Professional English Courses

Business professionals and lawyers have trusted the Professional Centre at Cambridge Academy to boost their English skills for over 25 years. Read on to find out why.

Your problem

Your company is breaking into foreign markets.

Your employer has developed a new English-language-only policy.

Your change of job means more international travel. Suddenly, effective English skills are not just a wish, they are a ‘must’ – but you have very little time.

Our solution

An effective course of business, professional and / or legal English which:

  • you can follow for as little as one week;
  • you can start on any Monday;
  • practises again and again the skills you need in English;
  • enables you to practise your skills with professional people from other countries and cultures;
  • is taught by qualified teachers who understand the professional world.

We call it English with Confidence

Intensive, Flexible, Professional, Effective

"Excellent teachers with a wide range of experience. High expectations of clients to make the most of our time here. Small classes for good support."

It’s perfect for you

Our Professional Centre English with Confidence courses will enable you to focus on the precise language you need, whether business, technical or professional. We will tailor your course to make the maximum use of your stay here. You will meet people from all over the world from a very wide range of industry sectors, making invaluable contacts. You will practise communication skills in situations relevant to your work and leave the Centre ready to face new challenges.

“The course was very well tailored to my needs. The teaching was of a high professional standard.”

Your Professional Centre

Our newly-refurbished Professional Centre is a separate suite located on the top floor of CAE’s historic building. All rooms are provided with wifi and audiovisual equipment, and there is a maximum capacity of four people in each learning area. There is a spacious student lounge with free hot drinks, daily newspapers, a well-stocked bookcase and ample seating.

Your teachers

Our English with Confidence teachers are friendly, highly skilled and have experience of working in a variety of industry sectors. They are on hand to give you advice about your learning and social programmes. They will make use of a huge bank of specialised Centre materials alongside business, technical or professional course books or videos. They will design bespoke material for you as required for your learning programme.

Lessons are both professional and fun. We believe that learning is far more successful if it is enjoyable!

“Inspiring and motivating – exactly what I needed! Great practical input with a wide variety of ideas and tips.”

“Tailored to the needs of each individual. The teaching was very lively and interesting in both the group and one-to-one lessons, discussing current events and individual topics.”

“I was able to learn a lot of business topics: vocabulary, presentations, negotiating, telephone skills, emailing and more.”

Food and accommodation

Why not boost your language skills further and find out more about British culture by living with a local executive home stay?  If required, we can arrange for a room with a private bathroom. If you prefer, we can book you a room in a local or Cambridge bed & breakfast / hotel.

Your learning package includes full board (for clients staying in an executive home stay). This consists of a lunchtime meal plan in the Cambridge Academy cafeteria, and breakfast and evening meal at your home stay. At the weekend, lunch is included if you eat with your home stay host(s). If you choose to stay in a bed & breakfast or hotel, you will eat breakfast every day at the hotel and receive the included lunchtime meal plan on weekdays at the Academy.

Outside the classroom

Cambridge Academy offers a full social programme both on site (included in your course fees) and with visits to Cambridge. There are also occasional mid-week London theatre trips. Every weekend there is a choice of excursions, including to Bath, London, Oxford, Windsor and Edinburgh. Our friendly social activity organisers can help you arrange your own excursions if you are only here for a short while.

Cambridge Academy can also provide a weekly list of interesting talks, events, concerts and gigs in Cambridge, many of which are free. Don’t miss the beautiful Evensong at King’s College Chapel during University term time.

You will soon make friends with the other Professional Centre students. We provide free weekly cinema tickets so that you can visit Cambridge together to spend enjoyable evenings relaxing and chatting about the films you have seen.

Your programme also includes free membership of a local gym.

Intensive, Flexible, Professional, Effective

  • There is a maximum of four in a group.
  • There is a minimum of 25 full hours’ study time a week.
  • There are optional additional one-to-one classes to create a 30-hour weekly programme.
  • There is an opportunity for private study.
  • You can start on any Monday.
  • You can study for a week or more.
  • You can study in a small group or one-to-one or a combination.
  • The Centre is only for mature working business and professional people.
  • Our students come from all over the world: perfect for networking.
  • The teachers are well qualified and from professional backgrounds.
  • Many companies regularly send us their staff for training.
  • People often come back for a refresher course.
  • Client satisfaction is 99% with exceptionally positive feedback.
  • Clients taking international exams can achieve excellent improvements in their scores.

“It was amazing the way the teachers balanced different subjects during the week. It was a full, lovely and intensive course. I am glad to have met such wonderful teachers.”