Our C1 Advanced English Exam Preparation at ELC Eastbourne

Our C1 Advanced English Exam Preparation course provides complete and careful preparation for all aspects of the Cambridge Advanced examination.

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

Cambridge English Examination preparation courses at ELC are designed to improve your overall language ability in addition to developing the English language skills you need to pass your C1 Advanced English exam.

The C1 Advanced 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

In 2024 you may choose from:

Dates Duration Intensity Exam on
08 Jan – 15 Mar 10 weeks 25/30 lessons per week *16 Mar
18 Mar – 07 Jun 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 05 Jun
01 Jul – 26 Jul 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 26 Jul
29 Jul – 23 Aug 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 23 Aug
09 Sept – 29 Nov 12 weeks 25/30 lessons per week 27 Nov

*Saturday exam. Please book accommodation accordingly.

Extended study

If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, the C1 Advanced 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 09:0010:30 09:0010:30 09:0010:30 09:0010:30 09:0010:30
25/30 lessons 10:4512:30 10:4512:30 10:4512:30 10:4512:30 10:4512:30
25/30 lessons Lunch break
25/30 lessons 13:3014:30 13:3014:25 13:3014:25 13:3014:25
30 lessons 14:3515:30 14:3015:30 14:3515:30 14:3515:30
  • The 4-week summer preparation course has a different timetable in order to have 120 lessons before the exam on the final Friday of the course.
  • 1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £3,635.00 for 12 weeks
    • 300 lessons over the course of 225 hours
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    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your dates below
  • Course intensity
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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 the C1 Advanced English exam preparation course for?

If you are an international student, aged 16 years or over, and you already have a CEFR level between B2 and CEFR C1+, then this might be the ideal course for you.

The Cambridge Advanced exam might be required by your school or university or for a future employer, or you might just wish to take this exam to confirm your advanced level of English.

Find your English level

When are the C1 Advanced 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.

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 far are homestays from the school in Eastbourne?

Most homestays in Eastbourne are in walking distance, maximum 30 minutes. We also have some homestays that are a short bus journey, typically 15-20 minutes.

How much is a taxi from the airport to Eastbourne?

We can organise a taxi for you and the price (2024) is £115 each way for Gatwick and £160 each way for Heathrow.

Is the exam fee included in the course fees?

No it isn't. Please see our price list for the cost of the exam.

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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Are you ready for this?

The Cambridge C1 Advanced English exam is tough for sure, so we want to feel as confident as possible about taking the exam. Do you have any concerns or worries we can help you with? Do you need some personal advice on whether you’re ready to take this exam before you book?

Whatever your worries, we’re here to help - before you book, once you arrive in the UK, and throughout your course and beyond. What is on your mind right now?

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