EFL (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Qualification: Certificate of Proficiency in English
Level 3

This course is currently unavailable. Please register your interest below and we will let you know when it next becomes available.

About this course

The Proficiency course looks at high level vocabulary and sophisticated grammatical structures. We follow a course book but also with lots of supplementary materials to extend on what is practised. The exam is usually mid June.

What you will learn

The course covers the four skills areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also looks at sophisticated vocabulary and idiomatic expressions and grammar. Classes are topic based and cover issues that are relevant to life in the UK and the wider world. It is quite intensive in that there will be speaking and discussions in class to activate passive knowledge and extra grammar exercises and reading and writing will be done at home.

Learning style

A variety of approaches are used to help you learn as much as possible on the course. Our courses tend to be very communicative and encourage you to actively use the stuctures, vocabulary and topics we cover in class. We also use VLE and a number of useful websites to keep your interest.


You will be invited in to College to have an assessment and a one to one interview. This will include doing some writing in English, and a multiple choice test followed by a short interview. During the course, we have assessments every 6 weeks so that we can track your progress and discuss this with you.

Entry requirements

You will be given a level test and a one to one interview to assess if this is the right course for you. If you have already passed the Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE) or Advanced (CAE) or have a Skills for Life Level 1 or Level 2 in ESOL you can also be accepted and it would be great if you could bring this to interview.

What next?

Once you pass CPE-Proficiency you have reached the highest qualification for learners of English as a foreign language! You can go on to university, take a TEFL course and teach English and/or continue your studies in a subject specific area.

Additional information

Ask at reception for an Initial Assessment for English form. You need to complete this form at the college or online and then we contact you and invite you in for an interview.

You need to bring notebook and pen. You will be asked to buy a course book and a work book. This usually costs about £35.

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