Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

*PLEASE NOTE* For the safety of our students during the current outbreak of COVID-19, as of Tuesday 17th March 2020 all BLC courses will be taught online until at least Friday 10th April 2020.

Our virtual classrooms are fully interactive and lessons will be taught by our experienced, certified teachers.  You will have the opportunity to join a class with students from all over the world and progress your language level as if you were in real classroom. 

Full-time, online courses are available to book as normal via our online form, please contact us if you have any questions. 

Preparation for internationally recognised exams

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) is an advanced (C1) level English language qualification with the following exam papers: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading and Use of English (grammar and vocabulary).

Students who study for and pass this exam successfully:

  • Have a minimum of an upper intermediate (B2) level of English at the start of the course
  • Want the challenge of improving their English and achieving better accuracy, broadening their range of vocabulary, and developing skills competency at an advanced (C1) level – this is a high-level qualification!
  • Need to improve their general English for use at work and in future study*

*Depending on the programme of study and university applied for, the CAE qualification can be used as proof of English language level for study on some university courses in the UK

Why take a Cambridge Exam course?

  • To gain an international certificate to give you official proof of your English level, valid indefinitely
  • To enhance your CV and your future job prospects with a qualification which is recognised by institutions and employers around the world and which is valid forever
  • To make significant improvements to your English by working in a structured way, towards a set goal, and in a fixed timeframe to ensure that you make fast progression and acquire a better language level

What you will learn on the BLC Cambridge Advanced (CAE) course

  • You will study key topics which often feature in the exam and the structures and vocabulary associated with these topics.
  • You will learn tips, techniques and strategies to help you to complete exam tasks more confidently and successfully for each exam paper and its different parts.
  • You will review, consolidate and expand your range of grammatical structures and areas of vocabulary which you will need for the exam.
  • You will practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to improve your abilities in all areas of your English.

How you will study on the course

  • The class will follow an exam course book chosen to work to the needs of the group. Additional materials used will include audio and online resources and sample exam papers.
  • You will have the additional support of the BLC Exams Tutor who sets up and runs additional exam practice sessions. These sessions take place once a week after afternoon classes and involve timed test practice for each part of the exam. You can use these sessions to help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and to monitor your progress as you work towards exam success.


Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Exam dates 2020

  • Saturday 11 January 2020
  • Saturday 8 February 2020
  • Saturday 14 March 2020
  • Saturday 18 April 2020
  • Saturday 16 May 2020
  • Saturday 10 June 2020
  • Saturday 11 July
  • Friday 28 August
  • Saturday 31 October
  • Wednesday 2 December

As there are so many CAE exam dates in Bristol in 2020 we will be offering start dates any Monday of the year. We recommend 12 weeks of study prior to your chosen exam date, or an absolute minimum of 6 weeks. To ensure you give yourself enough time to properly prepare for the exam, you are welcome to take a level test to receive a personalised recommendation before deciding on your course dates. 


During the current outbreak of COVID-19, all classes will take place online and are available at the reduced rate of £195 per week. We are also offering an afternoon-only option for £125 per week.

Standard pricing once normal operations have resumed is as follows:

Cost per week
1-7 weeks 8-12 weeks 13-23 weeks 24+ weeks
£285 £275 £265 £255

Please note there is also a £15/week summer supplement for all courses throughout July and August

The Cambridge Advanced Exam Preparation studies are also available as an evening course Read more...

Course Pricing & Booking

Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre


  • Entry level: upper intermediate (CAE)
  • Course length: up to 12 weeks (minimum advised: 6 weeks)
  • 30 lessons per week (45 mins each, 22.5 hours in total): 20 lessons of General English + 10 lessons of CAE preparation  (see Sample timetable)
  • Maximum class size: 14 (average: 10)
  • Students aged 16 and above
  • Certificates valid forever
  • Evening course option

I like the content of the course and that it focus to the CAE exam, which is my aim. The teachers were very nice and patient solving all our problems

Maria Bueno (CAE evening course), Spanish, aged 24


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