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Cambridge Preparation Skills | C1 Advanced / B2 First

Prepare for the Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or the Cambridge B2 First (FCE). English language qualifications with international recognition.

Levels

  • b1+
    Intermediate
    I can speak and understand reasonably well and can use basic tenses but have problems with more difficult grammar and vocabulary.
  • b2
    Upper Intermediate
    I can communicate without much difficulty but still make some mistakes and misunderstand sometimes.
  • c1
    Advanced
    I can speak and understand very well but in unfamiliar situations may have a few problems with topic-specific vocabulary.
  • fce
    First Certificate of English
    FCE is a B2 level exam aimed at learners whose command of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and further study.
  • cae
    Certificate of Advanced English
    is an advanced-level exam for high level learners and is accepted globally as proof of high achievement. It can be used for employment and university entry.
Which level should I apply for?
This is a part-time elective: Improve your English with 6 hours (8 lessons) a week.

Course Details

Class Size:
Maximum 10 students
Start Date:
Any Monday
Course Length:
1-50 weeks
Minimum Age:
16
Class Times:
12.30 - 14.00
Days:
Monday - Thursday

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Prepare for the Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or the Cambridge B2 First (FCE): English language qualifications with international recognition.

Cambridge Exam Preparation Skills (Part-time elective)

You can take our Cambridge Exam Preparation Skills courses to prepare for either the C1 Advanced or B2 First exam.

These English language qualifications are recognised internationally.

Thousands of students prepare for these exams because they can help you to:

  • Improve your career opportunities

  • Gain entry to study at university or

  • Make certain visa applications.

Who are the Cambridge Exam Preparation Skills courses for?

Our Cambridge Exam Preparation Skills courses could be a great option if you would like to:

  • Obtain a formal English language qualification which is recognised internationally.

  • Have an official certificate which shows your English level for work or university.

  • Improve in all the four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening.

Course Content

Our Cambridge Preparation Skills courses combine language development with exam techniques, study skills and exam practice. This should help prepare you for the exam.

We will help you develop strategies and techniques to deal with each aspect of the C1 Advanced or B2 First exam.

You will take regular practice tests. After these tests, your teacher will give you feedback and advice so that you can improve.

Intended learning outcomes: Cambridge Exam Preparation Skills

By the end of the course, you should have:

  • A good understanding of the C1 Advanced or B2 First exam format and the different question types found in the exam.

  • Improved techniques and strategies so that you can succeed in each part of the exam.

  • An extended range of grammar and vocabulary.

  • An improved ability to communicate in English with greater confidence and accuracy in a variety of settings.

  • The ability to better understand a wide range of spoken and written texts.

  • The ability to produce a variety of written texts with greater confidence and accuracy.

Cambridge Preparation Skills course start and exam dates

Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam Dates

 Celtic Course DateExam Date (Cardiff centre)Exam Application Deadline (Cardiff centre)
C1 Advanced
2021
23rd September – 13th DecemberThursday 02/12/2021Thursday 11/11/2021
C1 Advanced
2022
4th January – 25th MarchFriday 11/03/2022
Thursday 17/02/2022
C1 Advanced
2022
28th March – 24th JuneSaturday 25/06/2022Thursday 2/06/2022
C1 Advanced
2022
27th June – 23th SeptemberSaturday 10/09/2022
(not available in Cardiff)
Thursday 18/08/2022
C1 Advanced
2022
26th September – 16th DecemberThursday 01/12/2022Thursday 10/11/2022
These start dates are recommended and are designed for students to sit the exam at the end of the course, however students are not required to study for the full period.

Cambridge B2 First Exam Dates

 Celtic Course DateExam Date (Cardiff centre)Exam Application Deadline (Cardiff centre)
B2 First
2021
23rd September – 13th DecemberSaturday 04/12/2021Thursday 11/11/2021
B2 First
2022
4th January – 25th MarchSaturday 19/03/2022
Thursday 24/02/2022
B2 First
2022
28th March – 24th JuneSaturday 11/06/2022Thursday 19/05/2022
B2 First
2022
27th June – 23th SeptemberSaturday 08/10/2022
(not available in Cardiff)
Thursday 15/05/2022
B2 First
2022
26th September – 16th DecemberSaturday 03/12/2022Thursday 10/11/2022
These start dates are recommended and are designed for students to sit the exam at the end of the course, however students are not required to study for the full period.

Booking an exam

We can help our students book a Cambridge exam either in Cardiff or at another location in the UK.

Cambridge exam fees

Please note that Cambridge exam fees are not included in the course fee. The exam costs can range from £150 to £190* (November 2021).

For more information about Cambridge examinations, please visit Cambridge Exam Website.

* These prices are only a guide and can vary depending on the choice of exam centre and test type.

Levels

The Cambridge B2 First is a B2 level exam. To join this course, you will either:

  • Have completed a B2 course in General English, or
  • Be studying a B2 (Upper Intermediate) course with us in the morning or afternoon.

The Cambridge C1 Advanced is a C1 level exam. To join this course, you will either:

  • Have completed a C1 course in General English, or
  • Be studying a C1 (Advanced) course with us in the morning or afternoon.

 

If your level of English is too low, we reserve the right to place you in an alternative class. If you later reach the right level to join the C1/B2 class, we will then place you in the class if spaces are available.

Availability

All our Cambridge Preparation Skills classes are subject to availability.

  • If we do not have spaces available in our Cambridge Preparation Skills class, we reserve the right to place you in a General English class until a space becomes available.
  • If we do not have a sufficient number of students to open a Cambridge class, we reserve the right to place you in an alternative class.

 

This is a Part-time elective. What does it mean?

Do you live and work in Cardiff? Are you looking for a few hours of English lessons in the week?

You can improve your English by joining one of our part-time midday courses for 6 hours (8 lessons) per week.


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