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Essential Academic English

Prepare for University and Foundation English courses with developing your academic reading, writing and thinking skills with Essential Academic English.

Level
Intermediate
Duration
10 weeks
CRICOS
043923A

Why study Essential Academic English?

  • It prepares you for University English or Foundation Studies English courses.

  • You will build your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

  • You will be exposed to real course material from UNSW.

  • You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers.

Overview

Build the vital English skills you need to thrive at university. This course prepares you for University English Entry Course (UEEC) and Foundation English Entry Course (FEEC).

 

Course Content

Develop your skills in:

  • Academic writing and grammar skills.
  • Reading and research skills using academic texts.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Pronunciation and spoken English skills for presentations and academic discussion.
  • Academic listening and note taking skills.

Entry Requirements

Alternative English test results accepted due to COVID-19

The following tests will be accepted for UNSW Global programs until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will have the same entry requirements as those set for IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT. Scroll down for entry requirements.
  • Duolingo English Test results will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students affected by COVID-19. See entry requirements for Duolingo here.
  • English language Test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) will be accepted for tests completed no more than:
    • Three years before the intended start date in Foundation Studies or Diploma Program
    • Two years before the intended start date in an Academic English Program

Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Entry RequirementsDirect entryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS7.0, Writing 6.0
(subscores 6.0)
5.5, Writing 5.5
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)589, TWE 5.0513, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (internet)94, Writing 2565, Writing 18
Pearson Test of English65, Writing 54
(subscores 54)
46, Writing 46
Cambridge Advanced English185, Writing 169162, Writing 154
HKDSE English5, Writing 42, Writing 3

Entry RequirementsDirect entryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS6.5, Writing 6.0
(subscores 6.0)
5.0, Writing 5.0
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)577, TWE 5.0483, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (internet)90, Writing 2356, Writing 14
Pearson Test of English64, Writing 54
(subscores 54)
38, Writing 38
Cambridge Advanced English176, Writing 169154, Writing 154
HKDSE English4, Writing 32

Diploma Programs

Entry RequirementsDirect EntryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS6.5, Writing 6.0
(No score less than 6.0)
5.0, Writing 5.0
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)577, TWE 5.0483, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (internet)90, Writing 2356, Writing 14
Pearson Test of English64, Writing 54
(subscores 46)
38, Writing 38
A-Level EnglishC (A- or AS-Level), Humanities subject or General Paper
Cambridge Advanced English176, Writing 169
(subscores 162)
154, Writing 154
HKDSE English4 Overall, Writing 3 2
All India Senior School Certificate [CBSE]C1 in English Core
India School Certificate [ICSE]70% in English
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)Pass in 920 English
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)Grade 4 or above in either English A: language and literature at standard or higher level
Australian Foundation Programs70%/B- in English

Entry RequirementsDirect EntryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS6.0, Writing 6.0
(subscores 5.5)
5.0, Writing 5.0
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)550, TWE 4.5483, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (internet)75, Writing 2056, Writing 14
Pearson Test of English50, Writing 50
(subscores 46)
38, Writing 38
A-Level EnglishC (A- or AS-Level), Humanities subject or General Paper
Cambridge Advanced English169, Writing 169
(subscores 162)
154, Writing 154
HKDSE English3 Overall, Writing 3
All India Senior School Certificate [CBSE] C2 in English core
India School Certificate [ICSE] 60% in English
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)Pass in 914 English
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)Grade 3 in English A: language and literature at standard or higher level or English B at 4SL or HL
Australian Foundation Programs65%/C+ in English

UNSW Transition Program Online

UNSW Transition Program Online

Entry RequirementsDirect entryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS6.0, Writing 5.5
(subscores 5.0)
5.0, Writing 4.5
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)537, TWE 4.5483, TWE 3.5
TOEFL iBT (internet)75, Writing 1856, Writing 12
Pearson Test of English50, Writing 46
(subscores 38)
38, Writing 32
Cambridge Advanced English169 Writing 162
(subscores 154)
154, Writing 147
O-Level EnglishB (O-Level)
C (AS Level)
TBC
HKDSE English3, Writing 31, Writing 2

