Show the world how good you are with a University of Cambridge ESOL certificate.

Our English for exam courses are specially designed to develop the skills relevant to each exam. However, the main aim of these courses is to build up your confidence and accuracy in all forms of the language by presenting and practising language appropriate to both group and individual needs.

All our English for Exams programmes will provide you with extensive training in examination techniques and strategies. Regular practice tests will show you exactly where you are in the learning curve and provide you with an idea of what it is like to work under pressure during a Cambridge examination. 

Worried about your speaking? Or your writing perhaps? Then don't! All our teachers are Cambridge-certified and have both the qualifications and experience to give you the proper guidance and help you improve your English-language skills, whatever your needs are.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join the United family!

The first step is to decide which exam to take. We offer the following English for Exams programmes:

Level B2

Upper Intermediate

A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

Level C1


More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. 

Levels B1 - C1

Intermediate above

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speaker.

IELTS is the high-stakes English

test for study, migration or work.

Don't worry if you are not sure if you have the level to take any of the exams above. Our online placement test can help you decide the best exam for you. 

The next thing to do is decide how many lessons you want to have every week. Even if you are unsure what exam you want to take, you can choose your programme according to the number of lessons and take a decision about your exam when you arrive. We offer the following English for Exams programmes:


  • Our English for Exam programmes offer a blend of exam preparation and general English. This means you will study not only exam strategies and techniques, but also grammar, vocabulary and all language skills required to be successful in your chosen exam.

  • You can choose the number of lessons and supplement them with extra exam practice.

  • Thorough placement procedures that ensure you choose the best exam for you.

  • Multi-national classes that promote communication between you and other students from all over the world.

  • Continuous assessment allows you to track your progress on a weekly basis and feel what the real exam feels like.

  • Personalised tutorials and feedback.

  • Guided homework and the development of exam techniques.

  • Teachers certified by University of Cambridge

  • Modern textbooks and course materials.


Good news is you can start your course any Monday as long as it is not a Bank Holiday here in England. If there is a Bank Holiday* on your first week, you will then start your course on a Tuesday. Our continuous assessment policy allows us to offer you a class that challenges your current English language proficiency 49 weeks a year. However, we do recommend at least 12 weeks of preparation before you take your exam.

* Bank Holidays 2019: 19th April (Good Friday), 22nd April (Easter Monday), 6th May (Early Many bank holiday), 27th May (Spring bank holiday), 26th August (Summer bank holiday).

The school will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 13.12.2019  to 05.01.2020.


Cambridge: First (FCE)

Saturday 9th March (Closing Date 6th February)

Saturday 18th May (Closing Date 10th April)

Tuesday 11th June (Closing Date 1st May)

Tuesday 3rd December (Closing Date TBC)

Friday 15th March (Closing Date 6th February)

Saturday 8th June (Closing Date 1st May)

Thursday 22nd August (Closing Date 24th July)

Saturday 14th December (Closing Date TBC)

Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)

Saturday 16th March (Closing Date 6th February)

Friday 23rd August (Closing Date 24th July)

Wednesday 12th June (Closing Date 1st May)

Wednesday 4th December (Closing Date TBC)

Saturday 14th December (Closing Date TBC)

Cambridge IELTS

Usually on a Saturday

19th January

11th May

7th September

9th February

29th June

12th October

2nd March

27th July

23rd November

6th April

17th August

7th December


It all depends on how many lessons you want to do per week and how long you are going to be here with us.

Have a look at our English for Exams fees for 2019.

* £70 registration fee for new students.


We can still help you if you need a different exam. Our academic staff has vast experience in preparing students for the following exams:

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Cambridge English: Proficiency
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Trinity ISE
Integrated Skills in English
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Trinity GESE
Graded Examinations in Spoken English
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Test of English for International Communication

Preparation courses for these exams are only offered as part of our executive programmes or to closed groups.

Click the links below for more information.

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Brandon & Clifton House

44 - 46 St Peter's Rd.

Bournemouth, Dorset, UK


Tel: +44 (0) 1202 315166


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