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English Language Proficiency Requirements Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To establish the University's English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into its Award and Non-award programs.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Program Accreditation and Review Procedure and is subordinate to it.

This schedule should also be read in conjunction with the Admissions Procedure and the Standard Admissions Statements Schedule.

3 Schedule

All Award and Non-award programs will be assigned to an English Language Proficiency Category that specifies, through this schedule, how the program's English Language Proficiency entry requirements must be addressed.

Any decision to accept alternate means of satisfying the English Language Proficiency requirements, that is outside of that specified in this schedule, requires approval of both the relevant admissions area and the Academic Division. It will be only based on demonstrated equivalence to the applicable standards as specified in this section.

Prospective Students who do not meet any requirements listed in this schedule may be able to acquire the necessary proficiency through the University's open access programs. This option will require completion of either the communications or the English Language Proficiency placement tests provided by the University's Open Access College.

3.1 English Language Proficiency Program Category

Program Career

Program

Category

Non Award

ACEQ, PREP or TPPG - Tertiary Preparation Program

1

EAPP - English for Academic Purposes

1

ELICOS - English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

1

PDEV - Professional Development Single Courses

2

Undergraduate

All undergraduate programs (Bachelor, Associate Degree, Diploma) except the following:

2

BMID - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)

3

BNUR - Bachelor of Nursing

3

BPSC - Bachelor of Paramedicine

3

LLBH - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

3

LLBP - Bachelor of Laws

3

BECH - Bachelor of Early Childhood

5

BEDU - Bachelor of Education

5

Postgraduate (coursework)

All postgraduate coursework programs except the following:

3

GDTI - Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

2

MCTN - Master of Computer Technology

2

MISP - Master of Information Systems

2

MPAC - Master of Professional Accounting

2

MPCL - Master of Psychology (Clinical)

4

MPHD - Master of Psychology / PhD (Clinical Psychology)

4

MPPS - Master of Professional Psychology

4

GDTL - Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching

5

GDTO - Graduate Diploma of Teaching

5

MOLT - Master of Learning & Teaching

5

Higher Degree by Research

All Doctoral programs

3

All Masters programs by research

3

3.2 English Language Proficiency Program Category groupings

Program Category

Category 1

Non Award

ELICOS - English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
EAPP - English for Academic Purposes
ACEQ, PREP or TPPG - Tertiary Preparation Program

Undergraduate

Nil

Category 2

Non Award

Professional Development Single Courses

Undergraduate

All undergraduate programs except those nominated in Categories 3 and 5

Diploma programs except those nominated in Category 1

Postgraduate

(Coursework)

MCTN - Master of Computer Technology
MISP - Master of Information Systems
MPAC - Master of Professional Accounting
GDTI - Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

Category 3

Undergraduate

BNUR - Bachelor of Nursing
BMID - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)
BPSC - Bachelor of Paramedicine
LLBP - Bachelor of Laws
LLBH - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Postgraduate

(Coursework)

All postgraduate coursework programs except those nominated in Categories 2, 4 and 5

Postgraduate

(Research)

All Masters programs by research
All Doctoral programs

Category 4

Postgraduate
(Coursework)

MPPS - Master of Professional Psychology
MPCL - Master of Psychology (Clinical)
MPHD - Master of Psychology / PhD (Clinical Psychology)

Category 5

Undergraduate

BEDU - Bachelor of Education
BECH - Bachelor of Early Childhood

Postgraduate
(Coursework)

GDTL - Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching
GDTO - Graduate Diploma of Teaching
MOLT - Master of Learning & Teaching

3.3 English Language Proficiency requirements

To fulfil the English Language Proficiency requirements for the assigned category, Applicants must satisfy one of the following, as subsequently listed:

  • English Language Proficiency test requirements (Section 3.5); or
  • Alternative English Language Proficiency education requirements (Section 3.6); or
  • Approved Pathway and Foundation Program Proficiency requirements (Section 3.7); or
  • English Language employment and professional accreditation requirements (Section 3.8).

Applicants who are Australian citizens normally fulfil the English Language Proficiency requirements through the education or pathways requirements.

Other Applicants normally fulfil the English Language Proficiency requirements through the test or pathway requirements. If from a recognised English speaking country, these Applicants may fulfil the education requirements.

3.4 English Language Proficiency for visa purposes

International Students seeking to study onshore who satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency requirements may still need to meet additional Student visa requirements for English Language Proficiency as required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

DIBP only accepts certain English tests for visa purposes where evidence of English Language Proficiency is required. For more information, Students should check the local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

3.5 English Language Proficiency test requirements

English Language Proficiency tests should be not be older than two years upon application.

