Evening Courses

We offer a wide range of English exams: TIE, Trinity , IELTS, Cambridge (YLE, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC), among others.

Cambridge Exams

Cambridge exams are recognised globally as the mark of excellence in English and are designed for learners at all levels from elementary (Cambridge English: Preliminary Certificate) to expert (Cambridge English: Proficiency Certificate). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities. 

Cambridge English exams are recognised and accepted by over 20,000 organisations worldwide. With a Cambridge English certificate you will be able to prove your English language skills to universities, employers and governments around the world. 

Cambridge exams can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognised, can increase learners’ choices for study or work.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

The Cambridge Exam preparation is designed to help students improve their overall English language abilities whilst developing the skills and techniques needed to pass the Cambridge Examinations.

IELS offers the entire range of Cambridge exams: YLE, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC. Exams are held in several venues and on various dates throughout the year. Our dedicated team is on hand to assist with all your queries and guide you through the exam process.

Our in-depth exams support your students to develop their language skills and improve their English step by step.
Over 5 million people a year take Cambridge English exams.

Exam Preparation Course Overview​

Exam Preparation Courses Proposals and Highlights

Standard Exam Preparation
  • 9 or more weeks
  • The exam preparation is combined with a General English Course
  • Regular Practice exam sessions
  • All levels available, from (A1) to  (C1)
  • Certificate at end of Course
 
Intensive Exam Preparation​
  • 4 weeks course
  • Practice exam sessions
  • Entry Levels: B1 (PET), B2 (FCE), C1 (CAE)
  • Certificate at end of Course
Online Exam Preparation
  • Flexible Course Duration
  • Practice exam sessions
  • All levels available, from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1)
  • Certificate at end of Course
Bespoke Exam Preparation
  • Flexible Course Duration
  • Regular practice exam sessions
  • Certificate at end of Course
  • Price depends on course duration and classes per week.

Exam Preparation Course Highlights​

More about the Course:
These courses are designed to help you prepare and pass the Cambridge examination appropriate for your ability. We will check your level before you start your lessons and advise you on the best examination preparation course for your level of English. Courses focus on improving accuracy in reading, writing, listening and speaking, together with vocabulary building, pronunciation and important examination techniques and practice. These preparation courses give you a thorough, detailed understanding of the Exam structure and teach you the best test-taking strategies. You’ll also practice the English you need to do well. Our lessons offer you a chance to take practice tests, learn the best techniques and feel confident on test day. We offer both standard and intensive preparation courses – with our preparation courses, you’ll feel confident and prepared to succeed! This course will offer you:
  • Intensive practice on the vocabulary topics, grammar structures and exam strategies needed for success in the Cambridge exams.
  • Weekly Tutorials, advice, tips and guidance on exam topics and strategies (speed-reading, question analysis, presenting evidence and justifying opinions, among others)
  • Exam practice in class and workshops, study group under teacher supervision or one-to-one study sessions with experienced teachers.
  • Selected training material tailored to students’ needs and the requirements of the exams.
  • Regular Simulation tests and mock exams with authentic exam papers, applying the strategies and knowledge from the classroom, under real exam conditions & timings.
  • Constant exam practice in class under teacher supervision
  • Teachers with Cambridge exam preparation experience
  • Overall enhancement of learners’ abilities in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English.
Students generally attend classes in the morning and/or in the afternoon which follow the same layout as a General English Course. There are 15 or 20 hours of English classes per week held Monday to Friday and split into two or three sessions per day. Class size is restricted to a maximum of 15 students and all levels are available from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1). Two or three teachers, covering different prearranged areas of the syllabus, work alternately with each class. One teacher takes the first session which focuses on language in use, vocabulary and grammar practice. After a short break, the second teacher starts the next session which covers conversational practice, pronunciation, listening and speaking. After lunch, when planned, the third teacher starts the afternoon session which is designed to be realistic and authentic real-life simulation, applying the strategies and knowledge from the classroom, under real-life conditions, creating the bridge between classroom learning and real-life challenges in order to improve learners’ confidence. This work share provides variety for the students and allows them to benefit from different personalities and teaching styles. All our teaching staff are university graduates and are qualified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL).

All of the staff at IELS are committed to offering students the best education during their stay. We inspire students to work diligently to improve in all aspects of the English language.

Our experienced teaching staff are well trained and highly qualified in what they teach. They are up to date with the latest methods in teaching English as a foreign language and combine academic excellence with the sensitivity and receptiveness for each student’s individual needs, talents and potential.

All teachers are university graduates with qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and are respected for their knowledge and professionalism.

Classes are on from 9:30 until 13:00 with a 30-minute break at 11:00. After class, there is a 60-minute lunch break. After lunch, depending on the programme, there will be sports, activities or a cultural trip. Students must be ready at the designated time.

The first day in the college is somewhat different to the rest. Students are advised to arrive at 9:00 to allow for unforeseen delays as they may not be familiar with the bus timetable or the route. At 9:30 there will be a short introduction by the camp manager and principal. After there will be an assessment test, which is used to determine the level of English so students can be placed in the appropriate class.

