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

How do international applicants achieve English language proficiency?

  • complete senior secondary study to the equivalent of Year 12 in Australia;
  • complete an SCU recognised foundation course at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or Higher Education Provider (HEP), such as the SCU Undergraduate Qualifying Program or Postgraduate Qualifying Program;

  • 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 overseas qualification or gain professional experience listed in Schedule C;
  • achieve an SCU College English Language Exit Test score, orIELTS Test comparable score equal to or greater than Schedule B; or
  • complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course with an SCU recognised provider of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS Provider), registered with the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) - see the list of recognised ELICOS Providers below.


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. In most instances, 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.

Alternative English language proficiency pathways with SCU recognised ELICOS 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 ELICOS Provider.

View the current PDF English for Academic Purposes pathways approved by the University for:

SCU Recognised ELICOS ProvidersCourses
Ability EnglishEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
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)
Navitas EnglishEnglish for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Perth International College of EnglishEnglish 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