Cambridge Exams

Cambridge Exams | Preparation Programme

English for Life - Cambridge ESOL Exams -  Choose our 'Classic' or  'Gold'  Exam Preparation Programme  at  Atlantic S.E.A.L.

Every year around 1.5 million people take Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). At Atlantic S.E.A.L we offer 12 week Cambridge Exam preparation courses. You can choose the 'Cambridge Classic'  or the 'Cambridge Gold' programme depending on which suits your goals, time & budget best.

The 'Classic' offers 20 micro-group lessons per week and plenty of opportunities for self study outside the lesson time with full use of the school's resources and your teacher will give you a 'self study plan'.

Or, you could choose the 'Gold' option which offers 20 micro-group lessons PLUS 5 hours per week of 'one to one' lessons with your own private tutor to really focus on the skills that you want special 'one to one' help with. You will cover all the skills in the group lessons and your teachers will guide you with the best advice on exam technique so you can be confident of gaining a good grade in this internationally reputable  &  prestigious exam.

12 weeks is the ideal length of time to study for these exams but if you have a shorter time, perhaps 'Gold' will be the best option for you, or if you have already gained a good level in your English skills, maybe you could do the 'Classic' programme but for a shorter time. Just ask us and we will advise you about what we think will suit you best.

And at Atlantic S.E.A.L. we have had a phenomenal success rate amongst our students who study with us. Here is some news about one of our students who got an 'A' grade recently:


Why are our students so successful?

Our tutors are highly experienced & skilled  at preparing students for the full range of Cambridge examinations. We offer you all the excellent facilities of our year round language school and still guarantee the small group tuition of average four students per class and NEVER more than 6. You will live in easy walking distance of the school. We arrange the full programme of preparation for you here at our Atlantic School of English, including advance registration for the Cambridge Exam of your choice and we even arrange private transport for you to the Cork Cambridge Exam centre on the day of your examination. Students choose Cambridge Exams to improve their employment prospects, to seek further education, to prepare themselves to travel or live abroad, or because they want an internationally recognised certificate showing the level they have attained in English. Cambridge exams are known all over the world and are recognised by universities, employers and national education authorities in many countries. They are run by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) - one of the world's leading providers of exams for learners of English. The exams are linked to an international system of levels for assessing European languages.

Which Exam? - Our Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses

12 week exam preparation course for :

  • FCE First Certificate in English
  • CAE Certificate in Advanced English
  • CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English

What does the course cost include?

The 'Cambridge Classic' Programme fees include the following:

  • Minimum 20 hours per week micro-group tuition (average 4 students only NEVER more than 6)
  • Cambridge Exam Text book and all course materials
  • Use of computer & free internet usage for exam study & research (including exam Practice CDROMs )
  • Remedial workshops every two weeks with your private tutor
  • Full certification and progress report from both Atlantic SEAL & Cambridge
  • Free tea/coffee & snacks during breaks each day
  • Progress test & personal study assistance each Friday
  • Opportunity to join any ongoing leisure/entertainment activities with other students attending the school

The 'Cambridge Gold' Programme:

The fees include all of the above components of the 'Classic' programme  PLUS  5 hours of 'one to one'  tuition weekly with your own private tutor. This helps you particularly if you have a shorter time with us, if your level is still quite low or if you are hoping to gain a high mark in your exam result.


Possible Additional Costs:

We can arrange host family accommodation (approx 180Euro per week half board) or Self Catering in your own apartment or with a local host (€115 per week) or B&B or hotel for approx €50-60 per night including a full Irish Breakfast.


  • There is a small accommodation arrangement fee of €20 if we organise your accommodation.


  • All students pay a €45 first time student registration fee (a once only fee).


  • If you would like airport transfers we arrange a private car for €85 each way from/to Cork Airport). But there is a public bus you could take 


  • You may wish to join our on going leisure programme to enjoy some of the local activities available such as kayaking, sailing, horse-riding and excursions to beautiful places of interest, and we can help you to plan this and you pay for it when you are here.

Exam Dates

  • FCE March, June & December
  • CAE June & December
  • CPE June & December

The  dates change each year and the exact dates can be confirmed when you contact us.

Can I Join an on-going course?

The ideal programme duration is 12 weeks, but if you feel that you need more time to improve your General English first, we can extend this period. Likewise, if you do not have 12 weeks but would like to take the exam at the end of a shorter preparation period, we can advise you as to how you can join the programme once it has already started.


Here below we tell you more about the actual Exams to help you choose the one that is for you:

Cambridge Exams | Three Exams & Their Aims

FCE - First Certificate in English

The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) is an upper intermediate level exam which recognises the ability to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

Who is FCE for?

FCE is designed for learners whose command of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study. Successful candidates will have a wide grasp of vocabulary, and should be able to construct an argument and use appropriate communication styles for a variety of situations. They also need to show an awareness of register and of the conventions of politeness and degrees of formality as they are expressed through language. FCE is taken by more than 270,000 people each year in more than 100 countries.

Why choose FCE?

FCE is recognised by many universities and other educational institutions as proof of intermediate level English skills, and these institutions accept it as meeting part of their entrance requirements. Because the examinations are based on realistic tasks, an FCE certificate is an important asset for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or in international business. Employers throughout the world recognise FCE. It indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.

CAE - Certificate in Advanced English

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is an advanced exam. CAE recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life.

Who is CAE for?

CAE is for learners who are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including business and study. Success at this level indicates the ability to use English effectively and perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education.

Why choose CAE?

CAE is seen by institutions of higher education in many countries as proof of adequate language skills for courses taught and assessed in English. Almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a growing number in the USA recognise CAE, as do many employers throughout the world. A list of institutions and employers that recognise CAE is available at Cambridge ESOL The examinations are based on realistic tasks, and indicate the ability to use the language in practical situations. Successful candidates are able to participate in meetings and discussions, expressing opinions clearly and are able to understand and produce texts of various types, including business letters and reports. They will also be aware of the different styles of English appropriate to different situations.

CPE - Certificate of Prociency in English

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is the highest level of the Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It is a very advanced level exam.

Who is CPE for?

CPE is for learners who have achieved a high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in almost any Englishspeaking context. Successful candidates at this level are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker. The exam also requires an appropriate level of educational and personal maturity. Every year over 45,000 people take the CPE exam in more than 80 countries, and success at this level represents a significant personal achievement.

Why choose CPE?

CPE is an invaluable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires languageskills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. CPE certificates are recognised by institutions of higher education in many countries - including almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a rapidly growing number in theUSA. Employers throughout the world also recognise CPE. A list of institutions and employers that recognise CPE is available at Cambridge ESOL

Course Fees

Price Includes Additional
Cambridge 'CLASSIC' Programme €2850.00 (12weeks)

20 Exam Preparation lessons per week for 12 weeks in a  Micro-Group (average 4 students)  lessons per week. €230 for extra weeks or if the course is taken partially.

Each week additional or if taken partially - €230.00

Cambridge 'GOLD' Programme €4200.00 (12weeks)

20 Exam Preparation lessons per week for 12 weeks in a  Micro-Group (average 4 students) + 5 'one to one' lessons per week. €380 for extra weeks or if the course is taken partially.

Each week additional or if taken partially - €380.00

Cambridge Exam Fee, if taking the exam in Ireland €150.00
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