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Give yourself the best chance to achieve with an IELTS Preparation Course

These IELTS Preparation courses will give you an overview of the examination and prepare for each paper in detail. You will practise the various elements of the examination and you will receive feedback on how to improve your exam techniques. 

There are two options to choose from – distance learning online or in the classroom, part-time evening course. Information for each below:

Online IELTS Course

Our new intensive online IELTS provision will run over the course of 4 weeks and is designed to help people who want to study and/or work where English is used as the language of communication. The course is aimed at people whose level is 5.0 IELTS at the start of the course.

The course aims are to:

  • develop the necessary study skills required to improve your English language proficiency based on the nine-band scale of IELTS
  • develop your English reading skills to understand descriptive, factual, discursive and analytical information.
  • develop your writing skills to describe, summarise and explain data or to respond to a point of view, argument or problem.
  • support you to develop your speaking skills around short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion.
  • focus on improving your confidence around listening skills in different situations and conversations.
  • learn how to approach each task of the test
  • give you specific feedback on test practice

Course dates:

3 – 27 August 2020

28 September – 23 October 2020

16 November – 11 December 2020

More dates will be added for 2021.

Method of delivery:

Online, through Microsoft Teams.

A stable internet connection and an iPad or laptop will give you a better learning experience although you can work from a phone too.

There will be 4 timetabled live sessions per week which will focus on reviewing the work completed in self-study time. The focus of the sessions may vary depending on the students’ needs.

Course fee: £200

Apply now!
Contact the Cambridge International Centre
Tel +44 (0) 1223 226317  Email

IELTS Preparation Part-time Evening Course

This part-time evening course option will:

  • Improve your academic skills in English
  • Give you an overview of the IELTS test
  • Teach you to analyse the test requirements in each paper
  • Teach you relevant exam skills
  • Give you plenty of practice of past test papers with feedback on your performance
  • Improve your general level of English

Course Dates
17 September – 26 November 2020
14 January – 25 March 2021
15 April – 17 June 2021

Progression and Career Opportunities
IELTS is one of the most recognised English language qualifications for international students wishing to go to university anywhere in the world. It is also very useful for international students who want to study at pre-university
level and/or need a visa.

Entry Requirements
Verifiable B1 (intermediate) level: either previous IELTS certificate, or PET or equivalent qualification. Applicants without prior English language qualifications will sit our placement test.

Learning Assessment & Support
This 3 – hour lesson will give students opportunities for 1:1 feedback and discussions with their tutor.
All College students have access to the College resources on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and in the LRC, as well as to the College support systems such as career advice or counselling services.

Course Details

Course Code CP7IELTSFC
Course Duration 10 weeks
Course Mode Part-time
Start Date  Various
Times 6:30pm – 9pm

For more information or to apply online CLICK HERE

Apply now!
Contact the Cambridge International Centre
Tel +44 (0) 1223 226317  Email

Frequently Asked Questions

Classes are normally taught at two levels: pre-intermediate/intermediate level and intermediate +. You should have at least a low B1 level of English in order to take part.

You will not need to sit our placement test if you have a recent external qualification in English which demonstrates your present level.

You will be tested prior to starting the course to determine which class is more suitable to your needs and level of English (unless you provide a certificate from a recent external qualification in English which demonstrates your level).
This course is not suitable for beginners or students with a very low level of English.

Course books, past papers and other learning materials are used on the course. There is no requirement to buy a course book, but some students prefer to do so. IELTS course book costs ca. £30.

You will focus on each paper/skill.

You will  learn:

  • A lot of new vocabulary and the difference between formal and informal language.
  • The format of the speaking paper and how to plan for it.
  • To extract key information from reading texts .
  • Essay writing strategies for Writing Part 1 and 2.

You will also benefit from:

  • Timed exam paper practice.
  • Teacher feedback, self-study advice and teacher assessments.
  • Pre-testing: we participate in Reading, Writing and Listening pre-testing sessions in November and March/April. Pre-testing gives students the opportunity to try out new exam versions which are being prepared for future use. The pre-tests are corrected by IELTS examiners and students receive an indicative score which is then discussed with their teachers. Pre-testing is free of charge.

In your lessons you will be asked to be active and participate in a variety of activities (e.g. grammar exercises, pair and group work, communication, self and peer correction, oral presentations, exam preparation). It is important that you ask questions when you do not understand.

You will also be able to comment on your classes and tell us if you want additional topics or activities.

The course takes place at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT. Look on the college website for maps and information about our facilities.

The exam fee of IELTS is about £175 in 2019. You can take the exam locally at International House London in Cambridge (16 Stukeley Street) or choose from the many IELTS centres in the UK.

The exam fee of UKVI IELTS is about £200 in 2019. You can take the exam locally at Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge or choose from the many IELTS centres in the UK.

Where you take your test will depend on your circumstances. You can look for exam centres at

You can apply online by clicking on the button below. Prospective candidates will be assessed initially through their application form and then with an interview face-to-face or via Skype. The purpose of this interview is both for tutors to assess your suitability for the course and also to give you the opportunity to find out more about the commitment you are taking on.

We are now open for the application of our IELTS classes. It is applicable for a minimum of 4 weeks, 2 hours per week. You can also apply by coming to College by filling in our application form.

Click on the button to begin your IELTS course application

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