Project Description

Evening Classes

GENERAL ENGLISH + SQA qualification: Pre-Intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1)
GENERAL ENGLISH + EXAM PREPARATION: Upper Intermediate (B2 – Cambridge First), Advanced (C1 – Cambridge Advanced).

4 hours per week, 2 evenings 18.30-20.30.

These classes are suitable for people who are working or have family commitments, and limited time to study.

Classes will follow an appropriate course-book for the level, but you may not study everything in the book. It’s important to do as much speaking practice as possible, so you should expect to study more at home, and to do, for example, longer reading passages or additional grammar exercises for homework. There will be the same input as for full-time courses, but more focus on the essentials. You will have written homework once a week, and other shorter exercises to complete.

All of the evening classes have a qualification aim, but will also be useful if you just want to improve your general level of English. There is input on grammar and vocabulary, to help you develop your English skills. You will also do work which will help you to prepare for the exam or assessment for your course (Cambridge First Certificate, SQA ESOL Intermediate 1). Your teacher will advise you on additional study you can do, if you are preparing for an examination. Materials are also available in the self-access centre in the school, and for borrowing.

The Cambridge English examinations are widely recognised in Europe and the rest of the world. If you pass Cambridge First, it means that you have a good Upper Intermediate (B2) level of General English; you could, for example, work as a receptionist in a hotel, or in a tourist office. Cambridge Advanced is the next goal for many students. The format of the exam is similar, but the level is significantly higher. Most students will need at least 6 months after passing Cambridge First to be ready for Cambridge Advanced, and many students who are studying part time, prefer to take a whole year.

In the FCE or CAE evening class, you will use a course book which prepares you for the exam, as well as giving you practice in relevant grammar and vocabulary. Exams are taken at the local examination centre and you have to pay for the exams: Cambridge First £140.00 ; Cambridge Advanced £145.00

SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) certificates are useful if you are working in Edinburgh because employers understand these qualifications.

When you enrol for any course, you are asked to pay for the course book, which you will use in class, and for homework.

Classes usually have 8 – 12 students. The maximum class size is 15

Minimum entry requirements

You must be at least 16 to take these courses

All students take a placement test, unless they already have a certificate (SQA, Cambridge).

Pre-Intermediate*: have completed SQA Access 2; test at CEFR A2, Post-elementary.
Intermediate: have completed SQA Access 3; test at CEFR B1, Intermediate level.
Upper Intermediate(Cambridge First): ): have completed SQA Intermediate 1; test at CEFR B2, Upper Intermediate level.
Advanced (Cambridge Advanced): have completed SQA Intermediate 2; test at CEFR C1, Advanced level.

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