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ESOL

Cambridge B2 First Preparation Level 1

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Part time
Evening

Duration 16 - 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

Cost £246 - £308
(see funding options)

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Course overview

ESOL applications are now closed. If spaces become available we will re-open applications on 8 July.

Edinburgh College is one of the largest year-round providers of English Language courses in Scotland. All College-based ESOL classes are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

This course is designed to prepare you for the Cambridge B2 First exam. The course covers the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills you will need for the test as well as relevant vocabulary and grammar. 


Your tutor will have a discussion with you about whether you are ready to enter the Cambridge exam upon completion of the course. The Cambridge B2  First exam is held in December and June in the College. You can request a confirmation of attendance letter upon completion of the course.

Please note that there will be no classes on the two days of the examination. The cost of the exam (approximately £160) is not included in the course fee. You will be expected to buy the course materials as specified by your tutor (approximately £45).

More information about ESOL course costs is available on the ESOL Course Fees page.

Preparation for Cambridge B2 First Evening Course Information
Preparation for Cambridge  B2 First Part-Time Course Information

The average class size is 18 – 20 with a maximum of 23. You must be aged 16 or older to study ESOL courses in college.

Support for students aged 16 and 17

  • All 16 and 17-year-olds are given a 24-hour emergency number.
  • Information on ‘Keeping yourself safe in Edinburgh’ is provided at induction. A tutorial system is in place for students to discuss progress or any problems with their teacher.
  • Students are supervised in class, on class trips/activities, and during work placements.
  • Parental consent is required for class trips and work placements. Outside these hours there is no supervision of 16 and 17-year-olds.
What you will learn
  • Developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for the Cambridge B2 First exam.
  • Upper-intermediate grammar and vocabulary appropriate for B2 First Exam.

How the course is assessed

  • The course is internally assessed. It is possible to take the external Cambridge B2 First exam at the end of the course.

Number of days per week

  • 2 days for Part-time, 10 hours
  • 2 evenings for Evening, 4 hours

Entry requirements

  • Aged 16 years or over.
  • Meet the minimum language requirements of IELTS 4.5 or SQA ESOL National 4.
  • Your level of English will also be assessed in an interview at the College.
  • International students (students from outside the UK without Settled or pre-settled status excluding asylum seekers, refugees and Humanitarian Protection Status) will need to check visa requirements. Please go to the International section of the website.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited for a test and interview where your language level and suitability for the course will be checked.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 4.5 or SQA ESOL National 4.

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Gain your Cambridge B2 First certificate then progress to the Cambridge C1 Advanced qualification
  • Further study or employment
  • Move to mainstream college courses

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
Sighthill Campus Part time 26/08/24 20 Weeks £308
Sighthill Campus Evening 27/08/24 16 Weeks £246

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