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Learn is now enrolling for the for all ESOL preparation courses, including First Certificate (FCE), Cambridge Advanced (CAE), and IELTS. Our exam preparation classes offer an important means of assessing and recognising your progress as a student of English. The set of Cambridge and IELTS exams offered here prepare you in the best way by using past papers, examples, and drawing on our teaching and assessment to ensure you are well positioned to pass the exam of your choice. Contact us now for more details and enrolling.

Join our FCE Courses at Your Convenience

Our FCE courses are ongoing and you can join for a term at any time during the academic year. If you like you can sit ULearn's Free Online Level Test This will indicate your current level and we can then start to advise you whether your level is sufficient to sit the IELTS exam or if another official examination would be more suitable. If you want to see options for English courses and more external exams see the courses overview page here.

Materials for FCE Course Provided by ULearn


efore you commence your ULearn FCE English Course you can also visit Cambridge ESOL's online resources. They can help you in a number of ways. ULearn will provide all course materials during the preparation course.

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A Closer Look At The First Certificate from Cambridge (FCE)

FCE is an exam for people who can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.


Is an FCE Course for you?

Can you... understand texts from a wide variety of sources? use English to make notes while someone is speaking in English? Can you discuss a wide variety of topics? Do you understand people speaking in English on radio or television programmes? If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then FCE is the right exam for you.


What will an FCE Course and FCE do for you?

Cambridge ESOL is a department of the world-famous and historic University of Cambridge. Attaining one of its certificates is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking FCE: An FCE certificate is valid for life FCE is truly international, recognised around the world for business and study purposes Thousands of employers, universities and government departments officially recognise FCE as a qualification in upper-intermediate English. Taking part in a ULearn course for preparation for the FCE and later sitting the exam gives you a pathway to higher qualifications. These include: The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) FCE's 'Can Do' skills give you the confidence to use English in real situations.

What will taking an FCE course help you do?

FCE is at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. The framework uses six levels to describe language ability from A1 to C2. 'Can Do' statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real skills with language. For example, at B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view. 

Our FCE preparation courses will give you these kinds of practical language skills. The First Certificate is one of the world's most widely recognised assessments for English as a foreign language.

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