IELTS Preparation Course: 6 Weeks - 20 Hours English Course

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. This is a course specifically for learners wishing to acquire international certification within a limited time period. 

  • Minimum Course Length

    6 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons per week (15 hours)
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Intermediate - B1

  • Cost


  • Start Dates


  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age

    17 in low season
    16 in high season

  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 12.30 - all year round

Who is the course for?

If you wish to study at college or university level or you have big career ambitions for the future, the IELTS exam preparation course could be for you. The Cambridge IELTS certificate is the world's most popular English language test and it is the most common way to verify your English level and skills. IELTS has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. The exam is unique as there are no pass or fail grades. You are simply marked on a scale that goes from 1 to 9 on each part of the exam. 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 use everyday written and spoken English at a B1 level or higher on the CEFR, then IELTS is an excellent option for you.The IELTS course will help you develop all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at play. This IELTS course is only 6 weeks, perfect for busy students or professionals. The course will help you to improve your language fluency and increase your chances of obtaining a high score on the day of the exam.

If you want to gain an internationally recognised certificate which will help you on your way to achieving your next academic or career goal the IELTS exam preparation course is certainly the course for you.

Galway Cultural Institute is an authorised IELTS English Testing Venue and our students can sit the International English Language Test for Study exam here at our school in Salthill. We are the only English language school in Galway that is an IELTS testing venue.

Course objectives

Galway Cultural Institute's IELTS preparation course is structured in order  students for all possible aspects of the examination: reading, writing, listening, comprehension and speaking.

Our teachers will give you a high-level of support and individual guidance, which will ensure each student has a deep understanding of the exam and the best techniques to pass the exam.  In addition you will develop a bank of test taking strategies.

During this exam preparation course, you will:

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

Course content

This exam preparation programme will take you through a comprehensive programme of class work, exam practice and home study tasks. Your progress will be reviewed by your teachers on a regular basis and we will provide you with a high level of individual support. Our teaching staff are highly-experienced with the IELTS exam and are native English speakers.

You will work on developing all of your skills: reading,writing, listening and speaking. You will have plenty of time to complete home study tasks and plenty of self-study options.

When you arrive you will receive:

  • IELTS exam course book - used for all lessons and home study tasks.

The entire programme is exam-focused. Your teachers will use tasks which are designed to be similar to the exam structure. As well as improving your knowledge of useful grammar, extensive vocabulary and practical exam skills, you will also learn all about the IELTS exam and the exam day. You will do sample mock papers, that will familiarise you with each of the four IELTS exam papers : Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing. You will notice your skills improving and will see how relevant the materials will be to both the exam and your future university or professional life.

Sample timetable



Synonyms and Collocations

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

Speaking: Expressing opinions
Listening Task: Completing notes

Vocabulary: Units of measurement.
Individual topics practice

Reading Task (Yes/No/Not given tasks)
Clarifying & given examples

Writing Task
Essay structure & organisation
Speaking exam practice:
Discussions & language for expressing agreement