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Cambridge English B2 First

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 5 (Intermediate)
Minimum age:

Sample timetable for the Cambridge English B2 First course

Cambridge English: First sample weekly timetable

The course

This course is aimed at students who want to prepare for the Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) exam. The course is 28 (21 hours) lessons per week, consisting of 20 lessons General English + 8 lessons B2 First exam preparation, or 28 lessons focusing solely on B2 First exam preparation, depending on the location and start date.

The Cambridge English B2 First 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.

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 B2 First exam

The Cambridge English B2 First exam is an upper-intermediate level qualification, set at level B2 of the CEFR.

It offers proof that those who successfully take it have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

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 B2 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.

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 B2 First exam at the Cambridge English website.

2019 Start dates and locations

Depending on date and location, the course is either 28 lessons of B2 First (FCE) exam preparation, or 20 General English (GE) + 8 FCE lessons.

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

From Kings Life

FCE student Sabrina in Oxford.

Sabrina from Italy studied for the Cambridge First exam in afternoon lessons at Kings Oxford, with General English in the mornings.

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