General / Examination

English is the planet’s Number 1 international language, so make sure you are ready to speak to the world! With excellent English skills you can study at a UK university, boost your career or chat with English-speaking friends. Perhaps you have just a couple of weeks to improve your English? Perhaps you need to pass an exam such as IELTS or a Cambridge Exam? With our friendly teachers, hard-working but fun atmosphere, extra support and special afternoon electives, we can offer you a great General / Examination English course programme here at Cambridge Academy of English ( CAE ).

  • Minimum age – 16 years
  • Levels – Beginner to Advanced
  • Course length – from 2 weeks to one year
  • Start dates – most Mondays
  • Class size – maximum 12, average 9-10
  • 21 full hours in classroom + 10 hours teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • General English + Afternoon Electives
  • Regular 1:1 tutorials with class teacher
  • Exams Offered:- IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE,CPE, TOEIC*, TOEFL and others including LINGUASKILLS
  • University advisory and application service for university entry
  • Study trips to London and around Cambridge
  • Free social Programme

*All TOEIC exams in the UK have been suspended for the time being

  • Courses at CAE run right through the year (except 2 or 3 weeks for Christmas holiday).
  • Start most Mondays
  • The minimum stay is 2 weeks
  • Exam students advised to take full 12-week programme: Winter, Spring or Autumn
  • 21 full hours in classroom + 10 hours teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • Choice of afternoon elective classes
  • Regular 1:1 tutorials with class teacher
  • Minimum 2 weeks
  • Average length 12 weeks but many people come for shorter or longer periods
  • Special advantages for those who study for 24 weeks or more (click here)
  • An Exams Officer to advise you on the most suitable examination for you
  • IELTS + TOEFL + LINGUASKILLS part of afternoon programme
  • Cambridge KET and PET
  • Cambridge First (FCE)
  • Cambridge Advanced(CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEIC (currently suspended in the UK – we will advise of any change to this)
International English Language Testing Service
(IELTS)
Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] This exam gives you a score which you can then use to apply to university. The exam tests listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is popular with British and Australasian universities, and is growing in popularity with US universities.
Preliminary English Test (PET) Level:Intermediate [4] This exam tests your listening, speaking, reading and writing. Recommended if you are not ready for the other exams listed below.
Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Level: Upper Intermediate [5] The most popular English language exam in the UK. Tests all four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is tested over 4 exam papers. NB: Although it is called ‘First’, FCE is not a low level exam.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Level: Lower Advanced [6]+ The advanced version of the First Certificate (see above). This exam specialises in preparing students in everyday communication at an advanced level.
Cambridge Proficiency
(CPE)
Level: Advanced [7] Tests listening, speaking, reading and writing. An ideal exam for those wishing to go to an English-speaking university – especially for courses in the arts and humanities.
Test of English for International Communication
(TOEIC)
Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] All TOEIC tests in the UK are currently suspended.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] This exam tests all four skills and is particularly useful for students wishing to go on to study at an American university. Only internet based test (IBT) available in UK.

 

When you arrive at CAE we will test your level of English. This table gives you an idea of the levels:

Beginner(1) Little or no knowledge or experience of English Common European Framework
Elementary (2) Knows basic greetings and can ask and answer simple questions A1
Lower Intermediate (3) Can hold a basic conversation (e.g. describe family) with help. Some knowledge of grammar, including past and future tenses A2
Intermediate (4) Can hold a basic conversation without difficulty
but can’t discuss more complex issues. Some basic grammar mistakes.
B1
Upper Intermediate (5) Can discuss some complex subjects fluently. Has no problem with common grammatical constructions B2
Lower Advanced (6) Can discuss a wide range of subjects with occasional mistakes. Can write with few grammatical errors. C1
Advanced (7) Can discuss a wide range of complex subjects. Wide vocabulary. Can read newspapers and magazines without much difficulty. Mistakes are about style rather than structure. C2

You can choose your afternoon electives to suit your needs.

Choices may include:

Academic English

  • English for Academic Purposes (IELTS and TOEFL)
  • Cambridge Exams Workshop (PET, FCE, CAE and CPE)
  • Writing Practice
  • Grammar Workshop

Speaking and Listening

  • English in Situations
  • Multi-media English
  • Ideas and Issues
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading and Discussion

Special Interest

  • Communication in Business
  • Cambridge People and Places
  • Science and Nature
  • Film Studies

For a student taking the Academic English elective:

09.15 GRAMMAR REVISION
11.45 DISCUSSING A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
13.45 ACADEMIC ENGLISH: ESSAY WRITING
15.30 TEACHER-ASSISTED SELF-STUDY
EVENING THEATRE/PUB/DISCO
SATURDAY ALL-DAY EXCURSION TO LONDON AS OPTIONAL EXTRA
SUNDAY CAE OPEN FOR SPEAKING CLUB, STUDY AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME

A typical week where the student has chosen ‘English for Business’ as an Elective:

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09.15-10.45
New Language
Present
perfect
review
Making conversation with native speakers Using the conditional Vocabulary Expansion – phrasal verbs 1:1 tutorials
(Revision Test)
10.45-11.15 COFFEE BREAK
11.15-12.45
Language Skills
Multi-media
Centre:
Pronunciation
Listening practice Internet research for presentations How to write essays Film clip plus discussion
12.45-3.45 LUNCH
13.45-5.15
Electives
DVD on marketing Reading and discussing a business article Preparing for a business meeting Negotiating: vocabulary and role play Free
Afternoon or Speaking Club
15.30 – 17.30
Optional Study
TEACHER-ASSISTED SELF-STUDY
EVENING Free time Theatre/Pub
Disco
Quiz/Pancakes International
Party
Free time
SATURDAY All-day excursion to London
SUNDAY CAE open for speaking club, study and social programme