• Improve and develop your English language writing, speaking, listening and reading skills that are required specifically for the IELTS test.
  • Prepares you to meet the English language requirements for entry into QUT courses that require IELTS 7.0 (sub-scores 7.0), including Bachelor of Nursing.
  • Complete in 10 weeks full time.
  • This program is available to Diploma in Health Science (Nursing) pathway students as a packaged offer.
  • An extensive online grammar practice program, divided into the key structures taught for each weeks’ lessons in the core text.
  • The key vocabulary in each course book module is extended by including online practice in collocations, word formation, usage in different contexts etc.
  • Pronunciation lessons with nationality-specific online exercises linked to the key vocabulary and grammar of each week.
  • All homework made available and marked online or face-to-face along with formative assessment submissions and feedback.
  • Face-to-face and online feedback platforms for teacher-student communication.

Why choose this course?

You will develop the academic English language skills you need to achieve '7.0 overall with no sub-scores less than 7.0' in the IELTS Academic English language test.

You will:

  • improve your communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • practice the test-taking situation appropriate to the IELTS Academic module
  • learn about a range of skills and genres you will need to know in order to be successful in when taking the IELTS Academic Module exam
  • learn to communicate fluently, producing extended sequences of spoken discourse appropriate to both the speaking module in the IELTS Academic Module test and tertiary and social environments.

QUT College community will also offer you valuable opportunities, such as the activities club, which will help you meet new friends and broaden your Australian learning experience. You will also be able to access a broad range of additional learning support.

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What to expect

This program is taught at QUT College, which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. The College is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will receive a QUT Student ID card which will give you access to all QUT's outstanding facilities, making you part of the fun and exciting QUT university community right from the start. Our community offers lifestyle and social opportunities, which will help you to enjoy a richer cultural experience.

Learn from the best

All of our ongoing English language teachers have postgraduate qualifications specialising in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a minimum of 15 years' teaching experience, so we can cater to your educational background and cultural perspective.


You will spend 25 hours per week in class.

  • 20 hours will be:
    • face-to-face learning in the classroom and computer lab; OR
    • live online learning (for students who cannot travel to campus due to travel restrictions)
  • 5 hours studying at your own pace with teacher supervision in Guided Independent Learning (GIL): face-to-face or online. 

Classes are divided into two streams: early and late. You will be put into one of these streams for the 10-week period.

  • Early: 8.30am - 1.00pm AEST (currently not available).
  • Late: 1.00pm - 5.30pm AEST.


  • “Mock” IELTS Exams are conducted in exam conditions in weeks 2-5 and 7-10.
  • Students receive individual feedback on every practice IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking Test they complete during the program.
  • All teachers and markers have extensive IELTS Exam experience.

Class Activities

Classes consist of engaging, interactive learning tasks designed to teach students how to: 

  • Analyse the format and question types of the four sections of the IELTS Exam.
  • Produce best possible responses for the four sections of the IELTS Exam.
  • Improve time management to complete every section of the IELTS Exam as efficiently as possible.
  • Think critically, brainstorm and plan answers to concrete, abstract, familiar and unfamiliar topics.
  • Recognise language and text organisation patterns.
  • Understand, retain and use a variety of high-level grammar and vocabulary structures accurately.
  • Note-taking techniques when listening and reading for detail or global meaning.
  • Deducing meaning of unknown lexical items from grammatical and contextual clues.
  • Identify main points for summarisation in written or spoken text.
  • Identify and understand a wide range of discourse features relating to linking, time sequencing and referencing.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Program objectives

The objectives of the program are to teach students how to:

  • Obtain the skills and strategies required to obtain a 7.0 overall (and required sub-scores) on the IELTS Academic Exam.
  • Produce a variety of written genres using language, structure and register of a sufficiently high standard to achieve the required score in Task 1 and Task 2 of the IELTS Academic Writing Module. 
  • Communicate fluently, producing extended sequences of spoken discourse of a sufficiently high standard to achieve the required score in the IELTS Academic Speaking Module. 
  • Demonstrate understanding, both in terms of content and structure, of a wide variety of formal and informal written genres to a sufficiently high standard to achieve the required score in the IELTS Academic Reading Module.
  • Demonstrate understanding, both in terms of content and structure, of a wide variety of formal and informal speaking genres to a sufficiently high standard to achieve the required score in the IELTS Academic Listening Module.

Details and units


Course code
10 weeks full-time
April and November

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2022 fees

2022 fees

2022: $4,500 per course (40 credit points)

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