EFL - Cambridge IELTS 5.5 +

IELTS: Academic... Step up to your future and Unlock your potential at RHACC

The International English language testing system (IELTS) is the world?s most popular English language proficiency test for higher Education and global migration.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at leisure.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world?s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 7,000 organisation worldwide, including school, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Why take IELTS, please see:

Course Content

This course will help you with:

Understand and enter into discussions with other people.
Listen to others? opinions and be able to say what you think.
Use formal and informal English in different situations.


Read a variety of different texts such as magazines, journals, newspapers, academic papers and additional non-fictional informative texts and exercises to extend your vocabulary.
Understand the main points of a piece of writing.
Find information from text i.e. use of skimming/scanning skills.


Organise your writing and plan what you want to write according to the IELTS exam criteria; practise speed writing and timed exam practise.
Use grammar accurately and appropriately.
Edit your work for spelling mistakes, grammar, style and content.

You will be given the opportunity to use websites to help with your English and to use the college intranet system to access work set by your tutor.

Entry Requirements

You are an upper-intermediate user of English and have completed either a general English course at this level, passed Cambridge FCE or CAE, or ESOL/Skills for Life in English L1 or L2.

You are fairly confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and can handle complex as well as basic communication in your own field.

You can cope with overall meaning in nearly all situations, although you are likely to make grammatical errors and require additional support in writing more formal/informal English, especially understanding academic contexts.

You must attend an Advice and Guidance session to assess your level of English.

First Class Requirements

How to Enrol

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Assessment Methods

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.
How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
Your teacher will set homework each week for you. It is important that you complete the homework? Students who do homework make better progress.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Please inform your teacher if you are unable to attend a class. Students are expected to attend at least 90% of their classes.
When will exams take place?
Your teacher will advise you when they are.
Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring an English/English dictionary, a pen and a folder to keep your work in.

What books do I need?
Your teacher will tell you. What software do I need?
Your teacher will show you useful websites and you can use the computers in the Learning Centres.

Is there any tutorial support?
Your teacher will meet with you individually at least once a term to help you improve areas of weakness.
If you feel you need any further support, you can speak to your tutor. Does the class include a break?
Classes include a 10-15 minute comfort break. Is there a minimum age? Minimum age is 16. When are the classes held? Classes are held during term time only. You can find more information about this in the Terms Dates section. How big are the classes? Class sizes are a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 19 (depending on classroom size). Do I need to buy a book? Yes. Your teacher will advise you on which one. It will cost approximately £25.