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Hilderstone College - Intensive English & IELTS

Intensive English and IELTS Course

About the course

For intermediate-level students who intend to take IELTS but are not yet ready for the Pre-university course.

Prepare for IELTS by developing your overall English ability, as well as preparing for the specific requirements of this internationally-recognised test. To improve your IELTS score, you need to do two things: improve your exam technique and improve your English. This Intensive English and IELTS preparation course will help you do just that!

An IELTS score is the language requirement for study at a British university and the Intensive English and IELTS course is the start of your preparation for university study. Our experienced and professional teachers will help you to your goal of IELTS success.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, there may be times when other students join the class online (hybrid learning). To enable the class to interact with one another, everyone should be prepared to connect online. You will receive access details in advance. All students need to bring either a laptop or a tablet to take part in our courses. 


The aim of the this course is to allow students to continue to improve their general skills of English while also getting a thorough introduction to the basics of IELTS. It is a fundamental belief at Hilderstone College that improvement in an IELTS band will only come through a balance of understanding the requirements of the exam AND improving your English.

Intensive English

You will spend your mornings in an intermediate-level class building your overall level of English - grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This training will allow you to develop your language, your fluency and your confidence in social, professional and academic situations.


In the afternoons, you will have an IELTS preparation class. In this part of the course, you will practise and improve your academic English skills in order to reach your full potential in the exam. You will be introduced to the techniques needed for success and will have lots of opportunity to practise them. You will also have timed practice tests so that you can get used to the timings of the exam.


You will improve your general level of English, both in terms of accuracy and fluency, as well as prepare for and practise the skills and techniques of the exam in order to achieve your full potential. By the end of the course, you will know how to prepare for IELTS and we will help you to enrol for the exam.

Fees 2023

Registration fee: £90


  • 1 week: £315
  • 2 to 4 weeks: £306 per week
  • 5 to 12 weeks: £295 per week
  • 13 to 24 weeks: £275 per week
  • 25 to 35 weeks: £265 per week
  • 36+ weeks: £260 per week

Homestay Accommodation (if required):

  • £180 per week in 2023

Coursebook: included for students booked for 3 weeks+ (a loan coursebook is given to students booked for 1 or 2 weeks, with an option to buy at cost price or return unmarked at the end of the course.

Full Terms and Conditions of individual enrolments available here

Dates 2023

Available all year.

Minimum enrolment period: 2 weeks.

Please note that the College closes for Christmas from 18 December 2023 to 5 January 2024.
The following dates are bank holidays in the UK, and no lessons take place on those days. On each of these days, we will offer students a free excursion/activity. 

  • Monday 28 August 2023

Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 - 10.30
11.00 - 12.30
Morning classes: language development
  Lunch break
13.45 - 14.45
15.00 - 16.00
Optional supervised self-study IELTS Preparation Classes Optional supervised self-study
16.00 - 17.00 Optional supervised self-study

Enrolment Procedure

Enrolment Procedure Step 1 Complete our enrolment form
Enrolment Procedure Step 2 Submit your pre-course test and questionnaire
Enrolment Procedure Step 3 Once we have accepted your enrolment, pay a non-refundable deposit of £400 or the full amount. Click here for our Payment & Banking page.
Enrolment Procedure Step 4 Please tell us your travel plans when you have this information
On your first day, you will meet the staff, we will show you around the College and Broadstairs and we will further assess your level. We will make sure you're all ready to start your course!
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Hilderstone College - Intensive English And IELTS