APPROVED TEST

CATEGORY 1

CATEGORY 2

CATEGORY 3

CATEGORY 4

CATEGORY 5

IELTS (Academic only)

5.5 (or better)

(no component lower than 5)

6.0 (or better)

(no component lower than 5.5)

6.5 (or better)

(no component lower than 6.0)

7.0 (or better)

(no component lower than 7.0)

7.5 (or better)

(no component lower than 7.0; no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening)

TOEFL (paper based)

525 (or better)

(with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 4.5)

550 (or better)

(with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 4.5)

570

(with a minimum Test of Written English score TWE 5)

600

(with a minimum Test of Written English score of TWE 5)

Not accepted because of teacher registration requirements in Queensland

TOEFL (electronic or computer based)

213 (or better)

(with essay rating of at least 4.5)

213 (or better)

(with essay rating of at least 4.5)

230

(with an essay rating of at least 5)

250

(with an essay rating of at least 5)

Not accepted because of teacher registration requirements in Queensland

TOEFL (internet based)

70 (or better)

(with 18 minimum in all bands)

80 (or better)

(with 19 minimum in all bands)

90 (or better)

(with 20 minimum in all bands)

95 (or better)

(with 22 minimum in all bands)

Not accepted because of teacher registration requirements in Queensland

Pearson (PTE Academic)

50 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 50)

50 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 50)

58 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 58)

65 (with no communicative score less than 65)

Not accepted because of teacher registration requirements in Queensland

Cambridge English Scale Scores for FCE, CAE and CPE3

Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 162 or above. No less than 154 in each skill

Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 169 or above. No less than 162 in each skill

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) of Proficiency (CPE) with a score of 185 or above. No less than 185 in each skill

Not accepted because of teacher registration requirements in Queensland

3.6 Alternative English Language Proficiency requirements

The approved qualification or study must be undertaken in English.

For the approved qualification, where an Applicant has successfully completed Masters level study at a recognised institution in a country on the applicable English Speaking Country list, but does not meet the two year rule, Admissions will assess the Applicant's chance of success as outlined in the Admissions Procedure.

In this table

  • 'recognised overseas secondary qualification' refers to the national senior secondary school award considered equivalent to Australia Year 12 completion qualification, and,
  • 'recognised institution' refers to an institution nationally registered for delivery of the relevant award or period of study in English, and,
  • 'completion' is defined as achieving a passing grade or higher for all academic components necessary for awarding of the qualification or completion of equivalent full time duration of study.

The Combined, Standard and Restricted English Speaking Country lists follow this table.

  • Any decision to accept education outside of that specified in this section, requires approval of both the relevant admissions area and the Academic Division. It will be only based on demonstrated equivalence to the applicable standards as specified in this section at study, institution and English speaking standard levels.
  • For entry into a higher degree by research program, academic qualifications normally should have been completed within the last five years.

APPROVED QUALIFICATION

CATEGORY 1

CATEGORY 2

CATEGORY 3

CATEGORY 4

CATEGORY 5

Australian Secondary Schooling

Completion of a recognised Australian Year 12 including English 4 SA or equivalent.

Not accepted

Completion of a recognised Australian Year 12 including English 4 SA or equivalent.

Overseas Senior Secondary Schooling

Completion of a recognised overseas secondary qualification including any specified English Language Standard requirements, from a country on the Combined English Speaking Countries list.

Completion of a recognised overseas secondary qualification including any specified English Language Standard requirements, from a country on the Standard English Speaking Countries list.

Not accepted

Completion of a recognised overseas senior secondary schooling qualification including any specified English Language Standard requirements, from a country on the Restricted English Speaking Countries list.

Tertiary Study* (Diploma level or higher - AQF Level 5 or higher)

Successful completion of one year fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Extended English Speaking Countries list

Successful completion of one year fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Extended English Speaking Countries list

Successful completion of two years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Standard English Speaking Countries list

Successful completion of two years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Standard English Speaking Countries list

Successful completion of three years fulltime equivalent study at a recognised institution, within the last 5 years in a country on the Restricted English Speaking Countries list.

Other Post-Secondary Study

Successful completion of two years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Standard English Speaking Countries list

Successful completion of two years fulltime equivalent at a recognised institution in a country on the Restricted English Speaking Countries list

Not accepted

Not accepted

English Speaking Country Lists

The Restricted English Speaking Country list is of countries accepted by the applicable accreditation bodies.

The Standard English Speaking Country list is of countries defined as English speaking by QTAC.

The Extended English Speaking Country list is of countries recognised as English Speaking by QTAC and UK NARIC.

