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Cambridge English: Advanced

Key information

Start dates:
See right for details
Course length:
Between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on start date and location (see section for details)
Class size range:
14 (15 in Boston)
Compact version - 20 lessons per week (15 hours); Intensive version - 28 lessons per week (21 hours)

Entry requirements

Kings Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)/Level 7 (Pre-Advanced)
Minimum age:

Sample timetable for the Cambridge English: Advanced course

Cambridge: Advanced Preparation sample timetables

The course

The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam is one of the best known and most respected formal qualifications in English. Cambridge exams are recognised by commercial and academic institutions worldwide.

You can follow the course in a Compact version (20 lessons per week) or an Intensive version (28 lessons per week).

What is included in the price

You'll get all this as part of the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) course price:

  • 20 (Compact) or 28 (Intensive) lessons per week of General English and exam preparation
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Kings Study File, teaching materials and coursebook
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Wireless internet in college
  • Access to ClassMate online learning
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate

Please note: exam fees are not included. 

About the exam

The Cambridge English:Advanced (CAE) English exams help students gain entrance to university or college, improve job prospects or measure progress in English. 

The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is ideal for students who can:

  • use English in an effective way for business or study purposes
  • use English confidently and flexibly
  • produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues

You can take the exam in paper format or online.

The exam is comprised of 5 sections, each covering one of the key language skills. Each component accounts for 20% of the total score:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Use of English
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Please note Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam fees are not included in the course price. 

Taking the exam

Kings London is a Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre, so you can study for and take the Cambridge English exams with us. 

Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre

Course structure and content

The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) English course runs over either 8, 10 or 12 weeks depending on the start date you choose. 

Kings offers two study plans: the Compact plan and the Intensive plan. If you choose the Compact version, you will study 20 lessons per week (15 hours). The Intensive version has 28 lessons per week (21 hours). The Compact plan is not available in Brighton, Oxford, Boston and Los Angeles.

The course is taught by specialist and experienced teachers. The syllabus has been specially designed to maximise your exam success and covers all papers of the exam.

You will be given regular homework and will be expected to complete at least five hours of self-study assignments each week.

There are also two sets of mock examinations before the exam date.

2018 Compact start dates and locations

Available in Bournemouth and London starting on:

8 January (10 weeks)
19 March (11 weeks)
24 September (12 weeks)

2018 Intensive start dates and locations

Available in all locations starting on:

8 January (10 weeks) — Bournemouth, Brighton, London and Oxford
19 March (12 weeks) — Boston, Los Angeles, Brighton
19 March (11 weeks) — Bournemouth, London and Oxford
28 May (8 weeks) — London
25 June (4 weeks) - London
2 July (8 weeks) - Bournemouth, Brighton and London
30 July (4 weeks) — Bournemouth, Brighton and London
10 September (12 weeks) — Boston, Los Angeles and Brighton
24 September (11 weeks) — Bournemouth, London, Oxford, Brighton

From Kings Life

Tici Coleman with her ambitious group of CAE students.

Kings Boston teacher Tici Coleman tells us about teaching a dedicated group of CAE students, and offers helpful tips for candidates.

Read the full blog post