The following progression chart shows CELT’s courses and levels, and the average number of weeks of study required. It also provides an approximate correlation between the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels and CELT’s levels of study. It is important to note that progression through the levels at CELT is approximate and based on the average English language learner.
The UWA Centre for English Language Teaching offers two ways, or pathways, to improve English language proficiency to the level required by the University for entry into its undergraduate and postgraduate studies. It is possible to package an application, that is, apply for more than one course at a time. UWA CELT can package a language course with an undergraduate degree, a master degree (coursework, professional and research) as well as a research doctorate (PhD).
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The Academic English and Study Skills Bridging Course has been designed for international students who want to study at UWA but do not have the required level of English language proficiency.
The program is also suitable for students with unconditional entry into UWA who want to improve their language proficiency and confidence before starting their university studies. The course helps students improve their English language skills to the level required by UWA.
The course includes:
- Organisation and language of various types of academic texts
- Knowledge of the language of the student's chosen discipline
- Understanding of Australian academic culture
- Analytical and reflective thinking skills for university life
- Dealing with plagiarism issues
- Capacity to be an autonomous learner
- Confidence to participate in academic situations
The Academic English and Study Skills Bridging Course is offered as a 20-week program and a 10-week program. All students must meet the minimum entry requirements as set out in the table below.
||20-week Bridging Course entry requirements
||10-week Bridging Course entry requirements
|IELTS (Academic format)
5.5 with no band score below 5.0
|6.0 with no band score below 5.5 (higher requirements apply to students bound for some UWA degrees)
58 with a minimum score of 18 in the writing section, 16 in the speaking section and 12 in the listening and reading sections
|70 with a minimum score of 20 in the writing section, 19 in the speaking section, 17 in the listening section and 14 in the reading section|
|Cambridge First Certificate in English
||Minimum score of 60 and borderline for each skill
||Minimum score of 75 and good for each skill
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)
||49 overall with no individual score below 42
||54 overall with no individual score below 54
|WA Certificate of Education
||English as an Additional Language/Dialect – overall scaled mark of 35-39.9, in stage 3
||English as an Additional Language/Dialect – overall scaled mark of 40-49.9, in stage 3
|CELT General English
||Upper-intermediate with a minimum of 70% (no individual skill below 60%)||Pre-advanced with a minimum of 69% (no individual skill below 65%)
|CELT English for Academic Purposes
||Minimum of 65% (no individual skill below 60%)
||Minimum of 69% (no individual skill below 65%)
For tertiary courses that have a higher entry requirement than IELTS 6.5 overall and individual band scores of 6.0, then entry into the 10-week Bridging Course will be set at no lower than 0.5 for each individual score and for the overall score. Some examples of degrees with higher English proficiency scores and the corresponding 10-week Bridging Course entry requirements, are set out in the table below.
|UWA degree program
||UWA degree minimum IELTS requirements
||10-week Bridging Course minimum IELTS requirements
|All Law degrees
||7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in the reading and writing bands, and no less than 7.0 in the listening and speaking bands
||7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in the reading and writing bands, and no less than 6.5 in the listening and speaking bands
|Master of Social Work
||7.0 with no band score below 7.0
||6.5 with no band score below 6.5
|MBA Flexible and MBA Full-time
||7.0 with no band score below 6.5
||6.5 with no band score below 6.0
Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results are considered valid for two years from the test date. CELT will only accept valid IELTS and TOEFL results for entry into the Academic English and Study Skills Bridging Course. CELT will only accept an IELTS Test Report Form older than two years if it can be verified through the IELTS TRF Verification Service, and if you can provide evidence that you have ‘actively maintained or tried to improve your English since taking the test.’
An alternative pathway to undergraduate or postgraduate studies is to enrol in our English for Academic Purposes course, and then sit either the IELTS or TOEFL examination to meet the entry requirements for your chosen tertiary institution.
Whilst it is a structured course with an underlying pedagogy, English for Academic Purposes is modified each term to meet the needs of the class group. By accommodating itself in this way to the knowledge and ability of its students, this course offers a highly supportive way to develop academic skills and English language ability.
CELT recommends that to maximise learning opportunities, students enrol in the 25-hours per week study option of the English for Academic Purposes course.
Students whose English is not at a suitable level for entry into the English for Academic Purposes or Academic English and Study Skills Bridging Course, can enrol in CELT's General English course, which will help develop English language to the required level.
Both the Bridging Course and and English for Academic Purposes are underpinned by General English and can be seen in the diagram below.