A man taking the English Online course with the British Council

Prepare for IELTS with the world’s English experts

IELTS Preparation Online is a programme designed to maximise your success on test day by equipping you with the strategies you need to succeed. The British Council is a co-creator of IELTS, so we are well-placed to help you get the result you deserve. This course is especially designed for intermediate students and above looking to improve their academic performance for the IELTS test.

Here are some reasons why you should choose IELTS Preparation Online:

IELTS Experts

IELTS Preparation Online is delivered by British Council IELTS Coaches – British Council qualified teachers who know the test inside out. Your teacher will coach you in applying strategies and techniques which are sure to maximise your IELTS score.


IELTS Preparation Online will help you focus on the test strategies you need in order to be successful on the IELTS. You will become familiar with the test format and learn how to approach different sections of the test. Our British Council in-house materials cover all question types and include useful tips for the test. 


Designed for students who may not have much time but still need effective preparation, IELTS Preparation Online offers you the flexibility of choosing which parts of the exam you want to focus on and in which order. Offered throughout the year, with classes running throughout the week, IELTS Preparation Online is a course which puts you in control of your learning.

Take the full 72-hour course or choose one or more 18-hour modules depending on your needs.

If you register for the full 72-hour course, you will get three 30-minute 1-on-1 Academic Consultation sessions with an IELTS Coach - a British Council qualified teacher, for free. You can decide when to claim your academic consultations, but we recommend that you take one at the beginning, in the middle and towards the end of your course. Academic consultation sessions will help you:

  • Put in place and follow a study plan
  • Make progress faster
  • Get individual feedback on your speaking skills

You will also have access to a set of complimentary online resources designed specifically for IELTS online students. An excellent way to review your lessons and extend your learning, these resources will help you maximise your score on the IELTS test.

IELTS Preparation Online modules:

IELTS Listening – in this module you will be equipped with listening strategies such as predicting information, identifying synonyms and antonyms and dealing with distracting information, in order to correctly answer IELTS Listening questions.

IELTS Reading – in this module you will learn how to apply reading skills such as skimming or scanning, and techniques such as identifying synonyms and antonyms to tackle all kinds of questions on IELTS Reading.

IELTS Writing – in this module you will encounter a comprehensive set of activities to maximise your score on IELTS Writing Task 1 and 2. You will learn how to identify key features and fully respond to the prompt in order to meet expectations for Task Achievement, as well as improve your grammar and vocabulary. You will get feedback on your writing after every lesson.

IELTS Speaking – in this module you will take part in speaking tasks and activities designed to maximise your score across all four assessment criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation.