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English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Quick Facts

  • Delivery Mode:

  • English levels offered:

  • Tuition Fee:
    AUD $14,400 ($300/ week)

  • Course duration:
    56 weeks

  • Campus:
    Sydney, Perth and North Melbourne

  • CRICOS Course Code:

Course Overview

  • Award Titles: English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • CRICOS Course Code : 096786M
  • Duration: 56 weeks.
  • Campus: Sydney, Perth and North Melbourne
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)


This course is designed to help students become fluent and confident in their use of the English language. The course is available at different levels so as to suit individuals in their personal and professional life.

IHM considers you an ‘International’ student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
not a citizen of New Zealand; or not a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Course Details


Our ELICOS General English course (a part of our ELICOS program) is a good starting point for any students who wish to improve their overall English for work, study or social purposes. General English is well suited to both short-term students (such as backpackers and tourists) and long-term students (intending to complete further study or those taking a gap year).

English levels offered within the program include:

  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate

The comprehensive course curriculum is designed to assist students to improve their English in:

  • Formal and informal settings
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Confidence in using English language
  • Learning Australian culture and way of life

Students intending to complete further study may opt to join our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course.


  • Regular Assessment
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Level Classes
  • Regular Homework
  • Placement Testing
  • Access to Online Resources
  • Flexible Study
  • Regular excursions and social events
  • Suitable for Student Visa Holders
  • Self-access

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program an applicant will be:

  • Aged 18 years or over at the time of commencement

  • At a level of English proficiency of A2 or above in the CEFR (Elementary) based on placement test results

  • Meet current eligibility requirements for a student visa

  • The Course Coordinator is responsible for selection of candidates for admission in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure for Courses Delivered to Overseas Students and relevant guidelines.

Attendance Requirements

Students studying in Australia on a student visa must meet all attendance requirements (minimum 80% attendance). If a student is ill and unable to attend class, they must get a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner and provide this to their class teacher. Attendance is monitored by the college and students receive warning letters if their attendance is at risk of dropping.

Structure of the Course

Classes are offered year-round at each different English level (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate) to accommodate students at a wide variety of skill levels. Classes are structured around a 12-week academic calendar. Students spend on average approximately 12 weeks at each level before progressing to the next level. To ensure their success, students need to be proactive and engaged learners, complete assigned homework and assignments, work closely with their class teacher and attend classes on a regular basis (see attendance requirements). Upon successful completion of the program, students have the option of graduating or moving into further academic English programs (such as English for Academic Purposes).

General Assessment Guidelines

Students sit weekly tests or as per their workbooks to constantly monitor their progress.

  • Formative and summative assessment
  • College developed material must have clear identification of assessment outcomes as they relate to progress through the course
  • Assessment that is valid, reliable, fair, flexible
    • include moderation of assessment outcomes
    • ELICOS courses which are provided under a direct entry arrangement to a tertiary education course, provide formal measures to ensure that assessment outcomes are comparable to other criteria used for admission to the tertiary education course of study, or for admission to other similar courses of study
  • The College will provide to the students clear and regular results on all assessment outcomes and course progress throughout the course

The College undertakes processes for continual improvement of student assessments by:

  • Making adjustments based on collection and analysis of feedback from students/staff and other stakeholders as appropriate
  • Monitoring appropriateness of assessment for student groups
  • Regularly evaluating course outcomes achieved

Fees and charges

Tuition Fee : AUD $14,400 ($300/ week)
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $300 (Non Refundable)

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

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