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Hilderstone College - Cambridge B2 First Preparation

Cambridge B2 Preparation Course

Cambridge Assessment English

About the course

The perfect exam preparation course for the B2 First examination - formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE). This programme will combine an intensive language course with FCE exam preparation.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, there may be times when other students join the class online (hybrid learning). To enable the class to interact with one another, everyone should be prepared to connect online. You will receive access details in advance. All students need to bring either a laptop or a tablet to take part in our courses. 


This course focuses on the language and communication skills required for each section of the exam, as well as the specific skills for achieving your full potential on the day of the exam.

  • Morning programme: an intensive language programme with classes covering grammar and vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, varieties of written English and speaking practice, all of which are essential for success in this exam. We still believe it is important to improve your English as well as practise for the exam.
  • Afternoon programme: a specific exam preparation programme with special classes focusing on the techniques, strategies and language necessary in all four parts of the exam.

Monitoring your progress

Your classroom studies will be supported by carefully-guided homework and self-study throughout the course. Regular one-to-one tutorials are held to enable you to discuss your progress with your tutor. There will also be formal "mock" tests throughout the course to help you to see your progress and to identify areas that need improvement.


You will improve your accuracy and fluency in English to the level required for the B2 First exam, as well as become familiar with the different papers, in order to reach your full potential.

Course dates 2021/2022

Minimum enrolment period: 1 week

  • 27/09/2021 to 10/12/2021 (11-week course) - exam on 11/12/2021  
  • 04/04/2022 to 10/06/2022 (10-week course) - exam on 07/06/2022
  • 27/06/2022 to 26/08/2022 (9-week course) - exam on 25/08/2022
  • 19/09/2022 to 09/12/2022 (12-week course) - exam on 10/12/2022

*Please note that the following dates are bank holidays in the UK, and no lessons take place on those days. On each of these days, we will offer students a free excursion/activity. 

  • Monday 18 April 2022
  • Monday 2 May 2022
  • Thursday 2 June 2022
  • Friday 3 June 2022
  • Monday 29 August 2022 

In December, as the exam is on Saturday, an additional night's homestay accommodation until Sunday is included for the final weekend (if required).

Course Fees 2021/2022

Registration fee: £80

Tuition fees:

  • 1 week: £320
  • 2 to 4 weeks: £306 per week
  • 5 to 12 weeks: £285 per week

Homestay Accommodation (if required):

  • 2021: £146 per week
  • 2022: £148 per week

Examination fees (if required):

  • £150
Free December 2021 Cambridge Exam entry (conditions apply)

Coursebook: included for students booked for 3 weeks+ (a loan coursebook is given to students booked for 1 or 2 weeks, with an option to buy at cost price or return unmarked at the end of the course.

Full Terms and Conditions of individual enrolments available here


Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 - 10.30
11.00 - 12.30
Morning classes: language development
  Lunch break
13.45 - 14.45
15.00 - 16.00
Optional supervised self-study Exam technique preparation classes Optional supervised self-study
16.00 - 17.30 Optional supervised self-study

Enrolment Procedure

Enrolment Procedure Step 1 Complete our enrolment form
Enrolment Procedure Step 2 Submit your pre-course test and questionnaire
Enrolment Procedure Step 3 Once we have accepted your enrolment, pay a non-refundable deposit of £300 or the full amount. Click here for our Payment & Banking page.
Enrolment Procedure Step 4 Please tell us your travel plans when you have this information
On your first day, you will meet the staff, we will show you around the College and Broadstairs and we will further assess your level. We will make sure you're all ready to start your course!
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Hilderstone College - Cambridge B2 First Preparation