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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Part-time evening
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

The Cambridge First Certificate in English is well known worldwide and respected by employers and academic institutions alike. Our 12-week course will enhance both your language and academic skills to help you achieve success in your future studies or chosen career.

On completion of the course, you should be able to understand a range of written texts, including recognising opinion and attitude; produce written work in an appropriate style and at an upper-intermediate level; participate in discussions, presenting opinions and expressing thoughts; use appropriate grammatical structures and lexical range. You will also understand a range of spoken communication including media broadcasts, lectures and talks.

Why choose this course?

  • Our support begins before you start the course, with an open evening and one-to-one interview to find out your language targets as well as your study and career plans
  • Benefit from the University’s 30 years of experience in supporting our international students
  • Work with a team who have studied in a foreign country, using a different language, so have first-hand experience of how it feels
  • Gain a qualification equivalent to CEFR level B2 (equivalent to IELTS 5.5-6.0)
  • You can apply to sit the Cambridge exam, if you wish
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.

The campus where this course is taught

The approach to teaching is essentially communicative.

  • Newer language items such as words, expressions and grammatical structures will be presented in context
  • A variety of text types will also be considered in class and will include a range of spoken and written styles
  • You will be encouraged to follow current affairs in the media as a vehicle for language work
  • Exam skills will also be focused on, incorporating examples of past papers and exam techniques as well as examining model answers

 


Before your course, you will complete a placement test to check your knowledge of reading and presenting ideas in writing, and to demonstrate understanding of the use of English.

During the course, you will undertake a range of formative tasks, including class assessment tests and work to be done at home, covering all four language skills.

You will also have a mid-point progress test covering speaking, reading, listening and writing. Additionally, you will be offered the opportunity of taking the Cambridge FCE exam.

Your final assessment will usually be the external Cambridge FCE examination, testing your ability in all four language skills and your use of English. This final examination is not compulsory.

You will be offered the chance to speak to your class tutor, to discuss progress and review formative assessments, class work and homework, and identify strategies for improving areas of weakness.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry requirements

  • Internal placement test

Optional:  success in FCE main suite exam


If you want to be more impressive, and improve your CV for work and studies, preparing for the First Certificate in English will enhance your skills and increase your job opportunities, in your country and internationally.

Cambridge examinations are recognised throughout the world by employers, colleges and universities. This course develops your verbal and written communication skills, which you can later transfer to academic studies or employment.

Excellent communications skills are essential for the professional world and will make a difference to your effectiveness in interviews, face to face meetings, on the phone or in electronic communication.

You may already have a degree in your home country, but the academic nature of the course can help you to progress onto an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at a British university.

 

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

    How to Apply


    Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.


      Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

      Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.


        International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
        You can also apply online

        Find out more about how to apply as an International student