English Advanced (C1)

Level: Advanced (C1/C2)

Are you looking to get your English skills to the level you need for university studies or to work completely in English? Or are you planning to move to an English speaking country? Do you want to greatly increase your higher level vocabulary knowledge? This fast-paced course will take you where you need to go!

€ 475,00

Sign up

Starting from 9 September 2021

+ 1 more dates

About the course

This course is for students who are at level B2. This means that you perhaps sometimes already work in English and are happy communicating with people about your opinions and ideas. You can probably already read and listen to most English without too many problems – it’s just the odd word or phrase that you lose! What you miss are some of the subtleties, idioms, and less common bits of vocabulary.

In this course, our teachers will help you to learn how to take your English to level C1. They will work on fluency and accuracy in both writing and speaking, adding to your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Learning about formal and informal language in writing and speaking is an important part of this course. This course will also give you the language you need to succeed in the Cambridge English C1 Advanced exam.

Sign up

Learning goals

  • By the end of this course, you have reached C1 level. You will feel considerably more confident using English and will know many more words and phrases that help you to express complex ideas in speaking and writing. You will be able to present and discuss abstract ideas and information, and feel at ease with whatever social and workplace situations come your way.
  • You can add to this course with our specialised Cambridge Advanced Exam training, if your goal is to get an internationally recognised certificate proving you are at level C1. You may need this for immigration purposes in some countries, or to prove you have full working proficiency in English for larger organisations worldwide.
  • Babel is a Cambridge exam centre, working in partnership with the British Council. We are highly experienced in preparing students for their Cambridge exams and will support you every step of the way towards success in your exam.

Sign up


We use the book English File Advanced. This book has a lot of online activities for self-study and homework included, and you can also download a special Pronunciation App to go with the course. Your trainer will work on activities from the book with you in every lesson, but will add other things too, depending on what you need.

All Babel’s courses are taught by highly-qualified, professional teachers and are interactive, fun, and focused on students’ needs. This means we:

  • Are flexible to what a group needs
  • Ask for your feedback on how the lessons are going, and respond to what you tell us
  • Use high-quality materials
  • Do a lot of speaking activities, in small groups and as a whole group
  • Teach grammar and vocabulary in a way that connects them to real life use
  • Encourage students to learn outside the classroom too

Sign up

Time investment

  • This course consists of 18 classes of 1hr45 minutes. Alongside this, you will need to do some homework and preparation for your lessons. You should expect to spend at least 3 hours a week on this. You can submit writing practise to your teacher for feedback.
  • The more time you give to learning, the more you will benefit. There are lots of exercises to practise at home available to you. There are also many websites where you can read more English texts, and many ways to listen to more English online. Your teacher will show you these, and you can decide for yourself how much you want to do and what suits you.

Sign up


  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You will be working with a book. You can order this book on our special book page. Please ensure you have your book ready for the first session.
  • If you are learning online, you can order the e-book version of the student book. You can do this here.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you follow at least 80% of the classes.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.

Sign up


  • Starting date: 9 September 2021
    Thursday9 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday16 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday23 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday30 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday7 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday14 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday21 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday28 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday4 November 202120:0021:45
    Thursday11 November 202120:0021:45
    Thursday18 November 202120:0021:45
    Thursday25 November 202120:0021:45
    Thursday2 December 202120:0021:45
    Thursday9 December 202120:0021:45
    Thursday16 December 202120:0021:45
    Thursday6 January 202220:0021:45
    Thursday13 January 202220:0021:45
    Thursday20 January 202220:0021:45

    Sign up

  • Starting date: 16 November 2021
    Tuesday16 November 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday23 November 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday30 November 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday7 December 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday14 December 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday21 December 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday4 January 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday11 January 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday18 January 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday25 January 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday8 February 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday15 February 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday22 February 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday1 March 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday8 March 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday15 March 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday22 March 202220:0021:45
    Tuesday29 March 202220:0021:45

    Sign up

Do the free testWhat is your language level?

Would you like to know your current language level? Babel offers a free language placement test! You will receive personal advice from one of our teachers about your current level and which language course suits you best.