English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Planning Tertiary Studies? Study English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course is designed to prepare international students, from a range of backgrounds and nationalities, to undertake tertiary study in Australia. Students enrolled for this course will have as their specific study objective the completion of a tertiary level course in an Australian tertiary institution.

The focus of this EAP course is developing the skills areas in English, which the student will require to study alongside native speakers in tertiary courses. However, students entering the EAP course at the lower level will not necessarily have access to the language base, which makes the use of these skills a possibility. For this reason the balance of the EAP course will move systematically from a language focus to a skills focus as the student progresses through the levels from EAP Level 1 to EAP Level 2.


Course CRICOS Code: 108436H

Accredited course – Non AQF Award

Course Duration

This course is being delivered over 10-weeks study period. It consists of two levels ( EAP Level 1 & EAP Level 2). Each level run for 10 weeks of study.  Classes are scheduled for 20 hours per week (face to face study). Students must participate in training and assessment for a minimum of twenty (20) hours a week face to face. .

Course Fees

Tuition Fees for each level: $2,900

Resource Fees for each level : $250


 Refer to Intakes

Prepare Yourself For University Degrees or A Graduate Diplomas.


Career Opportunities

This qualification allows you to explore your educational opportunities while gaining an insight into industry requirements.


Pathways Into the Qualification

You may enter the qualification through a number of entry points.

Successful completion of PCBT Intermediate level General English course will permit admission to the EAP Level 1. Successful completion of EAP Level 1 course will permit admission to the EAP Level 2.


Pathways From the Qualification

This qualification is designed for those wanting to enter into a Vocational or Tertiary Education and Training courses such as a Degree / Graduate Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Diploma.


Who Can Apply:

Available to all nationalities from offshore and onshore.

Study and Assessment mode

The English for Academic Purposes course is made up of 20 units of study, each of which is delivered over a week. Face to face classroom only.

Teaching methods include teacher directed and student-centred learning.  Delivery will be flexible taking into account the different learning styles, cultures and needs of students.  Macro-skills will be developed using communicative and integrated techniques.

A combination of the following delivery methods will be used: presentations, discussions, role-plays, oral presentations, individual and group instruction, audio visual materials, web-based research, online activities and independent research.

The students will use authentic materials, together with materials prepared specifically for language learning within the classroom.

Course outcomes (Learner outcomes)

The English for Academic Purposes course focuses on develop student’s academic English skills to prepare them for tertiary study.

The course is structured into two level, EAP 1 and 2.

EAP 1 bridges the gap between General English and Academic English and takes students using the Common European Framework (CEF) from B1 to high B1 (B1+). It is designed to help students learn intermediate-level English language skills, with a particular emphasis on academic vocabulary and grammar. It provides a good introduction to Academic English for those students wanting to continue their EAP study. It features thought provoking topics and develops the necessary skills required for university study – note taking, essay writing and presentations skills. It also provides strategies for undertaking research and dealing with unfamiliar academic vocabulary.

EAP1 introduces students to the characteristics of written and spoken academic texts. Students are guided towards developing relevant strategies for setting study goals and approaching these texts. From asking for help, understanding essay questions to planning essay paragraphs and listening for gist and detail, students have a wealth of opportunities to practice all core academic skills.

EAP 2 equips students with the necessary English language skills required for academic study at university or other tertiary level institutions, and takes students using the Common European Framework (CEF) from high B1 (B1+) to B2. Students are given further practice in academic study skills. There is also analysis of the characteristics of written and spoken academic texts, the development of the awareness of academic culture, as well as learning how to avoid plagiarism. There is also essay organisation, note taking, group discussion, the skill of writing references and paraphrasing texts. Students are given ample opportunity to practice and enhance all academic skills

Details of the key skills developed across both levels are as follows:


Students will develop skills and strategies relevant to reading and understanding lengthy and complex texts in the context of study at a tertiary level. Skills and strategies developed will include:

  • systematically building reading speed
  • understanding organisation of text
  • making sense of the text
  • understanding gist
  • locating specific information in long texts
  • determining the relevance of texts to subjects and tasks
  • extracting relevant information from text
  • extracting relevant information from tables charts and graphs
  • recognising purpose, generic structure and language features of specific written genres
  • recognising attitude of writer


Students will develop skills and strategies to construct written texts relevant to the demands of tertiary study. The text types/genres include descriptive and evaluative report, procedures and expositions. Skills and strategies to be developed will include:

  • identifying the relevant genre and its requirements
  • organising ideas appropriately
  • distinguishing main from supporting ideas
  • planning, drafting and editing writing
  • note taking
  • referencing
  • summary writing
  • vocabulary building
  • spelling strategies


