EFL - Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) Level 1

Ready for success in the real world?
Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE) is an upper-intermediate level qualification.
It proves you can use every day written and spoken English for work or study / CEFR Level B2.
FCE is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments globally. It shows that you are ready for success in the real world.
Cambridge English exams are recognised by more than 12,000 organisations around the world.
The following are just a few of the international institutions that recognise Cambridge English: First:
University of Bath, Regent?s Business School, London, Universidad Central (Chile), University of Southern Queensland, Universidad de Salamanca, Los Angeles City College (LACC), Hewlett-Packard(HP), KPMG, IBM, ACNielsen, Sony, Bosch, DHL, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Motorola, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Siemens AG
For a full list of organisations, please see:

Course Content

This course will help you:

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.
Practice FCE speaking in preparation for the examination.

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.
Practice FCE reading in preparation for the examination.

Organise your writing and plan your written work in accordance with the FCE exam criteria.
Use grammar more accurately.
Check your work for spelling etc.
Practice FCE writing in preparation for the examination.

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 gain a satisfactory or better pass.

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 competent user of English (ESOL L1); overall band grade 5 - 6 in IELTS (English Language Testing System). Generally, you have an effective command of the language, confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English, despite some in accuracies in grammar. You can use and understand quite complex language, particularly in familiar situations. You must attend an Advice and Guidance session - 'Step into English' - 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 FCE 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.

Further Study Options

At the end of the course you can:
Attend a CAE Cambridge exam course or general Advanced English course (L2)
Attend an EFL writing exam course
Attend an EFL conversation and pronunciation course L1/2

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 FCE exam will cost approx. £80-90.
Your teacher will talk to you about this.

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

Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring an English/English 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.