English for Examinations

English for Examinations helps you prepare for an English language exam such as IELTS or Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency exams (FCE and CAE)

Our English for Examinations course is ideal if you would like to study an externally recognised qualification for academic study at university, improve your language skills or knowledge or focus on examination strategies to maximise your exam success. We give you the opportunity to select from Cambridge or IELTS language exams, depending on your individual learning goals. 

Gain an English language qualification for university, for career, or for life

English for Exams offers:

  • High staff-to-student ratio: Helps you stay focused on your English language studies in a dynamic, interactive group
  • Exam preparation focus: Develops your language and skills for examinations and improves your test-day strategies, including practice ‘against the clock’
  • Specialist academic support: Helps you develop your language accuracy in reading, writing, listening and speaking through our Open Learning Club and dedicated tutorials
  • Quality teaching: Enriches your study experience as we have been teaching English to non-native speakers for over 60 years. We are also accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and the British Council (BC). In 2021, 100% of students taking the IELTS exam passed with a score of 6.5 or above
  • Interactive learning: Keeps your language development lively and interesting
  • Specialist membership: A member of Quality English and English UK
  • Extra academic support: Helps you improve your grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking through our Open Learning Club and dedicated academic tutorials
  • Our location in Oxford: Enhances your study experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in an academic community that promotes learning
  • Weekly Themes: Makes learning more engaging and relevant and takes you outside the classroom on regular Study Visits
  • Full activities programme: Enables you to take part in a range of activities and discover many places of cultural and historic interest
  • Membership of a thriving international community: Connects you with like-minded friends from around the world
  • Accredited by the British Council (BC) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for the teaching of English
  • Careers and Higher Education Advisor: Supports your progression to university and a rewarding career.

Preparation for IELTS and Cambridge language exams

Our English for Examinations course develops your English language skills for IELTS or Cambridge exams. It helps you develop your language competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking through structured activities. Our supportive teachers help you reach your potential in preparation for your language exam. This course covers language development, fluency in speaking, examination strategies and enables you to practise timed language tasks.

  • IELTS: English for Examinations prepares you for the IELTS language exam. You may need to take an IELTS test if you are a non-native speaker. An English language qualification may be required for professional purposes or for further study at a university. The IELTS test is accepted in over 120 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. If you choose to study with us, you will benefit from being able to take your test in the city of Oxford.
  • Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency: English for Examinations prepares you for the Cambridge language exams First Certificate in English (FCE), Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) and Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE). As well as preparing for the Cambridge language test with us, you can also take the test at the College. 

Course provision and the curriculum are excellent and are successful in promoting progression and in meeting the students’ needs – ISI PFE December 2022

At a Glance




Full academic year or short courses (from 2 weeks) available

Start dates

2 September 2023, 29 October 2023, 6 and 28 January 2024, 18 February 2024, 3 March 2024, 7 April 2024, 5 and 26 May 2024

English language level

From pre-intermediate (CEF A2) to advanced (CEF C2)

Class size

15 students

Lessons (hours)

24 (22) Monday to Friday

Lesson type

20 in a group and 4 teacher-guided self-study sessions

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Optional Extras

Exam entry for IELTS/Cambridge £180 – £210
Lunch available – £49 per week
Breakfast and dinner everyday – £99 per week
Excursions/Activities – £5 – £30
Airport transfers on pick-up from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted – From £120
Courier charge for visa support documents – approx £25

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