English for Examinations

• Improve your English language skills

• success in IELTS, FCE, CAE

• Expert advice on university entrance

• Build confidence for your future career

IELTS Preparation Course

Reach the IELTS score you need for further study or work with our specialist English for Examinations course focusing on IELTS preparation. This ‘International English Language Testing System’ measures your ability to communicate in English across the four language skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our experienced English language teachers will support you through this process, working closely with you to develop the skills required and prepare you for IELTS examination success. Small class sizes (maximum class size 12) mean you will receive personal attention throughout your studies, giving you the help and instruction you need to develop your English language abilities.

ielts preparation course
ielts preparation course

A course preparing hundreds of students every year for IELTS examinations

If you want to attend university or find an English-speaking job, passing your IELTS is essential. The English for Examinations course is specifically designed as preparation for the IELTS. From “against the clock” activities and practice tests to speaking and listening activities, you will focus on the background skills required for exam success. This will improve your fluency and understanding of the English language, so you can approach your IELTS confidently, with the best chance of success.

Course information

Age: 17+
Level: intermediate +
Length: two weeks to 12 months+
Class: maximum 12
Lessons: 21 per week
(note: one lesson = 55 minutes)

Course structure

Classes in the mornings focus on the background skills required for exam success. As a result, you develop greater accuracy and fluency in the use of English.

Lessons incorporate the four skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — as well as the building-blocks of the language — grammar and vocabulary.

Classes in the afternoons focus on practising the skills required for success in your chosen examination and include:

  • examination strategies
  • practice tests
  • speaking and listening tasks
  • “against the clock” activities
  • tips from the examiners
Sample Timetable

English for Examinations

09.00-11.00 Focus on Accuracy
11.15-12.15 Focus on Fluency
14.00-16.00 Exam area choice

Success in IELTS and entry to university

Benefits of this course include the following:

  • success in IELTS examinations and entry to university
  • success in FCE, CAE and a boost to your future career
  • the opportunity to challenge and develop your English language skills
  • increased confidence in today’s world

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Contact the Department

We encourage students, parents and agents to contact us with any questions they may have about St Clare’s and the courses we offer.
Louis Jobin
Client Relations Coordinator
Tel: +44 1865 517184
Manuela Williams
Admissions Registrar
Tel: +44 1865 517706
Bardwell Road Campus
18 Bardwell Road – Oxford – OX2 6SP
Office hours: Monday – Friday GMT 0900-1700 hrs

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IELTS and Cambridge examinations

The IELTS test is designed for those who need English for further study or work. It is the most popular examination at St Clare’s. If you want to study at a university in the UK or USA, you normally need a score of 6.5 or higher. The IELTS test is:

  • accepted in more than 120 countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • the single most important requirement for non-native speakers who wish to study at university in the UK
  • easy to arrange: it’s available in Oxford every month and results are ready in three weeks.

Cambridge examinations are highly regarded too. At St Clare’s we successfully prepare students for the following:

  • PET (Preliminary English Test)
  • FCE (First Certificate in English)
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)
  • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency in English)

Success at IELTS and Cambridge exams
During the classes you practise the skills required for success at IELTS and Cambridge exams:

  1. Examination strategies
  2. Practice tests
  3. Speaking and listening tasks
  4. “Against the clock” activities
  5. Top tips from the examiners
Some course elements may incur additional cost:
Examination fees Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately £35 – £155
Cambridge examinations. Entry and fees are due about 3 months before the exam date. FCE First Certificate in English
CAE Certificate in Advanced English
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
Other examinations IELTS (for further study in the UK)
TOEIC, TOEFL (for further study in USA) SAT I, SAT II, (3 sets)
Text books and course materials No charge
Course dates

Students can choose to learn English at all levels at St Clare’s. We offer short and long courses with regular start dates throughout the year, including the summer. Many students extend their studies or progress on to other courses, such as English plus Academic Subjects, or the University Foundation Course.


From September to May, English language course students live and socialise alongside native English speakers from American universities. Plan your studies and choose a date and a course to suit you.

4 March 8 April 6 May
27 May 17 June 24 June
8 July 22 July 29 July
5 August 19 August

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Tuition fees

Book for more than 5 weeks and pay less!

21 lessons per week 2-5
  £407 £397 £387 £377 £367 £357
One-to-One lessons
10 private lessons per week £570
15 private lessons per week £855
25 private lessons per week £1425

Minimum stay is two weeks
One lesson = 55 minutes

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Accommodation options
Self catering — per week
Twin Standard £229
Twin Superior £278
Single Standard £295
Single Superior £362
Homestay — per week
(includes breakfast and dinner every day)
Single Standard — with shared bathroom £229
Single Superior — with private bathroom £302
Add Meals
Lunch — Monday to Friday £44 per week

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