ELICOS English programs

ELICOS programs are one of the best ways to maximise your learning experience. Studying an English program is a great way to improve your English, make new friends from around the globe while enjoying the Australian experience.

One of our experienced consultants will assist you in choosing the institution and course that best suits your needs, budget and goals, ensuring you get the best possible outcome.

There are many different types of English courses that you can choose from:

General English

General English programs focus on the use of everyday language in daily life and work. This course will enable you to improve your written and conversational English skills allowing you to familiarise yourself with common expressions and adapt to the Australian environment and culture.

English programs range from beginners to advanced classes. You will undergo a language entry test which will determine what level you will be placed in. There are usually five General English levels.

  • Beginner – If you are new to the English language.
  • Pre-Intermediate – You are familiar with written English although have some difficulties with verbal expression.
  • Intermediate – You have good written and oral English comprehension.
  • Upper Intermediate – You practise the language on a regular basis and are able to read and write independently and can hold a good conversation in English.
  • Advanced – If you have a very good knowledge of the English language and wish to enhance your vocabulary and written competency. This can also be a preparation course for anyone wishing to take further academic studies in English.


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration globally. Thousands of organisations worldwide trust IELTS therefore you can be confident that IELTS test is recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.

IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for success in your new job or study placement abroad. In the IELTS Test you will be assessed on four different bands; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each one of these elements has an individual mark that will count towards the overall score. This IELTS course is divided in two different classes depending on your future goal:

  • Generic Module is the traditional IELTS exam for those who require a certificate for curricula purposes, migration requirements (sponsorship or skilled migration) or for admittance to vocational courses (average minimum score 5.5).
  • Academic Module is a more complex IELTS exam for those who need to meet academic entry requirements. The minimum score is usually 6.5.

To find more detailed information about IELTS structure and tests click here.


This course gives you the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for the Cambridge exam. These preparation courses for the Cambridge exam are made for those who require an international English certificate which, unlike has unlimited validity. The Cambridge English language tests are recognised and respected by companies, governments and universities around the globe. These exams are the world’s leading range of certificates for learners of English taken by over 1.75 million people in 135 countries around the world. It consists of four tests: grammar, vocabulary, writing and reading.

Cambridge courses are divided in three levels:

  • First Certificate (FCE): requires an Intermediate entry level equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 – 6.0.
  • Advanced (CAE): requires an Upper Intermediate entry level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 and 7.0.
  • Proficiency (CPE): requires an Advanced entry level equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.5 and 9.0.

If you wish to enrol in a Cambridge course, a pre-entry test is usually required followed by another test on the course start date. The Cambridge course may be undertaken after a General English course in order to meet English level requirements for admittance to the course as institutions must assess each individual’s language skills prior to enrolment.

  • Cambridge courses are generally run as day classes.
  • Cambridge courses are run over 10–12 week modules.
  • Cambridge courses have fixed intake dates every three months: January, March, June and September.
  • Once you have completed your Cambridge course, the exam can be undertaken and you will be graded based on the following grading system: A, B, C (pass); D and E (fail).

English for ACADEMIC Purposes

This course will help you improve with your language skills for academic purposes. It is used by students as a bridging course to help them get access to VET programs as well as Undergraduate Degrees without needing to obtain an IELTS score. However, you will have to perform highly if you want to achieve the level of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) that allows you to enter higher education programs. This course is divided into three different levels:

  • Intermediate
  • Upper intermediate
  • Advanced

EAP courses will focus on grammar, vocabulary, and writing with a focus on academic English textbooks, intercultural communication and conversational English to help you enrol in a higher education course. You will be practising how to complete essays, presentations and academic writing so that you can easily make the transition into higher education. It can also be a great way to improve your English skills further than what General English courses may offer.


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