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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.

English language proficiency for Australia or New Zealand

  • be an Australian-born, Australian citizen;
  • complete Year 12 in Australia;
  • complete at least one 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 or preparation course at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or Higher Education Provider (HEP), such as our Preparing for Success Program.

English language proficiency for International

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

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 courses which require 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
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