If you’re interested in taking the Cambridge English exams, the experts at Progress English can provide you with all the guidance you need.

Our Proficiency Courses

Progress English is one of few providers of Cambridge Proficiency English courses in Bristol and is focused on people with a high level of English who tend to work or study and just want to attend one lesson one evening a week. Both online and face to face courses come with detailed course plans, access to an online platform for homework exercises and optional extra study, regular email contact and feedback between lessons and a course book. Lessons first involve strategies for the speaking, listening, reading, writing and use of English parts of the exam, then move on in the second part of the course to consolidate language input and prepare students to deal with the exam’s timed conditions.

Given below is a table that explains the language levels needed for each course. To find out more, you can visit If you have any questions, feel free to speak to a member of our team today.

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IELTS and Cambridge equivalent qualifications

 CEFR LevelIELTS equivalentCambridge main suite
exam level
Upper intermediateB25.5-6.5FCE Grade C
FCE Grade B
FCE Grade A

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

This is an intermediate B1 qualification which tests speaking, writing, reading and listening skills as well as grammar and vocabulary. Preparing for this exam can be an excellent step before doing the First Certificate.

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

The FCE course builds on the basics of English skills and language so that you feel more comfortable communicating and understanding in a greater variety of situations. Having this upper intermediate/B2 qualification can be important to employers in some countries.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

This lower advanced/C1 qualification has become increasingly important as it is now accepted by many academic institutions, governments and businesses around the world as proof of sufficiently high competence in English. CAE helps develop language skills and knowledge relating to more complex and precise language.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

At C2 level, CPE is the most advanced qualification, dealing with purely authentic texts and the most complex, idiomatic expressions. Some candidates need to pass in order to get onto CELTA teaching training courses with the hope of becoming English teachers, while others simply do it for the love of the language or to get the ultimate satisfaction of passing the hardest exam.

Progress English is one of few providers of Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE) Courses in Bristol. 

Cambridge English: IELTS

The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Language Assessment. The Academic module which we prepare students for is the most widely respected and used means of measuring English skills competence by universities or professional bodies in the UK.



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