Part-time IELTS Exam Preparation Classes

Open to all students, staff and members of the public, the ELTC offers fee-paying part-time classes throughout the year to help you prepare for the internationally recognised IELTS exam.

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IELTS is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, taken by over 1.7 million people each year. IELTS (Academic) assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study. It is used for entry to universities all over the world, including Sheffield.

The ELTC is an authorised IELTS test centre and we are able to offer intensive part-time classes to anyone preparing to take the IELTS exam. All our staff are qualified and experienced English language teachers. Our Centre is very modern, with spacious classrooms equipped with the latest technology and learning resources.

Course Details

These classes are suitable for anyone with little or no experience of IELTS or those that want to refresh their exam skills. The classes are not suitable for anyone already taking an IELTS preparation course or those who have a very strong understanding of the test. You may expect an improvement of half an band in each IELTS component from attending the course however this depends on external factors, like how much English is practiced and studied outside the classroom and if you have previously taken an IELTS preparation course.

The classes focus on the test techniques and papers and NOT on general language improvement at a specific level. The class is not suitable for students wanting to improve their IELTS grades more than 0.5 bands or who need significant language improvement to achieve a specific IELTS band score. You will be advised during the enrolment process if the ELTC feel the course is best suited to you and we CANNOT guarantee you will achieve any specific IELTS band at the end of the course.

Entry Levels (IELTS 5.5-6.0) Low B2 or equivalent. NOT SUITABLE for lower or higher starting levels.

When will the classes take place?

The courses are for 8 weeks and you will attend 2 classes of 2 hours a week (a total of 32 hours of instruction). We have a number of IELTS preparation courses available throughout the academic year:

Course Start Date End Date Exam Date
IELTS Preparation Course 1 Monday 2 October 2017 Weds 22 Nov 2017 (8 weeks) tbc
IELTS Preparation Course 2 Monday 15 January 2018 Weds 7 March 2018 (8 weeks) tbc
IELTS Preparation Course 3 Monday 16 April 2018 Weds 6 June 2018 (8 weeks) tbc

Classes will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on all courses.

**PLEASE NOTE: A minimum number of students are required to open a group.

How can I join?

If you are interested in joining one of the above part-time courses, please complete the Application Form at the bottom of this page.

After completing the application form you will be required to attend a part-time course enrolment event. You will need to bring evidence of your English level (e.g. an English test certificate) if you have any to the enrolment event. At the enrolment event you will complete a written task and have a spoken interview. We will then discuss whether the classes are suitable for you, taking in to account your preference.

The enrolment dates and times will be sent to you after you complete the application form.

How much do the courses cost?

The fees for these courses are £340. Course fees will include tuition, study book, practice test resources and extra learning materials. You will also receive a University of Sheffield student card, giving you access to the University facilities, including library and computer systems, for the duration of the course.

If you choose to take your IELTS exam at the ELTC you must pay an additional exam entry fee. Currently the IELTS entry fee at our centre is £150 for exams in 2017.

All fees must be paid in advance before you start the course.

It is possible to sit an IELTS exam without attending a course at the ELTC. Please click here to find out more about just taking the IELTS exam.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for a place on the course, you should complete the online application form by clicking the link below.

Application Form