Academic English Preparation
Studying Academic English Preparation course at UEC will provide you with the skills and experience you need for academic success in Australian tertiary institutions.
The three courses, which build upon each other, are designed for students seeking direct entry into an Australian university, TAFE, or vocational college without sitting an IELTS™ or TOEFL®.
Over 90% of our Academic English students successfully achieve the grades they need to enter their chosen area of study.
What Will I Study in my Academic English Preparation Classes?
You will develop all the skills you need to achieve success in an Australian university or college environment.
The AEP program includes:
- essay and report writing
- academic listening and reading
- presentation development and delivery
- academic reading and critical analysis
- leading and participating in discussions
- research and referencing
The program is offered at 3 levels.
Academic English Preparation 1 (AEP1)
AEP1 provides an introduction to Academic English skills. This 10-week course has been structured to assist Lower Intermediate level students in preparing for our direct-entry course, AEP2.
Academic English Preparation 2 (AEP2)
AEP2 prepares students for the demands of studying at TAFE or a vocational college. Over 10 weeks, the course develops language and study skills needed to succeed in a tertiary environment. Successful completion of AEP2 provides direct-entry to various Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses, as well as entry into AEP3.
Academic English Preparation 3 (AEP3)
AEP3 is designed to prepare students for studying at university. The focus is on essay writing, research skills, critical thinking, as well as academic speaking, reading and listening. Successful completion of AEP3 provides students with direct-entry into their chosen undergraduate or postgraduate courses at our various partner universities.
Why Study Academic English at UEC?
Our Academic English Preparation program helps students build skills that will assist them throughout their tertiary study. UEC is the preferred English language pathway provider in Sydney for University of Wollongong Sydney Business School, Southern Cross University, Le Cordon Bleu Sydney and TAFE NSW.
Your successful completion of AEP2 or AEP3 excuses you from the IELTS or TOEFL requirements at over 30 Australian partner institutions.
You can package your enrolment at ELS Sydney with many of our direct-entry pathway partners under normal visa processing arrangements. See more details on our Pathway institutions
Sample Weekly Timetable – AEP 1
Day Program: 22.5 hours per week (20 contact teaching hours + 2.5 hours of teacher consultation)
8:45 – 10:15
| Reading & Speaking: Weekly articles
Paragraph Structure-Topic Sentences
Grammar & Vocabulary Test
|Lesson 2 10:30-12:00||Presentations:
Developing Topic Sentences
Logical Division of Ideas
First Presentation Task
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch|
| Lesson 3
12:45 – 13:45
|Academic Reading||Academic Reading||Academic Listening|| Computers:
Word Processing Task
14:00 – 14:50
|Student-teacher Consultation||Student-teacher Consultation|
Academic English Preparation Entry Requirements
AEP1: IELTS 4.5 (no band lower than 4.0) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Lower Intermediate with 60% pass mark
AEP2: IELTS 5.0 (no band lower than 4.5) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Intermediate with 75% pass mark
AEP3: IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) or Completion of 5 weeks of GE Upper-Intermediate with 75% pass mark
or successful completion of an UEC entry test.
2019 Program Start Dates
21 January, 25 February, 1 April, 6 May, 11 June*, 15 July, 19 August, 23 September, 28 October, 2 December
*Tuesday start date because Monday is a publich holiday