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English Requirements

What evidence of my English Proficiency do I need to provide?

Degrees Plus Australia can help you find the right English languages classes and assessment exam for you. It doesn’t matter what your level is or whether you prefer to sit for IELTS, Persons Test of English, Cambridge English or TOEFL we can find the right course for you at the best price.

Remember, evidence of your English Language proficiency is required by the University that you are applying to study at and the Department of Home Affairs. These are required for different reasons and may require different pass levels.

What evidence of my English Proficiency do I need to provide?

Students may need to provide an up-to-date certificate of an English language test as part of the application process. This will depend on what course you wish to study and individual University requirements. Typical scores are shown below:

  • Vocational education courses will require Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Bachelor of Business degree will require Academic IELTS score of 6 Overall with minimum of 6.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Medicine/Health degree will require Academic IELTS score of 7 Overall with minimum of 7 in all bands or equivalent
  • Master’s degree will require Academic IELTS score of 6.5 Overall with minimum of 6 in all bands or equivalent

English Requirements for Visa processing

Students from USA, Canada, New Zealand, UK and Republic of Ireland are exempt from this language requirement.

Regardless of a Universities requirements, all other applicants must still satisfy the Department of Home Affairs English Language proficiency requirements for student visa applications in the table below.

English language provider test

Minimum test score

Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS

Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System




*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based




TOEFL internet based test




Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)




Pearson Test of English Academic




Occupational English Test**




Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I study English?

British Counsel has offices in many countries across the world and has an enviable reputation. As an Official partner of the British Counsel, we can help find the right English course for you.

British Counsel understands your learning needs. They provide the right environment for you to flourish. Because they are experts in education, their schools have been specifically designed to help teachers teach and learners learn. This helps get the most out of each session with the whole class making real progress. There is an array of English Language Options we can help you with.

Can I study English in Australia?

There are many options to study English in Australia. Many universities have their own English Language courses. There are also private schools.

Degrees Plus Australia are official partners with International House. International House is one of Australia’s most highly regarded English language and Teacher Training Centres. International House has branches in Sydney, Bondi Beach and Tropical Darwin. They are a professional specialist centre delivering a range of accredited, internationally recognised courses in teacher training and in English language development. International House is committed to providing quality training and internationally recognised qualifications, which gives our graduates a true advantage when seeking employment opportunities worldwide.

Contact us to find out more about International House with branches in Sydney, Bondi Beach and Tropical Darwin.

Can I study English On-Line?

If you prefer to do your study in your own time, at home and wherever and whenever you want then we can help you with online classes with our partners at IELTS Online. Here you can access detailed lessons, tips, full practice tests and answers; IELTS Online has everything you need to prepare for the IELTS test.

Ask us now for a discount voucher to register for IELTS Online.