Students will develop skills and strategies listening skills that enable them to understand the discourse of lectures and seminars. These will  include:

  • understanding the topic
  • understanding gist
  • recognising the way a lecture/seminar is organised
  • following instructions
  • deducing the meaning of content
  • extracting main points
  • recording relevant information while listening


Students will develop speaking skills and strategies that enable them to participate effectively in the study context. Skills and strategies to be developed will include:

  • understanding register
  • questioning for clarification
  • expressing agreement/disagreement
  • expressing opinion
  • expressing criticism (positive/negative)
  • responding appropriately
  • presenting information
  • answering questions
  • giving instructions
  • asking for help
  • leading a discussion

In addition to the macro skills, students will also learn learning strategies and research skills and learn about the Australian education system.

Learning skills and strategies appropriate to studying in the tertiary context include:

  • identifying own language needs and goals
  • establishing learning goals
  • becoming familiar with methods and resources used
  • identifying and assessing sources of information (eg library, counsellor, support teacher, internet)
  • developing research skills
  • using computer based research tools
  • understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  • organising learning and planning study time
  • using study time effectively
  • evaluating relevance of content and learning tasks
  • assessing learning progress
  • negotiating with teachers
  • recording learning in an appropriate form
  • using a computer for word processing/presentations
  • working with others collaboratively/cooperatively

Developing an understanding of the Australian tertiary education system will include learning about:

  • Australian attitudes about education
  • entry requirements into tertiary institutions
  • assessment procedures including examinations
  • course content and organisation
  • study requirements
  • research requirements
  • student support available e.g. student counsellors
  • roles of lecturers and students
  • teaching methodologies

Entry admission requirements

Education level requirementsThere are no specific educational pre-requisites for entry into this course, as entry into this level is based on assessment of English language proficiency.  However, it is anticipated that a majority of students will have completed Year 10 or equivalent.
English language requirements



Students entering this course will require a level of English which allows them to access sufficient language to understand and attempt the types of texts and tasks required for an EAP course. In order to be placed in this course, students will be required to either:

·         achieve a satisfactory result in an ELICOS placement test OR

·         demonstrate their level of English by providing evidence from international testing performance

A student who reaches the requisite level in the ELICOS placement test or arrives with documentary evidence of an acceptable score in an international language test may be transferred into the EAP course on arrival. The acceptable level in international tests required for entry to the courses is outlined below:

·         IELTS Band 5.0 with no band < 4.5 => EAP Level 1

·         IELTS Band 5.5 with no band < 5.0 => EAP  Level 2

Age requirements18+

The pre-requisites for this course are as follows. English requirements at the beginning and end of each course are expected to align to the following:

English CourseDurationEntry LevelExit Level
General English (Elementary)10 weeksA23.5B14.0
General English (Pre-Intermediate)10 weeksB14.0B14.5
General English (Intermediate)10 weeksB14.5B25
EAP Level 110 weeksB2(IELTS Band 5.0 with no band < 4.5)B25.5
EAP Level 210 weeksB2(IELTS Band 5.5 with no band < 5.0)B2+6

Weekly themes

The weekly themes for each level are summarised below:

Weeks Theme/Topic – Level 1Weeks Theme/Topic – Level 2
1Academic Orientation and styles of learning11Academic Orientation & Choices & Implications
2Problems in the natural world12Risk and hazards
3Language and communication13Language and communication
4The information age14Difference and diversity
5On budget15The world we live in
6Being objective16Behaving the way we do
8Sensing and understanding18Work and equality
9IT issues19Controversies
10Culture shock20Health

Sample Weekly Timetable

The following timetable is a sample weekly timetable to show the contact hours of 20 hours per week. Core text activities and references are indicated in the detailed syllabus document.

Week 5: General English Starter: Theme:  On a budget
8.30-10.30 am Summarise learning from Week 4 and discuss this week’s topics, as well as mid term test to be completed.

Getting started

Goals & objectives (p70)



Reading for key information & concepts (p70-73)

Listening & speaking

Describing a process in a seminar presentation (p75-77)

Presentation practice

Presentation practice Spelling Unit 5

Review Units 1-5

10.45 am -12.15 pmReading

Grammar in context: expressing different levels of certainty (p73, 74)



Drafting & revising content (p77-79

Presentations cont


Grammar & vocabulary

P80, 81

Review Units 1-5



12.45-2.15 pmVocabulary in context: language to define terms (p74, 75)


Teacher’s book p117 – guessing words through clues


Continue above



P77 Ex 62 prepare a short presentation


Grammar & vocabulary

P80, 81


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