English language entry requirements

English requirements

The medium of instruction for all courses taught at ECC is English. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their English language proficiency before they enter an ECC program.

English language proficiency can be determined by submitting evidence of Year 12 studies or IELTS Test scores, or Pearson English Test scores or equivalent as shown in the table below.

Test type

Foundation/Diploma (Year 1)

- except for Higher English Requirement degree courses, see special requirements below

Diploma
(Year 2)

- except for Nursing, see special requirements below

Post-Graduate Qualifying Program

Stage 2

Post-Graduate Qualifying Program

Stage 1

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

6.0 with no band less than 6.0

5.5 (no more than 1 band at 5.0)

TOEFL
Internet based test

60

60

70 with no individual score less than 17

46 (1 skill at/between: R4-7, L466, S14/15, W14-17)

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

36 with no score less than 29

36 with no score less than 29

46 with no score less than 46

36 with no more than 1 communicative skill 30-35

GCE O-level

C

C

Not applicable

Not applicable

WAEC/NECO

C6

C6

Not applicable

Not applicable

SPM English (1119)

C

C

Not applicable

Not applicable

HKDSE English

3

3

Not applicable

Not applicable

KCSE

C

C

Not applicable

Not applicable

Duolingo English Test 85 85 Not applicable Not applicable
Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT) B2 (no component <B1+) B2 (no component <B1+) B2+ (no component <B2+) B2 (no component <B1+)
Linguaskill 160 160 Not applicable Not applicable
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2 B2 Not applicable Not applicable

Special Requirements

Some courses have special requirements linked to professional accreditation or to demonstrate proficiency, aptitude or talent in the creative and performing arts.

Students who do not meet the English entry requirement for ECC's programs can apply to have Academic English packaged with their academic program.

Program Special Requirements

Foundation - Higher English Requirement degree courses

Students must have an IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; or TOEFL (iBT) 84, with no score less than 17; or PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or OET with a minimum B in all components.

 

Entering into Year 1 with 4 units exemptions, students must have an IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or TOEFL (iBT) 84, with no score less than 17; or PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or OET with a minimum B in all components.

Diploma of Health Science (Year 2) / Nursing stream

Students must have an IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or TOEFL (iBT) 84, with no score less than 17; or PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or OET with a minimum B in all components. A maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period may be accepted based on assessment.

 

Upon completion of the ECC Diploma of Health Science - Nursing stream, students must meet ECU's School of Nursing and Midwifery English language entry requirements of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 7.0); or TOEFL (iBT) 94, with no score less than 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking; or PTE-A 65, with no communicative skill less than 65; or OET with a minimum B in all components to enter the Bachelor of Science (Nursing).

 

Upon successful completion of the ECU Bachelor of Science (Nursing), students will be eligible to register with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA). To register, all international graduates must provide evidence of an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 in all four bands of IELTS, with an overall band of at least 7; or a B pass or above in all four sections of the Occupational English Test (OET) Nursing Version. Applicants must achieve the above scores in a single test, which has been completed no more than two years before their application for NMBA registration. For more information visit nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.

 

All Nursing graduates must be registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia to be able to work in Australia.

Diploma of Health Science (Year 2) / Speech Pathology stream

Students must have an IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or TOEFL (iBT) 84, with no score less than 17; or PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or OET with a minimum B in all components. A maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period may be accepted based on assessment.

 

Upon completion of the ECC Diploma of Health Science - Speech Pathology stream, students must meet ECU's  entry requirements of IELTS 7.5 (no band less than 7.0); or TOEFL (iBT) 102, with no score less than 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking; or PTE-A 72, with no communicative skill less than 65.