Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) Course – Afternoons

Minimum language level required

Advanced (C1)

Course Start date

Any Monday

Maximum length of course

48 weeks

Hours per week

15 including breaks/ 12 hours 30 minutes with a teacher

Course group size

15 students maximum

Course times

12.30 to 3.30pm Monday to Friday


The internationally recognized CAE exam can be taken in December, March, June and August of each year.  The course also runs 2 evenings per week (Tuesday & Thursdays).

Why take the CAE?

‘The Certificate in Advanced English’ on your CV or your university application will give you a clear advantage over other overseas candidates.  It is a more in-depth version of the First Certificate Exam (FCE) and a successful applicant is rated as C1 on the CEFR scale of language assessment.  Additionally, students always benefit from a clear objective. It provides the motivation you need to achieve greater things within a time limit and a competitive environment.  The Advanced Exam is also accepted by the UKBA as suitable for Tier 4 General Student Visas (as well as by Australian immigration) and the majority of UK Universities now accept it in place of an IELTS exam.  According to Cambridge ESOL, successful candidates are able to operate at managerial level, express themselves with a high degree of fluency and react appropriately in different cultural and social situations.

As for each exam course at ICE, you are encouraged to attend a free consultation in which a qualified & experience native-speaking teacher will advise you on an appropriate course length based on your objectives and your speaking and grammar level test results.

As with the Cambridge First Certificate, the CAE is a General English exam.  So, it is a great opportunity to improve your English language in a wide variety of situations.

In each class, you study the grammar, the language skills & exam techniques required to be a successful candidate.  The exam consists of 5 papers: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and ‘Use of English’ paper which are extensively rehearsed in each lesson.  Our teachers are highly experienced in taking students through the Cambridge exams and will discuss your progress with you throughout the course.

You can start the course at any time, but the teacher will advise you on when and whether you should take the exam.  Students are required to pay the current Cambridge exam registration fee of £110.  There is also an ICE exam enrolment fee of £10.

Which institutions accept the CAE? Have a look at this helpful institution list.

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Course Information

Our courses for individual enrolments are for adults.  The minimum age is 16.  Junior courses are provided for 11 to 16 year-olds as part of group tuition packages. 

See more General information about our courses or read our Terms & Conditions of enrolment.