Course - Financial English


Program Description

Why study for Cambridge ICFE?

These classes are ideal for finance and accounting professionals who want to work on their industry-specific language skills. Studying for Cambridge ICFE will give professionals the opportunity to study and practice English in a wide range of accounting and financial contexts, even if students choose not to take the final exam.

Because the course is based on realistic texts, topics and tasks that are found in the daily working life of those employed in an accounting and finance role, successful candidates will find that they are better able to function in practical situations, such as meetings and discussions of a financial nature where they have to express opinions clearly.

They will also be able to better understand texts of various types, including financial statements, journal articles, letters, reports and proposals.

What is the course like?

The ICFE course is a short, intensive course that is focussed on preparing your language and examination skills for the internationally recognised Cambridge ICFE exam.

The following list is an illustration of some of the areas featured in Cambridge ICFE:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Company financial strategy
  • Risk assessment and analysis
  • Investment Banking
  • Ethical standards within Accounting
  • Accounting standards
  • Debt recovery
  • Accounting software packages and IT
  • Auditing
  • Assets and company valuations
  • Budgetary processes
  • Economic factors/conditions/forecasts in certain markets/sectors
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Banking and Insurance

ICFE assesses language skills in the context of finance and accounting. The examination is set at levels B2 (upper-intermediate) and C1 (advanced) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Modern Languages (CEF). Success at C1 level may be used as proof of the level of language necessary to work at a managerial or professional level or to follow a course of academic study at university level. This covers the levels of the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), and corresponds to bands 5.5-7.0 of IELTS.

The examination consists of four papers: Reading (75 minutes), Writing (75 minutes), Listening (approximately 40 minutes) and Speaking (approximately 16 minutes).

Course Dates

  • 10th February 2014
  • 31st March 2014
  • 02nd June 2014
  • 04th August 2014
  • 06th October 2014
  • 01st December 2014
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Crest Schools of English is a UK Border Agency (UKBA) Highly Trusted Sponsor and has been teaching English since 1983. Our friendly and experienced teachers and administrative staff ensure that each a ... Read More

Crest Schools of English is a UK Border Agency (UKBA) Highly Trusted Sponsor and has been teaching English since 1983. Our friendly and experienced teachers and administrative staff ensure that each and every student receives the very best in English language tuition. Students are free to visit our office whenever they need (if only to say ‘hello!’), which fosters a welcoming atmosphere at the school and students can feel secure knowing that we are always on hand to help with any queries. A recent survey showed that many of our current students chose to register with our school because they were recommended by a friend: we are very proud of this result because we believe it is the ultimate testament to the quality of our service and to the happy environment of our school. Crest Schools of English is rated Grade 1: Exceeds Expectations by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). We are an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence 2014 and 2013 and have been awarded Best Value School in London 2013 for providing the highest quality services at affordable prices. Our school is affiliated with London Crest Open Centre; one of the UK’s leading IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity exam centre, which also makes us an ideal choice for exam preparation courses. Location Crest Schools of English is based in a pleasant suburb of London called Edgware. The school is located on the main street, which means students can enjoy shops, restaurants and cafes in their free time and we are just a one-minute walk to the station. The advantage of being here is that you can easily visit central London by bus or tube to enjoy the magnificent sights and fantastic nightlife – but without the stress or cost of living in the centre. It is an equally convenient location for those who want to visit the many beautiful places outside London and who want to experience real English living first-hand. Read less