Centre for English and World Languages

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - test preparation courses



This course, in my opinion, is the best way to prepare for the IELTS test. It has helped me to be more confident in English, especially in speaking. The classes are well organised and overall it was a great experience.

~ Claire Poirot, IELTS Student 2017

Demonstrate your English skills, prepare for an IELTS test with a course at our Canterbury campus.

IELTS Preparation Courses

The next course begins on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

The first session is a free taster session where you can meet the teacher and ask any questions. This takes place from 18.00-20.00 in Keynes College room KS4

The classes then run on Wednesday evenings between 18.00-20.00 from 24 January to 04 April 2018 in room KS4. The course fee is £200.

  • There are no entry requirements
  • The fee does not include a textbook.
  • Payment is online via our online store.

The course is taught by a tutor experienced in IELTS preparation. The course will help you to develop language and study skills needed. You will get practice in listening, reading, writing and speaking for each aspect of the test as well as familiarisation with the test format (both Academic and General Training). Grammar and vocabulary work will be included as appropriate and you will get useful feedback from the course tutor.

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Course Book Details

Sam McCarter, (2010) Ready for IELTS Coursebook with key




The classes are really dyanamic. The teacher encourages full participation of the students.

~ Eryka Lara, IELTS student 2017



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Why Take IELTS?

The IELTS test is widely recognised as proof of English Language skills by educational institutions, employers and government immigration agencies.

The test is composed of a Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking test. You can choose between two IELTS modules in the Reading and Writing tests: Academic – if you want to study in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or seek professional registration.

General Training – if you want to migrate to an English-speaking country (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), or wish to train or study in English at below degree level.

For further information please visit the IELTS page.


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Terms and Conditions

The deadline for our IELTS Preparation courses is the Wednesday of the second week of the course.


Notification of your withdrawal from our IELTS Preparation courses must be sent by email to examenglish@kent.ac.uk by Friday 5.00pm of week 2 of the course. Provided we receive notification of your withdrawal by this deadline you will receive a refund, less a £50.00 administration fee.

MyCanterbury Promotion:

In order to qualify this promotion, you must have created an account with MyCanterbury and claimed the valid discount code either through the app or the MyCanterbury website. The discount code must then be entered, when prompted, when purchasing the chosen course via our Online Store. The discount code will only be accepted during the date range listed on the MyCanterbury website. Discount codes will not be accepted after this time. We reserve the right to withdraw this promotion at any time.

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IELTS Preparation Course Frequently Asked Questions

IELTS Preparation Course FAQs

Please see below for answers to IELTS Frequently Asked Questions.

You can find further information on our main IELTS page.

For a comprehensive list of FAQ’s and relating to the test and test day conditions please visit the British Council IELTS page.

Do I need to have a certain level of English or qualification to take the IELTS course?

No. There are no conditions.

Can I take a test to determine my level?

You can try IELTS practice tests.

How can I book a place on the IELTS course?

Book and pay through the “book a course” button on the CEWL webpage. Outside of course registration times you can e-mail us on examenglish@kent.ac.uk and we will put your name on a shortlist.

How often do you run IELTS preparation courses?

We offer a part-time 12 week course in the September and January (1 2 hour free taster session followed by 11 weeks of 2 hour classes).

Additional course dates may be added according to demand.

All courses are taught at the University of Kent campus in Canterbury.

Time and day?

18:00 - 20:00 on Wednesday evenings in room KS4 in Keynes College

Is IELTS a UKVI recognised Secure English Language Tests (SELT)?

Yes. For more information visit the UKVI website (PDF).

Do I have to be a University of Kent student to take the course?

No. University of Kent students and external applicants are all welcome.

Will University of Kent students earn Employability Points for taking the course?

If you are a Kent student, you will earn Employability Points (5 points for the taster session and a further 25 points for completing the course). To claim your points, you need to log them on My Folio.

employability points logo for IELTS course


For further information, e-mail:examenglish@kent.ac.uk or drop into CEWL reception and speak to one of our team. You can find us in Keynes College C block.


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Contact Us

For further information, e-mail:examenglish@kent.ac.uk

Or drop into CEWL reception and speak to one of our team. You can find us in Keynes College C block.

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Centre for English and World Languages, Keynes College, University of Kent, CT2 7NP

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 21/02/2018