The best way to prepare for your examination

We offer several ways of preparing for IELTS:

  • An 8 week preparation course. This course takes place 4 times per year in 2016.
  • A 4 week summer intensive or 6 week winter intensive course.
  • As part of our Academic Year programme, entitling you to a specially-reduced tuition fee as part of a 24 week programme that combines Intensive General English, English for University and IELTS.  

Our intensive IELTS preparation course is designed to prepare candidates for the Cambridge IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination. IELTS is recognised as an entrance requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programmes.

IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training. This intensive course prepares students for the Academic Training Modules, which assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

If you are required to take an IELTS Secure English Language Test (SELT), please contact us for guidance.

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • Course level:

Levels 4 - 7 on the school's level scale


(Level requirement for summer course is 5.5 - 7)

  • Fees:


8 week course: £3,400 + £165 exam fee
6 week winter course: £2,550 + £165 exam fee
4 week summer course: £1,700 + £165 exam fee

  • Dates:


(8 weeks)
18th January - 11th March (exam: 12th March)
28th March - 20th May (exam: 21st May)
6th June - 29th July (exam: 30th July)
29th August - 21st October (exam: 22nd Oct)

(4 weeks)

1st August - 26th August (exam: 27th Aug)

(6 weeks)

31st October - 9th December (exam: 10th Dec)

Click to see Public Holidays (school closed)

  • Course length:

8, 6 or 4 weeks
You must do the full course

  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 18
Average age: 22

  • Group size:

Maximum 12

  • Hours per week:

24 hours per week (24 x 60 minutes)
09.15 - 15.45 Monday - Friday

  • Exam results:

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Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs 

This course is designed to prepare candidates for the Cambridge IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination. IELTS is recognised as an entrance requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programmes.

Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

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The course is a highly intensive programme, focusing on all of the main skills that are required in the IELTS exam, including:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening
  • Speaking

As part of the course, you will do regular examination practice to get you used to working under examination conditions. You will also concentrate on developing good examination techniques.

Throughout the course, you will be set homework exercises, with particular emphasis on reading and writing. You will receive feedback, correction and advice.

A full online practice IELTS exam is included in the course. Some of this will be used on the course, but it can also be used by course participants in their own time to prepare for the exam.

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • achieve the best possible mark in your exam
  • approach the four different components of the Cambridge IELTS exam (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) with greater confidence
  • handle the language more effectively and with greater confidence
  • understand what you hear and what you read more easily
  • speak and write more accurately
  • speak more fluently
  • use a wider range of vocabulary in your written and spoken English
  • understand the areas you need to work on the most

Included in the fees

What is included in the fees

Fees include training plus:

  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to LondonSchool Online learning portal
  • Regular tutorials and progress tests
  • All course materials including exam practice book and exam coursebook
  • Mid-course full-practice exam
  • Ongoing support from University Relations Manager

The exam

The examination consists of the following four components and types of questions and tasks

  • Listening – you will practise listening to a variety of different texts (monologues and dialogues) connected with social needs, as well as situations related to educational and training contexts. You will practise a variety of question types, such as: multiple choice, short answer questions, matching, sentence completion, labelling a diagram, classification and notes/summary/diagram/flow-chart/table completion.
  • Reading – you will practise reading a variety of different texts, taken from magazines, newspapers, books and journals. You will practise answering a variety of question types, including: multiple-choice, matching, classification and identification of views/information.
  • Writing – you will practise interpreting a table or diagram and presenting the information in your own words. You will also practise writing about the solution to a problem, presenting and justifying opinions, evaluating or comparing/contrasting evidence. You will look at task realisation (what is expected in terms of register, organisation, style and content).
  • Speaking – You will practise all three parts of the exam, which are designed to test your ability to communicate effectively in English. You will practise: answering general questions; speaking extensively on a particular topic; discussing more abstract issues and topics.

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