The C1 Advanced (formerly known as CAE) certificate demonstrates an advanced level of English.

The C1 Advanced certificate is recognised internationally by employers, colleges and universities as proof that you can independently use English well enough to live and work in an English speaking country or study on a course taught in English.

The aims of the course are to develop your communicative competence and to prepare you as fully as possible for the examination. You will be expected to complete 1-2 hours of homework per day.

We will guide and support you so that you achieve your best possible result. Our teachers will ensure you know how to approach each question type and have had plenty of practice in each of the exam papers. 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.

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 place in the final week of your course. Some examinations take place on a Saturday so you will need to depart on a Sunday.

Included in your fees:

  • An exam preparation course Ebook and additional learning materials.
  • A short review test and practice test each week.
  • Monthly progress tests and progress report.
  • 1:1 tutorial with your teacher including an Individual Action Plan.
  • Optional Exit Test – compare your placement test results with your exit test results to see how much you have improved.
  • Outside the classroom you can use our online learning platform for extra practice.
  • You can attend our free support classes for extra practice.


There is a pre-test for these course. If, on arrival, students do not have a level appropriate for their chosen course, they will be offered an alternative course.

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.

Depending on the pre-test result, students may take part of the Cambridge preparation course. Fees would be pro-rata.

External Candidates

If you would like to take the exam at Liverpool School of English without a preparation course, please email .

Payment for the exam can be made online – visit and follow the instructions. Please, note that your place is not confirmed until payment has been made.

Our Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses are also available to study as a part time course online. These can be studied on their own or in addition to an in-school or online General English course.


Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam Preparation
9:00 - 12:00Vocabulary, Listening and SpeakingListening, Speaking and GrammarVocabulary, Speaking and GrammarPronunciation and VocabularyVocabulary
13:00 - 16:00Reading and Language DevelopmentListening (Parts 1 + 2) and Speaking (Parts 3 + 4)Writing (Part 1) and Reading and Use of English (Part 3)Speaking (Part 2) and Listening (Part 3)Practical English

Please note, these are just sample programmes.


Cambridge C1 Advanced Preparation 2021
Price per Course
C1 First£1350 (4 weeks)


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

  • 2nd April 2021
  • 5th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 30th August 2021
  • Christmas Holidays:
    • Close on 18th December 2020 and re-open on 4th January 2021
    • Close on 17th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022

Extra Fees:

  • Registration Fee £60
  • Materials Fee 1 – 12 weeks £30 | 13 – 23 weeks £60 | 24 weeks + £90 (Ebooks will be provided)
  • CAS Fee £21 (For non-EU students applying for a Student Visa) (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


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 amount of course 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.

Is it possible to book the exam only?

Yes, if you would like to take the exam at Liverpool School of English without a preparation course, please email . The booking deadline is 4 weeks prior to the exam date.

Payment for the exam can be made online – visit and follow the instructions. Please, note that your place is not confirmed until payment has been made.