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IELTS Exam Preparation

Gain an internationally-recognised qualification to demonstrate your language level to a University or prospective employer.

Course type
English 16+
Age of student
Language level
Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2)
Maximum class size
14 (Cambridge) 12 (London)
Course dates
Weekly, every Monday
Course Length
From 1 week
From £330-£360 (depending on duration of study)
Bell Cambridge , Bell London

Our IELTS preparation course is taught by teachers with extensive knowledge of IELTS exam content and structure in all four areas - writing, listening, reading and speaking

Our IELTS exam preparation course is flexible:

  • Choose how many weeks and months you want to study
  • You can also choose how many hours you would like to study a week (15, 20 or 25 hours)

Teachers will regularly review your progress on a 1-to-1 basis, to help you know how to achieve your goal.

During your time at Bell, you will also have access to Bell Online, our interactive learning environment which is personalised to you. Test your skills and gather feedback from your teachers.

On this course, you will:

  • Strengthen your understanding of the IELTS exam content and structure
  • Gain effective strategies to tackle different types of questions
  • Develop useful skills such as paraphrasing, analysing or describing data and interpreting meaning from context
  • Learn to effectively communicate and present your opinions when speaking or writing essays for the exam
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Computer-based IELTS

You can now take a computer-based IELTS test in the UK. 

If you would like to take this option, your course will ensure you feel comfortable and prepared for this type of testing.

We also help you to develop practical and everyday skills that will be useful in general learning, life and work through our method of language learning.

IELTS Writing
Gain insights from example exam papers and practise new vocabulary, structuring your writing and describing data.
IELTS Listening
Enhance your listening skills and gain critical skills, such as recognising paraphrasing and synonyms, that are needed when answering listening exam questions.
IELTS Reading
Try different strategies for approaching your reading questions and practise reading academic articles and reports.
IELTS Speaking
Expand your vocabulary on exam-related topics and learn to express and justify opinions, give examples and respond in a structured coherent way.

Afternoon modules

Add afternoon modules to support your learning:

Bell Cambridge Bell London
Skills IELTS
Business Skills Practical Projects
1-to-1 tuition Project Management
  1-to-1 tuition


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Language in Action

You can choose from a range of free activities, local excursions and trips to other cities in the UK as part of our social programme. 

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Progress to:

  • New challenges at university or work
  • Our University Foundation Programme to guarantee yourself a place at a UK University

Find out more about the IELTS test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)  - an English language test - is recognised by over 9,000 organisations worldwide.

It is commonly used by UK universities to assess a student’s level of English, assessing 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.

Booking your exam

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


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