Exam Preparation

Prepare for the main English exams

Students can study any of the main English language exams e.g. IELTS and The Cambridge suite (FCE, CAE, CPE). Practice exams are carried out and exam techniques explored with the full support of their teacher.

Exam Preparation + General English

Students study General English in the morning for 15 hours per week and Exam Preparation in the afternoon for 8 hours per week (23 hours in total).

15h in the
8h in the afternoon

any Monday
(except public holidays)

9.00 - 10.30
& 11.00 - 12.30

13.30 - 14.30
& 14.45 - 15.45

Students will

  • Study and practise the elements required in the exam syllabus
  • Take a ‘mock’ test using genuine material from exam papers
  • Discuss (on a 1-1 basis) student’s performance in the test, and your chances in the real exam
  • Develop and practise the techniques required in the exam
  • Provide extensive practice using exam material
  • Give every student a practice oral interview with written feedback

Expected benefits

  • Greatly increase chances of passing the exam first time
  • Get lots of practice with authentic exam materials and increase overall understanding of English
  • Study with other students from different backgrounds to help and encourage one another
  • Understand the exam syllabus for the Cambridge exams: First Certificate (FCE), Advanced Certificate (CAE),
    Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) and the IELTS general and academic certificates


Minimum entry requirement for FCE class – B1 (Intermediate level).
Minimum entry requirement for CAE class – B2 (Upper Intermediate level)
Minimum entry requirement for CPE class – C1 (Advanced level)

Exam Availability

Test centres for Cambridge Suite exams are available in Portsmouth and Plymouth, exams can be booked through the Academic Department on arrival. Please check with Academic Department for availability of exam dates before booking this course.

One of the UK Visas and Immigration ‘Approved SELT IELTS Test Centres’ for visa purposes is located in Portsmouth, exams taken at this location must be booked via the British Council website.

FCE and CAE exams

Please be aware that for FCE and CAE there is an additional speaking exam which is usually held a few days after the written exam but dates are only available according to local test centres nearer the time, students should be aware that they must book at least 1 week of accommodation after their written exam to ensure that they do not miss the speaking exam.

Outside the classroom the learning continues

Weekly social activities include:

  • Orientation walks around the city
  • English conversation club
  • Culture club
  • Social evenings in traditional English pubs
  • Live music and karaoke
  • Bowling evenings and pool competitions
  • Shopping trips
  • Evening meals at recommended local restaurants
  • Optional weekend excursions for example, London, Stonehenge,
  • Oxford, Tintagel and St Ives (bookable in advance).