IELTS vocabulary for education

IELTS vocabulary for education

IELTS vocabulary for education

In this post, we will take a quick look at a common IELTS theme – IELTS vocabulary for education. This list will help you develop your vocabulary when writing, reading, listening or talking about education.

The different types of school

Boarding school – this is where the students study, live, eat and sleep during the school term. In most cases, boarding school students go back to their parents during holidays.

Private schools – these are schools where parents have to pay for their child to enrol. They are often very expensive.

Public schools – BE CAREFUL HERE! In US English, a public school is free and paid for by the government. However, in British English, public schools are exclusive, expensive schools, run independently.

Co-education is where male and female students study together (this can also be informally referred to as a co-ed school)

Single-sex school – this is where only male or only female students attend (the opposite of a co-educational school)


The different types of education

  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Tertiary education (also referred to as Higher education) – this is the first level of schooling that is not compuslory (you don’t have to go). This includes universities and colleges

Types of certification

  • A certificate – issued for a short course
  • A diploma – issued for a course that is shorter than a degree
  • A degree – issued by a university at the end of longer course of study
  • A masters (degree) – issued by a university when the students has completed further study beyond a degree (often in a more specialised field than a degree)
  • A doctorate – this is the highest level of study issued by a university

School behaviour / character types / types of student

  • to play truant – to be absent from class without permission from parents or teachers
  • a bookworm – an informal word for someone who spends a lot time reading / studying
  • an academic – someone who is more comfortable with studying and writing rather than working with their hands in a more practical application
  • a scholar – a relatively old fashioned word for an academic
  • a mature student – someone who is older than the average student, often having gone back to college or universities after working or having a family
  • a freshman [US English] – someone in their first year of university or college
  • a sophomore – someone in their second year of university or college
  • an undergraduate – someone who has not yet completed their degree
  • a graduate (also referred to as a postgraduate) – someone who has complete degree

Types of learning

  • Distance learning – this is done away from the school, where the student studies by themselves and rarely attends classes in a school building (lessons are sent by post or online)
  • Online learning – this is generally 100% online, where you will not physically meet a teacher or attend classes in a school building
  • Intensive courses – fast paced courses which give a lot of information quickly and in a short time
  • Rote learning – a teaching style used in some countries / subjects where students simply repeat what they are told until they have memorised it.
  • Lecture – often for larger groups of people, the focus is on hearing the teacher speak and making notes
  • Tutorial – smaller groups of students, where students can ask questions (often following a lecture)

The cost of education

  • tuition fees – the money paid for education
  • a grant – money given by the government to support a student while studying
  • a student loan – money which a student can borrow to while they are studying, but which has to be repaid
  • a scholarship – money (often given by the institution themselves) to support a student while studying

The language of studying / useful collocations

  • to revise – study or read something again in order to remember it better, often before exams
  • to concentrate – to focus your attention on something
  • to review – read over something again. Similar to revise, but more commonly done just after something and not in preparation for an exam
  • to plagiarise – to copy another persons work without giving them credit or identifying the course
  • to sit / take a test
  • to attend a class
  • to meet a deadline

Miscellaneous vocabulary for education

  • literacy – the ability to read and write
  • curriculum – the order in which subjects and topics are studied in a school (like a timetable)

We hope this IELTS vocabulary for education list has helped!

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