At the Liverpool School of English we have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the IELTS score you need. Our Academic team has extensive experience in delivering IELTS preparation and all of our IELTS courses have been carefully designed to help you succeed. Whether you are studying IELTS for the first time or improving on your existing IELTS score you will be supported and guided through the course to achieve your required result. You will practise all components of IELTS and are taught exam techniques and strategies to help you succeed in the test. Our specialist IELTS teachers use a published course book throughout the course. The lessons are carefully designed to give students maximum practice in all the tasks they will meet in the test. In addition to your lessons, you can also visit our IELTS study centre for additional practice at no extra cost. Here you can do practice tests and exercises. Our IELTS teachers are available to give you extra help in the study centre from 3pm – 4pm Monday – Friday.

General English

Our General English course is designed to develop all areas of your English language including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our qualified teachers use the communicative approach and task-based learning to ensure that lessons are dynamic and effective. Your General English lessons will improve your English grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. You will also develop your ability to communicate confidently in English.

Course Options

For students who want to combine General English and IELTS preparation we offer two options:

IELTS 23 General English + IELTS Preparation

  • 23 Total Lessons
  • 15 General English Lessons
  • 8 IELTS Preparation Lessons
  • Level: Pre-intermediate + (CEFR A2)

IELTS 21 IELTS Preparation + General English

  • 21 Total Lessons
  • 6 General English Lessons
  • 15 IELTS Preparation Lessons
  • Level: Intermediate + (CEFR B1)

Taking the IELTS Test

The Liverpool School of English is not an IELTS test centre. We can help you book your test but you will need to go to an IELTS test centre to take the exam. Examination fees are approximately £160 – £200 and subject to change. There are two types of academic IELTS tests; the ‘IELTS UKVI’ test and the ‘Academic IELTS (non-SELT)’ test.


This is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Non- EU students who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa should take this test. Students applying for university pre-sessional courses will also need to take this IELTS test. This test must be taken at a SELT approved centre. You can take the IELTS UKVI at a test centre in Manchester. This is approximately 1 hour away by train. Information on dates, fees and how to book is here.

Academic IELTS (non-SELT)

This IELTS is accepted by the majority of UK universities. You should however, always check with the university you are planning to study at. You can take the Academic IELTS at the test centre at The University of Liverpool. This is just a short walk from the school. The tests are offered once or twice each month on a Saturday. Information on dates, fees and how to book is here.


IELTS 23 (General English 15 + IELTS 8)
9am - 12pm General EnglishVocabulary: Food and cooking. Listening and Speaking: Food and eating.Listening and Speaking: Restaurants. Grammar: Present simple and continuous.Vocabulary and Speaking: Family. Grammar: Future forms.Pronunciation: Sentence stress. Vocabulary: Adjectives of personality.Vocabulary: Expressing likes and dislikes. Practical English: Meeting new people.
1pm - 3pm IELTS PreparationLanguage focus: Ways of looking at the future Vocabulary: Adjective/noun collocations.Speaking: IELTS part 3, the future. Listening: Section 1, note completion.Reading: Summary completion, multiple choice, short answer questions. Vocabulary: Verbs of prediction.Writing IELTS task, comparing data.
IELTS 21 (IELTS 15 + General English 6)
9am - 12pm IELTS PreparationVocabulary: Sports Listening: Section 3: multiple choice, note and table completion.Reading: Matching paragraphs, multiple choice. Language focus: Adjectives –ing/-ed & adjectives with prepositions.Speaking: Test parts 2-3, describing a sporting activity you like doing.Writing: Task 1, selecting and reporting main features of data from a table.Language focus: Word building. Unit review and consolidation activities.
1pm - 3pmGeneral EnglishSpeaking: Discussing newspaper articles. Reading: Newspaper reports.Vocabulary: Law and order. Speaking: Talking about films.Vocabulary: Compound nouns. Listening: Dialogues involving driving problems. Speaking: Discussing advantages and disadvantages.


IELTS 23 (General English 15 + IELTS 8)

  • 1-11 Weeks – £235
  • 12-23 Weeks – £225
  • 24-35 Weeks – £215
  • 36+ Weeks – £205

IELTS 21 (IELTS 15 +General English 6)

  • 1-11 Weeks – £235
  • 12-23 Weeks – £225
  • 24-35 Weeks – £215
  • 36+ Weeks – £205

Fees include:

  • All course books and materials (students studying 1-4 weeks will receive a loan book)
  • International Student Insurance
  • Access to the LSe-Learning online platform to keep developing your skills outside the classroom. This is valid for one year from the start of the course
  • Access to our fantastic Social Programme (please see page for prices)
  • All General English, Examination and Work Experience Courses include up to 3 free support classes per week
  • All IELTS courses include 4 free exam practice lessons per week
  • Up to 4 hours per week of supervised self-study in our IELTS study centre
  • Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course

Extra Course Fees:

  • Registration Fee £50
  • CAS Fee (For non-EU students applying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa) £21 (subject to change) *
  • Courier Fee £75 (For students who require a hard copy of their visa letter for their visa application) *

*these fees are dependent on the type of Visa the student has

Exam Fees: (subject to change)

  • IELTS UKVI: £200
  • Academic IELTS (non-SELT): £160


There will be no lessons on the following UK public holidays and there is no discount in fees:

  • 14 April 2017
  • 17 April 2017
  • 1 May 2017
  • 29 May 2017
  • 28 August 2017


Is there an IELTS class for my level?

We have an IELTS course for all levels from pre-intermediate – (CEFR A2+) Pre-intermediate level – advanced (CEFR A2 – C1):

  • IELTS 8
  • IELTS 23 (General English 15 + IELTS 8)

Intermediate level – advanced (CEFR B1 – C1) :

  • IELTS 15
  • IELTS 21 (IELTS 15 + General English 6)

How much time do I need to study for my IELTS test?

This depends on your level when you start and the score that you are required to achieve.  We usually advise that it takes about 12 weeks to progress 0.5 of a band, for example, from 5.5 to 6. Your progress also depends on other factors such as how much homework you do and how much English you speak outside of class

What can I do if I find a particular IELTS paper difficult?

Come along to our free practice classes in the study centre. These run from 3-4pm Monday to Thursday

How can I book my IELTS test?

You can book your test online at You will need a passport or identity card and a bank debit/credit card. We can assist you if you need help completing your booking

How long are the lessons?

The lessons last for 55 minutes