Foundation Studies Programs

Actuarial Studies, Commerce, Design & Architecture

Entry RequirementsDirect entryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS6.0, Writing 5.0
(subscores 5.0)
5.0, Writing 4.5
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)537, TWE 4.0483, TWE 3.5
TOEFL iBT (internet)75, Writing 1456, Writing 12
Pearson Test of English50, Writing 38
(subscores 38)
38, Writing 32
Cambridge Advanced English169, Writing 154
(subscores 154)
154, Writing 147
(subscores 147)
O-Level EnglishB (O-Level)
C (AS/A-Level)
TBC
HKDSE English3, Writing 21, Writing 2

Science & Arts

Entry RequirementsDirect entryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS5.5, Writing 5.5
(subscores 5.0)
4.5, Writing 5.0
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)513, TWE 4.5457, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (internet)65, Writing 1847, Writing 14
Pearson Test of English46, Writing 46
(subscores 38)
32, Writing 38
Cambridge Advanced English162, Writing 162
(subscores 154)
147, Writing 154
(subscores 147)
O-Level EnglishB (O-Level)
C (AS/A-Level)
TBC
HKDSE English2, Writing 31, Writing 2

Entry RequirementsDirect EntryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS5.5, Writing 5.0
(subscores 5.0)
4.5, Writing 4.5
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)513, TWE 4.0457, TWE 3.5
TOEFL iBT (internet)65, Writing 1447, Writing 12
Pearson Test of English46, Writing 38
(subscores 38)
32, Writing 32
Cambridge Advanced English162, Writing 154
(subscores 154)
147, Writing 147
O-Level EnglishCTBC
HKDSE English2, Writing 21, Writing 2

Entry RequirementsDirect EntryEAE 10 Weeks
IELTS5.0, Writing 5.0
(subscores 4.5)
5.0, Writing 4.5
(subscores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)483, TWE 4.0483, TWE 3.5
TOEFL iBT (internet)56, Writing 1456, Writing 12
Pearson Test of English38, Writing 38
(subscores 32)
38, Writing 32
Cambridge Advanced English154, Writing 154
(subscores 147)
154, Writing 147
O-Level EnglishDTBC
HKDSE English21, Writing 2

Key Dates

EAE
Start
EAE
Finish
UEEC
Start
UEEC
Finish
Continue to
First Year at UNSW
6 Sep 202112 Nov 202115 Nov 202115 Apr 2022Term 2 - 30 May 2022
11 Oct 202117 Dec 20214 Jan 202220 May 2022Term 2 - 30 May 2022
4 Jan 202211 Mar 202214 Mar 202229 Jul 2022Term 3 - 12 Sep 2022
7 Feb 202215 Apr 202219 Apr 20222 Sept 2022Term 3 - 12 Sep 2022
23 May 202229 Jul 20221 Aug 202216 Dec 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023
27 Jun 20222 Sep 20225 Sep 20223 Feb 2023Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023

For entry toEAE
Start
FinishFEEC
Start
FEEC
Finish
Continue to
First Year at UNSW
Standard4 Jan 202211 Mar 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023
Standard7 Feb 202215 Apr 202223 May 202229 Jul 2022Term 2 - 29 May 2023
Standard23 May 202229 Jul 20221 Aug 20227 Oct 2022Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023
Standard Plus4 Jan 202211 Mar 202214 Mar 202220 May 2022Term 2 - 29 May 2023
Standard Plus7 Feb 202215 Apr 202223 May 202229 Jul 2022Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023
Extended4 Jan 202211 Mar 2022Term 2 - 29 May 2023
Extended7 Feb 202215 Apr 2022Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023
Extended1 Aug 20227 Oct 2022Term 1 - 12 Feb 2024

Fees

2021 tuition fees: AUD$5,650

Note:

The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.

Commonwealth financial support is not available for non-award programs including UNSW Foundation Studies program and Academic English Programs.

Entry requirements

You will be placed in an appropriate class based on a test score under the following conditions:

  1. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of the enrolment date.
  2. If you have variations in test subscores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
  3. UNSW Global reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement test to confirm appropriate course placement.
  4. UNSW Global reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
  5. Progression into the next Academic English Program depends on your achievement in course assessments. You may progress more quickly or slowly than the indication in weeks provided in this table.
  6. UNSW Global also accepts Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).
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