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ELICOS | 0101409

General English

International students

Improve your English language skills and get access to TAFE Queensland courses with this entry-level course.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast
WAYS TO STUDY International

Course overview

Our English Language Programs have been developed to offer you comprehensive courses to improve your English language skills. All levels equate with the Common European Framework (CEF) to ensure your results are internationally viable, and also provide direct access pathways into TAFE Queensland courses. 

General English – Develop the English language and communicative skills needed for social and work situations and daily life activities. Learn basic comprehension, reading and writing skills through to more complex elements such as syntax and grammar. General English is not a direct entry pathway to TAFE Queensland Certificate or Diploma courses. Adding and successfully completing an Exam Preparation or Academic English course will allow direct entry. ​

Meet our English teachers and find out why our English students recommend studying English at TAFE Queensland.

Course outcome:

ELICOS General English

Learning support options

We have around-the-clock, one-on-one support services if you need an extra hand. The Learning Skills Centre — located in most of our campus libraries — is a drop-in service staffed by experienced teachers who can help with study skills. Studiosity is our online after-hours tutoring service focusing on writing, research, referencing, and subject-specific questions.

Experienced vocational experts

At TAFE Queensland we have been delivering exceptional vocational and education to Queensland's communities for more than 140 years — and we're not the only one's who think so. In 2016 we were awarded the Large Training Provider of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards.

Ways to study
South Bank
Minimum 2 weeks
Full time. Note: Cost is per week.
  • International: $220
Minimum 2 weeks
Full time. Note: Cost is per week.
  • International: $220

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Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to undergo an initial pre-training assessment on the first day of class to determine which course level you are best suited to.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

A one-off application fee of $150 also applies.

Material fees:

$110     1-12 weeks
$220     13-24 weeks
$330     25-36 weeks
$440     37-48 weeks
$550     49-60 weeks

The materials fee is charged in advance at the rate of one fee per 12 weeks of classes. This is the standard rate of progression through a level for the majority of students. If a student progresses at a faster rate or moves into IELTS Preparation, English for Academic Purposes or Cambridge Preparation, they may be required to pay an additional materials fee for the additional set of materials required for the new class. Students are always advised of this prior to moving classes.

International important information

View the English Language Program calendar


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.