Academic English for IELTS

L3 Level 3
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City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This is an Academic English course for European and International learners who want to prepare for the IELTS examination. It has been designed to provide you with the study skills and language competencies required for study at Higher Education or employment abroad. 

Full-time Programme:
Full time classes involve 15 hours of class contact time, an hourly tutorial session with a personal tutor, and a two-hour complementary conversation class every week. Full-time students are also provided with a free IELTS indicator test you can take online to provide an accurate estimate of your IELTS band score so you can feel confident before taking the official IELTS exam. When you feel ready to take your test, you will be supported by the CAVC international team to book and take the IELTS examination.

Part-time programmes:
Part time Academic English for IELTS options are available at 3, 5 or 9 hours per week. 

All Academic English students will receive:

  • English language tuition 
  • Access to a wellbeing programme (In person and online) 
  • Social programme and trips 
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus 
  • 1 – 1 progress meeting with an English language tutor (In person or online) 
  • Course materials (Including Course Book)
  • CAVC Certificate

What you will study

This is an integrated course which aims to help you achieve success in the IELTS exam by developing your all-round competence in the language. You will study aspects of English usage such as grammar and pronunciation so that you can express yourself accurately and effectively. You will also get extensive practice in the core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The main difference between this course and other General English courses is that the language tasks you perform will be more academic in nature and will train you for the different modules of the IELTS exam. 


You will take part in interactive communication tasks such as role-plays, discussions, debates and interviews. You will develop your ability to accurately use a range of grammatical forms and topic specific vocabulary in appropriate situations.  In addition, you will also focus on discourse management and pronunciation.


You will have the opportunity to practice listening for general understanding and for detail from a variety of sources on a range of topics.  Tasks will include note-taking, form filling, sentence completion and matching information.


You will be encouraged to read widely whilst studying with the CAVC English Academy. In class, you will be given a range of texts to read with accompanying tasks. At University, you are expected to research and read extensively and on this course, you will learn how to identify and deal with longer texts including reports, articles, extracts from journals and other academic sources by employing a variety of reading skills. These skills include reading for gist and specific information, interpreting graphs, separating fact from opinion and understanding main ideas. You will be required to complete tasks such as multiple-matching, deducing meaning, text cohesion awareness, and comprehension.


Improving your academic writing skills is a vital part of your success on a Higher Education course. You will be expected to write clear, formal English and the standards of accuracy and content required make writing one of the most demanding components of the IELTS exam. The course will provide training in writing accurately and coherently and give you plenty of practice in the process and production of effective writing. You will also be encouraged to develop your written accuracy, focusing on spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and text coherence.


You will study and review the important structures such as tenses, word order, question formation as well as areas of grammar that can interfere with meaning and comprehension. You will be given the opportunity to practise the new structures actively in both writing and speaking, through controlled practice and freer communicative activities and homework exercises.


You will study subject specific areas of vocabulary related to the academic themes and issues covered in the course and their relevant vocabulary features; collocation, word formation, phrasal verbs, set phrases and idiomatic expressions. Attention is also paid to pronunciation.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and Learning methods

  • Exam preparation techniques
  • Academic writing workshops
  • Tutorial and feedback sessions
  • Individual and group projects
  • Computer-based/IT workshops
  • Guided, on-line support
  • Peer Learning Activities

Examples of Assessment methods

  • Individual presentations
  • Group projects/reports
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • In-class tests and exercises
  • Progress tests following the IELTS exam structure

Entry Requirments

Who should take an Academic English for IELTS course?

These courses are specifically intended to help students work towards a relevant IELTS score as required by their chosen university courses or employers. It is not suitable for those students looking for General English.

Academic English for IELTS courses are suitable for students who have already developed a command of the English language of an intermediate level and above (CEFR B1-C2).

Full-time entry requirements:

Our full time Higher IELTS programme is only suitable for students with an upper intermediate language level and above (CEFR B2-C2).

Part-time entry requirements:

We have part-time IELTS classes for intermediate students (CEFR B1) that can be take in combination with general English classes.

Beginner level students:

Students at a beginner level of English (CEFR A1-A2) are encouraged to join one of our general English programmes to improve your language competence and reach an intermediate level. You can then apply to one of our Academic English for IELTS programmes.

Course Fees

Tuition: £20 per hour

Discounts available:
10 weeks booking – 10% tuition fee discount  
20 weeks booking – 15% tuition fee discount 
30+ weeks – 20% tuition fee discount 

If your plans change:
If your plans change and you are unable to travel due to COVID 19, we can give you a credit voucher valid for two years or a full refund of paid fees.
No registration, course materials or enrolment fees
Offer to all applicants if tuition fee is paid in full on enrolment

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Academic English for IELTS

Career prospects & further study

  • Students who successfully complete their chosen programme typically progress to Higher Education.
  • The IELTS exam is recognised world-wide and can lead to vast international career opportunities.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE