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.

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 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 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 10 April Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday Monday 13 April Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April Sunday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 14 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 4 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Saturday 25 December
Additional Day - Monday 27 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Sunday 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December Tuesday 28 December


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

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