Preparation First Certificate in English (FCE)

Practical information

  • Teacher :           Katia Bussy
  • Level :                B2
  • Classroom :      D59
  • Address:           Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time :                Tuesday 5:30pm - 7pm
  • Dates:                From 18 February to 26 May 2020
  • Price:                 Students/doctoral students UniNE : CHF 182.-
                               Staff and Alumni UniNE : CHF 234.-
                               Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 234.-
                               Staff other institutions : CHF 286.-

This course is aimed at learners who need an FCE qualification as proof of their proficiency level in an academic or professional context. Further information about the Cambridge ESOL exams can be found on http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/

There are no special entry requirements. The course is aimed at students whose proficiency level is around B1. If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page enseignement 

The course will allow students to:

  • familiarize themselves with the format of the FCE exam
  • master key skills assessed in the Speaking test, including talking about past, present and future, making comparisons, expressing and justifying opinions, speculating, negotiating and reaching a decision
  • recognize the format of the different FCE writing tasks
  • write an essay, putting forward a coherent argument on a given topic
  • use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures tested at intermediate level

Each lesson will provide practice based on the different sections of the FCE test (Reading and Use of English, Listening, Speaking and Writing). Students will work individually, in pairs or take part in whole-class activities.


Students will be required to write one FCE-type essay and take one end-of-semester test.

Please make sure you get a copy of the coursebook before the start of classes.
To order, please use the ISBN number below.

The course book can be purchased online from www.lelivre.ch


Title: Gold B2 First Coursebook - 6th Edition 

Author: Bell, Jan; Thomas, Amanda 

ISBN: 9781292202273

Publisher: Pearson Elt 


Registration will be open from
31 August to 18 September, 2020

Tutorial Fall semester

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week: