William Angliss Institute

English Language Requirements

International students must have a good command of written and spoken English. Additionally, students applying from Assessment Level 3 and Assessment level 4 countries will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency to apply for a student visa (see http://www.immi.gov.au/students/english-requirements.htm)

If English is not your first language or was not the medium of instruction and assessment in your secondary or tertiary studies, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English language by providing certified or notarised documentary evidence of achieving the Institute’s minimum prescribed level in one of the English examinations or tests listed before you can receive a full Offer of a place. Evidence must be submitted with the Student Application Form F1.

Note that you must present results from English tests completed no more than two years before the date of your enrolment at the Institute.

Minimum English Language Requirements


Certificate, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma

Industry Placement / Retail Travel Sales and Degree

IELTS (Academic Module) Overall 5.5 (no band below 5.0) Overall 6.0
(no band below 5.5)
TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based) 69-70 with
no band less than 16
79-80 with no
band less than 19
TOEFL Paper 523 (with a min TWE 3.5) 550 (with a min TWE 4.0)
TOEFL CBT (computer-Based) 193 (with a mim TWE 3.5) 213 (with a mim TWE 4.0)
PTE Academic 46 with no communicative skill score less than 40 54 with no communicative skill score less than 47

Listening and Reading 650 - 700
Speaking 150
Writing 130

Listening and Reading 700 - 780
Speaking 160
Writing 150
CELS (all skills) Pass Pass with Merit
ISLPRS (all skills) 2+  3
FCE (Cambridge)  Yes No
CAE (Cambridge)  Yes  Yes
CPE (Cambridge)  Yes Yes
Upper Intermediate (English for Academic Purposes) certificate from recognised English language centre  Yes  No
Advanced English (English for Academic Purposes) certificate from recognised English language centre  Yes Yes
 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education completed in Australia Yes Yes
Certificate IV or higher completed in Australia Yes Yes
Tertiary studies in medium of English Yes Yes
Evidence of at least 5 years of studies in an English speaking country (Australia, New Zealand,
United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, South Africa, Republic of Ireland)
Yes Yes
English is first language Yes Yes

William Angliss Institute English language testing

WAI also utilises an online testing tool to estimate the level of English proficiency for international students from AL1 and AL2 (HE) who choose not to sit an IELTS test. This on-line test assesses the competence of students in reading, speaking, listening and writing skills by expressing standards in terms of IELTS equivalence. Students must have the equivalent English level to the stipulated IELTS levels required for direct entry into the Bachelor degree.

Interviews may also be conducted when required.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Student (ELICOS) pathways

If you do not meet the Institute’s minimum English language proficiency entrance requirements, you may choose to complete an intensive English course (ELICOS)at an Institute approved Provider in Australia. l

You must undertake studies sufficient to exit at a level deemed equivalent to the required levels for main course of study English for Academic Purposes, for further studies or similar courses are strongly recommended as a preparation for all courses at the Institute. You should make direct contact with an approved English language Centre by visiting ww.angliss.edu.au/international for full details of ELICOS courses providers.

ELICOS Pathways to Degree

International applicants who do not meet WAI English language proficiency requirements for direct entry into the Bachelor degree programs are required to undertake an English Language Intensive Course Overseas Student (ELICOS) program at one of WAI’s Approved Business Partners (ELICOS Centres) in Australia (see www.angliss.edu.au/international). Note that this is a restricted list and does not include all Approved English Language providers.

For AL3 and AL4 (HE) applicants and AL3 and AL4 (VET) if packaging, must demonstrate a minimum standard of English language proficiency prior to packaging ELICOS programs with VET and/or HE packaged courses:

a)    Overall IELTS score (Academic module): 5.0 (no band below 4.5)
b)    TOEFL iBT score of 60
c)    PTE Academic score of 45.

Packaged Course

Qualification Level

Equivalent IELTS score

ELICOS/VET/HE English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper-Intermediate Level Overall score of 5.5 (Academic)
ELICOS/HE English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advance Level Overall score of 6.0 (Academic)

For students undertaking ELICOS before entry into WAI courses, international students must demonstrate appropriate levels of English language proficiency at the commencement of their courses. Levels are measured as equivalent to direct entry proficiency criteria.  Students from AL3 and AL4 (HE) and AL3 and AL4 (VET if packaging) countries can undertake a maximum period of 25 weeks of ELICOS training after English language testing. These strategies are in place with the belief that if a student needs long period of ELICOS or struggles with English language proficiency from the outset they may be at greater risk of non-compliance with visa conditions or may need to extend their stay in Australia if they are required to repeat units, or undertake additional ELICOS courses.

If a student requests packaging to Bachelor degree with more than 25 weeks ELICOS training prior to commencement of course, the student will be encouraged to apply for an independent ELICOS visa.

Contact us

 phone  Phone 1300 ANGLISS or +613 9606 2111

mail  Enquire online

global  International Phone +613 9606 2169

global  International Email international@angliss.edu.au