General English + IELTS

We are open! Face-to-face courses are now running in our Queens Avenue building, and we continue to offer IELTS Exam Preparation online


IELTS is one of the most popular examinations worldwide for students wishing to study at an English-language university. Candidates receive a score from one to nine. Most UK universities require a score of 6 or 6.5. At International House Bristol, almost 100% of recent students have achieved the score they needed.


  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication
  • IELTS scores are accepted by more than 9,000 recognising organisations and delivered in 1000+ locations worldwide
  • In the last year over 3,000,000 people took the IELTS Test
  • IELTS is available in two modules, Academic or General Training.
  • The Academic module generally is for people who want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course or who wish to register with a professional body
  • The General Training module focuses on basic survival skills in a broader social and educational setting. General Training is gernerally suitable if you are joining a training programme or doing work experience in English-speaking countries, but is not designed for degree level. This module may be suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

    *Please note that this is just a guide. You should check which module is required by institution, government agent, professional body or employer you are applying to


Course aims

We prepare students for both General IELTS and Academic IELTS, the exam required by many universities and academic institutions worldwide.

In addition to the General English 20 Lessons course, you have 8 IELTS classes in the afternoon + opportunities to take practice tests every week. These classes help you to:

  • Practise the different tasks you have to do for each part of the exam
  • Learn personal strategies to do the tasks more effectively
  • Learn the large amount of new vocabulary required for the exam
  • Organise your learning

To make the most of this course we recommend a minimum of B1 (Intermediate) English, however please do contact us for a free assessment and advice.

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Syllabus content and focus

We have a separate syllabus for the General English + IELTS course. This focuses on:

  • Key topics that are often in the exam
  • The different elements of good IELTS writing
  • Regular practice of reading, speaking and listening
  • The most useful grammar, vocabulary and functional language for the exam

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Class timetable

The General English + IELTS course provides specific training and practice for the exam. On Fridays, you can join Conversation Club, for extra speaking practice, or use our study room for additional self study.

The content and focus of our IELTS English courses are as follows:

Class Time Focus
Morning class 1 9am – 9.45am General English – coursebook class
Morning class 2 9.50am – 10.35am General English – coursebook class
Morning class 3 10.55am – 11.40am General English – grammar and vocabulary
Morning class 4 11.45am – 12.30pm General English – grammar and vocabulary
Lunch and free classes    
Afternoon class 5 13:30 - 14:15 We use one main coursebook and a number of other materials to help you practise the IELTS exam tasks and prepare effectively.
Afternoon class 6 14:20 - 15:05 We use one main coursebook and a number of other materials to help you practise the IELTS exam tasks and prepare effectively.

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Free extras

As part of the General English + IELTS course, we'll also give you:

  • A free coursebook included in the price of your afternoon lessons
  • When your exam approaches, we will do an extra complete practice speaking test with you
  • We have practice tests and IELTS resources that you can use in the study room between 12:30pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday (subject to availability). You can also ask the tutor there for help with homework or anything connected with the exam

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Please see our updated Terms & Conditions for new courses booked in 2020, along with our Safety Measures & FAQs for Face-to-Face courses in Bristol

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