IELTS Preparation Academic

The IELTS Academic English qualification is frequently required for university and college entrance. As a guide, entry to a university course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 - 7.0 and college courses require IELTS 5.0. The test covers Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. 


This course covers the language skills and exam techniques to prepare students for the exam. Each class focuses on a different skill (listening, speaking, reading and  writing) and incorporates special examination techniques. Your teacher will ask you to complete additional homework tasks and you will also be expected to do several hours of self-study per week. 


IELTS Preparation Academic 7.5

This is a 7.5 hour per week course which runs Monday to Thursday. Monday and Wednesday 1pm-2.45pm and Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-3pm. This course runs all year round.

  • Course length between 1 and 11 weeks = £85 per week
  • Course length 12 weeks or more = £75 per week 


General English and IELTS Preparation Academic 22.5

This is a 22.5 hour per week course which combines the IELTS Preparation Academic 7.5 option above with the General English 15 option.  This course runs Monday to Friday from 9am-12.15pm (including a 15 min break) and Monday to Thursday afternoons, timetable as above.

  • Course length between 1 and 11 weeks = £205 per week
  • Course length 12 weeks or more = £195 per week


The IELTS Academic Preparation course runs every 4 weeks throughout the year, subject to demand. The dates for 2019 are as follows;

Monday 7th January

Monday 4th February

Monday 4th March

Monday 1st April

Monday 29th April

Monday 27th May

Monday 1st July

Monday 29th July

Monday 26th August                                                                                                             

Monday 23rd September                                                                                                   

Monday 21st October

Monday 18th November


There are four parts to the exam – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The order in which these tests are taken may vary. The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to a week before or after the other tests. This will depend on your test centre.

You can sit the IELTS examination all over the world. There is a test centre in Edinburgh but you can sit the test in the location that suits you best. You can use this link to the IELTS website to find a suitable test location. We are happy to help you to select  a test centre and to apply for the examination.


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)

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