Our IELTS courses are very popular. Many of our students need to take the IELTS test to prove their level of English for study at university. The aim of this course is to fully prepare you for the test so you achieve your best possible result. If you want to study IELTS only, please see our options here.

Our IELTS courses are carefully designed to provide you with the preparation and practice you need to succeed. You will be taught exam techniques and strategies for each of the tasks you will meet in the test. The IELTS test has the following parts:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

You will be given a course Ebook for each level that you study at. You will be expected to complete 1-2 hours of homework per day.

The average progress rate of our students varies according to level, ability, determination and the amount of time spent on homework and self-study. Generally we advise 8 – 10 weeks study to increase your IELTS score by 0.5 band.

General English

Our General English course aims to improve all areas of your English language competence: speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Our teachers use the communicative approach to deliver learner-centred lessons which are dynamic and engaging. Lessons focus on both accuracy and fluency and our teachers ensure that each lesson has clear learning outcomes. You will develop your ability to communicate confidently in real-life situations.

Our Academic Team carefully select course materials to ensure lessons are relevant and interesting to our students. You will be given a course Ebook for each level that you study at.

Included in your fees:

  • You can attend our free IELTS practice sessions.
  • A short review test and practice test each week.
  • Monthly progress tests and progress report.
  • 1:1 tutorial with your teacher including an Individual Action Plan.
  • Optional Exit Test – compare your placement test results with your exit test results to see how much you have improved.
  • Outside the classroom you can use our online learning platform for extra practice.
  • You can attend our free support classes for extra practice.

Taking the IELTS Test

Liverpool School of English is not an IELTS test centre. Our students take their IELTS test at a test centre in Manchester (for UKVI) or at The University of Liverpool (Academic or General Training). We will help you book your IELTS test. If you want to study at a UK university, we will be able to provide you with information and advice to help you choose and apply for your university course.


This is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Students applying for a 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.

Our IELTS course is also available online.


IELTS 23 (General English 15 + IELTS 8)
9:00 - 12:00 General EnglishVocabulary: Food and cooking Listening and Speaking: Food and EatingListening and Speaking: Restaurants Grammar: Present simple and continuousVocabulary and Speaking: Family Grammar: Future formsPronunciation: Sentence stress Vocabulary: Adjectives of personalityVocabulary: Expressing likes and dislikes Practical English: Meeting new people
13:00 - 15:00 IELTS PreparationLanguage focus: Ways of looking at the future Vocabulary: Adjective/noun collocationsSpeaking: IELTS part 3, the future Listening: Section 1, note completionReading: Summary completion, multiple choice, short answer questions Vocabulary: Verbs of predictionWriting IELTS task, comparing data
IELTS 21 (IELTS 15 + General English 6)
9:00 - 12:00 IELTS PreparationVocabulary: Sports Listening: Section 3: multiple choice, note and table completionReading: Matching paragraphs, multiple choice Language focus: Adjectives –ing/-ed and prepositionsSpeaking: Test parts 2-3: describing a sporting activity you like doingWriting: Task 1: Selecting and reporting main features of data from a tableLanguage focus: Word building Unit review and consolidation activities
13:00 - 15:00 ElectiveElective Option Choose from: Communication Skills, Live Liverpool, Academic Skills, English for Business,Elective Option Choose from: Communication Skills, Live Liverpool, Academic Skills, English for Business,Elective Option Choose from: Communication Skills, Live Liverpool, Academic Skills, English for Business,


IELTS Preparation & General English
Course Name1-8 Weeks9-12 Weeks13-23 Weeks24+ Weeks
IELTS 23 (General English 15 + IELTS 8)£250£245£240£230
IELTS 21 (IELTS 15 + General English 6)£250£245£240£230


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

  • 2nd April 2021
  • 5th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 30th August 2021
  • Christmas Holidays:
    • Close on 18th December 2020 and re-open on 4th January 2021
    • Close on 17th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022

Extra Fees:

  • Registration Fee £60
  • Materials Fee 1 – 12 weeks £30 | 13 – 23 weeks £60 | 24 weeks + £90 (Ebooks will be provided)
  • CAS Fee £21 (For non-EU students applying for a Student Visa) (subject to change)*
  • Courier Fee £75 (For students who require a hard copy of their visa letter for their visa application)*
  • Examination Fees (subject to change):
    • IELTS (UKVI) £200
    • IELTS (Academic or General Training) £160

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


Is there an IELTS class for my level?

We have an IELTS course for all levels from pre-intermediate+

Pre-intermediate level – advanced (CEFR A2 – C1):

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

Intermediate level – advanced (CEFR B1 – C1):

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

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.  Generally we advise 8 – 10 weeks study to increase your IELTS score by 0.5 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.