Prepare for the C1 Advanced level Cambridge exam and demonstrate your mastery of the English language 


This course is for students who are at C1 level and want a qualification to prepare them for employment in an English-speaking environment or to study at an English-speaking university. Cambridge qualifications don’t expire, so you will keep it forever. 

Studying with a Cambridge exam centre, you’ll receive practical instruction using authentic test materials to help prepare for your exam. Online, evening and weekend courses also available 


Booking your Cambridge exam 

We are an accredited exam centre, so we will book your exam for you, and you can sit it at the school. Many of our teachers have extensive assessment experience so they know how to teach for the best results.  

You can book your Cambridge English Qualifications online or use our in-school service to book your test. The Cambridge test fee is not included in the preparation course fees.  


Hours per week  

Lessons: 20 per week 
Lesson time: 20 lessons = 18 hours 20 minutes per week. 

20 hrs (12:15-13.10 & 13:15-16:15)

Bank holidays 

There will be no lessons taking place on UK Bank Holidays when the school will be closed. Fees are not pro rata for weeks where bank holidays take place. 


The Cambridge C1 Advanced focuses on language development to improve your English level, before you take the exam. 

During the course you will:

  • Be given the exam techniques and test-taking strategies that you need to pass the exam
  • Have a full practice exam during the course and receive feedback and advice from your teacher
  • Discuss and debate a wide range of topics to improve your fluency and accuracy
  • Write about various topics with appropriate style and language
  • Follow complex listening that involves multiple speakers
  • Develop your key skills by reading a variety of challenging texts
  • Extend your range of language to help in each part of the exam

This course is for students who want to improve their English language level across all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in advance of taking the Cambridge C1 Advanced test, and learn techniques for the test in order to achieve their best result.

By the end of this course you will… 

  • Be confident and prepared for the Cambridge C1 exam
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency and accuracy
  • Communicate effectively using a wide range of language
  • Follow complex group discussions and presentations
  • Write in an engaging and persuasive style
  • Write letters, proposals, reports and reviews
  • Be able to follow an academic course at university level
  • A certificate with your new English level
  • Achieve your best score in the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam

What can I do next?

  • Book and take your Cambridge exam at IH London. We are an accredited Cambridge English
    exam centre.
  • Use your new English skills for study, work and travel
  • Apply to higher education
  • Get that promotion or start a new career
  • Progress to the Cambridge C2 Proficiency level
  • 15 or 20 group lessons with your teacher and classmates
  • A wide range of motivating materials, including digital resources and coursebooks
  • Access to our online learning platform and a range of self-study materials 
  • Regular targeted support from your teacher to help you achieve your learning goals
  • Mock test experience to best prepare you for the exam   
  • Opportunities to attend additional free English lessons with trainees
  • Social activity programme  – see our weekly calendar for more details and prices
  • Access to the library and computers
  • Exam fees are not included in the course price

*By the end of the course you will be better able to…  

Spoken Interaction 

  • Give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects and develop your ideas during the conversation  
  • Invite others to give their views on how to proceed and use turn-taking strategies to keep the conversation flowing  
  • Ask for clarification when something is unclear or use strategies to work out the meaning or context without help 

*Some course outcomes may vary depending on your starting level of English and personal learning goals. 


Spoken Production  

  • Give a clear, prepared presentation, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view and giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options 
  • Express yourself confidently and fluently 
  • Use complex grammar to compare and contrast ideas  
  • Vary intonation and place sentence stress correctly in order to express difference in meaning 
  •  Identify and use formality appropriate to the circumstances   



  • follow complex interactions between multiple speakers in group discussion or debate 
  • Identify key information to help predict answers to exam style questions 
  • Identify the speaker’s mood, tone etc. 
  • Use a range of techniques follow a long text and identify key information  
  • recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts   



  • Scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details 
  • Read for detailed information in texts to answer exam style questions  
  • Make predictions about text content from headings, titles or headlines.  
  • Predict the meaning of unknown vocabulary 
  • Read critically, questioning conclusions and evidence presented   



  • Write clear well-structured texts with detailed supporting evidence  
  • Write several different types of writing, e.g. essays, reports, reviews, letters and emails 
  • Use a complex language to link ideas in academic writing  
  • Use a range of cohesive devices in writing to engage the reader 
  • Identify task questions and write appropriate responses using a relevant examples 

Life Skills   

  • Set learning goals and plan your personal progress  
  • Use critical thinking skills 
  • Apply study skills and strategies outside the classroom and after your course ends 

*Some course outcomes may vary depending on your starting level of English and personal learning goals. 

  1. Course selection
  2. Personal details
  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
  6. Confirm & pay

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