Cambridge Advanced Course

20 hours per week
Monday to Friday (6 weeks)
6 students

Our small group Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) preparation course is designed to fully develop your English language skills and exam to succeed in this challenging exam.




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Cambridge Advanced Course

Our Edinburgh-based Cambridge Advanced Course for adults is designed to fully train you in the English language skills and exam technique you need to succeed in the challenging Cambridge CAE.

As with all Venture English group courses, there is a maximum of only 6 students per class, so you get more individual help from your teacher to pass the CAE exam!

This is an advanced (C1) level course.  If you have an upper-intermediate (B2) English level, try our Cambridge First Certificate course.

Course Outline

Language Lab | 9.30-11.30am

During Language Lab, you will focus on developing advanced level (C1) general English, especially natural expressions, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.  Classes are communicative and interactive, and involve language analysis, discussion and learning activities.

Exam Technique | 11.45am-12.45pm

After the morning coffee break, you focus on developing and practising the exam technique you need to pass the Cambridge Advanced.  Your teacher will show you exactly what is required in the writing and speaking sections, and will give you plenty of opportunity to practise these and get feedback for improvement.  Your teacher will also give you top tips for success in the use of English/reading and listening parts of the exam and lots of practise.

Fluency Workshop | 1.45-2.45pm

The afternoon class is dedicated to helping you improve spoken fluency, pronunciation and interactive listening.  This is an opportunity to use the new language you learn in the morning classes, with the teacher give you correction when you need it.  We use real-life materials, such as articles, YouTube videos and TED talks as a source of discussion.  That means you will also discover new vocabulary and expressions in context, which is the easiest way to remember!

Self-study and Homework

To support your in-class learning, you’ll be set daily homework and given tips and exercises to develop language weaknesses.  You can expect to do from 5-10 hours of homework per week.

Why choose Venture English?

  • We keep our classes small (6 students) so that you can receive more focused support from your teacher than is possible in larger groups, while still enjoying a more affordable course than private lessons.
  • We’re a small, teacher-run school, so we treat you like a person, not a statistic. We genuinely care about your experience with us and your progress.
  • Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced, as well as fascinating people with broad interests who have a lot of life experience to bring into the classroom.
  • We’re perfectly situated for you to continue learning English even after class, as Venture English is at Summerhall, Edinburgh’s most adventurous arts, events and education venue!

Who is the course for?

This course is for adult learners with a C1 level of English who want to prepare for the Cambridge Advanced (CAE) exam by broadening and deepening their advanced English language skills and developing exam technique through interactive group learning.

Are exam fees included?

No, sorry.  You will need to book your own exam.  These courses are timetabled to finish just before an exam at the Edinburgh Cambridge test centre.

Can I have a discount off private lessons?

Yes.  When you book private English lessons in combination with your group course, you will receive a discount:

+ 1 hour per week: £37 (normally £45). Total for 6 weeks: £222

+ 5 hours per week: £185 (normally £225). Total for 6 weeks: £900

+ 10 hours per week: £330 (normally £450). Total for 6 weeks: £1,800

Is there a registration fee?

No.  There are no extra charges for your course or enrolment.

Do I need to buy a coursebook?

Yes, you will need to buy Ready for Advanced 3rd Edition by Roy Norris and Amanda French, published by Macmillan, including audio and answer key.  It is available on Amazon and Ebay and in local Edinburgh bookshops, or you can buy it through Venture English.

How long can I study for?

Each Cambridge Advanced (CAE) exam preparation course is 6 weeks.

How old are the students?

Our students are over 18, and ages typically range from 26 to 45.

Where are the students from?

Everywhere!  We have welcomed students from over 30 countries.  In 2016, our majority nationalities were Swiss, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.

How many students are in class?

We offer specialised mini-group classes to ensure you get the best possible opportunity to improve and use your English, which means there will be up to 6 students per class.

Is there a cultural activity programme?

Yes.  Included in your course fees are two activities per week so that you can socialise in English with teachers and other students while experiencing Scottish culture and lifestyle.  Example activities are live folk music in a traditional whisky bar, a walk up extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, or a visit to Edinburgh’s historical highlights.  You can also arrange your own extra activities by attending events at Summerhall, joining a Meetup group, or checking out events guide, The List.

Edinburgh Homestay

Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay!  Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes.  This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh!  You can choose the kind of host you stay with.  For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc.  In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi.  Homestays are from £175 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.

Homestay accommodation in Edinburgh

City Centre Hostel

Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount!  The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017.  It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops.  Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds.  Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount.  A dorm bed is from £137 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.

kitchen the baxter hostel Edinburgh

Private Apartments

If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb.  Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels.  The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local.  If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you.  Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week.  Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.

Private apartments in Edinburgh

Price Summary

Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee

Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee

Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee

*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise.  Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.

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How to Book

To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment.  Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or  If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment.  Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.

At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.

If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!

What Happens Next?

When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.

We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests.  We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.


Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.

If you cancel your course:

  • more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.

For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.