This course is the best way to prepare for an academic English test and gain practical academic skills and language. You will get experience attending lectures, note-taking, writing extended essays, reading academic texts, giving presentations and participating in group discussions.

This course will enable you to:

  • express facts, ideas and opinions in writing, using correct and appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures and other features of academic writing
  • apply a range of reading skills in order to understand and respond to a variety of written texts
  • speak clearly and confidently
  • understand spoken English in conversations, discussions, lectures and to take notes
  • use a range of study skills including research skills, in order to gather, combine and critically examine information and ideas from different sources
  • apply the skills and language studied to the IELTS test. 

Course details

Entry requirements

English for Academic Purposes is offered at three entry points - IELTS 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0 (or recognised equivalent). Click here to find out more.


Find out more about our tuition fees.


5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 weeks in 5-week blocks. Students usually study for 10 weeks at each course level.


Start dates throughout the year.  See the course calendar for intake dates.


Full-time: 20 hours per week in class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8.15am-12:45pm
Afternoon: 1pm - 5.30pm

Class size

Maximum 18 students


We recommend that you bring your own laptop.


Your teachers will provide informal feedback throughout the course. Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session.  Read more about assessment and certification.

Related services

If you are seeking entry to a university, take an Academic IELTS test with us

If you are seeking entry to a specific program at UQ, you can apply for a package offer.

If you go on to a degree program at UQ, you can attend free English for Academic Communication courses to support your studies.

What our students say

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