B2 First English (FCE) exam preparation in Eastbourne

At ELC Eastbourne we provide you with practical, comprehensive preparation for all aspects of the B2 First English examination.

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

Cambridge English Examination preparation courses at ELC Eastbourne are designed to improve your overall language ability in addition to developing the English language skills you need to pass the B2 First English exam.

The B2 exam preparation course includes:

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

Course options

You may choose from:

Dates Duration Intensity Exam in
2 Jan – 10 Mar 10 weeks 25/30 lessons per week March
20 Mar – 9 Jun 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week June
3 Jul – 28 Jul 4 weeks 30 lessons per week July
31 Jul – 25 Aug 4 weeks 30 lessons per week August
11 Sept – 1 Dec 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week December

Extended study

If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, the B2 First English Exam Preparation Course can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme.

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 13:1514:30
25 lessons 14:3017:30 Self-study 14:3017:30 Self-study 14:3017:30 Self-study 14:3017:30 Self-study 14:3017:30 Self-study
30 lessons 14:3015:30 14:3015:30 14:3015:30 14:3015:30 14:3015:30
30 lessons 15:3017:30 Self-study 15:3017:30 Self-study 15:3017:30 Self-study 15:3017:30 Self-study 15:3017:30 Self-study
1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

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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.
  • At least one lesson a week in the computer laboratory.
  • 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?

If you are an international student, aged 16 years or over, and possess a CEFR level of B1 to CEFR C1+ then this might be the ideal course for you. It will help prepare you for Cambridge’s third-highest qualification and demonstrate your English language abilities.

When are the B2 First exams held?

Final exams are normally held in Eastbourne or Brighton. Please note that in some cases the written exam is 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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

What’s the closest airport to ELC in Eastbourne?

London Gatwick airport is the nearest airport to Eastbourne, then London Heathrow airport. From Gatwick there are direct trains to Eastbourne (about 55 minutes). From Heathrow the train takes about 2 hours 35 minutes and you will have to go into central London. Alternatively we can arrange taxi transfers. These take about 60 minutes from Gatwick to your accommodation and 90-105 minutes from Heathrow.

How much is a taxi from the airport to Eastbourne?

We can organise a taxi for you and the price (2023) is £105 each way for Gatwick and £150 each way for Heathrow. You can also take a taxi at the airport but it may be more expensive. Uber also operates in most cities in the UK.

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

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