What is it?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Who is it for?

The IELTS course at MCSE prepares students who wish to study at university for the following courses:

  • Pre-sessional
  • Foundation
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • PhD

The course is also suitable for people who want to emigrate to an English-speaking country or work or do work-related training in an English-speaking country.

Aim of the course

The IELTS preparation course at MCSE aims to allow students to:

  • Learn and use exam strategies and techniques to help students achieve their best score.
  • Take practice exam papers to allow students to experience an IELTS test under exam conditions and become familiar with the format of the exam.
  • Practise and develop their overall skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking – the importance of reading skills, writing skills and analytical thinking are emphasised as these skills are not only key to success in the IELTS test, but are also important for students who want to continue their studies at university in the UK.
  • Receive constructive feedback to increase their chances of success.

Small class sizes

Small class sizes so you can make the most of your time with our professional teachers


Skills based approach

Exam-focused teaching techniques


Social activities

Socialise and make new friends out of class to make the most of Manchester!


Professional teachers

All our teachers are professionally qualified to give you the advice you need!

“Doing the IELTS course with MCSE was the best thing I ever did!”

Anna Muller, Germany

IELTS Topics:

Students do not need any specialist subject knowledge for the IELTS exam, but it helps to have some general knowledge about the following topics, plus an interest in news and current affairs:

  • History and Society
  • Health and Fitness
  • Urbanisation and Globalisation
  • The Environment
  • Business and Law
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Media and the Arts
  • The Natural World
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Science and ICT
  • Space and the Planets

Manchester Central School of English IELTS Hall of Fame


Student Information Student Information

Name: Ceren Özbek  (Turkey)

Score: 8.0

Next: MA in Translation

Name: Nuria Cibrian (Spain)

Score: 8.0

Next: Medical Practice

Name: Maria Clara Liuzzi (Italy)

Score: 8.0

Next: PhD Pharmacy/Medical Science

Name: Ana Dunca (Romania)

Score: 7.5

Next: Medical Practice


Name: William Soeronsen (Denmark)

Score: 7.5

Next: BA Economics & Business


Name: Shanaz Nazrin (Bangladesh)

Score: 8.0

Next: Medicine

Name: Razan Albhalal (KSA)

Score: 7.5

Next: Teacher-Training

Name:  Kaori Miyabu (Japan)

Score: 7.0

Next: Teacher Training

Name: Gaetano D’Agata (Italy)

Score: 7.0

Next: MSc Finance & Economics

Name: Abdulaziz Alazemi (Kuwait)

Score: 7.0

Next: BA Civil Engineering

Name: Fayed Alshamri (KSA)

Score: 7.0

Next: MA Software Engineering

Name: Gulay Esen (Turkey)

Score: 7.0

Next:  BSc Podiatry


Score: 7.0

Next: Medicine

Name: Aisha Ikhlaq (Spain)

Score: 7.0

Next: BSc Bio-Medicine

Name: Francesca Gabbiadini (Italy)

Score: 7.0

Next: MA Journalism

Name: Sara Almogren (KSA)

Score: 7.0

Next: BA Business Studies

Name: Batoul Ashkanani (Kuwait)

Score: 7.0

Next: Foundation Electrical Engineering

Name: Ana De Carvalho Jesus (Portugal)

Score: 7.0

Next: Pharmacy

Name: Alberto Brizzi (Italy)

Score: 7.0

Next: MA Project & Supply Chain Management

Name: Ahmed Abdullah (KUWAIT)

Score: 6.5

Next: Medicine


Name: Michele Raso (Italy)

Score: 7.5

Next: MA Marketing





Name:  Abdulwahed Raghei (Libya)

Score: 7.0

Next: BA Business

Taking the IELTS test:

You must take the IELTS test at an official IELTS centre. There are two test centres in Manchester – one is at the University of Manchester Language Centre which is only for the IELTS Academic/General test; the other centre is on Alan Turing Way (near the Etihad football stadium) for students who also have UKVI requirements.

You can find more information including sample tests and application forms for both test centres on the following websites:

University of Manchester Language Centre :

British Council:

You can ask your teachers for advice about when to take your test and try to book it as early as possible. Test centres can become fully booked, especially in June and July, so leaving it to the last minute may mean that you have to travel to another city or even to take it in your home country. There are more than 800 test centres and locations in over 130 countries where you can take the IELTS exam. The following website will help you to find a test centre outside of Manchester:

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which is jointly managed by The British Council, IDP: Australia, and The University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).  IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.  It is recognised by over 6000 organisations worldwide, including universities, companies, and government agencies.  For a list of organisations that accept IELTS scores, visit

For more general information on IELTS, please visit

For IELTS practice test materials visit


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