FCE / English First Certificate

Location Trumpington Community College

Day Tuesday

Start Date 24 April 2018

Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £105 (£69 concession)

Brief Description:

The Cambridge English: First exam is at Level B2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and is an exam for people who need to prove they can use every day written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes.  The course will offer preparation for the exam, although more than one term’s course may be necessary to attain the required level.  All four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, will be systematically developed and practiced and in-depth exam training will be given.   To access information on exam centers offering this qualification/ booking deadlines and dates for the exam, please go onto the website:  www.cambridgeopencentre.org  you will also be able to access exam practice papers from www.cambridgeesolexams.org

The course is priced per 10 weeks (one term); most learners will find they need more than one term’s tuition to be prepared for the exam (if they choose to enter for it). If this is the case, you will be offered the opportunity to re-enrol and pay for another term.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Either the production of a fairly recent PET certificate or an assessment test is needed for placement purposes. A £5 charge is payable at the time of assessment. This cost is redeemable against your course fee. To book an appointment call the office on
01223 712340.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have:
• a better understanding of the main grammatical features of English
• practiced a wide range of vocabulary in different  situations
• practiced writing descriptions, essays, letters, reports etc.
• revised grammar, word building, collocations and phrasal verbs
• practised past papers and exam-style tasks

About your tutor:

Educated in Morocco and Belgium, Embarek gained his BA and PGCE before completing an MA in ESOL at the Institute of Education, University of London in 1994. He taught EFL in Morocco for a number of years and since coming to UK, he has taught ESL at CCSS for 18 years followed by a year at the Leys. Embarek is currently working at Parkside Community College. Besides teaching, Embarek has worked as course director for Select English in Cambridge for three consecutive summers and has been a consultant and examiner for CIE for many years.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

You will need to buy a text book. Straight to First Student's Book with Answers Pack
Series: Straight to First      Author: Norris, Roy      Publisher: Macmillan Education
ISBN: 9780230498112      Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 2016    Level: B2 Upper Intermediate
Price: £26.00 (£25.80 + £0.20 VAT).
Available from Cambridge International Bookshop, Hills Road (or Amazon etc.)

Some materials are provided by the tutor.

For the first session you will need to bring:

A4 file, notebook and pen/pencil

Examination Fees:

To access information on exam centers offering this qualification/ booking deadlines and dates for the exam please go onto the website:  www.cambridgeopencentre.org

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

The tutor will advise you.
The Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


  • For full course information: http://adult-education.parksidefederation.org.uk/
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*50p charge), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold / are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or learnandtrain@parksidefederation.org.uk. If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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