IELTS Preparation Course: 6 Weeks - 30 English Lessons

The programme

A Cambridge IELTS qualification is one of the most popular international language recognitions, ideal for anyone planning to study at a third level institution in an English speaking country. 

  • Minimum Course Length

    6 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

Who is the course for?

A Cambridge IELTS qualification is a great option for anyone wishing to gain a respected certificate which is accepted internationally. IELTS is widely recognise by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Having this certificate confirms that your English skills are sufficient to live, work and study in an English speaking environment.

If your written and spoken English is currently at a B1 level or higher, then this IELTS preparation course will be a great study option for you. Over the 6 weeks, you will develop all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will build on your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, and you will study language which is useful for both academic and professional settings.

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.

This in-depth IELTS course is 6 weeks in duration, with 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week.  If you are a busy student or professional who want to dedicate themselves to improving their English over a short comprehensive period of study, this course is perfect for you. Book today to start your learning journey to success!

Another reason to book with us today is that Galway Cultural Institute is an authorised IELTS English Testing venue. So you can take your IELTS exam here at your own school in Salthill. Remember, we are the only English language school in Galway which is an IELTS testing venue.

Course objectives

The primary objective for this course is to fully prepare you for every aspect of the IELTS examination: reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. Your teachers will give you a high-level of support and individual feedback, which will ensure you will have a deep understanding of your strengths and areas for improvement. You will become an expert on the exam structure and the best techniques to pass the exam.

During this exam preparation course, students will:

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

Course content

This IELTS exam preparation programme will take you through a detailed programme of class work, exam practice and home study tasks. You will see your English skills improve over the 6 weeks, and your teachers will give you feedback on a regular basis. 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 6 week course, you will have time for an in-depth study of grammar and vocabulary. You will be completely ready 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. Throughout this specialised preparation course, you will notice how much your skills improve.

When you arrive you will receive:

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

Of course you will also complete many exam practice activities and complete sample papers. You will have the chance to do 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 such a lot on this course - grammar, extensive vocabulary, practical exam skills in addition to everything there is to know about the IELTS exam!

If you are hoping to upskill either your professional or academic life, book with us today to start improving your future immediately.

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
10 Sept 2018

20 Oct 2018