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Pathways towards English language proficiency

All students must meet the University's Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements for entry (admission) into a Southern Cross University course.

English language proficiency for Australian or New Zealand citizens and residents

  • be an Australian-born, Australian citizen;
  • complete Year 12 in Australia or New Zealand;
  • complete an Australian Certificate IV, higher or equivalent New Zealand qualification - view Schedule B for details;
  • hold a minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent service in an Australian or New Zealand Skill Level 1 or 2 occupation, or 2 years full-time equivalent service in an Australian or New Zealand Skill Level 3 occupation, or equivalent occupational service in an English speaking country; view Schedule B for details; or
  • complete an approved academic/English language qualification, such as 10768NAT - Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes or a foundation/preparation program such as the Preparing for Success at Southern Cross University Program.

English language proficiency for International citizens

  • complete Year 12 in Australia or equivalent senior secondary study in an English speaking country, as per Schedule A;
  • complete an Australian Certificate IV, higher or equivalent overseas qualification, taught and assessed in English;
  • hold a minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent service in an Australian or New Zealand Skill Level 1 or 2 occupation, or 2 years full-time equivalent service in an Australian or New Zealand Skill Level 3 occupation, or equivalent overseas occupational service in an English speaking country;
  • achieve an English Language test score equal to or greater than the English language proficiency requirement published for a Southern Cross University course - as per Schedule B; or
  • complete an approved English language course, an academic/English language qualification, or a foundation/preparation program, such as those listed below in the English Language Proficiency Pathways document.

Succesful completion of English for Academic Purposes at SCU College provides direct entry to a range of Southern Cross University degrees.

Please note that some Southern Cross University courses with external accreditation may also require an IELTS or ToEFL test. Refer to the relevant course for more information.  

Alternative English Language Pathways

You may already have the language skills that the University is looking for if you have completed a an academic/English foundationan, university preparation or English for Academic Purposes course with one of the following approved institutes.

Search the English Language Proficiency Pathways  document for specific grades required to fulfil minimum English language proficiency at Southern Cross University.

Recognised ELICOS ProvidersCourses
Ability English English for Academic Purposes
Australian Pacific College English for Academic Purposes
Browns English Language School English for Academic Purposes
Byron Bay English Language School Cambridge Advanced English Preparation
Cambridge International College (Melbourne) English for Academic Purposes
Embassy English English for Academic Purposes

English Language Company

English for Academic Purposes
Explore English

English for Academic Purposes; and

General English

ILSC (Brisbane) Pty. Ltd.

English for Academic Purposes;

and IELTS Mastery

International House Sydney IELTS Academic Preparation course
Maquarie English and Maquarie Institute English for Academic Purposes
Milner International College of English

Cambridge Proficiency in English Preparation course; and Cambridge Exam

Cambridge Advanced English Preparation course; and Cambridge Advanced English exam

IELTS Preparation course; and external IELTS exam

Navitas English English for Academic Purposes
Perth International College Of English English for Academic Purposes
Queensland Academy of Technology IELTS Preparation program
Strathfield College English for Academic Purposes
Sydney College of English English for Academic Purposes
Tongji University Certificate in Business or Engineering Foundation Certificate Programmes
Universal English College Academic English Preparation course
UTS Insearch English for Academic Purposes

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