IELTS Preparation

  • 20 Hours per week
  • Practice Exam Sessions every 2 weeks
  • Certificate at end of Course

IELTS Preparation

  • 20 Hours per week
  • Practice Exam Sessions every 2 weeks
  • Certificate at end of Course

Our IELTS Preparation Course is for students who wish to prepare for the internationally recognised IELTS Exam. IELTS (International Language Testing System) measures your ability to use academic English and is the entry requirement for those students wishing to study in an English-speaking university.

Our IELTS preparation courses are suited to both lower (4.5-5.5) and higher (6.0-7.5) level IELTS students. The IELTS preparation course aims to develop your general English language and skills knowledge while also providing thorough preparation in the format of the IELTS exam. Classes focus on the format of the exam (both general and academic as required) and on improving test-taking techniques. Through our integrated exam practice, you will strengthen your ability to respond effectively to exam tasks and maximize your IELTS score.

A students CEC Experience begins before they travel to Cork with our online English level test. This short test confirms a student’s current level and helps us to place them in the best class for their success.

To learn more about the IELTS Exam and to book an exam with us, visit IELTS

This IELTS Preparation course is for people who wish to:

  • Prepare and take the IELTS Exam
  • Learn from experienced IELTS teachers
  • Gain experience and insights into the exam
  • Perfect their test taking techniques
  • Improve their career and education prospects

Studying the IELTS Exam Preparation programme with Cork English College offers students the opportunity to study English while making friends and experiencing the rich cultural heritage Cork has to offer.

Our IELTS Exam Preparation programme focuses on helping you develop your test taking techniques and overall English language skills through a variety of useful and engaging materials and activities. Every week will include:

  • Grammar and vocabulary points based on your needs and goals
  • A focus on speaking, classes designed to maximise your speaking time
  • Targeted test taking techniques
  • Engaging listening and reading activities from a range of IELTS sources
  • Dedicated homework to support your exam preparation
  • Daily detailed error correction from your teacher for continuous improvement
  • End of week feedback to give you general guidance, direction and confidence on your IELTS preparation journey

We offer a range of different accommodation options for your stay in Cork. Choose an authentic Irish experience with one of our host families or more independent living in one of our residential student apartments. Our team ensures all accommodation options are safe, secure and of the highest standards.


With an English Course in CEC, you get:

Experienced Teachers
Multinational Classes
Clear Course Objectives
Regular Feedback & Progress Tests
An Integrated E-Learning platform
Weekly social & cultural activities


At the end of your English course, you can expect to:

Speak more confidently
Use English more effectively for work or travel
Communicate more accurately and clearly
Have developed your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
Have learnt more about Irish life & culture
Make memories and friends to last you a lifetime


What type of activities can I look forward to?

We endeavour to cater for most tastes when it comes to activities, so we provide a wide choice, ranging from cultural visits to historic places of interest, to sports and lively night out. We want to make sure that you enjoy yourselves while you’re studying.

How will I get to the school?

All of our accommodation is either within easy walking distance of the school or within easy reach by public transport.

Where is the school located?

The school is located right in the heart of Cork, on the banks of the river Lee, but we’ll keep you too busy to admire the view! It is also within close walking distance of Cork’s main bus terminus and railway station.

Who else will be studying there?

We have students from all over the world studying with us, which adds greatly to the friendly atmosphere. So far in 2023 we have had over 40 different nationalities study with us already!

Can I change my accommodation if I don’t like it?

Yes, our aim is to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during your stay in Cork. If you have any issue with your accommodation we can arrange for you to speak with our dedicated accommodation office to find a solution.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

What type of accommodation would you like? We have a full range of options from living with a host family to self-catering apartments and hotels.

Will I be able to use the internet and email?

Yes, we have high speed Wi-Fi available for all students in each of our school buildings.

Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?

Yes, we’re a fully accredited and recognised school. You’ll receive a certificate of attendance at the end of your programme stating your exit level, course title and number of weeks. Don’t forget to get your photo taken with your certificate on your last day!


MONDAY / Cork City Tour
TUESDAY / Grammar Clinic
WEDNESDAY / Traditional Irish Music Night
THURSDAY / Shandon Bells
FRIDAY / Fota Wildlife Park


Discover why you should choose the award winning fully accredited CEC.


  • Start Dates:
    Begin any Monday
  • Available Levels:
    Intermediate Plus
    Upper-Intermediate Plus
    Advanced Plus
  • Age Group:
  • Hours per week:
    20 Hours (1 lesson = 60 mins)
  • Students per class:
    Average 6–8 students per class (Max 12)


  • Price
    From €285 week
  • Registration Fee
  • Material and E-Learning Fee


  • Weeks:
  • Total:



“With the assistance of the CEC community – its compassionate teachers, activity leaders, administrative personnel as well as my inspiring classmates – I managed to raise my proficiency of English from a B2 to a solid C1. Above all, I always had a good time.”

Carla Proserpio

I will always keep a nice memory of the month spent in Cork, and this thanks to CEC, which in addition to letting me deepen my English, made me discover breathtaking places and meet unforgettable people.

Tatiane Passos

Well, I’ll never forget my time at CEC, after all, it was a year and a half very well spent. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to build my English here. Grrreat teachers, welcoming people and an incredible city/culture. Thank you very much CEC team for all support and keep up the brilliant work!