EFL - Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE)

“A badge of Excellence”

• The demand for high-level English language skills is increasing all around the world. Passing Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) shows that you are a high achiever /CEFR C2
• Accepted globally as proof of high achievement. More than 3,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement.
• For a full list of organisations, please see:
• The certificate will help you develop the language skills you need for success, and can be used for your university and student visa applications in the UK and Australia.

Course Content

This course will help you with:


• Understand and enter into discussions with other people.
• Listen to others’ opinions and be able to say what you think.
• Use formal and informal English in different situations.


• Read a variety of different texts such as books, interviews, newspapers, exercises to extend your vocabulary.
• Understand the main points of a piece of writing.
• Find information in a text.


• Organise your writing and plan what you want to write in accordance with the CAE exam criteria.
• Use grammar more accurately.
• Check your work for spelling etc.

You will be given the opportunity to use websites to help with your English and to use the college intranet system to access work set by your tutor.

We recommend you spend a minimum of two terms at the same level in order to pass the exam successfully (i.e. 100 - Guided Learning Hours)

Entry Requirements

You are a good user of English (ESOL L2); overall band grade 6 in IELTS (English Language Testing System).

You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional in accuracies, in appropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

You have an effective command of the language, confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.

You must attend an Advice and Guidance session to assess your level of English.

First Class Requirements

Pen & paper, folder or file. You will be expected to buy a course book, which will be approximately £25.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend every lesson, however if you are unable to attend you must inform your tutor as soon as possible.

Assessment Methods

There will be an initial diagnostic test in all five CAE papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Speaking and Listening in the first two weeks to assess your overall ability. You will need to achieve 60% in all papers to be able to take the exam in the same term.

During the course, there will be in-class tests and mock exams to help you pass the exam successfully.

Your teacher will assess your individual progress in speaking and listening, reading and writing throughout the course and give you advice on how to improve and when to take the exam with Cambridge.

It is strongly recommended that you spend at least two terms at the same level before progressing up to the next level. Cambridge recommends each learner completes 120 guided learning hours before taking the examination in order to cover the course content.

Further Study Options

At the end of the course you can attend:
• A CPE Cambridge Proficiency exam course or general Advanced English course (L2)
• An Access course, Degree or BTEC at college
• An EFL conversation and pronunciation course L1/2
• An EFL Business LCCI L1/L2 course