FCE & CAE Preparation

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FCE & CAE preparation (15 hours)

Course overview

Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are internationally-recognised English language qualifications that students can use as proof of their level of achievement in learning English.

A FCE qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

A CAE qualification demonstrates that you can follow an academic course at university levels, communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level, and express yourself with a high level of fluency.

For more information on each qualification, please visit: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests

You will have 15 hours per week of exam preparation lessons. The exams focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking so this will be the main focus of the classes. Students will also look at past exams and complete practice  tests. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation will be included in the lessons as aids for the other skills.

Please note that we require a minimum number of 3 students per class/level to open a course.

Students 16 and 17 

Please note that Connect only accepts students who are aged 16+. Students who are aged 16 or 17 will not receive a junior course level of supervision and will be in classes with students who are aged 18+. Students and their parents/guardians should consider this before they enrol on any course.


If you decide to take an FCE or CAE preparation course, you will need to take a pre-test to decide if you have the appropriate level of English to join the course. For the FCE, you will need to have at least a level of upper intermediate English (B2+) and for CAE, at least a level of upper intermediate English (C1+).

If your pre-test is successful, you will be booked on your chosen course. However, enrolment on the course still depends on your performance in the placement test, which you take at the academy on arrival.

Please contact us to request the pre-test before booking your course.

  • Speaking

    Guided conversation about a chosen topic.

  • Reading

    Guided comprehension of a variety of reading materials that motivate, challenge and generate discussion.

  • Writing

    Writing practice of emails, CVs, essays and other types of written communication.

  • Listening

    Guided comprehension of videos and audios from different sources including authentic material (the news, TV shows, native speakers).

Who is it for?

  • Students who are planning to take the FCE/CAE exam.
  • FCE - Upper-intermediate level
  • CAE - Advanced level

What does it include?
  • Pre-test and induction
  • Individual learning plan
  • Progress tests and reports
  • Homework and assignments
  • End-of-course certificate
Course details

Time: Monday to Friday, 9.00-12.15 (this includes a 15-minute break)

Start dates: Any Monday (apart from when the academy is closed for Bank Holidays in 2018: March 30, April 2, May 7, May 28, Aug 27).

The academy is closed for the Christmas holidays: 25 December 2017 to 05 January 2018 & 24 December 2018 to 04 January 2019.

Course Levels: Upper intermediate (B2+) and advanced (C1+)

Class size: Maximum 8 students

Course duration: 4+ weeks

Minimum Age: 16 Years+

Hours per week: 15


Course fee: £165 per week

Enrolment fee: £50 (This includes the price of your first coursebook; it is payable by all new students and is non-refundable)

Additional coursebook(s): £35 each (required for each new level and/or course)

Please note: the examination fee is NOT included in the price of the course and needs to be paid directly to the exam centre.

The FCE exam costs £155 and the CAE exam costs £165.


How to book the FCE/CAE exam 

Connect English Academy is not a test centre and only provides preparation courses. The exam itself can be taken at a separate test centre in the centre of Cardiff. We are happy to advise the students on where to take the exam and to help complete the application form, but students need to book and pay the exam centre directly. The exam usually needs to be booked at least one month in advance. Information about exam dates can be found here:


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FCE & CAE Preparation


FCE/CAE preparation (4 weeks)
15 hours of tuition per week plus the £50 Enrolment Fee.

SKU: FCE-CAE-Preparation Category:

All Courses Include

  • First day placement test & induction

    The test includes a Level and Need Assessment with multiple choice grammar test, reading and writing exercises and a speaking interview.

  • End-of-course certificate

    At the end of the course you will receive a certificate which will state you achievements and will be very useful to show future employers.

  • All Course materials

    The lessons are designed around our own course materials from the best accredited publications, supplemented with interesting materials from various sources, including internet and newspapers.

  • Progress reports

    At CIEA, we take your progress seriously. During your course, your study is monitored though (progress) tests, and regular consultation with your teacher. We want to make sure that you are progressing as quickly as you can.

  • Social activities

    Our mission is to offer to international learners quality English as a second language instruction in a friendly and dynamic environment.

    In the classroom our accredited programmes help you build a strong foundation of the language – outside the class, our many social activities and your CIEA friends let you practice English anytime, all the time, and in all kinds of real-life situations.