Restricted List

Standard List

Extended List

Australia

Restricted list plus

Standard list plus

Canada

American Samoa

Antigua

Republic of Ireland

Bahamas

Belize

New Zealand

Barbados

Botswana

UK - Channel Islands

Bermuda

Dominica

UK - England

Cook Islands

Gambia

UK - Northern Ireland

Falkland Islands

Ghana

UK - Scotland

Fiji

Guyana

UK - Wales

Gibraltar

Kenya

United States of America

Grenada

Kiribati

Jamaica

Liberia

Nauru

Malawi

Papua New Guinea

Maldives

Samoa

Mauritius

Singapore

Namibia

South Africa

Nigeria

Trinidad & Tobago

Philippines

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

Tanzania

Uganda

Vanuatu

Zambia

Zimbabwe

3.7 Approved pathway and foundation program Proficiency requirements

The approved qualification or study must be undertaken in English.

For the approved qualification, the term successful completion is defined as at passing grade or higher for all components necessary for completion of the qualification or equivalent full time duration of study.

USQ Pathway Program requirements

APPROVED QUALIFICATION

CATEGORY 1

CATEGORY 2

CATEGORY 3

CATEGORY 4

CATEGORY 5

USQ English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP)

As per the IELTS 6.0 requirements *

As per the IELTS 6.5 requirements#

Not accepted

USQ Certificate of English for University Studies (CEUS) (available only to Domestic Students)

Successful completion of the Certificate of English for University Studies (CEUS) program

Not accepted

USQ Diploma of English for University Studies (DEUS)

Successful completion of the Diploma of English for University Studies (DEUS) program

It is possible that the University's Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) may satisfy English Language Proficiency requirements for undergraduate programs but this requires individual advice. This option is not available to onshore International Students.

* IELTS 6.0 requirements:

To successfully pass the EAP program and be recommended for entry into Category 1 and Category 2 Undergraduate and Postgraduate coursework degree programs at the University, Students must pass required courses in the EAPII program.

# IELTS 6.5 requirements:

Students entering Category 3 programs must achieve the following results:

BNUR - Bachelor of Nursing

'B' Grades across all EAPII courses

Postgraduate coursework awards in Category 3

'B' Grades across all EAPII courses

LLBP - Bachelor of Laws and LLBH - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

'A' Grades in EAP7320 and EAP7340 and 'B' Grades in all other EAPII courses

All Masters programs by Research and all Doctoral programs

Students entering at the EAPI level must have 'B' Grades in all EAPI courses and 'A' Grades in all EAPII courses

Students entering at the EAPII level must have 'A' Grades in all EAPII courses

Approved foundation pathway articulation from other institutions' English preparation/foundation programmes is subject to regular review and possible change. Therefore, potential Applicants seeking to address English Language Proficiency requirements via this means should check directly with the University as to acceptability.

3.8 Employment and professional accreditation requirements

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZCO) of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This table should be read in conjunction with the full list of ANZCO Codes, Australian Bureau of Statistics First Edition 2006.

3.8.1 Employment requirements

APPROVED EMPLOYMENT

CATEGORY 1

CATEGORY 2

CATEGORY 3

CATEGORY 4

CATEGORY 5

Australian Employment Experience

4 years FTE ANZCO skill level 2 (or below)

4 years FTE ANZCO skill level 2 (or below).

Not accepted for Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)

5 years FTE ANZCO skill level 1

Not accepted

3.8.2 Professional accreditation requirements

APPROVED ACCREDITATION

CATEGORY 1

CATEGORY 2

CATEGORY 3

CATEGORY 4

CATEGORY 5

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Current AHPRA Registration in any profession

Not accepted

Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

Current QCT Provisional or Full Registration

4 References

Approved Resources

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

11/8/2016

Effective Date

11/8/2016

Review Date

18/7/2019

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Academic Programs and Courses Policy

Related Procedures

Program Accreditation and Review Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

The following form may be accessed in SharePoint (restricted access):

  • Program Proposal Form

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Applicant

A person who applies for any program or Course of study offered by the University whether the application is made through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) or directly to the University....moreA person who applies for any program or Course of study offered by the University whether the application is made through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) or directly to the University.

English Language Proficiency

English Language Proficiency is the ability of Students to use the English language to make and communicate meaning in spoken and written contexts while completing their program of study....moreEnglish Language Proficiency is the ability of Students to use the English language to make and communicate meaning in spoken and written contexts while completing their program of study.

Pathway Program

Generally programs of study designed to provide access to higher education to Students who have not qualified through prior study for direct entry; they generally act as an entry point into an appropriate higher education degree for those who successfully complete the program. They normally focus on getting potential Students ready for higher education by helping them to build the skil...moreGenerally programs of study designed to provide access to higher education to Students who have not qualified through prior study for direct entry; they generally act as an entry point into an appropriate higher education degree for those who successfully complete the program. They normally focus on getting potential Students ready for higher education by helping them to build the skills they need for university such as literacy, numeracy and critical thinking. These are programs normally offered under the heading of Pathways to University and include Tertiary Preparation, Foundation Diplomas and English Language (preparation) programs.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Record No

14/707PL

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