First Certificate Preparation

FCE is an intermediate level ESOL exam, at level B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Choose FCE if your knowledge of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study.

FCE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering)

FCE indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required.

Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles. FCE is also useful preparation if you are working towards higher level exams, such as CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Course Description

  • Preparation for Reading, Writing, and Use of English papers
  • Preparation for Speaking Test and Listening papers
  • Exam practice
  • Up to 10 hours homework per week

If you want to do the FCE exam at the end of your language course, please contact your Oxford English Teacher.

Our courses are primarily designed for people taking the paper-based exam. Students taking the computer-based exam are still able to join the course, and the difference between the two exams will be discussed.


Students should have completed the Adult Beginner Class and Pre-Intermediate Course. Take our free Level Test to help determine your level or Book a Free Appointment with our Language Consultants to help determine your level.
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