Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Exam Preparation

FCE is an international qualification officially recognized by thousands of employers, universities and government departments. It is for students at Upper Intermediate level covering reading and use of English, writing, listening; and speaking. Achievement of the FCE proves that individuals can communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments; follow the news; write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view; and write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.

After obtaining the FCE, students can move on to prepare for the CAE, the next highest Cambridge qualification. The Cambridge ESOL website provides more detailed information about the FCE


You will prepare for the four parts of the test: Reading and Use of English; Writing; Listening; and Speaking and learn techniques which will help you improve your performance in the exam.

Our teachers will organize practice tests to monitor your development and advise you when you will be ready to take the exam.

This is a 7.5 hour per week course which runs Monday to Friday from 1.15pm to 2.45pm. This course runs all year round.

  • Course length between 1-11 weeks - £80
  • Course length 12 weeks or more - £70

The FCE preparation course runs is offered on two different start dates each year subject to demand. The dates for 2018 are as follows;

Monday 25th June*
Monday 23rd July*

*Please contact the test centre in which you intend to take the exam to confirm final prebooking dates for exam.



You can sit the FCE examination, which can either be  paper-based or computer-based, all over the world. The Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening papers are taken on the same day, however your centre will arrange the date for your Speaking test. To take your exam, you will need to register directly with an authorised exam centre. There are over 2,800 centres in 130 countries around the world. You can search here for centres that offer Cambridge English exams. Once you have chosen the most convenient location to sit the exam your chosen centre can tell you about how to register for the exam.


The teachers make me laugh and they also make me feel that they are concerned for me, not just as a student of English but as a person too. When you are far away from home that’s very important. At the end of every week, they ask what you liked and what they can do to help you improve your English skills.
- Silvana Alvarez (Colombia)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.