ELICOS Products Overview

General English (GE) Curriculum

General English is an ELICOS program for students with no English to IELTS 5.0 General Module. If you would like to intake students from Beginner English level, this is the program for you. If you are looking for an English language program that will help students to achieve IELTS 5.5 to 7.0 (General or Academic Module) please refer to English for Academic Purposes.

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Curriculum

CRICOS Consultancy’s English for Academic Purposes course curriculum includes 2 levels and 4 exit points. This will benefit colleges to combined classes for students’ English level. For example, IELTS 5.0 and IELTS 5.5 level students can study together and IELTS 6.0 and IELTS 6.5 students can study together. To find more information about our EAP course curriculum, please click here. If you would like your students to achieve their English level by participating in the IELTS examination, please refer to IELTS Preparation.

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IELTS Preparation Curriculum

IELTS Preparation course is an exam preparation course that allows students to learn and prepare for the IELTS examination. Teachers will assist students to improve on their weaknesses in order to achieve the best result. There is no fail or pass in this course, this course prepares students for the examination. However, through IELTS preparation course students will be able to find their likely IELTS results. The students’ English language competency will be revealed when they sit for the actual IELTS examination.

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PTE Preparation Curriculum

PTE Preparation course is an exam preparation course that allows students to learn and prepare for the PTE examination. PTE is 100% computer-based English language testing, therefore, if you wish to provide this program your college must have sufficient computer facilities. Teachers will assist students to improve on their weakness to achieve the best result. There is no fail or pass in this course, this course prepares students for the examination. However, through PTE preparation course students will be able to find their likely PTE results. The students’ English language competency will be revealed when they sit for the actual PTE examination.

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High School Preparation (HSP) Curriculum

HSP course is for overseas students who are preparing for Year 7 to Year 11 entry into Australian high schools. This curriculum combines English language skill requirements together with English language requirements for subjects that students will study in high school. This will help students to develop the required level of English language proficiency. To offer this course, your college needs to be ready to intake underage students and comply with the ESOS National Code 2018 Part D, Standard 5. For more detailed information about the HSP curriculum, please click below.

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Cambridge English (CAE) Preparation Curriculum

CAE Preparation course is an exam preparation course that allows students to learn and prepare for the Cambridge English: Advanced examination, also known as CAE. This course assists students to work on their weakness to achieve the best outcome. Throughout the course, students will be able to determine their most likely result, if they were to participate in the actual examination. However, it is only indicative of the likely result and not an accurate result of the future examination to take place. For more detailed information about this curriculum, please click below.

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Cambridge English (FCE) Preparation Curriculum

FCE Preparation course prepares students to achieve the Common European Framework of Reference Level B2 in First Certificate in English (FCE). It covers the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills which are necessary for the exam. Throughout the course, students will be able to determine their most likely result, if they were to participate in the actual examination. However, it is only indicative of the likely result and not an accurate result of the future examination to take place. For more detailed information about this curriculum, please click below.

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FAQs

How long does it take to get a course curriculum customised?

A completed Curriculum Customisation Details Form needs to be submitted. The general customisation will only take 5 working days from the day of your submission. With more complexed customisation it can take up to 4 weeks. It can take longer if you make changes to your request during the customisation process.

How much will it cost for a special customisation service?

If customisation involves changing the syllabus or assessment strategy the cost can vary from 2000 dollars to 4000 dollars depending on the complexity of the customisation.

Can I request to change the title of the curriculum as well?

If you ask to change the title of an existing curriculum as well as requesting to change the syllabus, assessment strategies and more, then it is best to request for the design of an English for Specific Purposes curriculum

How much will it cost for a college to request for the design of an English for Specific Purposes curriculum?

It can cost approximately 8,000 – 12,000 dollars. All prices are in Australian dollars. GST not included.

How long will it take to design a curriculum for English for Specific Purposes?

It can take 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the accuracy of the information we receive from you at the initial consultation. It can take longer if you change the direction of the curriculum during the process.

What are the essential ELICOS courses for a CRICOS college?

It all depends on a college’s business strategy.

