CAE Exam Preparation

Byron Bay English Language School

Q&A
Price
school-reference
detail

Course description

Cambridge examinations provide successful students with an internationally recognised certificate of English Language proficiency. Our course prepares students for the FCE, CAE and CPE Cambridge Examinations held each year in March, June and December. Classes focus is on speaking, reading, listening, writing and the use of English, including regular practice tests under exam conditions.

BBELS is a recognised Cambridge Exam Centre and has been a market leader in the provision of Cambridge exam preparation courses in Byron Bay since 2001. We are proud of the high quality of our Cambridge teaching services.

Important - students are expected to be motivated to pass the Cambridge exam. Cambridge courses require active participation and consistent class attendance, as well as regular homework completion.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
10-12 weeks
Classes per week
23 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 90 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday

Class times

Morning session
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Morning session
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evening session
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

High intermediate
Advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Byron Bay.

Class size

Average 10 students
Maximum 14 students

Student age

Age range 16 years old and older
Average 22 years old
(23 in the summer)

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
Read more...
school
photos

Photos

  • Building of Byron Bay English Language School 1/36
  • Classroom at Byron Bay English Language School 2/36
  • Building of Byron Bay English Language School 3/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 4/36
  • City of Byron Bay 5/36
  • City of Byron Bay 6/36
  • City of Byron Bay 7/36
  • Classroom at Byron Bay English Language School 8/36
  • Building of Byron Bay English Language School 9/36
  • Classroom at Byron Bay English Language School 10/36
  • Reception of Byron Bay English Language School 11/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 12/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 13/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 14/36
  • Building of Byron Bay English Language School 15/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 16/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 17/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 18/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 19/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 20/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 21/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 22/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 23/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 24/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 25/36
  • City of Byron Bay 26/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 27/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 28/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 29/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 30/36
  • Teachers and Staff at Byron Bay English Language School 31/36
  • Students of Byron Bay English Language School 32/36
  • Activities offered at Byron Bay English Language School 33/36
  • Student residence offered by Byron Bay English Language School 34/36
  • Student residence offered by Byron Bay English Language School 35/36
  • Student residence offered by Byron Bay English Language School 36/36
reviews

Reviews

100% recommend

based on 4 reviews
5 stars
1
4 stars
3
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location
Housing

"An amazing way of learning, meeting friends, and having fun in the activities"

Alicia Ibanez

I had a great time in small classes, learning multiple skills in different ways. The classes were good, even though they were sometimes a bit long. The ones in the afternoon were really interesting and I learned a lot about Australian stuff!

I did a month at school and for another month I was volunteering at the lighthouse. I also had a wonderful time there because I learned so many things about whales and about the history of Byron Bay! I was able to then explain what I learned to people who asked me and this exchange with them was really nice, as I also learned from them and improved my language skills.

The family who I was staying with was really nice and I loved talking with them and going with them to some places they liked. It was also a way for me to discover the Australian life. I've been keeping contact with the family for one year and a half now. It's awesome to get news from the other side of the world!

Read more...

My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location
Housing
Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
1 Apr 2013 - 2 May 2013
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"It was full of good moments, experiences, and friends"

Jaime Parodi Bardon

Byron Bay is a great place. BBELS is the perfect starting point for an amazing 360º experience. The quality of its teachers and the range of courses make it very suitable for learning English. The location, just at the heart of the town, and proximity to the beach are also very important points.

Read more...

My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location
Housing
Duration of study
22 weeks
Date of study
13 Jan 2014 - 19 Jun 2014
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"A magical place on the other side of the world."

Giulia Barra

Hi my name is Giulia,
I enjoyed every day in Byron Bay; the beautiful landscape, the ocean, the nature and especially the sunrise and the sunset.
There is a great healthy lifestyle, everyone is good and friendly.
There is always something interesting to do. Every day the school organizes some activities or excursions for students. The school makes the students feel like a small family, a super crazy multicultural family. Every day we learned something new about the place, about ourselves and about the people.
I love the cafeteria Oska, a little corner where i can relax every day.
We also had a school party. We had so much fun every time, and we had the opportunity to get to know each other better, listen to some music and sing all together.

Read more...

My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location
Housing
Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
14 Jul 2014 - 15 Aug 2014
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"A profitable language experience, a welcoming environment and a lot of fun."

