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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is for students who need to improve the key language skills needed to score as high as possible in all parts of the Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE) exam.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Bournemouth 
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Los Angeles

Start dates:

  • Refer to table below

Entry level:

  • Intermediate (Kings Level 5)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • 4, 8, 10, 11 or 12 weeks (depending on start dates and location)

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons (21 hours) total

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"We cover speaking, listening, grammar and use of English, so it's preparation in all areas. I like the structure of this course. It's very useful if you want to do FCE. It's good that the classes are not that big, the teachers can really focus on you."

Section 2: Course structure and content

Bournemouth and London

  • 28 lessons (21 hours) per week of Cambridge FCE exam preparation

Brighton, Oxford and Los Angeles

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Cambridge FCE exam preparation

Key features:

  • The Cambridge English: First preparation course is taught by specialist and experienced teachers.
  • The course syllabus has been specially designed to maximise students’ exam success and covers all papers of the exam.
  • Students will be given regular homework and will be expected to complete at least five hours of assignments each week.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

Exam technique and strategies

  • Working under exam conditions
  • Understanding the requirements of each section of the exam
  • Understanding what the examiner is looking for
  • Planning and reviewing your answers
  • Preparing mentally for exam day

Assessing progress

  • Students will be given homework tasks to complete every day, including writing practice.
  • In addition to homework tasks, students’ progress will also be monitored in class and they will complete a short test at the start of each week.
  • Students are given a number of opportunities to complete mock examinations under simulated exam conditions. The results of these mock exams will be used to help them improve in specific areas.

Section 3: About the Cambridge: B2 First (FCE) exam

  • The Cambridge English: First exam is an upper-intermediate level qualification, set at level B2 of the CEFR.
  • It offers proof that candidates have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or to study on courses taught in English.
  • Candidates are tested in all four key skills and in ‘use of English’, and receive a separate score for each, as well as an overall score. A final grade and CEFR level are then assigned.

Course start dates

Start dates and lengths

2021 start dates
4 January
10 weeks London
15 March
12 weeks Bournemouth, Brighton, London, Oxford, Los Angeles
10 May
4 weeks Bournemouth, London
6 July
4 weeks Bournemouth, London
2 August
4 weeks Bournemouth, London
7 September
12 weeks Los Angeles
20 September
12 weeks Brighton, Bournemouth, London, Oxford
15 November
4 weeks Bournemouth, London

Sample timetable

Please note: sample timetable is subject to change.

28 lessons of Cambridge FCE preparation per week: taught in London and Bournemouth

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

Cambridge First Exam (FCE) Preparation

Grammar and speaking
Expressing likes and dislikes; preferences and propositions

Reading
Multiple choice - Life Aboard a Space Station

Vocabulary
Phrasal verbs: understanding meaning and context

Vocabulary
Holidays and travel

Speaking
Discussing holidays

Listening
Multiple choice - Holidays

Grammar
Modal verbs of deduction

Speaking
Comparing photographs using modals of deduction

Writing
Writing a review

Grammar
Question tags

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Cambridge First Exam (FCE) Preparation

Vocabulary
Towns and villages

Speaking
Describing where you live

Writing
Writing an informal email

Grammar
Future forms

Speaking
Future plans

Grammar
Making comparisons

Exam focus
Use of English - sentence transformations

Word formation
How to form and position adjectives and adverbs

Exam practice
Use of English - word formation

Writing
Comparison of required register for articles and reviews

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

13:30 – 15:00
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Cambridge First Skills: Special Interest Group (SIG)

Speaking
Expressions, to agree and disagree

Exam practice
Speaking parts 1 and 3

Reading
Understanding meaning from context and underlining key words

Listening
Avoiding distractors; synonyms

Speaking
Comparing and contrasting photographs; speaking about yourself and expressing preferences

Free time

20 lessons of general English + 8 lessons of Cambridge FCE Preparation per week: taught in Brighton, Oxford and Los Angeles

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing

Individual and group feedback on test

Grammar
Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests

Pronunciation
Open and closed questions (intonation)

Professional skills
Interviews.

Vocabulary
Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations

Listening
Understanding how technology works

Functional language
Giving instructions

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Vocabulary
Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs

Discussion
Understanding cultural differences

Video
Phone addiction.

Role-play
Asking for and offering help

Study skills
Making effective notes

Real English
People in the newspapers today

Grammar
Defining relative clauses

Vocabulary
Adjectives of character

Writing
An email describing a new invention.

Presentations
A future without cars.

Vocabulary
Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Cambridge First Skills: Special Interest Group

Speaking
Expressions, to agree and disagree

Exam practice
Speaking parts 1 and 3

Reading
Understanding meaning from context and underlining key words

Listening
Avoiding distractors; synonyms

Speaking
Comparing and contrasting photographs; speaking about yourself and expressing preferences

Free time

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team