Academic English & IELTS Exam Course

Prepare for your success in the IELTS examination
IELTS Exam Course Example Timetable (subject to change)

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2.5 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

30 minutes

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions.
These include questions which test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas.
A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.
Section 1
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
Section 2
A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Section 3

A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
Section 4
A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture.


60 minutes
The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
IELTS Academic
The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
IELTS General Training

The General Training version requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.


60 minutes

IELTS Academic

The Writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for candidates entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.
Task 1
You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
Task 2
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

IELTS General Training

The Writing component of IELTS General Training includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.

Task 1

You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.


11 to 14 minutes
The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that it does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand.

Part 1
The Examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2
You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.

Part 3

You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue. The part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1,000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries.

Our IELTS Preparation course is specially designed to optimise your test potential. You will receive individual attention from your OEC teacher and advice about how to approach each section of the test. To enter this course you will require an Intermediate English language level or above.


Why choose an IELTS Exam Course?

  • Standard (20 lessons Focussed English plus 10 lessons IELTS preparation per week)

  • Essential listening & speaking, reading & writing skills for the IELTS Exam

  • Regular practice tests and tasks that allow students to become familiar with the exam structure and a variety of content

  • Feedback and academic counselling that allows students to target specific areas of weakness and ways to improve on them

  • Preparation for both Academic and General Training available

  • Excellent results over the last 25 years!

  • Receive advice on University courses in the UK.



Do I need to take an entry test before I book?

No, you’ll be tested on arrival to make sure you’re in a class that’s just right for your level.

About the course

Course structure

20 Focussed English lessons + 10 IELTS Exam lesons

Entry Level

See Your level of English

Lesson Length

45 minutes

Course Duration

1-52 weeks


At the end of the course, you will take your IELTS exam at the centre near the school. You will also receive an Oxford English Centre Certificate documenting your language level.

Assessment & Progress

Stay focussed with personal learning plans, a portfolio of your work, entry/exit test, weekly test/review and a monthly test/report on longer courses.

When/where are tests held?
Take the test at the centre near our school

Do I need to book my IELTS test in advance?
If you’re planning to take a test in July, August or September or are taking an English course for less than 7 weeks, we strongly recommend you book in advance via the IELTS/British Council website.  Outside of these months and for longer courses we’ll help you enrol after you arrive.

Do I need to take an entry test before I apply?
After you send us your application we will ask you to take a short test to make sure your level is right for this course.

How much does the IELTS test cost?
You can book in advance via the IELTS/British Council website. The price is currently £150.

(Price correct as of January 2015).

IELTS Course Dates
Start any Monday.



Class duration: 1 – 52 weeks

Class size: maximum 14

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Lessons per week: 20 General + 10 IELTS

Learning materials:
1-10 weeks £35
11-20 weeks £70
21-30 weeks £100
31+ weeks £120

Start: See Course Dates below

Minimum age: 16



Registration Fee: £90.00

Tuition & Accommodation Deposit: £490.00

Tuition Only Deposit: £290.00

Payment by debit or credit card

Payment by bank transfer: See Bank Details


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