IELTS Academic Preparation Course

English Courses in Glasgow

The IELTS Academic English qualification is frequently required for university and college entrance. As a guide, entry to a university course normally requires an IELTS score of 6.0 - 7.0, and college courses normally require IELTS 5.0. The test covers speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. 

This group course will cover all four skills that are tested.  It is suitable for people who have already gained a 6.0 and want to improve their band score, or who have never taken the test before but are of an equivalent level. Our minimum entry requirement for this course is upper intermediate (CEFR B2).

Private lessons may be more suitable for anyone wanting to focus on one particular area of the exam, or for native English-speakers who are required to take the exam for emigration purposes. 

If you require to self isolate or quarantine, you can still join your class online until you are able to attend the School in person.



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 succeeding.

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.

This course must be booked for a minimum of 4 weeks. See the start dates.

IELTS Preparation Academic 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.

  •   Course length,  between 1 and 11 weeks  = £165 per week
  •   Course length,  12 weeks or more  = £155 per week 
  •   Price if course is paid for after start date = £210 per week

This course must be booked for a minimum of 4 weeks, but can then be extended for 1 week or more.

IELTS Preparation Academic -  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.

  • Course length, between 1 and 11 weeks = £220 per week
  • Course length, 12 weeks or more = £210 per week
  • Price if course is paid for after start date = £290 per week

This course must be booked for a minimum of 4 weeks, but can then be extended for 1 week or more.


For students who are unable to attend classes in person, our hybrid learning environment allows students to join the class online from home.








Start dates in 2022 are listed below;

  • Monday 10th January

  • Monday 7th February

  • Monday 7th March

  • Monday 4th April

  • Monday 2nd May

  • Monday 30th May

  • Monday 27th June

  • Monday 25th July

  • Monday 22nd August

  • Monday 19th September

  • Monday 17th October

  • Monday 14th 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 to apply for the examination.

The cost of the examination is dependant on which test centre you use. The costs range from £170 to £200 for the Academic test. 



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