IELTS Life Skills A1

IELTS Life Skills A1 is the test for you if you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration for a "family of a settled person" visa and is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) A1 (Beginner Level). Our preparation course will give you the skills to make sure you can successfully pass the test,


This 7.5 hour course, will help you develop the speaking and listening skills needed to take part in discussions and to exchange basic information on everyday topics including giving personal details, education/training, family and friends, leisure, health, buying of goods, work, weather, housing and transport.

This is a 7.5 hour per week course which runs Monday to Friday from 1.15pm to 2.45pm. This course runs all year round.

  • Course length between 1-11 weeks - £80
  • Course length 12 weeks or more - £70

The IELTS Life Skills A1 preparation course runs throughout the year, subject to demand. The dates for 2018 are as follows;

Monday 15th January
Monday 12th March
Monday 7th May
Monday 9th July
Monday 7th September
Monday 5th November

The IELTS Life Skills examination is a one-to-one oral examination with an examiner and one other candidate. At A1 level the test lasts for approximately 18 minutes.

The exam is available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and there is a test centre in Edinburgh. For more detailed information about the examination, including booking the test, please visit the "What is IELTS for UKVI" page.






It’s well organised. The teachers are good. They are aware of our mistakes and help correct them. I live with a host family and I now notice when they don’t correct my mistakes so the teachers are obviously having a beneficial effect on my English!
- Matthieu Zwahlen (Switzerland)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.