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Cambridge Certification Preparation Courses

Duration: 1-25 weeks

Location: Wellington Quay Only

Start Date: Weekly Enrolments

Days: Monday to Friday (Inclusive)

Ref Code: CCEFCE1F

Accredited By: Cambridge

Fee: Varies (see below)

More Info:

€165 per week morning classes/€145 per week afternoon clases

What our Students are saying

"The pronunciation and conversation classes not only have helped me a lot with my English but have also enabled me to get to know new people. All in all, I will not hesitate to choose IBAT College for my next course or to recommend it to my friends"

"Las clases de pronunciación y conversación me ayudaron mucho, no solo a mejorar mi inglés, sino también a conocer a mucha gente y hacer nuevos amigos. Por todo lo mencionado anteriormente y por mucho más, no dudo en volver a elegir Ibat para mi próximo curso de inglés o en recomendarlo a mis amigos."

Diego Arocena, English Student


"I visited so many exciting places in Ireland though the trips organized by IBAT College.’ ‘Yo conocí muchos lugares excitantes a través de estos viajes organizados pour IBAT."

Alejandro Schilling, English Student

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Course Description

Students seeking a general qualification as a proof of language proficiency may opt for one of our general Cambridge exam programmes.

These are among the most popular and widely-recognised English examinations in the world, accepted by both employers and many educational institutions alike. An advanced level of English is required to join the CAE programme (CEFR B2/C1 or equivalent).

*Note: Part-time course does not meet Visa requirement for stamp 2 students/those seeking student visa

FCE - First Certificate English

As the basic formal certificate recognised by public institutions, this examination equates to a B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CEFR). It is generally taken by students who have an achieved an upper-intermediate level of English.

CAE - Certificate in Advanced English

For students at an advanced level of English language learning, this examination equates to a C1 on the CEFR. Along with IELTS, certain educational institutions accept this certificate for entry to college courses.

Help and guidance is provided to each student wishing to enrol for an official Cambridge Examination.

For more details on educational institutions and bodies that accept both CAE and CPE for entry to their courses, please refer to the official Cambridge website.

Our programmes focus on the four main exam areas:

  • Reading and Use of English
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The courses begin with a general introduction to the overall structure of the examination, followed by a gradual development of the sub-skills:English Courses

Reading and Use of English

  • Reading for detailed and specific information
  • Deducing unknown vocabulary from context
  • Justifying an answer
  • Interpreting an author’s overall opinion of a given topic
  • Focus on the specific text-related task types:

– Multiple-choice (FCE complete text - CAE 3 theme-related short texts + complete text)

– Gapped text (FCE sentence insertion - CAE - paragraph insertion)

– Multiple-matching

Familiarisation with and regular practice of each of the task types: Multiple-choice cloze, Open cloze, Word formation, Key word transformations, summary writing. Particular attention is paid to the following:

  • Analysis of parts of speech and parts of a sentence
  • Lexical-grammatical focus– idioms, collocations, word semantics, synonyms, varying registers
  • Attention placed onlanguage etymology – affixation (prefixes and suffixes) for word formation
  • Grammar – tenses andarticles are among the most common issues for speakers of certain languages


  • Part 1 - Compulsory task: Formal and informal letter and e-mail writing
  • Part 2 - Choice of 1 out of 4 - emphasis on writing essays, proposals, reports, short stories, reviews, articles, letters and e-mails (formal and informal)
  • Text organisation (introduction and conclusion)
  • General coherence - linking ideas and sentences appropriately


  • Listening for gist and specific information - dates, times, prices etc. Task types: sentence completion, multiple-choics and multiple matching
  • Constant exposure to exam-style recordings e.g. monologues, two-way conversations, group discussions etc.
  • Emphasis is placed on the different native English-speaking accents
  • Recording scripts are subsequently analysed for vocabulary content


  • Examination of academic vocabulary and expressions for recurring discussion topics
  • Part 2: Focus on analysis and description of visual prompts (photographs)
  • Part 3: Focus on interactive skills while collaborating and discussing visual aids, with the aim of responding to a given situation
  • Engaging in certain language functions such as speculating, justifying an opinion, negotiating and reaching consensus
  • Particular focus is placed on language accuracy and fluency
  • Regular simulations of the complete speaking exam in student pairs

Students will be carefully trained to complete each exam task in the specific allotted time and will practice transferring answers from exam booklets to the official exam answer sheet.

All our exam programmes are structured in a way that builds students’ confidence through continual practice of exam-specific tasks, combined with regular designated exam practice days followed by detailed feedback provided to each student.

Individual logs are kept of each student’s scores to highlight stronger skills and pinpoint weaker areas for further development. The aim of this is to show progression and to form the basis for assigning supplementary work to improve on these areas.

What will I achieve at the end of the programme?  

Upon successful completion of the IBAT English programme:

  • General IBAT College certificate of achievement (student name, course level, number of hours attended and the teacher's reference on the student's progression)

Upon successful completion of the official Cambridge examination:

  • An internationally-recognised Cambridge FCE or CAE Certificate which confirms the student's level and does not expire

Cambridge Certificates are recognised by employers worldwide and are accepted by many educational institutions as a proof of level of English. Students could decide that they wish to progress further to try the next level of the exam.

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What our Students think...

English School at IBAT College Dublin Review

 "Choosing IBAT College Dublin English School has been one of my best decisions. I would definitely recommend it!" 

"Escoger IBAT College English School ha sido una de mis mejores decisiones. Definitivamente lo recomiendo!"   - Giovanna Antillón Fabro, from Mexico 

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You can visit the campus and speak to a Course Specialist Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, no appointment needed. Or make an appointment on enquiry@ibat.ie

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IBAT College Dublin
16-19 Wellington Quay 
Dublin 2, Ireland. 


+353 1 8075055


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