IELTS Tests and Courses


At Lewisham Southwark College we offer specialist courses for students who need English language skills at higher levels, helping them to achieve their goals whether that means taking degree or postgraduate studies or career development.

We are proud to be an official test centre for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – the world’s leading international standardised test for English language proficiency. An IELTS qualification is your passport to work or further study. It is recognised by employers and universities in over 130 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, and also acknowledged by many professional registration bodies, immigration authorities and governments.

  • Courses

    Check out what we have to offer below, and if you’d like some advice about the best course for you, do get in touch with our IELTS Department.

    IELTS Preparation Courses

    IELTS Preparation & Practice Programme
    IELTS Summer Intensive Course
    Academic Writing Workshop

    General English Courses

    These courses are designed to boost your level of general English as well as preparing for English language tests.

    English Language Programme – full time
    EFL Summer Programme
    English Language Grammar & Skills Programme
    English Language Speaking and Pronunciation Programme
    Cambridge English Preparation & Practice

    We also offer tailor-made courses and one-to-one tuition in English language. Find out more by contacting our IELTS Department.

    As one of around 900 official IELTS test centres worldwide, Lewisham Southwark College gives students the opportunity to prepare for, and take, the IELTS tests. We offer tests at our campuses in Southwark and Lewisham in southeast London – both of which are conveniently located close to public transport links.

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  • Apply for an IELTS Test

    Southwark Test Venue and Administration Office:

    Southwark Centre:

    25 The Cut


    SE1 8LF

    Lewisham Test Venue:

    Lewisham Way Centre

    Lewisham Way


    SE4 1UT

    Click here to apply for your IELTS Test

    Test Fee 2019: £170

  • Practical Information About Your IELTS Test

    Test Day


    Registration, including biometric checking, starts at 8.30am and the Listening/Reading/Writing test begins at 10.00am. Each candidate has an individual appointment for the Speaking test. These are normally on a Saturday afternoon following the other parts of the test, may be held on other days too.

    Transport and Parking

    See public transport options to our venues.

    At our Lewisham campus there is on street parking available nearby.

    Your Belongings

    Before the test you will be asked to leave your belongings, including electronic devices and watches, in a separate room. The room will be locked but not attended during the test. Unfortunately we cannot accept liability for items left in the room, so advise you not to bring valuable or unnecessary items.


    Our Southwark campus is within walking distance of lots of cafés and supermarkets, and there are also vending machines on campus.

    At our Lewisham campus, there is a comfortable eating area inside the college. There are places where you can buy lunch within a short walk of the centre.

    Exam Room

    The exam room is air conditioned. You are allowed to bring in a clear bottle of water (which must not have a label of any kind). We supply pencils, pens and erasers but you are welcome to bring your own.

    Special Arrangements

    For candidates with a physical or learning difficulty or disability we are happy to make special arrangements. In order for us to organise this you will need to supply a report, based on appropriate tests and in English, from a specialist practitioner on headed paper. If adapted materials are required, we will need three months’ notice. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your requirements.

    Late Arrivals

    It is the candidate's responsibility to arrive for their test on time, so we strongly recommend that you check travel information before travelling. (Visit or call +44 (0)20 7222 1234, textphone: +44(0)20 7918 3015, for the latest travel news.) Unfortunately, candidates who arrive after 9am on the day of their test will be marked as absent, will not be allowed into the exam hall and will lose their test fee.


    Your results will normally be available 13 days (the second Friday) after the test.

    How can I get my certificate?

    You can collect your Test Report Form between 11am and 12 noon from our Southwark Campus at 25, the Cut, London, SE1 8LF.

    How can I see my results online?

    You can check your results online, from 10am on the second Friday after your test, at:

    Enquiry on Results

    If you are not happy with your result, you may decide to use the Enquiry on Results process, in which your test will be re-marked. To do this, you need to complete an Enquiry on Results form and return it to us along with your original certificate. There is a fee of £110, which is reimbursed if your score is increased. This process takes six to eight weeks and the request must be made within six weeks of your test date.

    Additional Certificates

    You can request additional sets of results to be sent to recognising institutions. There is a charge of £25 for each set of results, plus any overseas or tracked postage. Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a form for this.


    If you are unhappy with any aspect of the Lewisham Southwark College IELTS Test Centre service and wish to make a complaint, you can do so by sending a letter or email to our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing the problem.

    If you have a complaint on the test day, you can complete a Candidate Complaint Form which is available from our staff on the day of your test.

    Test Preparation

    If you feel you need to study more to achieve the required band, you may want to consider taking a course, either at the College or online, or purchasing materials to help you prepare. For more information please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You can also download free IELTS Prep and WordPower apps.


    • You can cancel your IELTS test if you make your cancellation request more than 5 weeks before your test date. There is an administrative fee of 25% for cancellations.

    • If you cancel your test less than 5 weeks before your test date, you will lose the full test fee.

    • Please note that if you are registering for a test date less than five weeks away, you will not be allowed to change or cancel your IELTS test without losing your full test fee.


    • You can transfer to another test date if you request the change more than 5 weeks before the test date you are registered for. You will be charged a 25% Transfer Fee.

    • Please note that if you are registering for a test date less than five weeks away, you will not be allowed to transfer your IELTS test without losing your full test fee.

    • If you require a transfer, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • How can I apply for a course?

    You can apply by clicking on the button. This will open a simple enquiry form which you just need to fill in and submit. We will then email you with more details about the courses you’re interested in, and a link which allows you to book your free initial assessment.

    At our initial assessment sessions, which are held twice a week, we’ll ask you to complete some tasks and then discuss with you to help you decide on the right course.

  • How can I pay for my course?

    For courses under 10 weeks, you’ll need to pay the full fee before starting the course.

    For courses of more than 10 weeks, you can either pay the whole amount before starting the course, or pay by instalment plan using direct debit. This means you can make a minimum initial payment of 50% of the course fees and the remainder by the mid-point of the course.

  • Why study English at Lewisham Southwark College?

    If you decide to study English at Lewisham Southwark College you’ll benefit from:

    ·         An interactive, stimulating course taught by experienced tutors

    ·         Lively mix of group, pair and individual work and computer-based activities, with plenty of opportunity to practise your skills

    ·         Flexible course starting dates and a choice of full-time, part-time, evening and summer courses

    ·         Learning with other highly motivated students

    ·         Average class sizes of 12

    ·         15 hours of classroom study per week (for full-time courses)

    ·         High-tech teaching facilities, fully installed with the latest learning technologies

    ·         Dedicated online learning site for each course to support learning

    ·         Great student support, including individual tutorials

    ·         Expert careers advice to help you decide what to do next – whether that’s a job or further study. The College has excellent links with universities across the south east

    ·         Convenient central London location

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