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What will I learn?

Students who want to join our well-developed and highly regarded academic programs will need to meet our English language entry requirements. If you’re not quite there yet, we can help you – our AEP program will give you the support you need to raise your language skills to the level you’ll need to be successful.


The Academic English Preparation program is a preparational course taught at Taylors College, and is designed to help you boost your English language abilities to a level with which you can join the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP). Offered by Study Group Australia— a world-leading international education provider the program will allow you to progress directly to your foundation program.


Our program offerings are aimed at international students who dream of studying abroad in Australia. If you are a prospective university applicant, and you want to gain access to degree at the University of Sydney by studying the academic USFP, this English preparation program could be for you.


As well as offering you direct entry to the USFP, there are many benefits to studying the AEP. These include:

The perfect learning environment

Whether you study online or face-to-face, throughout your studies you will be an active language learner. Everyone you meet during your course will be using English, helping you build confidence to engage in your second language with your peers and teachers. Additionally, you will be studying the AEP in the same place as your USFP, which will allow you optimal time to get used to your environment.

A supportive community

We want to help you meet your full potential. In order to do so, we ensure that learning material and practices on the AEP meet the needs of all students. We are also mindful of our younger students, and will take into account your age and maturity level when setting learning targets.

An accessible gateway to your studies

The AEP provides an adaptable route to your future education. If you don’t meet the required level of English by the end of the time stated in your offer, you can extend your AEP. Plus, once you have successfully passed the AEP, you won’t need an IELTS score to get a place on one of our academic programs, meaning less entry exams and less stress when it comes to progressing to the USFP.

AEP focuses on:

  • Language studies
  • Formal writing styles
  • Note taking
  • Assignment writing
  • Intensive listening
  • Reading

Mode of study: Full time, on campus*. 23 teaching hours per week.

*COVID-19 Notice: during this period, this course will be delivered online in a virtual classroom mode.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.

Award: On completion, a Certificate of Completion is issued.

Assessment: Students are assessed through a series of formal and informal assessment tasks which target the objectives and learning outcomes of the course as contained within the course book and set cumulative assessment tasks at each level. Assessment includes formal tests, cumulative assessment tasks, class work, homework, participation and the Week 5 and Week 10 tests.



Study options

Full Time (10 weeks)

Tuition fees
AUD $5,800 (per 10 weeks)
Start date

27 June 2022, 29 August 2022, 3 October 2022, 7 November 2022


Taylors College Sydney

965 Bourke Street,


New South Wales,

2017, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

IB Diploma - Stream 1: 31, Stream 2: 27. Extended: Year 11 or equivalent (60% in relevant subjects). IELTS (Academic): 5.0 (no band less than 5.0), TOEFL PB: 483 (TWE 3.5), TOEFL iBT: 56 (writing no less than 14), PTE (Academic): 42 (writing no less than 42), CAE: 154. Standard: Year 11 or equivalent (70% in relevant subjects) IELTS (Academic): 5.5 (no band less than 5.5), TOEFL PB: 506 (TWE 4), TOEFL iBT: 62 (writing no less than 16), PTE (Academic): 46 (writing no less than 46), CAE: 162. Intensive: Year 11 or equivalent (75% in relevant subjects). IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (no band less than 5.5), TOEFL PB: 534 (TWE 4), TOEFL iBT: 73 (writing no less than 16), PTE (Academic): 54 (writing no less than 46), CAE: 169.

For international students

Applicants must provide evidence of academic and English entry requirements. Refer to website for more details.

  • Class level AEP 1: Entry (IELTS or equivalent) 4.0 (with no band less than 3.5); Exit (IELTS or equivalent): 4.5 (with no band less than 4.0)
  • Class level AEP 2: Entry (IELTS or equivalent) 4.5 (with no band less than 4.0); Exit (IELTS or equivalent) 5.0 (with no band less than 4.5)
  • Class level AEP 3: Entry (IELTS or equivalent) 5.0 (with no band less than 4.5); Exit (IELTS or equivalent) 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0)
  • Class level AEP 4: Entry (IELTS or equivalent) 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0); Exit (IELTS or equivalent) 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5)
  • Class level AEP 5: Entry (IELTS or equivalent) 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5); Exit (IELTS or equivalent) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)