Available to:
International students only.
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney

1 year full-time.


This course is for international students who want to pursue academic studies in health sciences.

Students  will be given the opportunity to develop the communication skills and  content knowledge that are needed for academic studies and 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 health practitioners
  • 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 learning, and building confidence.

Course duration

1 year full-time.

Start dates and campus availability

  • 10-Feb-2020 , 22-May-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

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
Australian society
Communicating as a health professional 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ACOM115
Academic English for Health Sciences 2
(Pre: ACOM103)
Introduction to health care in Australia
Introduction to science for health professionals
Communicating as a health professional 2
(Pre: ACOM108)

'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.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2299.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $18392.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $18392.00 (2020)

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

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

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, with no individual score less than 5.5, 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 and Schedule 6 of the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy for a list of those courses.

More course information

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a total of 80 credit points, consisting of:

  • Academic English for Health Sciences 1
  • English Language Communication Skills
  • Australian Society
  • 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

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