IELTS Examination Preparation Course

If you would like to work or study in the UK and English is not your first language, you may need to take an IELTS examination. IELTS is the most widely recognised test of communicative English language ability, and Basil Paterson is the largest centre for this examination in Scotland.

Our intensive full-time IELTS course combines language development lessons with practice of all the examination skills and techniques you will need to excel in the IELTS exam. As an examination centre, you can study and take your final exam in the same building.

We understand the challenges examinations in English can bring.  Our examination courses help you prepare for your exam, with development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.

Exam Strategies

Focus on the techniques required to excel in your exam.  Experienced teachers will familiarise you with the format of IELTS and marking criteria, helping you understand what to do for each section.

Exam Skills Practice

Review, practice and feedback. In this session the teacher will give you the chance to practise the exam techniques you have discussed, followed by guidance on how to improve your score.

As a student of Basil Paterson we can guide you through the exam booking process and explain exactly what’s involved on exam day.

Full-time course structure - 25 hours per week

Time Session
08.45 – 09.00 Morning Discussion Session
09.00 – 10.00 Spoken Performance Workshop
10.00 – 10.15 Morning break
10.15 – 11.15 Language Focus
11.15 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 12.30 Language Practice
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.30 Exam Strategies
14.30 – 14.45 Afternoon break
14.45 – 15.45 Exam Skills Practice

Course fees per week

Period Full-time
2-3 weeks £396
4-7 weeks £366
8-11 weeks £336
12+ weeks £311

Part-time option also available: £200 per week for afternoons only

For IELTS Preparation we recommend a minimum 2 weeks of study. This is to allow time to improve your level and cover all the components of the exam.

Please note the £155 exam fee is not included in the course price.

IELTS Examinations at Basil Paterson

07 January 08 April* 08 July 14 October
14 January 22 April 15 July 21 October
21 January 29 April 29 July 28 October*
11 February* 06 May 12 August 04 November
18 February 13 May 19 August* 11 November
25 February 20 May 26 August 25 November
04 March 03 June* 09 September 02 December*
18 March 17 June 16 September 09 December
25 March 24 June 30 September

Academic only
Academic and General Training
*Aberdeen & Edinburgh

2017 IELTS Exam fee £155

Course fees include:

  • Study materials during the course
  • Certificate & individual report
  • Self-study resources
  • IT facilities and WiFi
  • Tutor support at lunchtime
  • At least two free social programme activities per week.
  • Guidance on the IELTS booking process and information about what to expect on exam day (exam fee not included)


Basil Paterson is a very good place to study and improve your English level. I really enjoyed my week here and I will certainly come back. Thanks to my teacher and to my host family for everything, “

Greg, Belgium.

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