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What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System and is the world’s most popular English proficiency test. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is a valid and reliable measure of your ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation purposes.

IMPORTANT: If you are applying for a test for UK Visa purposes, please read the following before applying for your test at Leicester College:

On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for UK visa purposes. Please note that the Tier 4 student visa rules remain unchanged.

1.  If you make a visa application to stay in or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links-

2.   If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree, you may be required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. Leicester College is listed on the official list of IELTS test centres as published by the British Council. See

About Us

Leicester College is a large further education college and we are the only IELTS Test Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire. We also offer IELTS preparation training to enable you to achieve the best test score.

Our IELTS team is based at our Abbey Park Campus and our opening hours are:

Monday-Thursday: 9am – 4.30pm

Friday: 9am to 3pm

Test Dates

For a full list of test dates please visit the IELTS website at

For more information about the Test Day Schedule at Leicester College, please click here.

How to Apply

You can apply for an IELTS test via the online registration system (ORS) at  Alternatively paper application forms are available from Leicester College Information Centres at our three city centre campuses, or call our Customer Service Centre on 0116 224 2240.  For a downloadable version of the IELTS application form, please click here.

For more detail about the application process, please click here.


The IELTS test costs £149.  Payment for the test must be made directly to Leicester College.  Please make sure your payment is made at least five days prior to your test date.  You can make your payment at any of the College’s city centre campus Information Centres, or you can pay by card via our Customer Service Centre on 0116 224 2240.

Contact us

If you require any further information or advice regarding the IELTS test please call us on 0116 224 2240 or email

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