Course overview

You are considering coming to Australia as an international student. English courses for overseas students holding student visas are called ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) courses.

So why do you want to study English? The English language is general recognized as the lingual francs – a language used to communicate between people not sharing the same mother tongue – of international business, science, technology and aviation. Being able to communicate in English effectively can open doors for you.

There are a number of reasons why you as an international student may choose to study English;
Out of your own personal interest and to help you to communicate better, perhaps while travelling or socialising;
To help improve your employment or career prospects either here in Australia or in your native country when you return home;
To may need to reach a standard of English needed to enter further study pathways here in Australia either in the vocational education or higher education sectors
When you start studying English at Scots English College, you will be required to complete a placement test to help us assess your ‘starting’ English level. It is important for you that you join a class that is at your current English level, otherwise it would be either too easy or too difficult for you. There are a number of different ways to give a name to your English level when you start studying English. You may have heard of some of these terms before.

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General English

CRICOS Course Code: 093611C


IELTS Examination Preparation

CRICOS Course Code: 092780E


English for Academic Purposes

CRICOS Course Code: 092779J


Cambridge Examination Preparation

CRICOS Course Code: 093245J


Pearson Test of English Academic Preparation

CRICOS Course Code: 093596G


Pronunciation & Communication Course (PRONCOM)

(Not Yet Endorsed by NEAS)
CRICOS Course Code: 099367F


CEFR means the ‘Central European Framework of Reference for Languages’ and it is a set of guidelines used to describe the knowledge and language skills that learners of foreign languages should be able to show at different levels. There is a range of levels from A1 to C2.

Teachers at Scots English College use the CEFR to Measure your English language level. So your teacher could say to you that your starting English level is B1 for Speaking but only A1 for writing.

For more information about the CEFR, please visit http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/cefr/

The words, ‘Beginner’, ‘Elementary’, ‘Pre-Intermediate’, ‘Intermediate’, ‘Upper Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ are also often used by teachers or other academic people who are testing your English skills levels.

The table below gives you more information about the words we use to measure your English level at Scots English College.

Level group Level group name Level Level name
A Basic user Pre-A1 Beginner
A1 Breakthrough or Elementary
A2 Way stage or Pre-Intermediate
B Independent user B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
C Proficient user C1 Effective operational proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency

Adapted from Introductory Guide to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for English Language Teachers, Cambridge University Press 2013

Regardless of your motivation for studying English, Scots English College has an English program to meet your needs. The table below shows a summary of our current ELICOS programs:


Exit level

Levels Entry level Duration 
General English






Pre-A1 Beginner None 10 weeks
A1 Elementary Completion of Beginner GE 10 weeks
A2 Pre- Intermediate Completion of Elementary GE 10 weeks
B1 Intermediate Completion of Pre-Int. GE 10 weeks
B2 Upper Intermediate Completion of Intermediate GE 10 weeks
C1 Advanced Completion of Upper-Int. GE 10 weeks
English for Academic Purposes


B1 EAP 1 - Pre-Intermediate Completion of Pre-Int. GE 12 weeks
B2 EAP 2 - Intermediate Completion of EAP 1 12 weeks
C1 EAP 3 -Upper Intermediate  Completion of EAP 2 12 weeks
IELTS Preparation B2 IELTS 1 - Intermediate Completion of Intermediate GE
Completion of EAP 1
12 weeks
C1 IELTS 2 - Upper Intermediate Completion of IELTS 1 12 weeks
Cambridge Examination
B1 PET Preparation Completion of Intermediate GE
Completion of EAP 1
12 weeks
B2 FCE Preparation



Completion of Upper-Int. GE
Completion of EAP 2
Completion of PET Prep.
12 weeks
C1 CAE Preparation




Completion of Advanced GE
Completion of EAP 3
Completion of FCE Prep.
12 weeks 


Pronunciation & Communication Course (Not Yet Endorsed by NEAS) B1 Intermediate Completion of  Pre-Inter GE 5 or 12 weeks
B2 Upper-Intermediate Completion of  Inter GE 5 or 12 weeks
C1 Advanced Completion of  Upper-Inter GE 5 or 12 weeks

Finally, the last table below shows how you can move from one course to another.

General English EAP IELTS Preparation


Cambridge Examination Preparation
Advanced CAE Preparation
Upper -Intermediate EAP 3 IELTS 2 FCE Preparation
Intermediate EAP 2 IELTS 1 PET Preparation
Pre-Intermediate EAP 1  
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