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English Language Preparatory Courses for Domestic Students

English Language Preparatory Courses for Domestic Students (ELDS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Toowoomba
  • 1 session (14 weeks)
  • Mar, Jul


  • Are you in Year 10 or 11 of high school and interested in going to university? If you need to improve your English language skills before narrowing down your options, UniSQ offers English Language Preparatory Courses for Domestic Students.
  • With an English language preparatory program, you will learn to understand the way the English language works to become an effective communicator and advance your reading and writing skills in preparation for introductory university courses. The classes are small, and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence and make new friends.
  • The program includes two levels of English study. You could start your studies in any level, depending on your current English language skills or your IELTS results. The English Language Preparatory Courses for Domestic Students is flexible to suit your needs and we will work with you to start your studies at the best level for you.
  • This free English language preparatory program develops your linguistic and academic English skills and helps you transition into UniSQ’s UniPrep program. If you’re not completing an ATAR, have concerns that you won’t get the required ATAR, or want to see if university is for you, UniPrep is an ideal pathway.

Further study

This course aims to prepare you for entry to university. When you successfully complete this English language preparatory program, you can go on to study UniPrep.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Resident status: applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds living in Australia.
  • Minimum academic requirements: enrolled in Year 10 or 11 in a partner school and an IELTS of 4.5 or equivalent. 
  • English language entry requirements: Placement in the program is determined by results of an English language placement test. You will be placed in an appropriate level (Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate) according to results on the placement test.

    Level IELTS entry score IELTS exit score 
     4.5  5.0
    Intermediate  5.0  5.5

Other pathway options

At UniSQ, we understand the path to University is different for everyone. There are many pathways programs available to fast-track your way to a UniSQ degree, and gain the confidence to study along the way.

Need help deciding which pathway is right for you? Contact our friendly team who can assist with any questions you might have.

Degree structure

Level 1
Courses to be studied Units
1 x Pre-Intermediate course 2
Total 2

Level 2

Courses to be studied Units
1 x Intermediate course 2
Total 2

This program is offered at two levels (one 14-week course at each level), and you’ll need to complete at least one level. You will enrol in the appropriate level based on results of a recognised English language test or a placement test administered by the UniSQ College.
Progress to the next level is determined by your success in different assessments.

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

If you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holder, you will be eligible for a Commonwealth supported, fee-free place in this program.

Fee-free places are granted for the duration of the program.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Session 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Session 1, 2024  Monday 18 March Monday 11 March  Monday 18 March  Friday 21 June
Session 2, 2024 Monday 8 July Monday 1 July Monday 8 July  Friday11 October

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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