Preparation for IELTS Undergraduate Course

About the course

This course enables you to enhance your language and academic skills to help you in your future studies or your chosen career.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is well known worldwide and is respected by employers and academic institutions.

Preparation for IELTS - Undergraduate Course - University Approved Study Centre

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Approved Study Centre
  • Start dates - Feb,Apr,Sep
  • Duration - 12 Weeks
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day | Part-time evening
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Why choose this course?

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand a range of written texts, including recognition of opinion, tone, purpose and attitude
  • Produce non-specialised types of text, such as articles, essays, letters and reports
  • Participate in discussions and express thoughts coherently, using appropriate grammatical structures and lexical range
  • Understand a range of spoken communication including media broadcasts, lectures, speeches and interviews
  • Apply knowledge of English grammar systems and lexical conventions to your oral and written work to communicate the desired message
  • Recognise and anticipate each of the papers of the IELTS examination and develop strategies for each paper
  • Apply to sit the IELTS exam

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Preparation for IELTS

Courses run throughout the year, day time and evening, usually 4 hours per week.

We also run intensive courses (subject to demand) and these usually run for 3 weeks, 15 hours per week. 

Features include:

  • A highly communicative course
  • Use of academic language
  • All four language skills covered: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Preparation for further academic studies or future career
  • Practising exam techniques

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How will I be assessed?

You will undertake a range of tasks designed to support the development of all four language skills required in the IELTS exam, whether it is for your future studies, or to progress in your career.

You will submit course work regularly and this will include developing fluency in your written work, consolidating your knowledge of grammatical and lexical structures and preparation of information to present orally to the group. 

A mid-point assessment will test your ability in all four language skills and your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. This will be based on real IELTS exam tasks.

Your final assessment will be a ‘mock’ test, conducted internally, based on the IELTS exam format, and testing your ability in the four language skills

The external examination is not compulsory, however, advice will be given on appropriate test dates and centres.

Entry requirements

  • Internal placement test

Internal placement test

Previous academic and English language studies and experience will be taken into account

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

If you need to prove your level of English for study, employment or immigration purposes, this is the class to improve and extend your skills. The IELTS exam is respected worldwide and will open doors for your future studies and employment.

This course develops your verbal and written communication skills and academic study skills, which you can later transfer to other academic studies or employment. Excellent communications skills are essential for the professional world and will make a difference to your effectiveness in interviews, face to face meetings, on the phone or in electronic communication.

You will develop an awareness of studying in the U.K, and even if you already have a degree in your home country, the academic IELTS pathway can help you to progress onto an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at a British university.

Our open evening, prior to the start of your course, includes a 1 to 1 interview, to find out your language targets and your study and career plans. We have had 30 years of experience in supporting our international students and many of us have been in the same position of studying in a foreign country, using a different language, so we know how it feels.
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Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

Related Courses

  • Cambridge English: Preparation for Certificate of Advanced English
  • Cambridge Exams: Preparation for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Exams: Preparation for the First Certificate in English


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