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Pathways towards English language proficiency

All SCU applicants must meet the University's Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements for entry (admission) to an SCU course, detailed in the SCU Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2.

How do domestic applicants achieve English language proficiency?

  • be an Australian-born, Australian citizen;
  • complete Year 12 in Australia;
  • complete at least 1 year of equivalent full-time study in an AQF level 5 Diploma, or higher qualification, taught and assessed in English; or
  • complete an approved foundation course at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or Higher Education Provider (HEP), e.g. the Preparing for Success at SCU Program.

How do international applicants achieve English language proficiency?

  • complete Year 12 in Australia;
  • complete at least 1 year of equivalent full-time study in an AQF level 5 Diploma, or higher qualification, taught and assessed in English;
  • complete an SCU approved foundation course at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or Higher Education Provider (HEP), e.g. the SCU Undergraduate Qualifying Program or Postgraduate Qualifying Program; or
  • achieve an equivalent IELTS test score equal to or greater than 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) as per Schedule B.


Some SCU courses have higher minimum English Language Proficiency requirements detailed in the Course structure information.

SCU College English language pathways

To reach the minimum proficiency levels, study the SCU College English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Students who study EAP with SCU College do not need to sit an IELTS or ToEFL test to continue their study in another SCU course.

English language pathways with SCU approved providers

You may already have the language skills that the University is looking for if you have completed an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course with an SCU recognised provider of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

View the current PDF EAP English language pathways for these ELICOS providers:

Recognised ELICOS ProvidersCourses
Australian Pacific CollegeEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Browns English Language SchoolEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Byron Bay English Language SchoolCambridge Advanced English (CAE) Preparation
Cambridge International College (Melbourne)English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
ELS Australia (Brisbane and Sydney)English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Embassy English (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne)English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
International House SydneyEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Maquarie English and Maquarie InstituteEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Strathfield CollegeEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Sydney College of EnglishEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Still have questions? visit our website for: English Language Programs, International Students or or contact us