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IELTS Education Vocabulary

These are useful words and phrases area based around education vocabulary, a common topic in IELTS. This vocabulary will help you with all parts of the test if the topic arises.

As with the other vocabulary on these pages, although common word forms are given, not all word forms are here, so remember that once you understand the word you should study it further to make sure you understand exactly how it is used in different contexts.

You will find:

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At the bottom of the page you will find links to essays connected to education topics. 

Education Voabulary

Education Vocabulary for IELTS


To complete a first university degree successfully

I graduated from the University of Salford in 2009.

My graduation ceremony was in 2009.

The group of subjects studied in a school, college, etc.

Schools must ensure they have an excellent curriculum.

An official record showing that you have finished a training course or have the necessary skills, etc

Good qualifications are really important if you want to get a well-paid job.

I am qualified to teach English.

Regular work done by students as part of a course, but assessed independently of formal exams.

The coursework on my degree was really difficult.

When male and female students are taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Co-educational schools prepare students for their future better than single-sex schools.

To behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want

He did really well in his exams but he cheated. He copied from a friend.

Cheating on exams is not recommended.

The ability to read and write.

Literacy rates have declined considerably in Western countries over the last decade.

However, most children are literate.

Unable to read and write

Many children in the poorest countries are illiterate.

Primary (elementary) Education
First years of formal education from around age 5 to 11.

A good primary education is crucial for a child's development.

Secondary Education
Education during the time as a teenager.

I loved it at my secondary school as I had so many friends.

Higher (tertiary) Education
Non-compulsory education after finishing school, such as university, as well as vocational education and training at colleges.

60% of children now go into higher education after they finish school.

To direct your attention or your efforts towards a particular activity, subject or problem

It is difficult to concentrate on my work if there is a lot of noise.

I keep losing concentration due to the noise.

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