General English + IELTS Exam Preparation Course

Programme details

  • Next start date: Every two weeks
  • Future start date: Jul 2022
  • Duration: Min. 2 weeks
  • Fee: From £325 per week

General English + IELTS Exam Preparation Overview

Our General English + IELTS Exam Preparation Course combines General English each morning (15 hours per week) with IELTS preparation each afternoon (6 hours per week). 

This course is for you if you: 

  • Are looking for a full-time (21 hours per week) course 
  • Want to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a classroom setting 
  • Want to learn exam techniques and strategies for each component of the IELTS exam 
  • Are interested in joining extra-curricular activities provided by Regent’s* 
  • Want to take advantage of the University’s facilities – library, study areas, café 

For General English you’ll be placed in class according to your level defined by the CEFR – Common European Framework for Reference. For IELTS, you’ll be placed in a mixed-level group. 

  • B1 (intermediate) 
  • B2 (upper-intermediate) 
  • C1 (advanced) 

Your level will be tested at the start of the course. 

If you have any questions or would simply like to chat through your options, please get in touch via email at [email protected].  


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Application process

Apply using the tool below or click ‘apply now’ at the top of this page and submit an online form. You will be asked to provide a copy of your passport and pay a deposit fee. Once we’ve received your deposit fee, you will receive a course acceptance letter (and a visa letter, if applicable). You will be asked to make a full payment at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. 


These fees will apply for courses starting before 31 December 2022.

Duration  Fees per week
 2 - 16 weeks  £390
 17 - 24 weeks  £360
 25+ weeks  £325

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Fees include:

  • The university induction
  • English language lessons
  • Access to the library and virtual learning environment
  • Access to extra-curricular activities (weekly Conversation Club, London trips)
  • Access to Student Support services
  • Course materials: 1 coursebook* and supplementary handouts
  • Course certificate and monthly progress reports

*Only one coursebook is included in the course fee, students who move from one level to another will be required to purchase a new coursebook for £35, payable via the online store

The IELTS exam fee is not included in the course fee. Students wishing to book the exam will be provided assistance with the booking process.

Teaching and assessment

General English 

This is a communicative English language course teaching reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.  

Classes are practical, fun and engaging with a focus on task-based activities that promote critical thinking, problem-solving and an understanding of British culture.  

You’ll do much more than complete worksheets: you’ll practise your presentation skills, learn to write professional and personal emails and talk to classmates about topics relevant to you. 


The IELTS part of the course will focus on the strategies needed in each part of the IELTS exam: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  

The lessons are communicative with a lot of interaction, pairwork and groupwork. There will be plenty of exam practice where you develop the academic skills required to pass the exam. 

Practical learning 

Outside the classroom, our weekly Conversation Club offers the chance to improve your fluency   and boost your confidence by mixing with other students. 

Plus, informal class trips take you on walking tours to London’s top sights, like the River Thames, where you’ll test your language skills through mini challenges as you explore the city. 

Personal support 

You’ll learn in a supportive, personalised environment where staff and students get to know each other by name.  

We adjust our course content to suit your needs, strengths and weaknesses so that you achieve your desired IELTS band faster. 

You’ll take a placement test on your first day – followed by regular progress tests and mock IELTS exams. Staff will give continuous feedback and regular one-to-one tutorials are available.  

Course schedule

Monday to Thursday (21 hours per week) 

09:15-11:00 – lessons 
11:00-11:15 – break 
11:15-12:30 – lessons 
12:30-13:30 – lunch 
13:30-15:00 – lessons 


09:15-11:00 – lessons 
11:00-11:15 – break 
11:15-12:30 – lessons 

On Friday afternoons you can either have free time or participate in extra-curricular activities –   from walking tours of London’s sights to our informal Conversation Club. 

Sample itinerary

General + IELTS

Entry requirements

Before joining, your level of English should be B1 (intermediate). But if you’re aiming for band 7 or higher you should ideally be B2 (upper-intermediate level). We offer a free, informal interview as a form of assessment – book now.

Terms and conditions

Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy 

  • All fees must be paid two weeks prior to course start date 
  • The course deposit and housing fee is non-refundable 
  • Other fees are refundable up to two weeks prior to start date 
  • You can change/cancel a homestay with two weeks’ notice (for over four weeks)
  • By cancelling campus accommodation, you'll be charged a cancellation rate 
  • Refunds will be sent within 30 days. Post and bank fees will be deducted  
  • No refunds will be given once the course has started 

For full terms and conditions visit our ELC Policies & Procedures page.

Other related policies


Class information 

•    Please note all our classes have a maximum of 15 students

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