ETC Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Course

At ETC International College, we prepare students for the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam and course which will show their advanced level of English to potential employers and educational institutions worldwide. The course involves 20 lessons per week.

By clicking on the adjacent tabs below, it will provide you with useful information about the exam. To take the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam preparation course, students must be the age of 16 and their English level upper-intermediate. You can prepare for the C1 Advanced exam with additional grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam Preparation

Why choose the Cambridge C1 Advanced?

The course helps students to prepare for the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam (formerly known as Cambridge CAE). They will learn new techniques and strategies for dealing with some exam questions and tasks which may come up in the exam. Students will review and consolidate their language skills via additional practising their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Successfully completing the preparation course for the C1 Advanced empowers you to:

  • Follow any academic course at university level
  • Communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • Participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • Carry out complex and challenging research
  • Stand out and differentiate yourself from other students / job candidates / employees.
Employers and universities rely on the C1 Advanced as they know it is accredited by Cambridge and includes real-life language skills for use in the professional workplace.

The central organising body for entry to UK universities, UCAS, now allows students applying to UK universities for 2011 to gain UCAS Tariff points by achieving certain grades in the C1 Advanced .

If you would like to book the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam preparation course, email and we will reply to your message as quickly as possible. Furthermore, ETC International College is one of the leading English language schools in Bournemouth.

What level is the exam?

The C1 Advanced exam is set at C1 level – the second highest on the CEFR scale. C1 is the level of English required for demanding academic and professional settings. It shows that you are highly proficient in English.

The exam gives an in-depth assessment of your ability and fluency at level C1/C2. This is the unparalleled qualification to prove that you have mastered English. You are well-placed in dealing with complicated academic and professional tasks in English.

The C1 Advanced exam is developed by Cambridge ESOL – one of three major exam boards which form Cambridge Assessment Group (Cambridge Assessment). Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge, is Europe’s largest assessment agency. More than 8 million Cambridge Assessment exams are taken in over 150 countries around the world every year.

What does the exam consist of?

Cambridge English: Advanced (the C1 Advanced) has four papers – each carries 25% of the total marks.

Reading and use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text.  It tests your ability to select appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic phrases, verb forms and test your knowledge of word families.

Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
Requires you to be able to write a variety of different items; namely essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

Listening: 40 minutes
Requires being able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials; such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

Speaking: 15 minutes
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the test with one or two other candidates.

The C1 Advanced is a high-level exam for those who need to combine their knowledge of the English language with fluency and sophistication. Candidates receive a Statement of Results showing how they performed in each of the 5 papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.

Exceptional candidates taking Cambridge English: Advanced sometimes display ability beyond the C1 level. To recognise this, candidates achieving Grade A will receive a Cambridge English: Advanced certificate at Level C2. Candidates achieving Grades B and C at Cambridge English: Advanced will receive certificates at Level C1. Reaching this level reflects your commitment to high standards and your passion for English.

The C1 Advanced qualification is accredited by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

The C1 Advanced Standard course = 20 lessons (15 hours) per week

A week of the intensive course consists of 20 lessons of C1 Advanced in the mornings and 4 lessons of General English communication skills practice in the afternoons.


View our timetable below to get an idea of how your days might look.
Please note this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 – 10:15 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 1 & 2 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 1 & 2 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 1 & 2 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 1 & 2 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 1 & 2
10:45 – 12:15 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 3 & 4 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 3 & 4 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 3 & 4 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 3 & 4 C1 Advanced Exam Preparation Lessons 3 & 4

The C1 Advanced exam preparation course is run for those who have studied at advanced level.  You will need to demonstrate that you can score approximately 75% or more in the ETC placement test for entry on to our C1 Advanced exam preparation course.

Minimum Age: 16

Minimum English Level: B2.2

You can take our online English test to assess your current level of English.  If you wish to take the C1 Advanced, but are below B2.2 level, we would recommend taking a General English course to improve your language level first.

Exam Preparation Courses Hours per week Lessons per week 1-23 weeks 24+ weeks
Standard C1 Advanced Exam  Preparation 15 20 £150 / week £140 / week
C1 Advanced Online Exam Fee £150

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