English for Examinations

Study for exam success in IELTS, CAE, FCE

Build confidence for your future

Benefit from academic tutors

Focus on exam tasks and strategies

English for Examinations helps you prepare for an English language exam such as IELTS or Cambridge examinations (FCE, CAE)

Course provision and the curriculum are excellent and are successful in promoting progression and in meeting the students’ needsISI PFE March 2019


Key Facts: English for Examinations?

Age: 16+
Level: from lower intermediate (CEF A2) to advanced (CEF C2)
Start date: flexible
Length: 2 weeks+
Class: maximum 12
Lessons: 24 English lessons Monday to Friday (inclusive of our Open learning club)
Tuition Fees: from £369-£419 per week
Accommodation: college residence or homestay?
Course structure: view our sample timetable
Course content: our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week?

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

Key benefits include:

  • Exam preparation focus: develops your grammar and vocabulary for examinations and improves your exam strategies, which includes practise ‘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)
  • Interactive learning: keeps your language development structured and interesting
  • Small class sizes: helps you stay focussed on your English language fluency
  • Our location in Oxford: enhances your study experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in an academic community that promotes learning
  • Theme of the Week: takes learning outside the classroom with regular Study Visits
  • Our rich excursion programme: enables you to take part in a range of activities and discover new places of cultural and historic interest
  • Membership into a thriving international community: connects you with friends from around the world
  • Careers specialists: supports your progression to higher education.
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Contact Us

Please fill in this form to submit an enquiry on our English for Examinations course.

You may also wish to get in touch to arrange a campus tour or find out what it is like to live and study in the city of Oxford.

Contact Manuela on:
+44 1865 517706
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Contact us?

If you have any questions about our courses, please get in touch.

Manuela Williams

Admissions Registrar

Tel: +44 1865 517706



IELTS and Cambridge examinations

The IELTS test is designed for those who need English for further study or work. It is the most popular examination at St Clare’s. If you want to study at a university in the UK or USA, you normally need a score of 6.5 or higher. The IELTS test is:

  • accepted in more than 120 countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • the single most important requirement for non-native speakers who wish to study at university in the UK
  • easy to arrange: it’s available in Oxford every month and results are ready in three weeks.

Cambridge examinations are highly regarded too. At St Clare’s we successfully prepare students for the following:

  • PET (Preliminary English Test)
  • FCE (First Certificate in English)
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)
  • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency in English)

Success at IELTS and Cambridge exams
During the classes you practise the skills required for success at IELTS and Cambridge exams:

  1. Examination strategies
  2. Practice tests
  3. Speaking and listening tasks
  4. “Against the clock” activities
  5. Top tips from the examiners
Some course elements may incur additional cost:
Examination fees Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately £140 – £210
Cambridge examinations. Entry and fees are due about 3 months before the exam date. FCE First Certificate in English
CAE Certificate in Advanced English
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
Other examinations IELTS (for further study in the UK)
TOEIC, TOEFL (for further study in USA) SAT I, SAT II, (3 sets)
Text books and course materials No charge
Optional Extras

Personal Language Training: students can add one-to-one English language lessons to their language classes. Lessons last 55 minutes and are charged at £57 per lesson.

Examination fees: fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately £150 -£210. IELTS Cambridge examinations B2 First (FCE) C1 Advanced (CAE) C2 Proficiency (CPE) Other examinations TOEIC TOEFL

Optional college weekend trips / theatre visits / excursions, etc: day excursions at weekends — free to £40 Theatre tickets and transport — £25 to £45 Weekend trip with overnight stay (two nights) — £70 to £300 Additional sports and other activities — £10 to £15 per week

Other costs: stationery/book purchase (loan of books is included in fees) General spending money — allow a minimum of £80 per week Bus travel: single trip from £2.00; 1 week £14.50; 4 week 49.00 St Clare’s sweatshirt £20 Please note: Prices are approximate please contact us at ic.enquiries@stclares.ac.uk

Gain an English language qualification

Our English for Examinations course helps you prepare for IELTS or Cambridge exams

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