English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the registered training organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider for the delivery of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) to international students in Western Australia. TIWA delivers ELICOS in partnership with Navitas English.

View the English Course Guide or English Course Flyer.

Quicklinks: Course overview | Course dates

Why study ELICOS with TIWA?

City location
TIWA offers ELICOS in Northbridge, which is close to the centre of Perth near the central transport network, city shopping malls and a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Modern facilities
  • Modern, well equipped teaching and learning spaces.
  • Library and independent learning centre with computers, international and local newspapers and journals, and thousands of relevant books, videos, CDs, DVDs specifically designed for English language learners.
  • Wireless internet access and fully equipped computer labs.
  • International student kitchen, garden courtyard and outdoor eating areas.

Student activities
The social activities program is called ‘Boomerang’ and through this program you can participate in cultural, sporting and social activities with students from all over the world. These activities are a wonderful way to make friends, practise English and have lots of fun!

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

ELICOS students are required to pay a $180 resource fee to cover specialist books, software and material. This is a oneoff payment upon commencement at the ELICOS campus and is not refundable.

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

Courses run for 10 week terms. Placement testing and orientation takes place on the Monday 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 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 130 certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses. The minimum level of English proficiency required for entry into most courses is the equivalent of Academic IELTS 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0. Some courses require a higher level of English ie IELTS 6.0 or 6.5. Visit the course catalogue for information on courses.

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