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
Course length: 2 weeks or more
Class size: 12 – 14 students
Lessons (hours): 25 (23) Monday to Friday
Lesson type: 21 in a group and 4 teacher-guided self-study sessions
Tuition fees: From £300 per week
Accommodation: College residence or homestay 
Sample timetable: English for Exams timetable
Course content: Our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week
Term dates: English Language courses term dates 2020-21
Optional extras: Exam entry for IELTS/Cambridge £180 – £210
  Lunch available Monday to Friday – £46 per week
  One-to-one English language classes – £59 per lesson
  Excursions/Activities – £5 – £30
  Airport transfers from £120 – Depending on pick-up from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airport
  Courier charge for visa support documents – approx £25

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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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

Gain an English language qualification

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

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