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IELTS Academic English Preparation (Short Course)

Languages and Literature (includes English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Course ID: 163103

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • 12 week evening course, 30 hours in total.
  • Gain an internationally accepted qualification and boost your prospects.
  • Kick-start your journey to University.
  • Access support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Utilise our brilliant facilities and reach your full learning potential.
  • Become part of an inclusive, respectful and supportive learning environment.

What to expect from the course

IELTS is an internationally accepted qualification for non-native English speakers intending to study at university. So if you are new to IELTS or wish to improve your IELTS score, this course is ideal for you.

Over twelve weeks you will focus on the four parts of the exam, as well as vocabulary development, exam techniques and feature regular exam practice.

Students typically aim for a 6 to 6.5 score to secure their place on most courses, however other courses such as medicine can ask for scores of at least 7.5.

Delivered during the evening at The City of Liverpool College, Preparation for IELTS is a 30 hour course and will prepare you to sit the exam at an external test centre. The qualification itself covers listening, speaking, reading and writing.

This intensive course will give you an understanding of the requirements of the IELTS exams, and essentially prepare you in exam techniques and help you with some of your current language errors.

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. It is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of your ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
Please note that this is an exam preparation courses only. You'll need to book and pay for their IELTS exam separately at The University of Liverpool, or at the Manchester test centre if it is needed for immigration purposes.

2020 exam fee: £250.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

• University entrance
• Further Education entrance for Level 3 and Level 4 programmes

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• A suitable level of English is required to take the course (B2 or good Level 1 ESOL).
• You will be give information about booking the exam on the course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for21/22 is 250.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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