IELTS exam preparation at ELC Chester

IELTS is an internationally-recognised exam and most students need it to prove their level of English for study at University, or for use in a workplace environment.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. B1
    2. B2
    3. C1

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

Our IELTS preparation course starts any Monday and is a combination of General English, Exam Focus and Academic Writing lessons. The course will prepare you for undergraduate or postgraduate studies which are taught in English.

You will learn to use English with confidence, both in your academic studies and socially. Our experienced and professional teachers will develop your exam techniques so that you achieve the best possible result in each section of the exam.

The IELTS course includes:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week in the mornings studying on the core programme of the General English course
  • 6 lessons (4.5 hours) per week of IELTS exam focus preparing for the 4 IELTS papers
  • 2 lessons (1.5 hours) per week of academic writing
  • regular tutorials with your teacher to give you individual help and study advice.

Your rate of progress varies depending on your level, ability and determination but on average our IELTS students’ test scores increase by 0.5 in approximately 6.5 weeks. We will provide you with regular examination practice and homework. We also offer information and advice to help you choose and apply for your university course.

Exam dates are available every month at a local test centre.

Extended study

If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, IELTS preparation can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £755.00 for 2 weeks
    • 56 lessons over the course of 42 hours
    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

Next steps

Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • You’ll take mock exams under authentic exam conditions.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.
  • You get your exam results about 2 weeks after the exam.

Who is this English course for?

ELC Chester’s IELTS exam preparation course is perfect if you are an international student aged 16 or over, and are looking to further improve your English language skills while preparing for the IELTS exam. You must also have an existing CEFR level of B1 to C1.

Find your English level

Frequently asked questions about IELTS preparation

What is the highest level class?

We usually have general English classes at C1 level. We also run a Cambridge Advanced course 5 times a year.

When I arrive in the UK, can I travel from London to Chester on my own?

Yes you can, however, this is only recommended for experienced travellers as you will then have to take the Underground to central London and then a direct train to Chester (CTR).

What’s the closest airport to ELC in Chester?

Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are the closest to Chester, at 45 and 35 minutes’ drive respectively. We can organise an airport transfer for you from these airports to your accommodation in Chester. Or alternatively you can use public transport. Some students also choose to travel to Heathrow Airport in London. This is only recommended for experienced travellers as you will then have to take the Underground to central London and then a direct train to Chester (CTR).

What is the maximum length of visa that I can get to study English?

To study English language, you can study for a maximum of 11 months. You need to apply for a Short-Term Study Visa

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

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Need time to think?

What do you think about this IELTS exam preparation course in Chester? Does it sound right for you? If you have any questions about this course, other courses we offer, or if you’re unsure if the IELTS test is the right one for you, please get in touch with us, as we’ll be very happy to help you out.

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