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IELTS Exam Preparation

Students are taught the English skills and exam techniques they need to achieve their desired IELTS score.

Course type
English 16+
Age of student
Language level
Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2)
Maximum class size
12 (Cambridge), 10 (London)
Lesson hours per week
15, 20 or 25
Course dates
Weekly, every Monday
Course Length
From 1 week
From £329
Bell Cambridge , Bell London
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Who is this course for?

Learners looking for an internationally-recognised qualification to demonstrate their level of English.

Course outcomes

Choose this course to:

  • Understand how the IELTS exam works and how to achieve the score you want
  • Be confident taking the exam
  • Voice your opinions and share your ideas with native and non-native speakers in a variety of different contexts
  • Communicate more fluently and accurately in English
  • Improve your English language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking

Course description

Develop your English skills and improve your exam technique in preparation for the IELTS exam, a qualification accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. Our experienced teachers will guide you through the content and structure of the exam, giving you the skills you need to excel. You will use real-life situations to help improve your exam techniques, confidence and communication skills. 

Throughout the course you will:

  • Practise your speaking skills through role-play, debates and presentations on current affairs
  • Learn how to write for the exam including how to interpret data and present opinions when writing essays
  • Listen to presentations, lectures and fellow student opinions
  • Practise reading academic articles and reports
  • Develop learning skills such as describing data and interpreting meaning from context
  • Learn new vocabulary and grammar structures and improve pronunciation
  • Practise IELTS exam questions in class and with IELTS resources available for self-study.

Continue your learning

Customise your course to enhance your progress, by selecting one of the following extra modules. If you're not sure which options are best for you, contact our customer support team. 



Focus on a specific skill to reach your learning goals faster. With a choice of three different language skills workshops, you can develop one area or combine two or more over a longer stay.

  • Exam Preparation

Learn the best techniques for exam success and improve your language skills. This will workshop will help you excel in both the IELTS and Cambridge English suite of exams.

  • Speaking and Listening

Develop your spoken fluency, improve your pronunciation and increase your confidence. You will learn through activities such as debating topical issues, listening for specific information and delivering presentations.

  • Reading and Writing

Improve your spelling, punctuation, formal and informal reading and writing skills. You will develop your language through activities such as taking notes, reading for understanding, writing for work and effective use of dictionaries.

You don't need to choose which skills to focus on until you arrive. Your teachers will offer advice on the best options for your needs.

Business Studies

Business Studies

Challenge your language skills by studying business topics in English. Learn to communicate fluently about the world of business as you explore topics such as: entrepreneurship, innovation, negotiations, writing a business plan, the secrets of successful marketing and managing business change.

Study real-life businesses through weekly case studies, regular speakers and business-themed trips. Destinations include: Bank of England, Chelsea FC, BBC Studios, Cambridge Tourist Board and Aston Martin.

This module is designed for students with an Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2) language level.

1 to 1 Tuition


Advance your progress with individual classes completely personalised to your learning needs and goals. You will work with a dedicated teacher to identify specific skills to improve and create a bespoke language programme.

Art and Design (summer only)

Art & Design

Develop your creativity and artistic skills with this inspiring and engaging module available with summer language courses*.

You will expand your personal portfolio of artwork and explore the visually exciting sights of Cambridge or London. Focusing on practical outcomes, each week of the module is structured around a mini project with students sharing a finished piece of work with their class at the end of the week.

*Only available during July and August.


Language in Action

Improve your English in real-life situations with our free activities and trips. With our Language in Action programme you will learn to communicate like a native speaker, while developing new skills and socialising with your new friends. Included with every Bell course, choose to join workshops and clubs, social activities and trips around the UK. All of our structured activities have clear learning objectives to help you maximise your learning outside the classroom.

Guide to IELTS


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an English language test recognised by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. IELTS is commonly used by UK universities to assess a student’s level of English. IELTS assesses your ability to communicate in everyday English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

There are two versions of IELTS – Academic and General Training. Bell offers the Academic test. There are four parts to the IELTS exam:

  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Speaking (11–14 minutes)

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are completed at the same time. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

Ask us about:

•    Booking your exam

The exam fee is not included in the course fee. However, Bell can arrange for you to take the test at an exam centre.

•    lELTS for UKVI

This can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.

Course includes:

  • Course materials
  • Regular 1 to 1 tutorials
  • Access to the learning centre and a wide range of resources
  • Free scanning, printing and photocopying
  • Free Wifi
  • Free and impartial Higher Education Advisory Service
  • A free weekly programme of workshops, social activities and trips
  • Comprehensive insurance

Over 9,000 organisations accept the IELTS qualification, including UK universities

Bell Education Trust is a Tier 4 Sponsor on the UKVI register of sponsors
Private Further Education - Educational Oversight 2015
English UK Member
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English