The best way to prepare for your examination

This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) examination. FCE is widely recognised in commerce and industry, and by educational institutions in Britain and overseas as proof of language ability. The examination is aimed at an upper intermediate level of competence.

We offer preparation for the Cambridge FCE examination three times a year.

This is a short and very intensive course and we advise you, if possible, to take a month on the Intensive General English course immediately before it. During this month you can improve your General English ability and vocabulary knowledge which will help you when you start the FCE course.

All course participants take a written pre-course test (which may be combined with an interview to assess their level of spoken English) before we can guarantee their place.

We only accept people onto the FCE course who are serious and prepared to show the necessary commitment in order to maximise their chances of achieving good results.

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • Group size:

Maximum 12


  • Course level:

Levels 5 - 6 on the school's level scale

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  • Fees:

2015
£3400 (8 week course) + 140 exam fee


  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 18
Average age: 28


  • Course length:

8 weeks (you must do the full course)


  • Hours per week:

24 hours per week (24 x 60 minutes)
09.15 - 15.45 Monday - Friday


  • Location:

  • Exam results:

Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs 

This course is aimed at hard working, motivated adults who would like to prepare thoroughly for the Cambridge First Certificate and maximise their chance of succeeding in the exam.


Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

The course is a highly intensive but broad programme of language development, focusing on all of the main skills that are required in the FCE exam. A lot of attention is given to developing the different forms of writing tested in the exam, and to achieving a high degree of grammatical accuracy. Vocabulary development is another extremely important aspect of the course. Listening and speaking are also significant parts of the course.

As part of the course, you will take a full mock examination to give you an idea of what to expect, and to get you used to working under examination conditions. You will also concentrate on developing good exam techniques and practise with past examination papers.

Throughout the course, you will be regularly set a wide variety of exercises for homework which will enable you to identify the areas that you particularly need to focus on improving. You will receive a lot of individual feedback, correction and advice.

A full online practice FCE exam is included in the course. Some of this will be used on the course, but it can also be used by course participants in their own time to prepare for the exam.

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • take the exam with greater confidence
  • approach the 5 different components of the Cambridge FCE exam (Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking) with greater confidence
  • handle the language more effectively and with greater confidence
  • understand what you read and hear more easily
  • speak and write more accurately
  • speak more fluently
  • use a wider range of vocabulary in your written and spoken English
  • understand the areas you need to work on the most

Dates & Fees

When this course takes places and how much it costs

Course dates (2015)

19th January – 13th March (exam on 13th March)

13th April – 5th June (exam on 6th June)

19th October – 11th December (exam on 12th December)

The Westcroft Square centre is closed on the following dates: 1-2 January, 3-6 April, 4 May, 25 May, 31 August, 21 December - 1 January

Course fees (2015)

  • £3400 (8 week course) 

Course fee and exam fee

Course fees do not include the examination fee. Students will only be registered for the examination after payment of the appropriate fees.

  • Exam fee £140

If you would like us to book an exam place for you, please tell us when you book your course.

A late fee may be payable for bookings received less than 3 weeks before the start date of the course.

The exam

What exam involves?

The examination consists of the following five components and types of questions and tasks:

  • Reading - you will practise reading a variety of different texts, such as advertisements, brochures, fiction, newspaper/magazine articles and reports. You will practise all of the different reading style questions that you will come across in the exam.
  • Writing - you will practise writing formal and informal letters, articles, discursive compositions, short stories, reports and proposals.
  • Use of English - you will practise all of the task types in Paper 3 of the exam, designed to test vocabulary and/or grammer: the multiple-choice cloze, the open cloze up, key word transformations and word formation.
  • Listening - you will practise listening to a variety of different texts, such as instructions, answer phone messages, public announcements, lectures, discussions, interviews and informal conversations; all of which may come up in the exam.
  • Speaking - You will practise all of the task types in Paper 5 of the exam, which are designed to test your ability to respond to questions, speak and interact.

Case Study

Read about the experiences of our course participants on this course

Bruna Cossi, Brazil

When I first arrived at The London School of English, I didn’t really know which course would be best for me. However Andy, the Courses Manager, advised me to do FCE after I spoke to him about my aims and needs. His advice was so valuable and so correct and in fact FCE was perfect for me as I could review all my grammar and fill in all the gaps in my knowledge. After that, I studied YBE for a few weeks and it was another great choice as I could expand my vocabulary a lot, get to know different people with different backgrounds and enjoy a completely different environment. Moreover, after all this time in London, I decided I wanted to study at a British University for a while, so I started doing the IELTS course, which prepared me very well for the IELTS exam and lead me to achieve the best score that I could. However I had to rush all the application documents for the university application, and once again the school staff helped me a lot. Rosie was amazing, she supported me filling in all the documents for the university in a week, a record time, and I was accepted for all that I applied for. I think I made a great decision going to London School of English, as to learn English you really need to spend time speaking English, and you can’t do that unless you take a full time course which this school offers, as well as having a friendly environment with welcoming people.

Courses at London School:
IGC 1 week
FCE 8 weeks
YBE 4 weeks
IELTS 7 weeks 

Progress 5 – 6.5

BA Business Administration Study Abroad Programme plus internship University of Westminster January 2013

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Bruna

When I first arrived at The London School of English, I didn’t really know which course would be best for me. However Andy, the Courses Manager, advised me to do FCE after I spoke to him about my aims and needs. His advice was so valuable and so correct and in fact FCE was perfect for me as I could review all my grammar and fill in all the gaps in my knowledge. After that, I studied YBE for a few weeks and it was another great choice as I could expand my vocabulary a lot, get to know different people with different backgrounds and enjoy a completely different environment. Moreover, after all this time in London, I decided I wanted to study at a British University for a while, so I started doing the IELTS course, which prepared me very well for the IELTS exam and lead me to achieve the best score that I could. However I had to rush all the application documents for the university application, and once again the school staff helped me a lot. Rosie was amazing, she supported me filling in all the documents for the university in a week, a record time, and I was accepted for all that I applied for. I think I made a great decision going to London School of English, as to learn English you really need to spend time speaking English, and you can’t do that unless you take a full time course which this school offers, as well as having a friendly environment with welcoming people.

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