Our four week intensive IELTS training course is dedicated to helping you succeed in the IELTS in the fastest time possible.
The intensive IELTS course covers every aspect of the IELTS exam and familiarises you with each type of question. You will have the opportunity to sit past papers under exam conditions and will receive constant guidance and feedback from a highly specialised teacher.
We have an average of 4/5 students per class and a maximum of 6 students, so you can be confident to receive a high level of personalised support.
What happens in class?
20 Hours | Language Focus + Academic Exam Training
Mondays to Fridays
9:30 – 11:30 Language focus
During Language Focus, you will develop essential general English,vocabulary and grammar, as well as speaking fluency and pronunciation. Classes involve discussions, language analysis and activities based around common IELTS topics such as environment, health, globalisation, development, public transport, education and criminal justice. To support your in-class learning, you’ll be set reading and writing homework and given tips and exercises to develop language weaknesses.
12:00 – 13:00 Exam Training
14:00 – 15:00 Exam Training
You will be trained to understand the marking criteria and test format of the IELTS exam, enabling you to recognise exactly what you need to do in each section. We will coach you in strategies and techniques for speaking, listening, reading and writing while offering feedback and guidance every step of the way.
Who is the course for?
This course is for adult learners who want to prepare for the IELTS Academic exam, with the aim of getting a score of 5-6.5 or 6.5-8.5.
Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay! Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes. This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh! You can choose the kind of host you stay with. For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc. In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi. Homestays are from £175 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.
City Centre Hostel
Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount! The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017. It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops. Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds. Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount. A dorm bed is from £137 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.
If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb. Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels. The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local. If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you. Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week. Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.
Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee
Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee
Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee
*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise. Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.
How to Book
To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment. Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.
You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or Transferwise.com). If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment. Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.
At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.
If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!
What Happens Next?
When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.
We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests. We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.
Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.
If you cancel your course:
- more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.
For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.