EFL - Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) Level 1

“Ready for success in the real world?”

• Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE) is an upper-intermediate level qualification. It proves you can use everyday written and spoken English for work or study / CEFR Level B2.
• t proves you can use everyday written and spoken English
• FCE is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments globally. It shows that you are ready for success in the real world.

• Cambridge English exams are recognised by more than 12,000 organisations around the world.

• The following are just a few of the international institutions that recognise Cambridge English: First: University of Bath, Regent’s Business School, London, Universidad Central (Chile), University of Southern Queensland, Universidad de Salamanca, Los Angeles City College (LACC), Hewlett-Packard (HP), KPMG, IBM, ACNielsen, Sony, Bosch, DHL, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Motorola, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Siemens AG

• For a full list of organisations, please see: www.cambridgeESOL.org/recognition

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 FCE 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 competent user of English (ESOL L1); overall band grade 5/6 in IELTS (English Language Testing System).

Generally, you have an effective command of the language, confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English despite some in accuracies in grammar.

You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

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 FCE 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.

Further Study Options

At the end of the course you can:
• Attend a CAE Cambridge exam course or general Advanced English course (L2)
• Attend an EFL writing exam course
• Attend an EFL conversation and pronunciation course L1/2
• Attend an EFL Business LCCI L1 course