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English for International Students

WAES is Westminster's adult college and has been in operation for well over 20 years, offering English courses in across central London.

Preparation for Cambridge and IELTS qualifications

If you are not a native English speaker and are looking to study in an English-speaking country, having a qualification to prove your language ability is often a crucial part of the application process. WAES offers training in two of the most widely-recognised qualifications, the Cambridge English and IELTS exams, so we can help you achieve outstanding results for your future.

We offer a rare level of flexibility in our courses, where learners are able to choose when they begin studying and when they stop. We recommend 12 weeks of study but shorter or longer courses can be arranged to suit the needs of individual learners.

Cambridge English

Prepare yourself for the Cambridge English exam, a highly respected qualification for English ability, proof of your language skills for real-life situations, and widely- recognised around the world by universities and employers.

We offer training courses at three levels of ability:

Cambridge English: First (FCE) courses:


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) courses:




Preparation for IELTS course

An essential qualification for those considering studying or working in an English-speaking country, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is recognised by universities and colleges, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

You will cover the complete range of high language skills, combined with extensive exam training, designed to prepare you for the highest level you can achieve. We aim for 7 or higher on a 9-band scale. Our tutors will guide you through the different academic skills needed for the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking English. Find out more about our preparation for WAES IELTS courses.

Preparation for IELTS course:


Check your level

You are strongly advised to check your level to see if you are ready and your English is of a suitable level to join the correct class by doing this quick online test for general English:

Get specialist course advice

If you're looking to enrol on an exam preparation course then talk to one of our staff about which course is right for you.

Visit our Pimlico centre on Tuesdays from 12.30-13.30.

For more information

For general course enquiries or for further information please call our hotline number 020 7297 7297 or e-mail

View courses

Cambridge English: First (FCE) courses

Advanced (CAE) courses

Preparation for IELTS courses

Pronunciation and Conversation Skills courses


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