Highgrove Education

IELTS Preparation

The IELTS exam is used by universities worldwide to determine English language proficiency for international applicants. Even if you possess strong verbal English skills, refining your written accuracy and expanding your vocabulary can significantly enhance your performance. In this course, we delve into essential English language competencies required for the IELTS exam, such as academic writing, reading comprehension, and effective listening and speaking skills. The course is designed for pupils aiming to achieve a grade of 7 or above across every band in IELTS, which is sufficient for entrance to the most competitive universities.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMr Mike Williams, EAL and EPQ Teacher
Course LengthAcademic Year
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
ExaminationPreparation for IELTS, an examination widely required by English-medium universities as proof of English language ability.  
Entry RequirementsOpen to pupils with English as an additional language at Upper Intermediate level and above.

Course Syllabus

Autumn 1Health, fitness & eating / Location & city living
Autumn 2Lifestyles, work & leisure / Commerce & culture
Spring 1The natural world / Education
Spring 2The world of information and media / The future
Summer 1Transport / How we look
Summer 2Review

Teacher Profile

Mr Williams grew up in various locations in the UK and overseas, completing his secondary schooling in Hong Kong. He graduated from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) in International History and Politics and gained an MPhil in Modern Languages from Dundee University. Mike has been teaching English and IELTS for over thirty years, most recently with Harrow School Online. As well as teaching English as an Additional Language in UK independent schools, Mike has lived and taught in universities and international schools in China and Abu Dhabi. He is an examiner for the CIE IGCSE English as a Second Language paper and has also been an IELTS examiner.