Cambridge Exam Preparation | 4 Weeks - FCE EP36

The programme

Are you looking to get a qualification which is known worldwide?  Do you feel you just need a little time to perfect your exam skills?  This short 4 week intensive programme is specifically designed to maximise your chance of success in the Cambridge FCE examination.

  • Minimum Course Length

    4 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    36 lessons per week (27 hours)
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Upper Intermediate - B2

  • Cost

    Exam fee €195

  • Start Dates


  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age

    17 in low season
    16 in high season

  • Lesson times

    Mon - Thurs 8.30 - 16.30; Friday 8.30 - 12.00

Who is the course for?

If you're looking for one of the most universally-respected language qualifications, then a Cambridge English First (FCE) qualification is the ideal choice for you!  

Not only is the FCE Cambridge First qualification the most favoured Cambridge exam,  it is also widely accepted around the world by thousands of employers and universities. It proves that your English level is sufficient to live, work and study in an English speaking environment.

This Cambridge First FCE (EP36) exam preparation course is a very intensive four-week programme of 36 lessons / 27 hours per week that runs in June, July and August. It is for people who are short on time but high in motivation. 

If you need to gain an international English language qualification to prove your level to your employer,  your university, or if you have ambitious personal or career goals, it is the perfect course for your future career. 

For this course, a B2+  / Upper-Intermediate level on the CEFR is essential. Our students always sit the official exam here in GCI at the end of their course. Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) is an authorised Cambridge English Test Centre. Remember, not all language schools that offer Cambridge exam preparation courses are certified testing centres so this is a very big advantage of studying at GCI.

Course objectives

The aim of our Cambridge First FCE examination programmes is to ensure that our students are fully prepared for every aspect of the examination. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the FCE exam format; you will have significantly improved upon your language use in all four skills; reading, writing , speaking and listening skills.

During the exam preparation course you will:

  • Develop the skills you need to use English confidently in a variety of practical settings.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of all four papers with lessons focusing on grammar, syntax, key vocabulary, skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and the most effective exam techniques.
  • Benchmark your level to the international standards and gain global mobility.

GCI has an excellent track record as evidenced by the first-rate results from our Cambridge FCE candidates.  This is due to our strong commitment to providing exam preparation programmes of the utmost quality.

Course content

During this 4-week intensive course, you are taken through a rigorous timetable of lessons and home study. Your progress is reviewed on a regular basis. Throughout this programme you are given high levels of support and guidance which will help you focus on areas that need more attention.

The programme is highly-practical & task-based with exam type practice making up the majority of tasks. During the course, you will also complete sample papers and mock examination practice under exact exam conditions.

On this short 4-week course, you are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of home study tasks and self-study options. On your first day, you will be given your :

  • FCE exam course book - used for all lessons and home study tasks.
  • FCE language practice book - used to support your lessons and for self-study.

In each and every lesson, you will be developing your English Language skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing. The lessons will use tasks which are designed to replicate the exam style. Your lessons will address all areas of the Cambridge First Cert exam - Reading and Use of English, Listening, Speaking, and Writing and the best approaches for each paper. You will be introduced to a range of new vocabulary and grammar that will prepare you for the exam and give you every opportunity to achieve the result you need.

Sample timetable


Grammar & Speaking:
Mixed Conditionals
Listening (Part 1): Short extractsGrammar: Conditional FormsUse of English: Word Formation/Word familiesWeekly Review

Vocabulary: Verb & prepositions combinations; PrefixesWriting a Report: Useful language and text organisationVocabulary: Collocations with 'luck'Speaking: (Part 2) Comparing & ContrastingWriting an Essay: including a range of structures

Reading (Part 6) Gapped TextGrammar: Future Forms Review & Speaking

Use of English: Transforming Sentences
Reading (Part 7)
Multiple Matching
Grammar: Articles Review

Speaking (Part 2): Stating preferences and speculatingVocabulary: Expressions with get. 

Speaking (Part 3 & 4) Collaborative discussion
Listening (Part 3) Multiple MatchingReading (Part 5) Multiple Choice & Speaking
Course Start DateExam Date
01 July 201925 July 2019 (Thurs)
29 July 201922 August 2019 (Thurs)