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Cambridge English: First

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 5 (Intermediate) / Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)
Minimum age:

Sample timetable for the Cambridge English: First course

Cambridge: First Preparation sample timetables

The course

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

This course is specifically designed to prepare you thoroughly for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam. 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: First (FCE) course price:

  • 20 (Compact) or 28 (Intensive) lessons per week
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Kings Study File, teaching materials and coursebook
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Free wireless email and 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

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

The Cambridge English: First (FCE) is ideal for students who can:

  • understand texts from a wide variety of sources
  • use English to make notes while someone is speaking in English
  • talk to people about a wide variety of topics
  • understand people talking in English on radio or television programmes

Please note Cambridge English: First (FCE) 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

If you choose the Compact version of the Cambridge English: First (FCE) course you will study 20 lessons per week (15 hours). This lesson plan is available in all colleges aside from Oxford.

The Intensive version has 28 lessons per week (21 hours). This is available in all locations.

The Cambridge English: First (FCE) course is taught by specialist and experienced teachers. The course 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 exams before the exam date.

If you want to find out more about the Cambridge English: First (FCE) go to the Cambridge English website.

2018 Compact start dates and locations

Available in Bournemouth and London starting on:

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

2018 Intensive start dates and locations

Available in all locations starting on:

8 January (10 weeks) — Bournemouth, Brighton, London; (9 weeks) — Oxford
19 March (12 weeks) — all locations
4 June (8 weeks) — London
2 July (8 weeks) - Bournemouth, Brighton and London
2 July (4 weeks) - London
30 July (4 weeks) — Bournemouth, Brighton and London
10 September (12 weeks) — Boston, Los Angeles and Brighton
24 September (12 weeks) — Bournemouth, London, Oxford, Brighton

From Kings Life

Cambridge English exams Centre Manager Joshua Hippely

Kings London's Joshua Hippely explains his role managing Cambridge English exams, and shares some useful resources for candidates.

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