EFL - Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE)

A badge of Excellence

The demand for high-level English language skills is increasing all around the world. Passing Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) shows that you are a high achiever /CEFR C2
Accepted globally as proof of high achievement. More than 3,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement.
For a full list of organisations, please see:
The certificate will help you develop the language skills you need for success, and can be used for your university and student visa applications in the UK and Australia.

Course Content

This course will help you with:


Understand and enter into discussions with other people.
Listen to others? opinions and be able to say what you think.
Use formal and informal English in different situations.


Read a variety of different texts such as books, interviews, newspapers, exercises to extend your vocabulary.
Understand the main points of a piece of writing.
Find information in a text.


Organise your writing and plan what you want to write in accordance with the CAE exam criteria.
Use grammar more accurately.
Check your work for spelling etc.

You will be given the opportunity to use websites to help with your English and to use the college intranet system to access work set by your tutor.

We recommend you spend a minimum of two terms at the same level in order to pass the exam successfully (i.e. 100 - Guided Learning Hours)

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

You are a good user of English (ESOL L2); overall band grade 6 in IELTS (English Language Testing System).

You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional in accuracies, in appropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

You have an effective command of the language, confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.

You must attend an Advice and Guidance session to assess your level of English.

First Class Requirements

Pen & paper, folder or file. You will be expected to buy a course book, which will be approximately £25.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend every lesson. However, if you are unable to attend you must inform your tutor as soon as possible.

Assessment Methods

There will be an initial diagnostic test in all five CAE papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Speaking and Listening in the first two weeks to assess your overall ability. You will need to achieve 60% in all papers to be able to take the exam in the same term.

During the course, there will be in-class tests and mock exams to help you pass the exam successfully.

Your teacher will assess your individual progress in speaking and listening, reading and writing throughout the course and give you advice on how to improve and when to take the exam with Cambridge.

It is strongly recommended that you spend at least two terms at the same level before progressing up to the next level. Cambridge recommends each learner completes 120 guided learning hours before taking the examination in order to cover the course content.

Further Study Options

At the end of the course you can enrol on to:
A CPE Cambridge Proficiency exam course,

An Access course, Degree or BTEC at college

Additional Information

How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
Your teacher will set homework each week for you. It is important that you complete the homework? Students who do homework make better progress.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Please inform your teacher if you are unable to attend a class. Students are expected to attend at least 90% of their classes.

Are there any other costs involved?
You will be asked to buy a course book.
The CAE exam will cost approx. £110.
Your teacher will talk to you about this.

When will exams take place?
You can take the CAE exam at college if you are a student on the CAE course. Your teacher will advise you when they are.

Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring a dictionary, a pen and a folder to keep your work in.

What books do I need?
Your teacher will tell you.

What software do I need?
Your teacher will show you useful websites and you can use the computers in the Learning Centres.

Is there any tutorial support?
Your teacher will meet with you individually at least once a term to help you improve areas of weakness.
If you feel you need any further support, you can speak to your tutor. Does the class include a break?
Classes include a 10-15 minute comfort break. Is there a minimum age? Minimum age is 16. When are the classes held? Classes are held during term time only. You can find more information about this in the Terms dates section. How big are the classes? Class sizes are a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 19 (depending on classroom size).


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.