enquire for further information.