Countdown to First Certificate

Share Print


You can visit our worldwide website for our globally available teaching resources, or visit our local website for for products, events and materials for your area.

Please choose below:

Buy from

Countdown to First Certificate

Countdown to First Certificate bridges the gap between intermediate level and Cambridge English: First (FCE). It introduces learners to graded exam format tasks while giving them a strong foundation in vocabulary and grammar. Written and designed to appeal to teenagers.

Countdown to First Certificate offers teenagers language consolidation by building on their knowledge acquired in the first level of this series. It contains extra vocabulary input and two grammar focuses per unit as well as further exam practice to help students acquire the necessary skills to pass the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam.

Key features

  • 100% new edition with visually dynamic magazine look
  • Streamlined 12 unit structure to fit the modern syllabus with a greater focus on vocabulary and grammar than before
  • Combines a strong focus on grammar, vocabulary-building, and writing with a teen-friendly approach that is highly motivating
  • Lots of grammar practice on the Grammar Zoom pages, Language in Use, Writing and in the Workbook


  • Wordpower and Vocabulary sections reinforce vocabulary items.
  • Writing task supported by task analysis, sample answers, notes and useful phrases.
  • Gradually builds students' confidence in doing exam tasks.
  • Workbook with Free Student's Audio CD.
  • Interleaved Teacher's Book for easy lesson planning plus Unit tests and Progress Tests.
  • Countdown to First Certificate is written by a first-class writing team: Kathy Gude, Michael Duckworth and Jenny Quintana, the authors of many successful exam courses.