After the test students meet in the main hall again. Here a staff member will go through the college rules and some other important information. The students are then taken on a tour of the college. At the end of the tour, students will be divided into their appropriate classes and attend the second-morning class until lunch time. After lunch students on the general course go on a familiarisation trip, while students on the specialised sports courses have training.

Please note that all students on “Play Sport and Learn English” programme MUST bring their training equipment with them on the first day.

Students on the familiarisation tour will arrive back to the college by approximately 17:00. For further excursions to the city centre, students staying with the host families, do not return to the college but travel directly home to the host family.
Students on “Play Sport and Learn English” programme will finish training at approximately 17:00 – 17:30.

Students will receive the English course materials and workbooks as part of the programme. After completion of the English course, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each student. It certifies the progress that has been made and the level of English reached.

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Located in quiet and safe residential areas of the city. We aim to enhance student’s learning process and experience through a relaxed and secure environment where learners feel confident, relaxed and safe.
In addition to classes, students go on half day cultural trips. These are normally to local visitor attractions such as galleries, museums, sports stadiums or other popular sites. Full-day excursions, usually on Saturdays, are also part of the programme. Students travel to places of interest, normally outside the city. There are no organised activities on Sundays as many groups, host families or friends like to organise their own day. Evening activities are held several times every week. These can include discos, party nights, karaoke, quiz nights, sports & games competitions, movie nights, barbecues and much more. Evening activities normally take place between 20:00 and 22:00 but this can vary depending on the activity and age group of the students. The activities programme provides students with an opportunity to absorb some of the world’s rich heritage in a fun and relaxed way while also allowing students the opportunity to improve their English. This informal and social aspect of the programme is key to improving language skills. It also allows students from different nationalities to get to know each other outside the classroom. Some of the friendships made at “IELS” will last a lifetime.
Residential Accommodation: Residences and apartments offer an alternative to the “host family” option for students who wish to immerse themselves and independently in the complete school experience. This type of accommodation offers students a degree of independence and freedom to explore. All the accommodation used by the Language School students is of extremely high quality. Each bedroom is either situated very close to our modern wash and toilet facilities or, alternatively, has its own en-suite shower room. Each student will have their own wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair. We have self-catering and catering solutions in place. The catering facilities provide both hot and cold meals and a wide range of snacks. Host family: Students attending “IELS” should stay with host families. All our families are inspected and carefully selected by our accommodation officers who maintain regular contact with each host family during a student’s stay. Host families are conveniently located to the colleges and most have many years experience looking after students.
 Accommodation is usually arranged on a full board basis with packed lunch Monday to Saturday. Students normally share a room with a student of a similar age but different nationality. Unless specifically requested and if feasible there is only one student of any particular nationality in each family.
 Students normally travel to classes each day by public transport like bus, DART (suburban train) or LUAS (tram) or TUBE. Private transfers can also be arranged at an additional cost. 
Living with a host family gives a perspective into Irish or British family life. The interaction with a host family plays a prominent role in developing language skills. B&B: Hotel: Hostel:
WIFI Supervised access to computer and Internet facilities
24/7 emergency phone

Cambridge Examinations

Each Cambridge English Qualification is clearly matched to a level of the CEFR. It is used worldwide to benchmark language ability, and plays a central role in language education and policy.

Each of the qualifications targets a particular level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and provides a clear focus for study programmes. The topics and tasks in the exams are designed to reinforce the learning the students do in class, and to have a positive impact on teaching and learning.

Dates & Locations

Cambridge exams new names by qualifications

Cambridge English Qualification: School

These qualifications are specifically designed for school-age learners. They provide a strong foundation and learning framework to help children and teenagers gain confidence and improve their English language skills.

Cambridge English Qualification: General and higher education

These qualifications are for learners who need English for career and higher education purposes. Whatever your goals, they will give you the skills to succeed.

Cambridge English Qualification: Business

These business English qualifications are designed for professionals. They help you develop the language skills to succeed in an international workplace.

Fees

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Cambridge Exam Remote Preparation N/ATBQ*TBQ*TBQ* TBQ**
* TBQ: To be quoted.
** Please contact us for more information.

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Enrolment Process

In-person format

Step 1.
Application to IELS
Step 2.

IELS Review Application 

Step 3.

IELS sends offers via email and meetings

Step 4.
Decision Time
Step 5.

Booking Confirmation

Step 6.

IELS selection and placement procedure (IPA)

Step 7.
Pre-departure orientation meeting
Step 8.

Departure

Online/Remote/Virtual format

Step 1.
Application to IELS
Step 2.

IELS Review Application 

Step 3.

IELS sends offers via email and meetings

Step 4.
Decision Time
Step 5.

Booking Confirmation

Step 6.

IELS starts coaching and mentoring

Step 7.

Programme starts

Blended Course

Step 1.
Application to IELS
Step 2.

IELS Review Application 

Step 3.

IELS sends offers via email and meetings

Step 4.
Decision Time
Step 5.

Booking Confirmation

Step 6.

IELS starts coaching and mentoring

Step 7.

Programme starts

Step 8.

Departure