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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, summarised below. For further details view the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2 - Coursework Awards - General Provisions.

English language proficiency for Australian or New Zealand citizens and residents

  • be an Australian-born, Australian citizen;
  • complete Year 12 in Australia, New Zealand, or an equivalent English speaking country listed in Schedule A;
  • complete an Australian or New Zealand Certificate IV or higher, or equivalent overseas qualification where the language of instruction and examination was English; 
  • have 1 year or more of full-time equivalent occupational or voluntry experience in Australia, New Zealand, or an equivalent English speaking country, as detailed in Schedule B; or
  • complete an 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 an equivalent English speaking country listed in Schedule A;
  • complete an Australian Certificate IV or higher, or equivalent overseas qualification where the language of instruction and examination was English;
  • have 1 year or more of full-time equivalent occupational or voluntry experience in Australia, or an equivalent English speaking country, as detailed in Schedule B;
  • achieve an English Language test score equal to or greater than the English language proficiency requirement published for a Southern Cross University course - for more details view 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

Any Australian Vocational Registered Training Provider (RTO), including TAFE

Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes; Certificate III in Advanced English for Further Study; or Certificate III in English for Further Study.

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