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Cambridge B1 Preliminary

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

This is an intermediate-level qualification for students who have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

On our Cambridge B1 Preliminary Examination Courses (PET)

In the morning, you will attend our group English lessons at an appropriate level. These focus on improving your general English language skills.

During these lessons you will practice the four English skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing, cover grammar and also expand your vocabulary. This helps to provide you with invaluable general training in order to take English Language exams.

In the afternoon, you will attend our B1 Preliminary option class. These lessons focus exclusively on examination preparation and are based on up to date examination course books and past exam papers.

The teacher will also focus on exam techniques and will cover each examination module.

You will be given timed past exam papers to do and you will also have the opportunity to use our self-study examination practice exercises on the school internet for extra examination practice.

You should expect around 1 hour of homework on most evenings.

​Benefits of taking The Cambridge B1 Preliminary

Your certificate is valid for life. You will not need to take the exam again. PET is a truly international certificate, recognised around the world for business and study purposes. Many employers, universities and government departments officially recognise PET as an Intermediate qualification in English. PET offers you a chance to find out your strengths and weaknesses in using English, and gives you a pathway to higher qualifications such as the First Certificate in English (FCE). PET is at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

What you will be able to do after taking your course

You will have developed your reading skills which will enable you to read and understand texts e.g., a variety of brochures and newspaper or magazine articles.

You will have developed your general understanding of structure and vocabulary, which will enable you to complete gaps in simple sentences and write letters or make notes on familiar matters and create longer pieces of writing.

You will have developed your general listening skills which will enable you to understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements and follow reasonably paced speech.

You will have developed your general speaking skills which will enable you to ask and answer simple questions, take part in factual conversations in a work environment, take part in conversations about everyday life and deal with a number of the situations you might meet when travelling as a tourist in an English-speaking country.


30 lessons per week

5 Mornings 4 Afternoons (21 hours)

Morning lessons are from 09.00-12.30 (includes a 30-minute break)

Afternoon classes are from 14.00-15.30

There are no lessons on Saturdays and Sundays

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