Exam Preparation

General English classes (16 hours per week) include preparation for Cambridge International suite examinations (KET, PET, FCE and CAE) with options to sit exams three times a year (December, March, and June)*. We also offer IELTS and Trinity SELT & GESE exam preparation classes, which run for 6 hours per-week. Students will need to specify the exam preparation class that they wish to attend during their application.

Students can join English classes at East Sussex College Hastings almost any week of the year, all year round.

English in Hastings
East Sussex College Hastings
Telephone: +44 (0)1424 458567
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What is SELT?

SELT exams are a requirement for anyone looking to gain settlement or citizenship in the UK.

There are a number of different requirements for visa applications. You can read about the requirements and different exams on the Trinity College website.

What is IELTS?

IELTS is the internationally recognised system for assessing English language. The IELTS test covers all four language skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Two types of IELTS Tests

  • The Academic IELTS test is suitable if you are planning to attend an academic or vocational course at East Sussex College Hastings, or if you plan to attend an English-speaking university for an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  • The General Training IELTS test is suitable if you are planning to work in an English-speaking country, if you are planning to attend a UK school or to migrate to an English-speaking country.

The IELTS Score System

  • IELTS 7.5+ is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) and level C2 on the Common European Framework (CEF).
  • IELTS 3.0 is the equivalent to a pre-intermediate level of English and level A2 on the CEF.
  • If you are aiming to attend an A-Level programme you will be required to have at least an overall Academic IELTS score of 5.5, with at least 5.0 in writing for three A-Level subjects.


Information for Candidates
Booking and Paying
IELTS Notice to Candidates

Contact for IELTS Testing

East Sussex College Eastbourne IELTS Test Centre
Telephone: +44 (0)1323 637298
Opening Times: The IELTS office is open from 9am to 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are closed on Wednesday. Please do not come to the centre outside of these times as you will not be seen.
Telephone: +44 (0)3030039230
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Students who require an IELTS exam to apply for a T4 student visa must do the exam at a UKVI secure centre.  The centres based in the UK can be found under the IELTS for UKVI Test Providers tab at the following link: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/locations/united-kingdom   




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