If you wish to offer an English language program so that your students can successfully enter your vocational college, we suggest you have General English and English for Academic Purposes courses so that you can assist students to reach IELTS 5.5 level.

If you wish to offer an ELICOS program to recruit overseas students to enter other vocational or higher education institutions, then it is best to offer English language test preparation programs like IELTS or PTE Preparation.

If you wish to recruit more European students, providing Cambridge English courses such as CAE and FCE is recommended.

My CRICOS college does not have an ELICOS program. Why should I have one?

It all depends on your college’s business strategy and the needs of your overseas students.

If you would like overseas students from non-English speaking countries to commence studying with you and study longer in your institution, having an ELICOS program internally will benefit you. Also, it will become easier to offer English support for your overseas students who have progressed to studying a vocational program if you have ELICOS courses internally.

What process do I need to take in order to add ELICOS programs in our scope?

First, decide what ELICOS program you wish to add in scope. Once you have all the curricula together with other supporting documents, then you can access ASQAnet to make your submission. If you require support in making your submission, CRICOS Consultancy ELICOS Services can assist you.

I have a VET CRICOS college and I want to set up a standalone ELICOS centre. What steps do I need to take?

Setting up a standalone ELICOS centre means setting up a new college. Therefore, you need to have a new company registered. If you wish to set up the college yourself then visit the ASQA website to access the relevant information to set up an ELICOS centre. If you require help setting up a standalone ELICOS centre, our experienced team can assist with this service so please feel free to contact us.

How long does it take to set up a standalone ELICOS centre?

We normally say it can take up to a year – 3 months to prepare all the relevant documents, another 3 months for ASQA to get back to you and after a sight audit it will take another few weeks for ASQA provide you with a final decision. Remember, finding a 9B approved site can take time and there is no guarantee how long this will take. Therefore, giving yourself at least 1 year to complete the CRICOS process will be a fair expectation.

What are the important things I need to consider if I want to set up a CRICOS college?

Having a Class 9B Certificate of Occupancy (building approved to be used for education purposes) is one of the essential requirements for setting up a CRICOS college. Therefore, you not only need to prepare accurate documents for your courses, policies and procedures as per the ESOS Act, National Code 2018 and ELICOS Standards 2018 (if setting up an ELICOS centre) but you will also be required to prepare other essential documents relating to your facilities and business plan as well as demonstrating financial viability.

How much will it cost me to set up a CRICOS college?

It all depends on the location of your facility, fit out, consulting fees and more. The highest cost that you need to consider is the rent for your facility. You are required to have a facility ready when you make a submission to ASQA. This means you may pay rent prior to approval. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to work with an experienced consultant who has set up a CRICOS college before.

Can a college start operating a CRICOS college prior to getting approval from ASQA?

No, you can’t. However, if you are an existing RTO you can continue to operate as an RTO.

For a standalone ELICOS college, if you have local students who do not require a CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) document but wish to improve their English skills, you can start providing ELICOS programs for those local students. However, you CANNOT advertise as a CRICOS college and recruit overseas students.

What CRICOS submission experience do your ELICOS consultants have?

Our ELICOS consultants are Michelle Lee and Rashneel Prasad. Michelle has experience in dealing with both TEQSA and ASQA for ELICOS providers and Rashneel with ASQA. Together, they have significant experience in making successful submissions for:

  1. Initial CRICOS application for ELICOS colleges.
  2. Adding ELICOS programs in scope.
  3. Relocation of CRICOS college premises.
  4. Adding an additional CRICOS college premise.
  5. CRICOS renewal application.
  6. NEAS membership.
  7. English Australia membership.

Curriculum Customisation Details Form

For example: Enrolment fee and material fee for the whole course duration
min 72dpi
It must be a minimum of 20 hours per week. For HSP program it must be a minimum 25 hours per week

ELICOS teachers’ information (This is not compulsory information but you will need to have below details prior to making a submission to ASQA for adding a scope)

minimum requirements: BA and Cert IV in TESOL or CELTA

minimum requirements: BA and Cert IV in TESOL or CELTA

minimum requirements: BA and Cert IV in TESOL or CELTA

minimum requirements: Postgraduate in TESOL