Academic English Preparation (AEP)


Students who want to join our well-developed and highly regarded academic programs will need to meet our English language entry requirements. If you’re not quite there yet, we can help you – our AEP program will give you the support you need to raise your language skills to the level you’ll need to be successful.

Improve your English language level

The Academic English Preparation program is a preparational course taught at Taylors College, and is designed to help you boost your English language abilities to a level with which you can join the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP). Offered by Study Group Australia— a world-leading international education provider — the program will allow you to progress directly to your foundation program.

Who is this program for?

Our program offerings are aimed at international students who dream of studying abroad in Australia. If you are a prospective university applicant, and you want to gain access to degree at the University of Sydney by studying the academic USFP, this English preparation program could be for you.

Key Facts

Class level Entry (IELTS or equivalent) Exit (IELTS or equivalent)
AEP 1 4.0 (with no band less than 3.5) 4.5 (with no band less than 4.0)
AEP 2 4.5 (with no band less than 4.0) 5.0 (with no band less than 4.5)
AEP 3 5.0 (with no band less than 4.5) 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0)
AEP 4 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0) 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5)
AEP 5 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)

AUD $5,800 (per 10 weeks)

Please note: students may incur additional fees during their time studying with us, for accommodation and textbooks, etc.

2021 dates
Term 1 30 August - 5 November
Term 2 4 October - 10 December
Term 3 8 November - 28 January


2022 dates
Intake 1 13 Dec 2021 - 4 Mar 2022
Intake 2 31 Jan 2022 - 15 Apr 2022
Intake 3 14 Mar 2022 - 20 May 2022
Intake 4 18 Apr 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
Intake 5 23 May 2022 - 29 Jul 2022
Intake 6 27 Jun 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
Intake 7 29 Aug 2022 - 4 Nov 2022
Intake 8 3 Oct 2022 - 9 Dec 2022
Intake 9 7 Nov 2022 - 27 Jan 2022

Mode of study: Full time, on campus*. 23 teaching hours per week.

*COVID-19 Notice: during this period, this course will be delivered online in a virtual classroom mode.

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 5 and Week 10 tests.

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.

Why study the AEP Program?

As well as offering you direct entry to the USFP, there are many benefits to studying the AEP. These include:

The perfect learning environment

Whether you study online or face-to-face, throughout your studies you will be an active language learner. Everyone you meet during your course will be using English, helping you build confidence to engage in your second language with your peers and teachers. Additionally, you will be studying the AEP in the same place as your USFP, which will allow you optimal time to get used to your environment.

A supportive community

We want to help you meet your full potential. In order to do so, we ensure that learning material and practices on the AEP meet the needs of all students. We are also mindful of our younger students, and will take into account your age and maturity level when setting learning targets.

An accessible gateway to your studies

The AEP provides an adaptable route to your future education. If you don’t meet the required level of English by the end of the time stated in your offer, you can extend your AEP. Plus, once you have successfully passed the AEP, you won’t need an IELTS score to get a place on one of our academic programs, meaning fewer entry exams and less stress when it comes to progressing to the USFP.

What will I study?

AEP focuses on:

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

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

Teaching and learning styles

The AEP is made up of 23 hours of tuition per week, in which students will be given all the resources and materials they’ll need to improve their English language skills. Read more about how we do this:

Curriculum and duration

We aim to meet the needs of all students, and in order to do so, we will 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. Taking that level into consideration, this program will then cover levels 1-4, and the study period for each level is 10 weeks.

Tuition and support

On this program, you’ll get the opportunity to learn from expert teachers who are experienced in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). You’ll learn English in small classes, so we can regularly check your progress and monitor how you are learning. We are dedicated to helping you stay on track, and giving you the support you need to ensure you make a smooth transition to your University of Sydney Foundation Program.

Learning outcomes of AEP

Upon successful completion 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 spoken text delivered at normal speed 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 topics
  • 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)
  • Use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts, question ideas in texts and those offered by others, and to support arguments using logic
  • Use IT programs to produce documents relevant to each level
  • Develop general study skills.

Progression requirements

In order to progress from the AEP to the USFP, students must achieve an end term score of 60% in all 4 core skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Students are also required to attend 80% of their classes to complete the course.

How to apply

If you are interested in taking the first step towards your study abroad experience, and want to improve your English language ahead of enrolling on our USFP, you can apply to the AEP program through our online form.

To get in contact about your options with us, you can make an enquiry.

Academic English Preparation (AEP). CRICOS Course Code: 085947A.
Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College. Provider Code: 01682E. ABN: 88 070 919 327