Booking Conditions

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Course Booking Conditions

Conditions of Enrolment 1. All course fees must be received before the course starts. Sometimes it can take several days for the money to arrive if you send it through the banks. It is your responsibility to make sure that it arrives in time. All PayPal or bank charges must be paid by the students.

2. The school reserves the right to refuse admission to any student or to dismiss any student in the event of misconduct or unsatisfactory attendance or timekeeping or work, without refund of fees.

3. Travel, examination fees and the costs of social activities are not included in the fees. 4. No liability is accepted by the school for loss of property or damage to property. We strongly recommend students to take out insurance to cover their possessions, as well as medical insurance for themselves.

5. We reserve the right to cancel or alter a course or to change course timings. If we do so, we will offer an alternative course or a refund.

6. Holiday allowance: 1 week per 12 weeks studied.

7. Students should arrive Saturday or Sunday at their accommodation. For students wishing to arrive on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, one full week's accommodation charge will apply. For students arriving from Thursday onwards a nightly rate will apply (weekly rate divided by 7). All midweek arrivals are subject to availability and may not be possible year-round - please check before booking.

8. We will confirm courses on the basis of receiving a deposit of £250.

Amendment Charges 1. An administration fee of £25 will apply for students wishing to change their course.

2. Once the course has started students can upgrade the number of lessons per week but cannot downgrade it.

Cancellation Charges 1. If a course is cancelled more than 1 week before the start date, there is a £50 administration charge. If accommodation has also been arranged, there is an additional accommodation finding fee of £45.

2. If the course is cancelled less than 1 week before the start date, there is an administration charge of £50. If accommodation has been arranged, there is a cancellation charge of the accommodation finding fee plus one week's accommodation charge.

3. If a course is cancelled less than 24 hours before the course starts or after the student has started there is no refund in any circumstances. If the course is longer than 4 weeks, a credit will be given for the unused part of the course after 4 weeks. This may be used within one year and cannot be transferred to another student.

4. If homestay or student house accommodation is cancelled after a student has arrived at the accommodation, two weeks' notice must be given, or two weeks' accommodation charge paid. If a student requests to change accommodation, an additional accommodation finding fee will be charged. If a student decides to leave the accommodation and asks for a refund, this will be possible for those weeks remaining as long as two weeks' notice is given.

5. Students wishing to extend their accommodation must give 2 weeks' notice. We can not guarantee the availability of the same homestay. A £45 accommodation finding fee will be charged in the event that the same accommodation is not available and an alternative must be found.

6. If a student cancels a residence, fees will not be refunded.

7. If a student cancels a course because they are unable to get a visa and they can provide written evidence of this from the relevant Embassy or Consulate, we will make an administration charge of £50, but we will refund all course fees. Accommodation charges apply as above.

Force Majeure 1. In the event of 'force majeure' such as fire, flooding, infectious diseases and other events outside the company's reasonable control which may cause the closure of the school, no refund of fees will be made to students, except at the school's discretion in exceptional circumstances.

Course Price List

Price List

Course Price List 20

Morning & Afternoon General English Courses
Course Hours Fees Duration
Morning 15 Hrs £120 / Week 4+ Weeks
Intensive 21 Hrs £168 / Week 4+ Weeks
Evening 4 Hrs £32 / Week 4+ Weeks
IELTS Preparation Courses
Course Hours Fees Duration
IELTS Preparation 15 Hrs £180 / Week 4+ Weeks
IELTS Intensive 21 Hrs £252 / Week 4+ Weeks
Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses
Course Hours Fees Duration
FCE/CAE 15 Hrs £180 / Week 4+ Weeks
FCE/CAE 21 Hrs £252 / Week 4+ Weeks
Other Courses
Course Hours Fees Duration
One-To-One Tuition 1+ Hours / Week £38 / Hour 4+ Weeks
One-To-One Tuition (5 Lessons) £180
One-To-One Tuition (10 Lessons) £300

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Great classrooms in a great location

CIEA is located in the bustling city centre of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

The academy is easily accessible via buses, trains and on foot and close to shopping centres, restaurants, theatres, museums etc. Churchill Way is in close proximity to:

Millennium Stadium - ‘one of the World’s best sports venue’

Spiller’s Records - ‘The Oldest Record Shop in the World’

Cardiff Castle - one of Wales’ most inspiring historical monuments and many other attractions.

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