Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes

Certificate IV   NRT
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 –   Ultimo
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  • English for Academic Purposes course details

    Course description and aims

    The course is intended to provide adults from a non-English speaking background with the English language skills and the socio-cultural knowledge needed to enhance their access to, and successful participation in, study at post-Year 12 level.

    Successful completion of this course will enhance access to and participation in study at post-Year 12 level by the development of academic literacy and by the development of proficiency in English which is described at Level 3+ on the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) scale. The ISLPR scale refers to this level as Basic 'Vocational' Proficiency Plus.

    The competencies will enable a person from a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) with this qualification to:
    - apply their knowledge of English to a wide variety of academic contexts and scenarios
    - apply their knowledge of western academic traditions to a wide variety of academic contexts and scenarios
    - take responsibility for their own progress with minimal support.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Career paths available to graduates of Certificate IV in English for Academic
    Purposes include:
    - courses at AQF level 5 and above
    - careers requiring Year 12 entry level, eg Police Service.


    Completion of this course may enhance entry opportunities to courses requiring
    Year 12 entry, which includes Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses and
    university study.

    For a list of institutions that accept this course as satisfying English
    Language Proficiency entrance requirements, see the Universities Admissions
    Centre (UAC) English language proficiency (ELP) FAQ page:

    Entry requirements

    Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent.

    The course is designed for students with minimum English language proficiency
    of International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) 3, or
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 to 6.

    Enrol at any location

    Full Time
    Course start:
    Mon 5 Feb 2018
    Course duration:
    18 Weeks
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    20 Hours per week
    Smart and Skilled First Qual:
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
    Course Fee:
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    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps

    Tuesday 5th December 2017, at Ultimo College, Building D, level 8. You must attend this session for an interview and assessment. You must also attend to meet teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolling.
    Attend between 10:00am to 12:00pm if your family name begins with A- L, OR between 2:00pm and 4:00pm if your family name begins with M-Z.

    There will also be a late interview and information session on Wednesday 24th January 2018. Attend between 10:00am and 12:00pm if your family name begins with A-L. Attend between 2:00pm and 4:00pm if your family name begins with M-Z.

    Please contact customer service if you need more information about the interview and information session.

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class a week over 5 days per week. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm OR Monday to Friday, 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    NSWTTCH401Analyse and respond to texts in digital and online contexts40
    NSWTTCH402Apply emerging technology to communicate with others20
    NSWTESL402Apply English language listening skills to academic contexts70
    NSWTESL403Apply English language reading skills to academic contexts70
    NSWTESL401Apply English language speaking skills to academic contexts70
    NSWTESL404Apply English language writing skills to academic contexts90
    NSWTLRN401Research for specific purposes20



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