The Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English demonstrates an advanced level of English (CEFR C1). It is recognised internationally by employers, colleges and universities as proof of a high level of achievement in English. The aim of our CAE preparation course is to prepare you as fully as possible for the examination. Our qualified teachers will ensure you know how approach each question type and have had plenty of practice in each of the exam papers. You will follow a course book and be provided with additional learning materials. You will be expected to complete 1-2 hours of homework per day. These are:

  • Reading and Use of English
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

You will complete regular practice tests and receive detailed feedback on your progress from your teacher throughout the course.

Taking the Exam

The Liverpool School of English is a Cambridge exam centre so you can take the exam here at the end of your course. All parts of the exam will take in place in the final week of your course.  The exam fee is currently £120 though subject to change.

Course Options

We know how important it is to have a course that fits around your needs and availability which is why we offer 2 different lesson options for CAE preparation: Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation 8 (Part-Time)

  • 8 Lessons per week
  • PM

Cambridge CAE Preparation 23 (15 General English lessons + 8 Exam Preparation lessons)

  • 23 Lessons per week
  • AM & PM

If you choose the full time option of this course you will study General English in the mornings to improve your overall competence (15 lessons per week). These will be complemented by your afternoon classes of exam preparation (8 lessons per week).


When you apply to take a Cambridge Examination course, we will send you a pre-test to check that you are at the right level for the course. If you are unsure of your level and would like to take a quick test to give you a general indication, you can do so here.


Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation 8 (Part-Time)
1pm - 3pm Exam PreparationReading:Scanning texts for information Language development: colourful languageVocabulary: Key word –'tell' Grammar:Articles –the use of 'the'Speaking: Part 4 (three-way task) Listening:Listening for gistUse of English:Prefixes Writing: An essay – using the notes provided
Cambridge CAE Preparation 23 (Full-Time)
9am-12pm General EnglishVocabulary: Food and cooking. Listening and Speaking: Food and eating.Listening and Speaking: Restaurants. Grammar: Present simple and continuous.Vocabulary and Speaking: Family. Grammar: Future forms.Pronunciation: Sentence stress. Vocabulary: Adjectives of personality.Vocabulary: Expressing likes and dislikes. Practical English: Meeting new people.
1pm-3pm Exam PreparationReading: Scanning texts for information. Language development: Colourful language.Vocabulary: Key word – 'tell'. Grammar: Articles –the use of 'the'.Speaking: Part 4 (three-way task). Listening: Listening for gist.Use of English: Prefixes. Writing: An essay – using the notes provided.


Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation 8 (Part-Time):

  • £105 per week

Cambridge CAE Preparation 23 (Full-Time):

  • 10 weeks: £2,150
  • 12 Weeks: £2,580

Fees include:

  • All course books and materials
  • International Student Insurance
  • Access to the LSe-Learning online platform to keep developing your skills outside the classroom. This is valid for one year from the start of the course
  • Access to our fantastic Social Programme (please see page for prices)
  • All General English, Examination and Work Experience Courses include up to 3 free support classes per week
  • Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course
  • Mid-course 1 to 1 tutorial with your main course teacher

Extra Course Fees:

  • Registration Fee £50
  • Examination fee is £120 (subject to change)
  • CAS Fee (For non-EU students applying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa) £21 (subject to change) *
  • Courier Fee £75 (For students who require a hard copy of their visa letter for their visa application) *

*these fees are dependent on the type of Visa the student has


There will be no lessons on the following UK public holidays and there is no discount in fees:

  • 14 April 2017
  • 17 April 2017
  • 1 May 2017
  • 29 May 2017
  • 28 August 2017


How long are the lessons?

Lessons last for 55 minutes

Can I do the course without the exam?

Yes, if you want to do the course only that is possible

I can’t come for the full 10/12 weeks, is it still possible to come for some of the course?

Please send us a message to discuss your availability and we can help you with your enquiry