International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  is designed to assess the language ability of students who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognised by over 6,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

Governments recognise IELTS as a language proficiency guide when issuing visas. If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Studying on this course will give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to obtain the highest IELTS score possible to progress to higher education. The courses run from September to June. Three hours of tuition per week enables students to fit study into their busy schedules, with the added benefits of individual student support.

How will I learn?

The course provides thorough preparation for all parts of the IELTS exam. Students will benefit from teacher-led, interactive and self-study input on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are also expected to complete regular homework.

Maximum class size is 15.

Exams are taken at an external organisation and will incur additional charges.

Please follow this link to find your nearest centre.

Entry Requirements

Minimum English language requirement:

B1 – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
OR: Entry 3 – ESOL Skills for Life framework.

Term Dates
AutumnWednesday 1st September – Friday 22nd October 2021*

Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021

Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December 2021

SpringTuesday 4th January – Friday 11th February 2022*

Half Term: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022

Monday 21st February – Friday 1st April 2022

Easter Break: Monday 4th April – Monday 18th April 2022

SummerTuesday 19th April – Friday 1st July 2022

Please note there is no half-term break in the Summer Term

Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays.

*Learning and Teaching Development Days (non-student days): 3/9/21, 22/10/21 and 1/2/22

University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2021 – 2022:

Semester 1Registration and Induction: Friday 17th September 2021

Semester 1 start: Monday 20th September – Friday 14th January 2022

Reading Week: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021

Christmas Break: Monday 20th December – Friday 31st December 2021

Semester 1 restart: Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations:

Monday 3rd January – Friday 14th January 2022

Inter-Semester Break/Marking:

Monday 17th January – Friday 28th January 2022

Semester 2Semester 2 start: Monday 31st January – Friday 1st April 2022

Reading Week: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022

Easter Break: Monday 4th April – Friday 15th April 2022

Semester 2 restart: Monday 19th April – Friday 27th May 2022

Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations: Monday 16th May – Friday 27th May 2022


There is no pass mark for IELTS. Students are graded on a scale 1 to 9.

What Can I Do Next?

Students who achieve the appropriate score will be able to attend university or college in the UK but also in other countries where English is the first language

Information for Under 18s

Many students at Colchester Institute are under 18. In the English Language department, we have a mixture: some students are under 18 and some are adults. You may be in a class with some adult students. They will welcome you and help you with your studies. Your teachers will also work hard to keep you safe.

Commitment to Safeguarding

Colchester Institute believes the health and safety of all our students is important. All of the English Language staff are trained to help keep students safe, happy and healthy in college.

Well-being and keeping safe

Bullying [using words or actions to make someone feel bad] is not allowed in the college. The College is committed to making our classes a place where all students are respected and where bullying is not allowed. If a student has a problem or complaint, we will listen to them and work to solve the problem quickly and fairly.

What should I do if I have a problem?

If a student has a problem or complaint they should speak to their teacher or the Student Services Welfare Team (Ground Floor, Main Building, Colchester Institute). At The College at Braintree, please go to Student Services A56. Student Services are very good at solving students’ problems.

We hope you will enjoy your studies with us and that you will always feel safe and happy to study here.


You need to arrange where you are going to live during your studies before you arrive in the UK. Colchester Institute is able to offer accommodation to students but it is limited depending on demand.

Accommodation offered by Colchester Institute

If you would like to arrange accommodation through Colchester Institute you will need to complete an Accommodation Request Form, you can email the Accommodation Officer to ask for this form once you have received your course offer.

Please contact:

UCC Operations

Tel: 0044 (0)1206 814090 Email:

UCC Operations
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
Colchester, Essex
How To Apply

Application Update – 16/08/2022

Assessments for those looking to start in September have now closed. The next assessment days will take place later on in the autumn term and these assessment days will be for for programmes starting in January 2023.

To apply to study an English Language programme with us you will need to complete the application form in the next menu.

English Language courses can start at various points during the year and can be studied on a part-time (3 or 6 hours per week) basis depending on what suits you, your schedule and your needs.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form buttons in the next menu.

If you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Part-time English Language Application Form’ Button in the menu below to fill in the application form.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Study ModePart-Time
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Fee(s)Sep - June (35 Weeks): £715 + £53 for coursebooks
Sep - Dec (14 weeks): £315 + £53 for coursebooks
Jan - June (21 Weeks): £405+ £53 for coursebooks
Jan - April (12 Weeks): £225 + £53 for coursebooks
April - June (9 Weeks): £180 + £53 for coursebooks


All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.