Our IELTS classes are exclusively for students who have achieved an IELTS score of between 5.5 and 7.0. In general, students may choose to stop taking IELTS classes once they have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in all areas. However, students aiming to study subjects such as Economics or Literature may need to take more IELTS classes in order for them to meet university entrance requirements.
Students in IELTS attend small group classes. The focus is largely on exam technique, vocabulary building and on improving accuracy. Students are expected to take a minimum of 3 IELTS exams per year until they reach their required score (one per term), but many students choose to take more to get into the practice of taking the exams.
Students are expected to improve their IELTS score by a minimum of 0.5 overall every two terms. This is generally quite straightforward for most of our students (with many improving much faster), but some students may find this progression to be difficult whilst also dealing with the rigours of A-level study. Students who find it a struggle to both study A-levels and improve their IELTS score quickly enough will take a term-long break from A-level study to join the APP programme to give them intensive English language input. This term may be either during the academic year or over the following summer. In most cases, spending just one term on intensive language study can make all the difference between getting into a good university programme and missing out on it.