English language entry 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.

Students who don't meet the English requirement may apply for Academic English Program (AEP) at ECC. Please note that not all courses are eligible for AEP package. You can submit your English test results to our admissions, in order for us to assessment your English level and how many weeks of English classes you will need to study.

Standard English Requirements

Test type

Foundation, Diploma

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

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

42 with no score less than 36

TOEFL iBT60

IGCSE, GCSE or GCE- O levels

Grade C or Grade 4
GCE - A levelsGrade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature

WAEC/NECO

C6

SPM English (1119)

C

HKDSE English

3

KCSE

C

Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT)

B2 (no component <B1+)

Linguaskill

160
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
B2
Duolingo (selected countries only)
95
Certificate IV

Successfully completed Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study (10730NAT)

Test type

Post-Graduate Qualifying Program

Stage 2

Post-Graduate Qualifying Program

Stage 1

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 with no band less than 6.05.5 (no more than 1 band at 5.0)
Pearson Test of English (Academic)

50 with no score less than 49

42 with no more than 1 communicative skill 36-41
TOEFL iBT
70 (no infividual score less than 17)46 (1 skill at/between: R4-7,L466,S14/15,W14-17) 
Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT)B2+ (no component <B2+)B2 (no component <B1+)
Duolingo (selected countries only)Not applicable95

Higher English Requirements

Degrees that Foundation package withEnglish requirement to enter Foundation Program at ECCEnglish requirement to enter Degree at ECU

Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Bachelor of Science (Nursing) / Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)

Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)

Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)

Bachelor of Social Work

  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; or,
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17); or,
  • OET with a minimum B in all components.
Upon completion of ECC Foundation Program, students need to achieve below to enter ECU:
  • 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 

Bachelor of Preclinical Foundations of Imaging Science

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; or,
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17); or,
  • OET with a minimum B in all components.
Upon completion of ECC Foundation Program, students need to achieve below to enter ECU:
  • IELTS 7.5 with 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 72, with no communicative skill less than 65.

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

  • IELTS score of 7.0, with no band less than 6.5; or,
  • PTE-A 66, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 102(no score<17).
Upon completion of ECC Foundation Program, students need to achieve below to enter ECU:
  • IELTS 7.5, with no score below 7.0 for reading, 7.0 for writing, 8.0 for speaking and 8.0 for listening

 English requirement to enter Diploma Year 1 at ECC

English requirement to enter Diploma Year 2 at ECC

Nursing stream

Speech Pathology stream

  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; or,
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17), or;
  • OET with a minimum B in all components.
Not applicable
Diploma Year 1 with 4 exemptions
  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or;
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or;
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17), or;
  • OET with a minimum B in all components. 
Not applicable

 English requirement to enter Diploma Year 2 at ECCEnglish requirement to enter Degree at ECU
Nursing stream
  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or,
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17); or,
  • OET with a minimum B in all components. 
Upon completion of ECC Diploma of Health (Year 2), students need to achieve below to enter ECU:
  • 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 

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 English test results. 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.

Speech Pathology stream
  • IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.5; or,
  • PTE-A 64, with no communicative skill less than 58; or,
  • TOEFL iBT 84(no score<17); or,
  • OET with a minimum B in all components. 
Upon completion of ECC Diploma of Health (Year 2), students need to achieve below to enter ECU:
  • IELTS 7.5 with 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 72, with no communicative skill less than 65.