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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is aimed at students who need to improve the key language skills needed to score as high as possible in all part of the IELTS exam in as short a time as possible.
  • It combines general English with dedicated IELTS exam preparation lessons and additional exam practice sessions.

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Key Facts

Start dates:

  • 2020: 6 January, 17 February, 30 March, 11 May, 22 June, 3 August, 14 September, 26 October  (alternatively weekly start dates available on request)

Available in

  • Oxford

Minimum entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)


  • 16+


  • Minimum 6 weeks 

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 32 lessons per week total (24 hours). 20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) IELTS preparation + 4 lessons (3 hours) IELTS exam practice 

Included in the price:

  • 32 lessons per week (24 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
  • Please note: IELTS exam fee is not included in the course price and should be booked separately. 
"I decided to take Intensive IELTS and it was really helpful because I found out different opinions, and I think all these things together contributed to the improvement of all my skills."
Olga from Russia prepared for her IELTS exam at Kings Oxford

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week IELTS preparation
  • 4 lessons (3 hours) per week additional IELTS exam practice

A wide range of areas are covered in the course, focusing on the four parts of the exam: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The course is based around daily timed testing practice with analysis, feedback and regular individualised feedback.

In addition to exam-specific training, the course also helps students to develop their broader communication and English language skills.

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

IELTS preparation lessons

Students will be given training in exam techniques and strategies, such as:

  • working under exam conditions
  • understanding the requirements of each section of the exam
  • understanding what the examiner is looking for
  • planning and reviewing your answers
  • preparing mentally for exam day
  • time management
  • practice completing four parts of the exam under exam conditions (mock exams)

Note: the Intensive IELTS course is intended for the Academic Module only. If you would like information about preparing for the General Training Module, please contact us.

Section 3: About the IELTS exam

  • IELTS is the ‘International English Language Testing System’ which tests English proficiency across the globe.
  • It is one of the world’s most popular English-language tests for study, work and migration, conducting 2 million tests in the past year.

The IELTS exam is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

  • Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country.
  • General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

IELTS Testing Centre

  • Kings Oxford has been the Official Test Centre for the Oxford region since 1996, and today is one of the busiest IELTS Test Centres in the UK.
  • We currently test over 3,500 candidates per year — a number that continues to grow.
  • With Kings, your IELTS preparation will be thorough, relevant, and expert, which will ultimately give you the best chance of success.

Test Report Forms

  • We will issue your Test Report Form (TRF) ten working days after the date of your test.
  • If you need to prove your test result (for example to a university or employer), we can send a duplicate of your TRF directly to them.

Further information

Full details about IELTS testing at Kings Oxford are available on our website. Here, you can apply for your test online and view your results:

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