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What is the Academic English Preparation course?

Academic English Preparation (AEP) programme is a ten-week course designed to equip international students with the skills and knowledge needed to live and work in Australia and to transition successfully to other courses at ANU College.

Who is this course for?

The AEP Programme aims to enable all students to develop their critical understanding and control of the English language for use in a wide range of formal and informal situations. It also aims to develop the level of competence required to meet the demands of ANU Access English and Foundation programs.

Why study the AEP?

The AEP programme consists of 23 hours per week of face-to-face classroom instruction, including 2 hours a week of Supervised Study Time (SST), ICT and/or Study Skills. Upon successful completion of the AEP programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate in English accurately, fluently and effectively in a range of social and academic contexts.
  • Demonstrate intercultural awareness, understanding and the knowledge and skills needed to use language appropriately in a range of personal, social and academic contexts.
  • Work independently and collaborate with others effectively in teams.
  • Think independently, analytically and creatively.

Progression Requirements

To progress successfully to the next level of AEP or the next course/program of study, students must achieve an overall grade of 60% and above with a minimum of 60% in each skill.

A student who attempts all assessment tasks and meets the progression requirements of the programme, but achieves between 55% and 59% in only one skill will be eligible for a supplementary task. Successful completion of a supplementary task; that is, achieving a minimum grade of 60% in that task, allows the student to progress to the next level of AEP and/or their next course/program of study. No student will be eligible for a supplementary task in more than one skill.

Each student must achieve a score of 60% or more to successfully complete each level of AEP. No additional IELTS is required to progress to the ANUC Foundation Studies program or the ANU Access English course.

Learning outcomes of AEP

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to do the following in English:


  • Initiate and sustain a general conversation confidently and effectively in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Produce appropriate oral and written texts which convey meaning with a degree of fluency and accuracy on a range of topics and in a variety of genres appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend straightforward heard text delivered at normal speed and without major distortion sufficiently to cope in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend with reasonable speed the meaning and identify the structural features of a variety of written texts appropriate to the level of the class
  • Use all basic verb tenses accurately and appropriately and display knowledge of more advanced tenses in clear contexts
  • Manipulate syntax to convey meaning effectively
  • Use a limited variety of lexis and expressions in a range of common topic areas
  • Reproduce sound and speech patterns of English with a reasonable degree of accuracy.


  • Develop research skills using a variety of resources (internet, books, journals etc)
  • Use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts, question ideas in texts and those offered by others, and to support arguments using logic
  • Apply IT programs to produce documents relevant to each level
  • Develop general study skills.

Key Dates



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 10 test.

Supporting students under 18

Learning material and practices are contextualised to meet the individual needs of the learning taking into account the age and maturity of the student.

Mode of study

Full time, on campus.

Please note: While COVID border restrictions apply this course will be delivered online in virtual classroom mode.


1-5 levels (The study period for each level is 10 weeks)


On completion, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.

Entry Requirements

Find out more about the English language entry requirements >

Articulation Arrangements

The Academic English Preparation (AEP) programme provides entry into ANU Access English, Foundation Studies Extended, Foundation Studies Standard and Foundation Studies Rapid programs.

AEP Levels Articulates to...
  • AEP 4
  • Foundation Studies Extended
  • ANU Access English
  • Foundation Studies Standard
  • Foundation Studies Rapid

Academic English Preparation (AEP). CRICOS Course Code: 085947A.

Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as ANU College.

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