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Cambridge English C1 Advanced

Key information

Course length:
4 – 12 weeks, depending on start date and location (see Start Dates section for details)
Maximum class size:
14 (UK), 15 (USA)
28 lessons (21 hours) per week

Entry requirements

Kings Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)
Minimum age:

Sample timetable for the Cambridge English C1 Advanced course

Cambridge: Advanced (CAE) course sample weekly timetable

The course

This course is aimed at students who want to prepare for the Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE) exam. The course is 28 lessons per week, consisting of either 20 lessons General English + 8 lessons C1 Advanced exam preparation, or of 28 lessons focusing solely on C1 Advanced exam preparation, depending on the location and start date.

The Cambridge English C1 Advanced exam is one of the best known and most respected formal qualifications in English. Cambridge exams are recognised by commercial and academic institutions worldwide.

What is included in the price

  • 28 lessons (21 hours) per week
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Course materials
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • WiFi internet in college
  • Access to ClassMate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)

Please note: Exam fees are not included.

About the C1 Advanced exam

The Cambridge English C1 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 structure and content

The Cambridge English C1 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.

Students can expect to cover:

English language

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

Language skills

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Study skills

  • Note taking
  • Research skills
  • Time management
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Working with others
  • Presenting an argument

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.

To support the other information their teacher collects, they are given a regular one-to-one tutorial, in which they will discuss their learning and other aspects of the course with the teacher.

Students are also be 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.

Find out more about the C1 Advanced exam at the Cambridge English website.

2019 Start dates and locations

Depending on date and location, the course is either 28 lessons of Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) preparation, or 20 General English (GE) + 8 CAE lessons.

7 January (10 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
20 GE + 8 CAE Brighton, Oxford
18 March (12 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London (11 weeks)
20 GE + 8 CAE Brighton, Los Angeles, Oxford (11 weeks)
24 June (4 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
1 July (8 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London, Los Angeles
29 July (4 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London, Los Angeles
9 September (12 weeks)
20 GE + 8 CAE Boston, Brighton, Los Angeles
23 September (12 weeks)
28 CAE lessons Bournemouth, London
20 GE + 8 CAE Oxford

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.

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