Our C1 Advanced English exam preparation course in Brighton

ELC is the number one group of English language schools in the UK, and our C1 Advanced exam preparation course in Brighton is a course that we have developed and perfected over many years. It’s part of our aim to provide consistently excellent education that will suit your needs.

At ELC our intensive programme of lessons, homework, personal support, and ongoing assessment will help ensure you achieve your goal of passing the Cambridge Advanced C1 exam.

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

* Minimum age: we occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader. Our safeguarding and child protection policy document has more information, but please contact us if you require further details.

We will prepare you for the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam, with:

  • dedicated full-day classes preparing for the Cambridge C1 Advanced 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.

Choose your intensity

We offer:

  • 10 and 12-week courses with the final exam in March, June or December, where you can choose to study either 25 lessons (18.75 hours) or 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week
  • 4-week intensive courses in the summer with the final exam in July or August, with only the 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week option.

For the 10/12-week courses, we offer a core of 25 lessons per week in a dedicated class to prepare for the Cambridge C1 exam. If you choose the 30 lessons per week course, for the extra 5 lessons per week you can choose a General English additional class. This may be to focus on a particular area that you need extra help with, such as:

  • speaking, pronunciation, listening
  • reading, writing and vocabulary
  • English for work.

For the summer 4-week courses, all 30 lessons per week focus on C1 exam preparation.

Course options

In 2024 you may choose from:

Dates Duration Intensity Exam date
08 Jan – 15 Mar 10 weeks 25/30 lessons per week *16 March
18 Mar – 07 Jun 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 05 June
1 Jul – 26 Jul 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 26 July
29 Jul – 23 Aug 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 23 August
09 Sept – 29 Nov 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 27 November

*Saturday exam. Please book accommodation accordingly.

Long-term study

If you want to study for at least 24 weeks, this Cambridge Examination Course can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme..

Students chat together in their advanced general English class.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £3,540.00 for 10 weeks
    • 250 lessons over the course of 187.5 hours
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    • Includes £90 registration fee
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Next steps

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 CAE preparation course for?

The Cambridge English examinations are prestigious, and nearly 2 million people in well over 100 countries take the exams each year. They are the benchmark for employers and universities globally.

Our Cambridge C1 Advanced exam preparation course is perfect for international students who are over 16 years old, and who are at CEFR B2 to C1+ levels of English language ability.

How often does the C1 Advanced English Exam take place in Brighton?

The exams are held in Brighton and run by Sussex Open Centre for Examinations (SOCE).

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.

Your questions answered

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.

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.

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.

Test your English level now

Do you need help choosing?

If you’re not sure of your level, what exam to take, which course format or even which location to choose, we are very happy to guide you. You might have questions too that we’ve not answered yet. Please get in touch with us on Chat, or by filling out the contact form, and we’ll come back to you with a personal recommendation.

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