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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008



The University offers a range of continuing education courses and educational services to the wider community through ACUcom, which has offices at the Brisbane, North Sydney and Melbourne campuses. Such courses include business, vocational training, LOTE (Languages other than English) and international programs.

ACUcom and international students

ACUcom delivers pathway courses for overseas students in ELICOS (English language) and programs for entry into diploma courses and later into degree courses in Nursing, Business, Educational Studies, Environmental Science, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Social Science and Visual Arts and Design.

Applications from international students are assessed on the basis of:

  • academic qualifications
  • proficiency in English.

The academic level required is the satisfactory completion of the equivalent of 12 years of schooling at a comparable level to that applying to local Australian students. A pass rate of 50 per cent is the minimum academic requirement.

For language proficiency, an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall result of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) score of 525 (190 computer-based score) is the minimum entry requirement to diploma courses.

Review of ACUcom

A thorough review of the ACUcom arm of the University was held in 2008 in preparation for amendments in 2009.