B2 First (FCE) English exam preparation course in Brighton

The Cambridge B2 First English examination preparation course is perfect if you wish to attain Cambridge’s third highest level qualification and prove your independent language skills.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 4 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. B1
    2. B2
    3. C1
    4. C1+

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

All B2 First preparation courses include:

  • dedicated classes preparing for the Cambridge B2 exam
  • practice interviews with experienced Cambridge examiners
  • mock examinations under authentic exam conditions
  • regular tutorials with your teacher to give individual help and study advice.

We offer a long-course and a short-course format, depending on when in the year you would like to prepare for the Cambridge B2 First exam:


The longer 10-week and 12-week courses lead up to the final B2 First exam in March, June and December. You can choose either 25 lessons (18.75 hours) or 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week.

With the 30 lessons-per-week option, the extra 5 lessons per week allows you to focus on a particular area of general English that you need extra help with for the exam such as:

  • speaking, pronunciation, listening
  • reading, writing and vocabulary.


The shorter 4-week course is available in the summer, to prepare you for the final exam in July or August. The short B2 First English preparation course is only available as 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week and all 30 lessons focus on the language, vocabulary, grammar and skills you will need specifically for the exam.

Course options

In 2024 you may choose from:

Dates Duration Intensity Exam date
08 Jan – 15 Mar 10 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 15 March
18 Mar – 07 Jun 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 04 June
01 Jul – 26 Jul 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 25 July
29 Jul – 23 Aug 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 22 August
09 Sept – 29 Nov 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 26 November

Are you staying for longer?

If you have the intention of staying in Brighton to study English with us for 24 weeks or more, the B2 First English Exam Preparation Course can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme.

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Course timetable
Course options Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25/30 lessons 09:0010:15 09:0010:15 09:0010:15 09:0010:15 09:0010:15
25/30 lessons 10:4512:15 10:4512:15 10:4512:15 10:4512:15 10:4512:15
25/30 lessons Lunch break
25/30 lessons 13:1514.30 13:1514.30 13:1514.30 13:1514.30
30 lessons 14:3515:30 14:3015:30 14:3515:30 14:3515:30
1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £4,115.00 for 12 weeks
    • 300 lessons over the course of 225 hours
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    • Includes £95 registration fee
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Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Practice interviews with experienced Cambridge examiners.
  • You’ll take mock exams under authentic exam conditions.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Who is this B2 First English Exam Preparation course for?

This course is the ideal option for you if you want to pass the Cambridge B2 First examination (previously known as the FCE), and you intend to take the exam straight after the course.

You need to be over 16 years old, and you should already be at CEFR B1 to CEFR C1+ level of English language ability.

Find your English level

How often does the B2 First English Exam take place in Brighton?

The exams are held in Brighton and run by Sussex Open Centre for Examinations (SOCE) in March, June, July, Aguust and December.

Please note: in some cases the written exam takes place on the Saturday immediately after the course. The oral exam is usually on a Saturday or Sunday during the course. Please contact us for details.

Common questions about exam preparation in Brighton

When do the Exam Preparation courses start?

Our Exam preparation courses start on set dates for 4, 10 or 12 weeks. If you are planning to study for longer it is also possible to combine different courses General English and Exam preparation. Please ask for more details.

How are exam courses structured at ELC Brighton?

Our exam preparation courses are full time intensive courses in dedicated classes focussing on IELTS or Cambridge First, Advanced or Proficiency. You study for your chosen exam in the morning and afternoon. The courses have fixed dates that finish with the possibility to take your chosen exam. There is always a 'mock' exam under exam conditions before the real exam so you can get an idea of what the exam will be like and get feedback on what you need to improve.

For the Cambridge test, when do we register? Do I have to register at the beginning or can I wait a little while to see how my progress is going?

We book the exam with the test centre in the first weeks of the Cambridge course so you will have plenty of time to see how you are getting on and what is best.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

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