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For students who..

want to get an internationally recognized certificate in English from Cambridge University.

Cambridge ESOL exams are the world's leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year they are taken by over 1.75 million people, in 135 countries and are recognised by universities and employers throughout the world.

You will improve your...

  • Examination skills
  • Fluency and pronunciation
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Writing skills
  • Listening & reading skills

Course Types

Intensive Cambridge Course

15 hours 5 hours 5 hours
Cambridge Course Special Focus Modules English Extras

Accelerated Cambridge Course

25 hours 5 hours
Cambridge Exam Preparation Online exam practice

Program details

We have two types of Cambridge Exam Preparation course.

Intensive Cambridge Course

Our most popular course, leading to the paper-based exam, combines an exam preparation morning class with your choice of Special Focus Modules and optional classes and activities.

Cambridge Special Focus Modules

  • Business English
  • Cambridge Writing Skills
  • Cambridge Grammar & vocabulary
  • Cambridge Speaking & Listening
  • Examination skills and intensive exam practice

English Extras

In addition to our range of workshops, activities and clubs which are offered daily Cambridge students can also choose from:

  • Cambridge Listening practice
  • Cambridge Conversation
  • Cambridge Exam Practice

Accelerated Cambridge Course

This course, ideal for students who have only a short time available to prepare for the exam, leads to the computer-based exam. Studying in a smaller exam-focused group for 25 hours per week allows you to prepare at an accelerated rate.


You may take:

  • First Certificate in English (FCE)
    FCE is an upper intermediate level examination. It indicates that your level of English is sufficient for practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries.
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    CAE is an advanced level examination. It recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English in most everyday situations, include work and academic contexts.

We ask all Cambridge students to complete a qualifying test before you start your program to make sure that you are taking the right exam for you.

Start dates

  • Intensive Cambridge Courses - 3 start dates per year
  • Accelerated Cambridge Courses - 2 start dates per year

Course length

Accelerated Cambridge Courses
  • 25 hours per week exam preparation
Intensive Cambridge Courses
  • 12 weeks (10 weeks Jan start date)

Sample timetable

First Certificate in English (FCE): Module 3

Cambridge ESOL is available in ELC Sydney campus only.

Find out more about Carole

My Cambridge course was very intensive. We studied hard but also had a lot of fun. My teacher was the best I´ve ever had.

Carole – France

Why Cambridge at ELC?

  • Excellent examination results for ELC students

  • Very experienced Cambridge teachers - many are Cambridge oral examiners

  • Balance of English for communication and examination skills

  • ELC is an approved Cambridge ESOL computer-based testing centre