This course is for international students who want to pursue academic studies in health sciences.
Students will be given the opportunity to develop effective English language communication skills that are needed by health practitioners.
In particular, students will explore:
- the language and terminology of health sciences
- a variety of materials centred around health science content
- communication with patients and their relatives
- how to deal with issues in the health professions
- critical thinking and problem solving.
Emphasis will be placed on working independently and as a team member, self-directed study, and building confidence. Students will also receive support and specific preparation for external English language proficiency tests and each student will receive a free IELTS test.
1 year full-time.
Start dates and campus availability
- 22-Feb-2021 , 21-May-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
- 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
- 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Deferment, credit points & course units
No deferment available.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
Course Units (Subjects)Schedule of Unit Offerings
Course structure – 1st year
|Year – Study Period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|Year 1 - Semester 1||ACOM103 |
Academic English for health sciences 1
English language communication skills
Introduction to health care in Australia
Communicating as a health professional 1
|Year 1 - Semester 2||ACOM115 |
Academic English for Health Sciences 2
Proficiency Test Preparation
Introduction to science for health professionals
Communicating as a health professional 2
'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
- Unit Fee: $2368.00 (2021)
- Average first year fee: $18944.00 (2021)
- Estimated Total Cost: $18944.00 (2021)
Important Note on Fees
The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
Essential requirements for admission
Applicants must have completed the equivalent of year 11 (completion of senior high school in countries where this is not considered equivalent to an Australian year 12) and have a minimum English language proficiency level of IELTS 6.0, with no individual score less than 6.0, or equivalent.
Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Applying for Admission
How to Apply
English language requirements
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have completed the equivalent of year 11 (completion of senior high school in countries where this is not considered equivalent to an Australian year 12)
- have a minimum English language proficiency level of IELTS 6.0, with no individual score less than 6.0, or equivalent.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Pathways to further study
This course provides a pathway for international students to enter specified undergraduate degree courses within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Applicants should refer to Schedule 3 of the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy for a list of those courses.
More course information
Students are required to complete a total of 80 credit points, consisting of:
- Academic English for Health Sciences 1
- English Language Communication Skills
- Communicating as a Health Professional 1
- Academic English for Health Sciences 2
- Introduction to Health Care in Australia
- Introduction to Science for Health Professionals
- Communicating as a Health Professional 2
- Proficiency Test Preparation