Course overview

International English for Adults City of Bristol College

This International English course helps students to prepare for Cambridge exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE as well as IELTS and OET (Occupational English Test for medical staff). We offer discounted exam fees for students choosing to take their PET, FCE, CAE or CPE exam at the College.

You will:

  • improve your reading, writing, grammar, listening & speaking skills
  • have lots of practice with exam questions
  • get tips and advice on all aspects of the exams
  • be taught by highly experienced and fully qualified teachers

You will need to do an assessment test to check your level of English before you are accepted on a course.

If you’d like to enquire or apply, please email

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who want to improve their confidence in the English language for studying and living in the UK.

If you need English to help you to find a better job, progress in your career or to study at University, our International English for Adults courses can help you achieve your goal.

What you'll learn

Our English language courses are taught by highly-experienced and well-qualified teachers.

What you will learn will depend on your level of study. You will:

  • Study grammar and vocabulary
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Develop your reading and writing
  • Learn good study and exam skills
  • Understand better British culture and customs
  • Make use of free access to International English online resources (Moodle)

Course entry requirements

You do not need any formal qualifications to join one of our International English for Adults courses. However, you will need to have an initial assessment to establish your level of English. Email to arrange a test. 

After you complete the initial assessment, you will talk with a member of our International English for Adults team to determine which course will help you achieve your potential.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be taught by our specialist teaching team throughout the duration of your studies. Your teacher will set homework after each class in order for you to progress at your own level.

Our morning English courses start at low intermediate level (PET) and progress through to upper intermediate (FCE). A college certificate is issued at the end of the course and there is also the option take the Cambridge Preliminary (PET) and First Certificate (FCE) exams. The classes are held twice a week, for a total of 5 hours. There are two courses per year starting in September (12 weeks) and January (15 weeks).

Our evening Cambridge exam preparation courses FCE, CAE and OET run twice a year starting September (12 weeks) and January (16 weeks). CPE and IELTS preparation courses run once a year starting in January. Classes are held once a week. We offer discounted Cambridge exam prices for PET, FCE, CAE and CPE when you take your exam at College. (OET and IELTS exams must be taken at designated exam centres).

Evening courses:

Course Time
FCE (B2) Tuesday 6.15-8.45pm
CPE (C2) Wednesday 6.15-8.45pm (January to June only)
CAE (C1) Thursdays 6.15-8.45pm
OET (B2+)

Thursdays 6.15-8.45pm


Tuesdays 6.15- 8.45pm (January to June only)


Morning courses:

Course Time
PET/ Low Intermediate (B1) Tuesday/Friday 9.30am – noon
FCE/Mid- Upper Intermediate (B2) Monday/Thursday 9.30am – noon


Future career and study opportunities

Students who pass can progress to other International English and vocational courses in the College.  Your tutor will support and help you make your next decision.

Additional costs

Cambridge exam costs are not included in the course fee. You will need to pay extra if you wish to sit a Cambridge exam.

Your course book and online study materials are included in the course fee. All students also receive a College student card giving you discounts across the city.

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