Valerio Romano

The facilities at the school were very good, with plenty of space for students, a computer room, a kitchen and a wide lounge where the school organized parties. The course was organized efficiently and the teachers were well-prepared, very funny and available if you needed help. The location is amazing, both from a naturalistic (with enormous beaches, a rain forest was nearby, lots of wildlife and little pollution) and human point of view (everyone was friendly and relaxed). The activities were varied: sports, cultural activities, school trips, etc. Some were free and many had a reduction from the original price. Collectively, they were very entertaining. I did not like the housing, as the house where I stayed in I was offered very little food at dinner (although it was included in the price), the bed was uncomfortable and the walls so thin I could hear any movement and therefore often woke up at night.

Read more...

My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location
Housing
Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
19 Aug 2013 - 13 Sep 2013
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Sonia, Sales and Marketing Manager at Byron Bay English Language School responded to this review.
17 September 2014

Hi Valerio,

Thank you so much for sending through that lovely review! :)

We hope everything is going very well for you back home in Italy.

We wish you all the best!

Cheers from sunny Byron Bay, and please also say hello to your Mom!

Sonia and the BBELS team

housing

Housing

BBELS offers the following housing types:
homestay

Homestay - Single-person room - Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends

A$ 305
weekly
Age range: 16 - 70 years old
Location: Outside the city center of Byron Bay
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends (16 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, telephone, computers, free internet, tV room, carpet, hardwood, heating, 24/7 supervision, and garden
Distance to school: 15 - 20 minutes by other
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 10:00 AM
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 305
Homestay is accommodation with a local family. This is a great way to experience local "Aussie" hospitality and use your English in a day to day environment.

Homestay accommodation includes:

single room with study desk
2 meals per day on week days
3 meals per day on the weekends
laundry

Minimum stay: 2 weeks

Homestay Placement fee: $220

Homestay price: $245 per week

Premium Homestay price: $285 per week - includes use of a private bathroom

Twin Homestay price: $220 per week

Breakfast Only Homestay price: $210 per week

Christmas Week Surcharge: $40

Homestay Premium - Single-person room - Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends

A$ 335
weekly
Age range: 16 - 61 years old
Location: Outside the city center of Byron Bay
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends (16 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, and garden
Distance to school: 19 - 24 minutes by other
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 11:00 AM
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 335
includes use of a private bathroom
student-residence

Student residence (on-campus) - 4-person shared room - No meals

A$ 275
weekly
Age range: 18 - 63 years old
Address: 1 Carlyle Street, BYRON BAY, NSW 2481, Australia
Location: In the city center of Byron Bay
Housing type: Student residence (on-campus)
Room type: 4-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, computers, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, and garden
Distance to school: 1 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Friday, after 08:00 AM
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 275
BBELS offers dormitory style accommodation, located in the school building. Everything is supplied and its a simple walk to your classroom each day. The beach is 5 minute walk from our building. The supermarket is 2 minutes walk.

Student residence (off-campus) - 2-person shared room - No meals

A$ 220
weekly
Age range: 18 - 60 years old
Address: Electra Close, BYRON BAY, NSW 2481, Australia
Location: In the city center of Byron Bay
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, and garden
Distance to school: 15 - 20 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 11:00 AM
Check-out: Saturday, before 11:00 AM
A$ 220
We offer students the chance to live with other BBELS students in furnished appartments and houses in Byron Bay. All houses are within 10 minutes bike ride to the school with most located at a maximum of 10 minutes walk.

Students share the kitchen and laundry facilities. WiFi and bed linen are also provided free of charge.

Student residence (off-campus) - Single-person room - No meals

A$ 310
weekly
Age range: 18 - 60 years old
Location: Outside the city center of Byron Bay
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, telephone, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, and garden
Distance to school: 10 - 20 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 10:00 AM
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 310
We offer students the chance to live with other BBELS students in furnished appartments and houses in Byron Bay. All houses are within 10 minutes bike ride to the school with most located at a maximum of 10 minutes walk.

Students share the kitchen and laundry facilities. WiFi and bed linen are also provided free of charge.
visa

Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Byron Bay based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

Learn more about our insurance plan »

Read more...
questions

Questions and answers

Have questions? Get answers from Byron Bay English Language School staff, Language International student advisors, and past students.

Ask a question
Show prices