Here are the most common vocabulary relating to the topic ‘Education’. These words are collected from different sources and can be used in both productive sections of IELTS. They can also help you better understand the Reading section of the test.

  1. tertiary education (noun phrase) – relating to education in colleges and universities;
    – The only thing about tertiary education on which everyone agrees is that it is a mess.
  2. bullying (noun) – the behaviour of a person who hurts or frightens someone smaller or less powerful, often forcing that person to do something they do not want to do
    Bullying is a problem in many schools.
    – Online bullying is a serious concern.
  3. tuition (noun) – teaching, especially when given to a small group or one person, such as in a college or university.
    – All students receive tuition in logic and metaphysics.
  4. scholarship (noun) – an amount of money given by a school, college, university, or other organization to pay for the studies of a person with great ability but little money.
    – He got/won a scholarship to Harvard.
    – Paula went to the Royal College of Music on a scholarship.
  5. literacy (noun) – the ability to read and write; knowledge of a particular subject, or a particular type of knowledge.
    – Far more resources are needed to improve adult literacy.
    – The country has a literacy rate of almost 98%.
    – Computer literacy is becoming as essential as the ability to drive a car.
  6. syllabus (noun) – (a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course, especially a course which leads to an examination
    – Which novels are on the syllabus this year?
    The syllabus covers various aspects of physical and organic chemistry.
  7. graduation (noun)- the formal event at which a person who has successfully completed a course of study at a school, college, or university gets a document stating this fact, or the successful completion of a course of study
    – We’ll be attending two graduations this weekend.
    – After graduation, she wants to travel around Europe.
  8. internship (noun) – a period of time during which someone works for a company or organization in order to get experience of a particular type of work
    – Jane has a summer internship at a local TV station.
    – He served his internship at a local hospital.
  9. eligible (adj) – having the necessary qualities or satisfying the necessary conditions.
    – You might be eligible for a grant.
    -Of 9,475 students, 1,323 were eligible for a scholarship.
  10. applicant (noun) – a person who formally requests something, especially a job, or to study at a college or university
    – The course is popular – it has five applicants for every place.
    – Successful applicants will be notified in writing.
  11. instruction (noun) – the teaching of a particular skill or subject.
    – The video provides instruction on how to operate the computer.
    – The course gives you basic instruction in car maintenance.
  12.  enrol (verb) – to put yourself or someone else onto the official list of members of a course, college, or group.
    – Is it too late to enrol at the college?
    – I enrolled for/in/on the modern art course.
    – He is enrolled as a part-time student.
    – They want to enrol their children in their local school.
  13. admission (noun) – permission to study at a school or college, or permission to enter a theater or other building.
    – How many students will gain admission to Yale?
    – The club refuses admission to those under 18.
  14. nursery (noun) – a place where young children and babies are taken care of while their parents are at work:
    – Does Jake go to a nursery or a childminder?
    – The nursery has 30 babies on the books and 13 on the waiting list.
  15. grant (noun) – an amount of money given especially by the government to a person or organization for a special purpose.
    – They gave/awarded her a grant to study abroad for one year.
    – You might be eligible for a grant.
  16. research (noun) – a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding.
    – They are carrying out/conducting/doing some fascinating research into/on the language of dolphins.
    – He has dedicated his life to scientific research.
  17. academic (adj) – relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking rather than practical skills.
    – Employers nowadays are more interested in candidates’ abilities and personality rather than just academic qualifications.
    – Some complain that the poor writing skills of younger staff shows a fall in academic standards.

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