International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

(IELTS) The International English Language Testing System 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 do 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).

Students will receive outstanding individual student support and enrichment activities and studying on these courses will give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to obtain the highest IELTS score possible.

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

Tutor-led, interactive and self study input on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course is preparation for the IELTS exam. Exams are taken at an external organisation and will incur additional charges (The current cost of the IELTS exam at our nearest testing centre is £185).

The maximum class size for the part-time IELTS programme is 15 learners.

When are the classes?

Classes are on a Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm (including 15-minute break).


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

Social Programme

While studying with Colchester Institute students can take part in trips, visits and activities organised by the college. These may include ten pin bowling, ice skating, theatre productions – costs will be between £6 and £10. There are also day trips to London, Cambridge or Brighton costing approximately £20 including travel.

Entry Requirements

Minimum English language requirement: B1 – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or ESOL Skills for Life framework Entry 3.

The minimum age for enrolment on the part-time IELTS programme is 16 years old.

Additional Information

The IELTS exam is taken externally through British Council Accredited Exam Centres. Please follow this link to find your nearest centre.

Holidays and Vacations

If you study between September – December:  

1 week holiday 26 October  – 30 October

If you study between January – June:                 

1 week holiday 15 February – 19 February

2 weeks holiday 29 March – 9 April

For further information please contact Admissions:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 712777. Email

Information published is correct at the time of printing; Colchester Institute reserves the right to amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will not take responsibility for any changes that may result in students having to cease their studies.

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

To apply to study on this part-time course 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.

Please see the menu below for the next course start dates.

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.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the part time application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

The College at Braintree
Church Lane

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 next menu to fill in the application form.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester 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 and prices shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

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.