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We will follow UK Government guidance with regard to safety measures in the classroom. The maximum student number in class will be reduced to 8, we will implement safe-distancing, staggered break times, regular thorough cleaning, hand sanitiser will be provided, classrooms will be well ventilated. 

Our homestay hosts will provide a safe, comfortable and friendly place to stay.  If you, or a member of your homestay family, becomes ill, you will self-isolate together.

Our social programme has been adjusted so that we only do things that are Covid-safe. As a result we are unable to offer our traditional programme. As restrictions ease, we will develop the programme to provide a fuller experience.

Please see our Covid-19 Re-opening Guidelines listed under our policies and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Coming to the UK: What do you have to do?

Some of our students have to self-isolate, take COVID-19 tests and complete forms. Below is a video of one of our students explaining what it was like for him. Always refer to the UK government website to find out what you need to do.


Hilderstone College - Online

Online IELTS Preparation

This course will allow you to prepare for your IELTS exam from the comfort of your home.

At Hilderstone College we believe that good exam preparation should focus both on exam skills and language development. This course will give you just that: a chance to prepare for the different parts of the exam, and a chance to improve your overall level of English.

This course is aimed at intermediate-level students, and you will have lessons every day from Monday to Friday. Your teacher will set some work for you overnight.

Exam S.O.S. (optional 30-minute tutorials)

If you feel you need some extra help with your exam, you can book a 30-minute tutorial to discuss your progress. However you could also use the session to go through your essays, analyse your mistakes or just to boost your confidence in speaking.


Working online, this course will help you develop your grammar, vocabulary and exam skills in order to give you the best possible preparation for the IELTS exam.


There may be times when you join our face-to-face classes online (hybrid learning). 


By the end of the course, the student will not only have an improved understanding of English grammar and vocabulary, they will be better prepared for the IELTS exam with a sharper understanding of what each section of the exam requires.

How does it work?

We use Zoom for our lessons. Click here for a demo.

We have three course options available (subject to availability).  You can choose 10, 15 or 21 online hours per week.  There will be regular breaks for your comfort.  A timetable is available for each course option.  A sample online 15 hour timetable is below.  For more information on the timetable for the 10 and 21 hour programmes, please feel free to contact us.  The teacher will also set some overnight work.

Course dates 2021

Course available throughout the year. Students can book a minimum of two weeks.

*Please note that the College closes for Christmas from 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021, and from 17 December 2021 to 10 January 2022. 
Monday 31 August 2020, 5 April 2021, 3 May 2021, 31 May 2021 and 30 August 2021 are bank holidays in the UK, and no lessons take place on those days.

Course fees 2021

Registration fee: £20

Tuition fee 2-4 weeks: 

  • 10 hours £180 per week
  • 15 hours £229.50 per week
  • 21 hours £306 per week

For courses of 5+ weeks, please contact us for a quotation

Exam S.O.S. (optional 30-minute tutorials): £30

Full terms and conditions for online courses available here.

Sample 15 hour timetable

UK time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 - 10.00 Each online lesson will be full of grammar, vocabulary and skills practices
10.00 - 10.10 Break
10.10 - 11.10 Online lesson
11.10 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.30 Online lesson

Overnight: Offline

Homework will be set every evening

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 Online Once we have accepted your enrolment, make payment of your course fees. Click here for our Payment & Banking page.
Before the beginning of your course, you will get a full course confirmation. Your tutor will be in touch the Friday before your course starts with the link to access your first online lesson. If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please feel free to contact us.
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Hilderstone College - Online