Cambridge English First (FCE)

The Devon School of English has a long history of success in preparing students for Cambridge Examinations. Our First Certificate courses are 4, 8, 9 or 12 weeks long depending on the time of year.
Availability: Selected dates- please see below
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16

Lessons: Monday through Friday

Lesson 1: 09.00-10.30 (General English)

Lesson 2: 11.00-12.30 (General English)

Lesson 3: 13.30-15.30 (Exam preparation)

NO lessons Friday PM

Prices per course:

9-week course (15/01/18-16/03/18) FCE = £2153

12-week course (23/03/18-15/06/18) FCE = £2871

4-week course (30/07/2018-24/08/2018) FCE = £1336

12-week course (17/09/18-07/12/18) FCE = £2871


Examination dates:

9-week course dates: 15th January to 16th March 2018 - FCE exam on 16/03

4-week course dates: July 30th to August 24th, 2018 - FCE exam on 23/08

12-week course dates: March 26th to June 15th, 2018 - FCE exam on 12/06

and September 17th to December 7th, 2018 - FCE exam on 04/12

Please note; the FCE examination fee is NOT included in the prices above - the FCE exam costs approx.£135

The Devon School of English has a long history of success in preparing students for Cambridge Examinations. Our First Certificate courses are 4, 9 or 12 weeks long depending on the time of year. It is possible to join courses for shorter periods, but strictly by arrangement with the School.

Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)

This exam can be taken in March, June, August and December. The First Certificate Exam is a demanding test for good B2 Upper Intermediate level students. Students starting the course should already have a high B1 Intermediate level. Cambridge English First (FCE) is an important, internationally-recognised qualification with widespread acceptance in commerce and industry. Students attend the course for 23 hours a week - 15 general and 8 exam preparation.

Courses commence 4, 8, 9 or 12 weeks before the examination date. You will follow a syllabus that has been carefully designed to take you step-by-step up to the required level. You will be carefully monitored by tests and tutorials by your class teacher and the Director of Studies, and you will receive homework daily. As the exam date approaches, you will be given mock interviews and plenty of practice using past examination papers.

Since 2005, over 120 students have taken the FCE test after completing the course - 71% of them achieved A,B or C passes.

Our Cambridge English First (FCE) Courses include:

  • 23 one-hour lessons per week - 15 general and 8 exam preparation
  • Small classes with a maximum of 12 students per class
  • Highly-qualified, permanent staff with years of experience teaching Cambridge examination classes
  • Attractive, well-equipped classrooms
  • Free books and materials
  • Homework every evening
  • Access to free student counselling
  • Self-access centre available up to 10 hours per week after classes for extra practice in listening/speaking/reading/grammar.
  • Access to free daily newspapers
  • Access to the student library

How much does it cost?

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Please be advised, there is an £8 fee added to all transactions to cover international bank charges. A non-refundable enrolment fee of £77 applies to all course bookings, plus a £41 accommodation booking fee. If you have any other questions, please CONTACT US and we will do our best to help.

If you require any further information or assistance, please CONTACT US and we will do our best to help.

Please note: IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 AND BOOKING ON AN ADULT COURSE, you will be unsupervised outside your lesson times. Outside of these lessons, for example, during the 30 minute morning coffee break and 60 minute lunch break, you will not be supervised and will have free time in the afternoons after lessons, in the evenings and at weekends. A member of staff will check with you each day what your plans are for your free time, and you will also have a meeting once a week with our Welfare Officer to check that all is OK with your stay. You will be given a brightly-coloured wristband to wear with an emergency telephone number on it. A SIGNED PARENTAL CONSENT FORM must be submitted for an under 18 student attending an adult course.

We do provide information and support for the students on staying safe in their free time, and a wide range of afternoon and evening activities and day trips at weekend are organized by the school – students need to book and pay for these individually. There are full day excursions organized at the weekends, and students can book and pay for these during the week. It is also possible by arrangement for you to join some of the activities of our teenager school which runs in parallel (again on a pay-as-you-go basis).

Please Note:

The school will be closed on the following days in 2018 for public holidays:

Fri 30/03/18, Mon 02/04/18, Mon 07/05/2018, Mon 27/08/18. In these weeks the total course hours for the week will be taught over the 4 remaining week-days. An excursion will be organized for students on the day of the holiday.

The school is closed for the Christmas period from 21/12/2018 until 07/01/2019



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