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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: C1 Advanced (CAE) exam.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Bournemouth 
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Los Angeles

Start dates:

  • Refer to table below

Entry level:

  • Upper Intermediate (Kings Level 6)


  • 16+


  • 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)
"I knew that studying English at a high level like Cambridge would give me the opportunity to improve my skills considerably and at the same time help me to communicate with English speakers. What I enjoy most about my lessons is the fact that I learn new things everyday."

Section 2: Course structure and content

Bournemouth and London

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

Brighton, Oxford and Los Angeles

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

Key features:

  • The Cambridge English: Advanced 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: C1 Advanced (CAE) exam

  • The Cambridge English: Advanced exam is the main English language qualification offered by Cambridge English to those who want English for acceptance at an English-speaking university, or for a career.
  • It is targeted at Level C1 of the CEFR and is offered at more than 2,800 exam centres around the world.
  • Candidates are tested in all four 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

23 September (12 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
20 GE + 8 CAE Oxford
6 January (10 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
20 GE + 8 CAE Brighton, Oxford
16 March (12 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London (11 weeks)
20 GE + 8 CAE Brighton, Los Angeles, Oxford (11 weeks)
6 July (4 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
6 July (8 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
3 August (4 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
7 September (12 weeks)
20 GE + 8 CAE Brighton
8 September (12 weeks)
20 GE + 8 CAE Los Angeles
21 September (12 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
20 GE + 8 CAE Oxford (11 weeks)

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team