The IELTS Academic English qualification is frequently required for university and college entrance. As a guide, entrance to a university course normally requires an IELTS score of 6.0 - 7.0, and college courses normally require 5.0. The mimimum entry requirement for university foundation courses is normally lower, but varies. It is best to contact the university you wish to attend directly to find out what IELTS score they require for entry to one of their foundation courses. The test covers speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
This group course will cover all four skills that are tested, and is suitable for people who have already gained a 5.0 and want to improve their band score, or those who have never taken the test but are of an equivalent level. Our minimum entry requirement for this course is intermediate level (CEFR B1).
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer group courses to anyone who is lower than this level. We know that lower-level students have more success in the exam if they focus on improving their general English first.
Private lessons may be more suitable for anyone wanting to focus on one particular area of the exam, or for students who have a low level of English but must take the exam.
You will develop exam techniques and work on improving the four skills that are tested in the academic version of the exam (speaking, listening, reading and writing). You will also have lessons on the grammar and vocabulary areas that are important for doing well.
Our IELTS teachers will organise practice tests to monitor your development. This can also include a speaking test that is done on a one-to-one basis, as well as writing feedback, with a member of our teaching team who is experienced in this area.
IELTS Preparation Academic (Foundation) 15
This is a 15-hour per week course, which runs Monday to Friday from 9am - 12.15pm (including a 15 minute break). The course is also offered (subject to demand) on a Monday to Friday from 3pm - 6.15pm. This course runs all year round, subject to fixed course start dates.
IELTS Preparation Academic (Foundation) - Intensive
This is a 22.5 hour per week course which combines the 15 hour IELTS preparation course described above with a General English 7.5 hour course.
Start dates in 2018 are listed below;
Monday 8th January
Monday 5th February
Monday 5th March
Monday 9th April
Monday 7th May
Monday 4th June
Monday 2nd July
Monday 30th July
Monday 27th August
Monday 24th September
Monday 22nd October
Monday 19th November
There are four parts to the exam – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The total test time is around 2 hours and 45 minutes. Listening, reading and writing must be completed on the same day, with no real 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 are two test centres in Glasgow, 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 apply for the examination.