IELTS Preparation Course: 4 weeks - 30 Hours English Course

The programme

Our 4 weeks IELTS Preparation course consists of 30 hours 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 the course for?

Getting an IELTS qualification is an excellent option for motivated individuals wishing to gain a world-recognised English qualification. Not only is IELTS widely accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, it is also a certificate proves 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.

At 4 weeks in duration, this comprehensive IELTS course is perfect for busy students or professionals who want to dedicate themselves to improving their English over a short period. If you need a qualification to support your future academic ambitions or to help you to achieve your professional goals the the answer is simple - book with us today! This GCI IELTS exam preparation course is the beginning of your learning journey to success!

If your written and spoken English is currently at a B1 level or higher, and you would prefer this 4 week over the other IELTS EP30 6 week option, then book this IELTS preparation course today! Over the 4 weeks, you will work on refining all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will build on your vocabulary, grammar and both in class and via home study tasks.

The IELTS examination has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. The exam is different from other exams you may know as there are no pass or fails. 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. 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.

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

Course objectives

The main aim of this course is to fully prepare you for every aspect of the IELTS examination. Your 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-experienced teachers will give you all the support you need and personalised feedback on how you can improve your English skills.

During this exam preparation course, students will:

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

Course content

This IELTS exam preparation programme will take you through an intensive programme exam practice, class work and home 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 home study tasks which help you to repeat and review what you have studied in class. When you arrive you will receive:

  • your own IELTS exam course book - you will use this for all lessons and home study tasks.

You will have the opportunity to complete sample exam papers and a mock exam, an exam under the real exam conditions. Your teachers will always use tasks which are designed to be similar to the exam structure. You will learn so much in a short time on this course - useful grammar, vocabulary, practical exam skills as well as all about the IELTS exam!

Looking to achieve your next academic or career goals?  If so, book with us today to begin your learning journey to future success!

Sample timetable



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.

Exam Dates

IELTS Exam dates are provisional

Course Start DateExam Date
12 March 2018

23 July 2018
7 April 2018

18 August 2018