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). 

Key Facts: English for Examinations 

Age: 16+
Level: pre-intermediate (CEF A2) to advanced (CEF C2)
Start date: flexible
Length: 2 weeks+
Class: maximum 12
Lessons: 24 English lessons Mon – Fri inclusive of Open learning club
Course costs: from £369 per week
College room: college residence or homestay 
Sample timetable: view our sample timetable
Course content: our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week 

Gain a qualification for university, for a job, for your life. 

Key Benefits include:

  • Focus on examination skills: learn exam strategies, practice timed tests and develop both your grammar and vocabulary for examinations.
  • Academic Support: our tutorials and Open Learning Club provide personal support to help you develop your language accuracy in reading writing listening and speaking.
  • Small class sizes: help you stay focused on your English language fluency
  • Quality teaching: we have been teaching English to non-native speakers for over 60 years and are accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and the British Council (BC)
  • Oxford: our location complements your study experience, as you will be able to immerse yourself in an academic community which promotes learning
  • Interactive learning: promote learning through specialist weekly themes, which keeps your language development structured and interesting, whilst preparing for examinations
  • Outside the classroom: we take teaching beyond the classroom with regular Study Visits to places of cultural and historic interest in Oxford. We also have a rich activity and excursion programme.
  • International community: make connections and new friends from across the world
  • Careers specialist: we offer the expertise of careers advisers to support for education and career progression


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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
Course Dates and Fees

Courses start on Sundays

6 January 3 February 3 March
21 April 19 May 16 June
23 June 7 July 21 July
28 July 4 August 18 August


How much does English for Exams cost? 2018/19      
Tuition fees 2-5 weeks 6-11 weeks 12-17 weeks 18-23 weeks 24-35 weeks 36 weeks+
Tuition Only (weekly) £419 £409 £399 £389 £379 £369
  Twin standard Twin superior Single standard Single superior Homestay standard Homestay superior
Accommodation Only (weekly) £238 £289 £307 £376 £238 £314
Length of stay 2 weeks 6 weeks 12 weeks 18 weeks 24 weeks 36 weeks
Tuition only £838 £2,454 £4,788 £7,002 £9,096 £13,284
Tuition and twin standard  £1,314 £3,882 £7,644 £11,286 £14,808 £21,852
Tuition and twin superior  £1,416 £4,188 £8,256 £12,204 £16,032 £23,688
Tuition and single standard  £1,432 £4,296 £8,472 £12,528 £16,464 £24,336
Tuition and single superior  £1,590 £4,710 £9,300 £13,770 £18,120 £26,820
Tuition and homestay standard  £1,314 £3,882 £7,644 £11,286 £14,808 £21,852
Tuition and homestay superior  £1,466 £4,338 £8,556 £12,654 £16,632 £24,588

Standard room is: with shared bathroom
Superior room is: non-shared bathroom 

Meal Options:
Lunch at the college (Mon-Fri): 
£45 per week
Breakfast and dinner (every day): Included in homestay accommodation

 Try our Fees calculator to see how much the course will cost  

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@stc

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