Academic English Preparation

What is Academic English Preparation (AEP)?

If you need extra help to reach the required level of English language for the High School Program Year 10 or Year 11, you can join our Academic English Preparation (AEP) program. Your study in this program will include study skills for academic learning, a personal study plan, one-to-one attention and regular assessment. AEP will enable you to make fast, effective progress in speaking, writing, reading and listening in English. The program also includes:

When you successfully complete AEP you can progress to the High School Program without taking an IELTS test.

Course structure

The Academic English Preparation program takes place on campus and includes 23 class hours per week. Terms run throughout the year for 10 weeks at a time. Students will be provided with development reports twice per term.


Mode of study

Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.


On completion, a Certificate of Completion is issued.


Students are assessed through a series of formal and informal assessment tasks which target the objectives and learning outcomes of the course as contained within the course book and set cumulative assessment tasks at each level. Assessment includes formal tests, cumulative assessment tasks, class work, homework, participation and the Week 10 test.


1-5 levels (The study period for each level is 10 weeks).

Supporting students under 18

Learning material and practices are contextualised to meet the individual needs of the learning taking into account the age and maturity of the student.

Learning outcomes of AEP

At the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to do the following in English:


  • Initiate and sustain a general conversation confidently and effectively in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Produce appropriate oral and written texts which convey meaning with a degree of fluency and accuracy on a range of topics and in a variety of genres appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend straightforward heard text delivered at normal speed and without major distortion sufficiently to cope in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend with reasonable speed the meaning and identify the structural features of a variety of written texts appropriate to the level of the class
  • Use all basic verb tenses accurately and appropriately and display knowledge of more advanced tenses in clear contexts
  • Manipulate syntax to convey meaning effectively
  • Use a limited variety of lexis and expressions in a range of common topic areas
  • Reproduce sound and speech patterns of English with a reasonable degree of accuracy.


  • Develop research skills using a variety of resources (internet, books, journals etc)
  • To use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts, question ideas in texts and those offered by others, and to support arguments using logic
  • To use IT programs to produce documents relevant to each level
  • To develop general study skills.

Entry requirements

  • Academic: IELTS 4.0 overall with no band less than 2.5
  • Age: Students must be at least 15

Term dates

AEP intakes are every five weeks. Terms run throughout the year for 10 weeks at a time.

Intakes Duration Start dates Holidays End dates
January 10 weeks 2/01/2019   8/03/2019
February 10 weeks 4/02/2019 11/03/2019 - 15/03/2019 19/04/2019
March 10 weeks 18/03/2019   24/05/2019
April 10 weeks 23/04/2019 27/05/2019 - 31/05/2019 5/07/2019
June 10 weeks 3/06/2019   9/08/2019
July 10 weeks 8/07/2019 12/08/2019 - 30/08/2019 4/10/2019
September 10 weeks 2/09/2019   8/11/2019
October 10 weeks 8/10/2019   13/12/2019
November 10 weeks 11/11/2019 16/12/2019 - 27/12/2019 31/01/2020
Intakes Duration Start dates Holidays End dates
January 10 weeks 30/12/2019   06/03/2020
February 10 weeks 03/02/2020 07/03/2020 - 15/03/2020 17/04/2020
March 10 weeks 16/03/2020   22/05/2020
April 10 weeks 20/04/2020 23/05/2020 - 31/05/2020 03/07/2020
June 10 weeks 01/06/2020   07/08/2020
July 10 weeks 06/07/2020 08/08/2020 - 30/08/2020 02/10/2020
September 10 weeks 31/08/2020   06/11/2020
October 10 weeks 06/10/2020   11/12/2020
November 10 weeks 09/11/2020 12/12/2020 - 27/12/2020 29/01/2021
Public Holiday 2018 2019 2020
New Year's Day Monday 1 January Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Friday 26 January Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 30 March Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 31 March Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 1 April Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 2 April Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 1 October Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December Thursday 26 December Saturday 26 December
Additional Day     Monday 28 December


Academic English Preparation (AEP). CRICOS Course Code: 085947A.