The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the key language qualification which is required for entry into British, Australian (and many American) universities and colleges of higher education.

Our IELTS exam preparation course is an intensive course which aims to provide you with the skills you need for the Cambridge IELTS exam. We understand the time pressure you may have and our intensive programme has been designed with this in mind.

During this course you will:

  • Focus on all the skills required for the exam, as well as specific areas of grammar and vocabulary necessary for IELTS
  • Learn different exam techniques through a range of activities
  • Learn English with dynamic lessons to keep you motivated and encourage maximum progress
  • Be given all course books and materials that you need, as these are included in the fees (exam fees not included)
  • Be given regular practice exams to help us measure your progress and identify areas for improvement
  • Complete daily homework to consolidate the lesson
  • Receive detailed feedback on your written work
  • Have access to a wide range of materials in our Study Centre to help you progress quickly
  • Fact Check

    Minimum age: 18
    Average age: 23
    Maximum class size: 12
    22.5 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access
    Start any Monday except public holidays (30th March, 2nd April, 7th May, 28th May, 27th August 2018)
    Minimum 4 weeks
    Minimum Level: Lower Intermediate

  • Sample timetable

    08.30 – 09.15: Optional Self-Access
    09.15 – 10.30: Grammar/Vocabulary Skills/Pronunciation
    10.30 – 10.45: Morning Coffee Break
    10.45 – 12.00: Grammar/Vocabulary Skills/Pronunciation
    12.00 – 13.15: Lunch/Optional supervised self-access
    13.15 – 14.30: Reading/Vocabulary/Exam Skills
    14.30 – 14.45: Afternoon coffee break
    14.45 – 16.00: Writing/Vocabulary/Exam Skills
    16.00 – 17.30: Optional supervised self-access

    There are no lessons on Friday afternoons, so you are free to do additional supervised self-study.

    Alternatively you may like to do additional 1:1 lessons to focus on specialist areas of your language studies (at an extra cost).

LSI Portsmouth has a very strong reputation around the world as an IELTS teaching and testing centre. This is helped not only by the excellence of our teaching, but also by a few other factors:

1. IELTS Authors
We have a very experienced team of IELTS specialists at LSI and our Director of Studies has even co-written an IELTS text book that is now used in many schools. To find out about it, click here.

2. IELTS Test Centre
LSI is one of the few private language schools to have been approved by the British Council as an official IELTS testing centre and our test certificates are recognised by more than 9,000 organisations around the world.  You can take your exam with us if you will not need the certificate for UK visa purposes.  We usually hold two examinations every month. At LSI, students can be given their exam results on the 13th day after the test. We can also assist and give advice to students with their university applications.  The cost of the IELTS exam is £165. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you would like to take the IELTS test while you are at LSI and choose the test date you would like as listed on this website
*IELTS price subject to change without notification

For more information about the IELTS exam and to see a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.


During your stay in Portsmouth, you may want to live with a local homestay family, in one of our self-catering residences, or choose to find your own accommodation. We will do everything we can to give you the best option to suit your needs and to help and support you with your living arrangements.

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Social Programme

The social programme we offer is full and varied, and includes weekly sporting events, parties and nights out, and cultural and educational activities.  Just some of the after school activities we offer include football with our teachers, volleyball, conversation club, afternoon tea, karaoke nights, international parties and visits to local restaurants and pubs. Our social programme is always changing, and is tailored to meet the needs of all students.

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