Course - IELTS preparation course

Academic IELTS preparation course to get the best results

Our intensive IELTS preparation course in London prepares you for getting the best possible result in the Academic Cambridge IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System). You will learn from our highly qualified and experienced teachers, some of whom are IELTS examiners themselves.

The course includes hands-on IELTS practice exercises, samples of the past tests and exam techniques in all 4 areas: writing, reading, listening and speaking - all in a positive and friendly environment.

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 course, English for University and IELTS  course.

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  • Course level:

Levels 4 - 7 on the school's level scale

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(Level requirement for summer course is 5.5 - 7)


  • Fees:

2016

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

*excludes IELTS SELT/UKVI exam


  • Dates:

2016

8 weeks course:
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 intensive course:
1st August - 26th August (exam: 27th Aug)

6 weeks intensive course:
31st October - 9th December (exam: 10th Dec)

Click to see Public Holidays (school closed)


  • Course length:

4, 6 or 8 weeks


  • 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



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Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs 

This IELTS course is designed to prepare candidates for the Academic 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. This course is for you if you are planning to apply to these academic institutions.

Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during the IELTS preparation course

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The IELTS course in London is a highly intensive programme, focusing on all of the main skills that are required in the IELTS test, 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 from your trainer.

A full online practice IELTS exam is included in the course. Some of this will be used on the IELTS preparation 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 IELTS preparation course you will be able to:

  • achieve the best possible result in your IELTS exam
  • approach the four different components of the IELTS exam (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) 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:

  • All IELTS course materials including exam practice book and exam coursebook
  • Mid-course full-practice IELTS exam
  • Regular tutorials and progress tests
  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Ongoing support from University Relations Manager and advice on your university application

Case study

Read about the experiences of our course participants on this course

Carol Blaser

Carol has been studying IELTS for 8 weeks, she says that she is very happy to have taken the course.

“My Bachelor is going great! LSE has contributed really a lot to this success”

"At first, starting University in the UK seemed to be the biggest challenge of my life. The IELTS course and English for University course helped me to improve my English and academic skills, as well as boosting my confidence. The teachers helped me to maximize my potential. Now, looking back, the courses at LSE have made my start at University much easier and successful. I am so grateful for my time at LSE and can only recommend it to everyone who is interested in studying in the UK."

Carol is now studying at Oxford Brookes University – BA International Relations.

 

 

 

Gozde Doganyilmaz

Gozde has been studying IELTS for 4 months, she says it is a very intensive course which has been a good experience for her.   

She feels that learning English in the UK is very different to being taught in her own country (Turkey) because “in the UK, students are able to practice speaking more in English and with native English speakers”. She has found that living in the UK has helped her even more to improve her English and prepare for a UK university.

In her time at the School so far, Gozde has made good progress and she finds the teachers very good, she says “I find them very open-minded. We had a lot of discussions in the classes and they always respect our thoughts and more important they always listen and try to understand.”

She says the most thing she likes about the school is that the school “not only try to teach us English but also adopt us to the culture and make us get used to living in England. In this way we can feel more self-confident.“

Gozde plans to study a MA at the University of Bath (dependent on her IELTS results), followed by a PHD. Her advice to other students would be to “make sure they do their homework!”.

 

Asli Demirkazıksoy

Asli has been studying IELTS for 10 weeks. Below, she describes how the experience was like for her.

"My name is Asli and I am from Turkey. When I came to London, I was too nervous about my IELTS exam but after my 10-week course at London School of English, I became more confident about both my exam and also my ability in English. Finally I got 6.5 in IELTS which is a great result for me.

The London School of English really helped me reach my goal. Not only did my English improve and I got the IELTS score I needed, but also Rosie Ganne, University Relations Manager at the school, helped me to find me a summer school at King’s College, London. I am going there to study two courses related to my degree subject and this will really me be more aware of academic life before I start university in Turkey.

I am really happy to attend London School of English."

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