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

Mode of study: Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.

Award: On completion, a Certificate of Completion is issued.

Assessment: Students are assessed through a series of formal and informal assessment tasks which target the objectives and learning outcomes of the course as contained within the course book and set cumulative assessment tasks at each level. Assessment includes formal tests, cumulative assessment tasks, class work, homework, participation and the Week 10 test.


1-5 levels (The study period for each level is 10 weeks).

Supporting students under 18

Learning material and practices are contextualised to meet the individual needs of the learning taking into account the age and maturity of the student.

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 AEP.

Personal study plan

We’ll ask you to confirm your level of English when you apply. To make sure you start the AEP 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 AEP. The AEP 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 AEP 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.

Learning outcomes of AEP

At the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to do the following in English:


  • Initiate and sustain a general conversation confidently and effectively in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Produce appropriate oral and written texts which convey meaning with a degree of fluency and accuracy on a range of topics and in a variety of genres appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend straightforward heard text delivered at normal speed and without major distortion sufficiently to cope in routine social situations appropriate to the level of the class
  • Comprehend with reasonable speed the meaning and identify the structural features of a variety of written texts appropriate to the level of the class
  • Use all basic verb tenses accurately and appropriately and display knowledge of more advanced tenses in clear contexts
  • Manipulate syntax to convey meaning effectively
  • Use a limited variety of lexis and expressions in a range of common topic areas
  • Reproduce sound and speech patterns of English with a reasonable degree of accuracy.


  • Develop research skills using a variety of resources (internet, books, journals etc)
  • To use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts, question ideas in texts and those offered by others, and to support arguments using logic
  • To use IT programs to produce documents relevant to each level
  • To develop general study skills.

Term dates

Intake Duration Start date Holiday End date
January 10 weeks 2/01/2019   8/03/2019
February 10 weeks 4/02/2019 11/03/2019 - 15/03/2019 19/04/2019
March 10 weeks 18/03/2019   24/05/2019
April 10 weeks 23/04/2019 27/05/2019 - 31/05/2019 5/07/2019
June 10 weeks 3/06/2019   9/08/2019
July 10 weeks 8/07/2019 12/08/2019 - 30/08/2019 4/10/2019
September 10 weeks 2/09/2019   8/11/2019
October 10 weeks 8/10/2019   13/12/2019
November 10 weeks 11/11/2019 16/12/2019 - 27/12/2019 31/01/2020
Intake Duration Start date Holiday End date
January 10 weeks 30/12/2019
February 10 weeks 03/02/2020 07/03/2020 - 15/03/2020 17/04/2020
March 10 weeks 16/03/2020
April 10 weeks 20/04/2020 23/05/2020 - 31/05/2020 03/07/2020
June 10 weeks 01/06/2020
July 10 weeks 06/07/2020 08/08/2020 - 30/08/2020 02/10/2020
September 10 weeks 31/08/2020
October 10 weeks 06/10/2020
November 10 weeks 09/11/2020 12/12/2020 - 28/12/2020 29/01/2021
Holiday 2019 2020
New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December Saturday 26 December
Additional Day   Monday 28 December

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.

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