IELTS Preparation Course: 4 Weeks - 30 English Lessons

The programme

Our 4 weeks IELTS Preparation course consists of 30 lessons of English language skills including specialist lessons for exam preparation and exam skills. Our IELTS courses are built around a strong course structure that supports the learning and guides progress.

  • Minimum Course Length

    4 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    30 lessons per week (22.5 hours)
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Intermediate - B1

  • Cost

    Exam fee €225

  • Start Dates


  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age

    17 in low season
    16 in high season

  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 15.00 - all year round
    (in summer, classes begin at 8:30)

Who is this IELTS preparation course for?

Getting an IELTS qualification is an excellent option for motivated individuals wishing to gain a world-recognised English qualification.

What are the benefits of IELTS? Not only is IELTS test widely accepted in Ireland, but it is accepted  by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, it is also a certificate proving that you are competent in English to a level to which you could live, work and study in an English speaking environment.  It is recognised by universities, schools, immigration authorities, employers and professional bodies.

This comprehensive 4-week IELTS preparation course with 30 lessons per week is one of a few different IELTS study options we offer here in GCI. This course is perfect for busy students or professionals who want to dedicate themselves to improving their English over a short period while enjoying what the lovely city of Galway has to offer. 

If your written and spoken English is currently at a B1 level or higher, and you would prefer a 4 week period of IELTS study to our other IELTS EP30 6 week option, then book this IELTS preparation course today! Your 4 weeks of IELTS study in Ireland, will allow you to refine all of your English skills — specifically, how to read, write, listen and speak for the IELTS test. You will build on your vocabulary, grammar using IELTS preparation material both in class and via home study tasks. 

Our other IELTS preparation courses are longer at 6 weeks in duration – check here for more information. Our 20 lesson course gives you a little more free time to enjoy the bustling city vibes of Galway – the European Capital of Culture 2020. 

Want to know more about Galway? Our Galway Guide and Student Guide will give you all the information you need for an enjoyable stay in the West of Ireland. If you need a qualification to support your future academic ambitions or to help you to achieve your professional goals the answer is simple - book with us today! This GCI IELTS preparation course is the beginning of your learning journey to success!

Why not read our “How to prepare for the IELTS test” blog for more top tips? 

The IELTS test has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours. If you want to know more about the IELTS test format, click here.

In IELTS, you are simply graded on a scale that goes from 1 to 9 on each part of the exam, which gives you an overall score e.g. you might achieve a score of 6.0 which is equivalent to B2 Upper Intermediate level on the CEFR. Some educational organisations might require your overall average score, while other institutions might require a specific score in one paper - they may require a higher writing score, for example. If you would like more information on the IELTS scale, you can find it here

Another excellent reason to book with us today is that Galway Cultural Institute is an authorised IELTS English Testing Venue. You can take your IELTS test here at your own school in Salthill. We are the only English language school in Galway city that is an IELTS testing venue.

Course objectives

The main aim of this course is to ensure you know how to prepare for IELTS. The course fully prepares you for every aspect of the IELTS examination. Your IELTS preparation course will make certain that all aspects of the IELTS exam are covered. You will become very familiar with the exam format and its four papers: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Your IELTS study will be guided by highly-experienced teachers that will give you all the support you need and personalised feedback on how you can improve your English and IELTS study skills.

During this IELTS preparation course, students will:

  • Develop communication skills for a variety of real-life situations.
  • Become familiar with the IELTS exam format, exam papers, focusing on skills, grammar, key vocabulary, pronunciation and skills development using only the most recent IELTS preparation material.
  • Do regular practice IELTS tests to ensure your optimal exam performance.

Course content

This IELTS course will take you through an intensive programme of IELTS training including exam practice, class work and IELTS study tasks. Our teachers are ready to help you achieve greater levels of success, this is evidenced by the extensive successful pass rate of GCI candidates.

In your 4 week course, you will be fully prepared for all four papers of the IELTS exam: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There is special attention paid to the structure of the exam. You will have IELTS study tasks which help you to repeat and review the IELTS preparation material you have studied in class. When you arrive you will receive:

  • An IELTS exam preparation book - you will use this for all lessons and IELTS study tasks
  • A grammar and vocabulary IELTS study & practice book

In your IELTS classes, you will have the opportunity to complete a range of IELTS preparation material & tasks - sample exam papers and a mock exam, an exam under the real exam conditions. Your teachers will always use IELTS study tasks which are designed to be similar to the exam structure. You will learn so much in a short time on this IELTS course - useful grammar, vocabulary, practical exam skills as well as useful tips and advice for IELTS!

IELTS will help you to achieve your next academic or career goals - book with us today to begin your learning journey to future success!

Sample timetable 

During the summer, courses start at 8.30



Synonyms and Collocations


Matching headings

Giving personal information

Passive forms

Verb patterns

Listening: Sentence completion

Labelling a diagram

Conditional forms
Review of the week

Listening: Multiple choice & Topic discussion

Comparative forms

Writing: Describing data presented as a pie chart.
Listening Task: Completing notes

Vocabulary: Units of measurement.
Individual topics practice

Reading Task (Yes/No/Not given tasks)
Essay structure & organisation

Note completion
Defining and non-defining clauses

Adjectives with multiple meanings

Expressing opinions

Multiple choice & Topic discussion
Locating information; Multiple-choice & Topic discussion
Word building & Speaking practice
Clarifying & giving examples

Adjective + Noun Collocations
Speaking exam practice:
Discussions & language for expressing agreement.