Academic English Preparation Program

Improve your English language level

You’ll need to meet our English language entry requirements to get a place on one of our excellent academic programs. If you’re not quite there yet, let us help you.

Our Academic English Preparation (AEP) program will give you the support you need to raise your language skills to the level you’ll need to be successful.

Throughout your studies you will be an active language learner.  Everyone you meet will be using English: friends, teachers, families and local people.

Living and studying in an English-speaking country is without a doubt the best way to improve your skills.

What will I study?

AEP focuses on:

  • Language studies
  • Formal writing styles
  • Note taking
  • Assignment writing
  • Intensive listening
  • Reading

When you finish, you will have developed research, reading and general English language skills which you'll need to study our Foundation programs.

AEP at a glance 

No IELTS needed

You don’t need an IELTS score to get a place on one of our academic programs if you’ve passed our AEPP.

Personal study plan

We’ll ask you to confirm your level of English when you apply. To make sure you start the AEPP at the right level for you, we’ll assess your language skills when you arrive on campus too.

As long as you need

If you don’t meet the required level of English by the end of the time stated in your personal study plan, you can extend your AEPP. The AEPP is made up of 23 hours of tuition per week.

All the support you need

You’ll learn English in small classes so we can monitor your work and help you stay on track to pass.

Regular progress checks

We want to help you meet your full potential. That’s why we regularly check your progress and provide reports every five weeks.

The same campus as your academic program

Study the AEPP in the same place as your University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP).

Expert teaching

Learn from expert teachers who are experienced in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Academic advice

You’ll receive the support you need to ensure you make a smooth transition to your USFP or HAPP.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level for AEP at Taylors College Sydney is an IELTS of 4.0 with no band less than 3.5. However, for students from certain countries, they might be required to have an IELTS of 5.0 with no band less than 4.5 to enrol in a packaged course with AEP and the University of Sydney Foundation Program.

Speak to your agent or your Student Enrolment Advisor to find out about your country specific entry requirements.


Academic English Preparation (AEP). CRICOS Course Code: 085947A.
Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College.

2018 start dates

19 March
23 April
4 June
9 July
3 September
8 October
12 November

Taylors College Sydney graduate, Kristen.

“I think my English is getting better by the day. I now feel very confident and my pronunciation is better. When I come to class I can now understand everything and it feels great. Understanding English will help me improve my vocabulary, which is good for essay writing at university.”

Kristen, from Vietnam
Studying Economics, Commerce and Language