IELTS Preparation

General English

  • Overview
  • Entry Level
  • Why Study with us?
  • Social Life & Activities
  • Assessment & Award
  • Accommodation

At Dorset College our native English language teachers have successfully guided our student’s through the IELTS course to achieve the grade in the test they require for the Degree programme of their choice.  Many are now studying at institutes of Technology or Universities throughout Ireland.

This course is ideal for international students who wish to enter an Irish University, as it is the key test used to assess the applicants' English language abilities, for either undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes.  It will provide students with a proven level of English for academic, work or career purposes.

As well as English language development and preparation which is so important for IELTS, the course also focuses on the academic skills and learning strategies that will enable students to participate successfully at undergraduate or postgraduate level programmes.

The small class sizes provide the opportunity for teachers to get to know each student individually and focus on their specific language needs. 

The focus on improving levels of English through a General English programme in the morning and a specific academic English exam focus on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in the afternoon.

Students preparing for the IELTS exam will be required to have a B1CEF (Common European Framework level) of English in order to prepare for the IELTS exam which is targeted at preparing students aiming for 4.5 - 6.5 scores.

This course will enable international students to develop their English Language competency, fluency, proficiency and accuracy through the general English programme and focus the students on exam techniques and strategies for improving their academic English skills in preparation of the exam in IELTS in the afternoon intensive class.

Lessons are held in multi-lingual and multi-cultural classrooms where various approached are employed by the highly experienced and qualified teachers who use different methods of teaching, although the approach is mostly communicative and task-based.

We offer classes at six internationally recognised levels as follows:

A1.1 (beginner) A1.2 (elementary) A2 (pre-intermediate) B1 (intermediate) B2 (upper-intermediate) C1 (advanced)

The intensive classes (IELTS) have a maximum of 8-10 people per class and students are given the opportunity to focus in more detail on any weaknesses such as grammar or skills, as well as a strong emphasis on communicative activities such as collaborative discussions, speaking games and pronunciation where fluency and accuracy are practiced in a smaller and more personal learning environment.

At Dorset College, we offer you …

  • Welcoming staff, providing support and individual attention.
  • A Team of highly qualified and experienced Teachers with specialised qualifications in English as a foreign language.
  • City Centre location with easy access to all transport networks.
  • We provide English as a foreign language at all levels.
  • Excellent facilities include Library, Wi-Fi, Computer Lab, Canteen and Student Social Room.
  • Small class sizes where you learn to communicate more fluently and accurately and enjoy interesting and effective lessons.
  • Meet students from all over the world with a high mix of nationalities in each class.
  • Our range of social and cultural activities will give you new experiences, new friends and more opportunities to speak English in the real world.
  • Our Accommodation Officer will arrange host family or residential accommodation.
  • The progress testing with your teacher will help you to see how close you are to your learning goals.


Why Study English in Dublin
Set like a jewel, between the Dublin mountains and the Irish Sea, Dublin is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Culture and music are everywhere. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with many restaurants, theatre, music venues, art galleries and much more. Students can enjoy traditional Irish food, good music and easy access to the lovely countryside. The weather is temperate, never too hot or cold. These factors together with the warmth and friendliness of the Irish people help to ensure that Dublin offers students a unique atmosphere in which to study. 


The focus on improving levels of English through a General English programme in the morning and a specific academic English exam focus on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in the afternoon.

The small class sizes provide the opportunity for teachers to get to know each student individually and focus on their specific language needs. 

Your teachers will deliver constant support and feedback within a relaxed and informal environment.  Their care and encouragement will build your confidence as you progress through your lessons.

IELTS Preparation No of Classes  Days  Time Time Hours per week
General English 30, 45-minute lessons per week Monday - Friday 09.00-12.15 pm 22.5
IELTS Preparation 15, 45-minute lessons per week Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  10.00-3.45pm 15 Hours am  / 7.5 pm

What does the IELTS examination consist of?

IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development.

  • The IELTS examination consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • A band score is reported for each part of the examination.
  • The individual band scores are then calculated to produce an overall band score.
  • Overall band scores are reported in whole and half bands.
  • Your language skills will be evaluated on a band score scale ranging from 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert user).
  • The IELTS Academic courses assesses whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English.
  • Admission to undergraduate or postgraduate courses are based on the results of this module.

Award: IELTS Certificate (International English Language Testing System)

We understand that accommodation is a very important part of your stay while attending our English language courses. Every individual has different requests and to meet the requirement needs of our students we have a number of accommodation preferences available. 

Host Family Accommodation (All year round)
Staying with a host family will provide the opportunity to become immersed in the English language at home and at school.  You will have a comfortable room of your own, with space for study.

We offer self catering apartment of between 2-5 bedrooms.  Students share a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. This allows the students to cater for themselves in a comfortable modern apartment. Single and twin/double bedrooms have been designed to be spacious complete with study area

Hotels & Guest Houses
Dorset College works closely with a number of carefully selected Hotels and Guest Houses to offer some excellent nightly and weekly rates. Bookings for hotel and guest house accommodation can be directed through the school by request at the time of course booking.   For further information on seasonal offers and details of the accommodation choices, please contact us directly on +353 1 8309677