English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

Student from North Metropolitan TAFE

TIWA is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO 52395) and CRICOS Provider (00020G) for the delivery of English language courses to international students in Western Australia. The English language courses are delivered at the Perth campus of North Metropolitan TAFE (RTO 52786).

View the English Course Guide or English Course Flyer

Quicklinks: Course overview | Course dates

Why study ELICOS at TAFE?

City location
The ELICOS Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) is located in Northbridge, Perth’s cultural and entertainment district. The centre is very close to Perth’s central shopping district and central transport network. If you like the inner city life, you will enjoy studying at Perth campus.

Professional teachers
NMT’s English language teachers are friendly, highly qualified and experienced. As well as having excellent language teaching skills, they have expertise in particular skill areas such as pronunciation, grammar, listening and note taking, research skills etc.

Quality programs

  • The ELICOS program is delivered in partnership with Navitas English (CRICOS provider code 00289M; RTO provider code 0927).
  • Classes at NMT's ELICOS Centre are compliant with Australian government ELICOS standards. North Metropolitan TAFE also meets (Australian) NEAS requirements and follows quality procedures.
  • The centre is accredited by the National English Language Training Scheme and is a member of English Australia, the peak professional body for all accredited ELICOS centres in Australia.

Extra help from teachers
NMT believe it is important to provide you with opportunities to get help from teachers outside the class. The centre schedules 4 extra hours of tutorial time every week with teachers.

Modern facilities

You’ll have access to fully-equipped computer labs with internet access and computer-assisted language learning. Find videos, newspapers, text books and instructional media at the Extensive Learning Resource Centres on campus. There are also bookshops, gymnasium, sports facilities, cafés or canteens, prayer rooms and much more. Take the Virtual Tour to explore facilities available to ELICOS students at North Metropolitan TAFE:

Screenshot of virtual tour

Experience Australian life and make friends
Study on campus with Australian students and discover the Australian lifestyle. Join in the organised social and recreational activities with the Boomerang student social club.

At orientation you will be met by International Centre staff who will provide information about NMT and your study requirements; assess you for placement in an appropriate English language class; and take you on a tour of the campus.


Student services
You will be provided with information about living and studying in Perth; courses, further study, visa, and accommodation options; and social and recreational activities. Join the Boomerang student social club.

Study skills

MyStudy is an elective self-study hour for all ELICOS students, supervised by an English teacher. MyStudy helps you develop independent study skills to continue studying and learning after your course ends. In addition, you have the choice of extra language skills practice and exam practice. The MyStudy hour also includes electives such as Pronunciation Club, which focuses specifically on improving students’ diction, and myJob lessons – which feature sessions such as: Finding a Job in Australia, Writing a CV, Preparing for an Interview and Functional Language at Work. 

Class Timetable

Your typical day will look like this:

Activity ​Times ​Duration
​Lesson 1​8.30 - 10.30​2 hours
​Break​10.30 - 11.30​30 minutes
​Lesson 211.00 - 13.00​​2 hours
​Lunch​13.00 - 13.40​40 minutes
​myStudy​13.40 - 14.40​1 hour
​Boomerang social club​14.40 onwards ​

Course overview

From 22 July 2019, all new ELICOS students are required to pay a $180 ELICOS Resource Fee to cover specialist books, software and material. This is a one-off payment to NMT on arrival and is not refundable. Students will receive more information in their Letter of Offer.
English Course ​Description

General English                    

​Innovative and dynamic General English programs deliver exceptional results, developing real-world English skills through an intensive progression pathway. Learn with professional teachers in small, intensive classes and prepare for special courses such as IELTS or English for Academic Purposes (EAP).​

Students are assessed in speaking, listening, reading and writing every five weeks.

Duration: 10 to 40 weeks, offered in five-week blocks
Tuition Cost: $300 per week

English for Academic Purposes



The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are unique because they enable you to enter a wide range of vocational education programs at TAFE International Western Australia, or higher education, also leading to degree programs in leading universities and institutions around Australia.

Each course includes academic study skills modules to help you achieve the best possible result in your studies.​

Duration: 10 to 40 weeks, offered in 10-week blocks
Tuition Cost: $300 per week




The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is accepted for entry into higher education and professional bodies, and for Australian visa applications.

IELTS tests speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to provide scores from band 1 (non-user) to band 9 (expert user). These scores are combined to provide an overall band score.

Most higher education institutes, including North Metropolitan TAFE, require 5.5 for entry to certificate and diploma programs and English speaking universities and higher education institutions require students to have an overall band score of between 6.0 and 7.5 to be eligible for entry to degree programs.

Duration: 10 to 20 weeks, offered in five-week blocks
Tuition Cost: $300 per week  

ELICOS dates

Orientation and placement testing takes place on the day you start classes. View full ELICOS orientation details.

You can commence your English course within the first three weeks of each block.

​Term ​Block ​Start date ​End date
​Term 3​​Block 5​​Monday 8 JuneFriday ​​10 July
​​Block 6​Monday 13 July​Friday 14 August
Term 4​​Block 7 ​Monday ​17 AugustFriday ​18 September
​Block 8​​Monday 21 September​Friday 23 October
Term 5​​Block 9​​Monday 26 October Friday ​27 November
​​Block 10

​Monday 30 November; holiday break period from 19 December to 3 January; then restart on Monday 4 January 2020.

​Friday 15 January 2021.

​Term ​Block ​Start date ​End date
Term 1​Block 1Monday 18 JanuaryFriday ​19 February
​​Block 2​Monday 22 February​Friday 26 March
​Term 2​​Block 3Monday 29 March​Friday ​30 April
​​Block 4​Monday 3 May​Friday 4 June
​Term 3​​Block 5​​Monday 7 JuneFriday ​​9 July
​​Block 6​Monday 12 July​Friday 13 August
Term 4​​Block 7 ​Monday 16 AugustFriday ​17 September
​Block 8​​Monday 20 September​Friday 22 October
Term 5​​Block 9​​Monday 25 OctoberFriday ​26 November
​​Block 10

​Monday 29 November; holiday break period from 20 December to 31 December; then restart on Monday 3 January 2022.

Friday 14 January 2022.

Further study opportunities​

After you have successfully completed your English course, you can choose from over 135 TAFE courses to study. Visit the course catalogue for information on courses.

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