Tertiary Preparation Program (Health Sciences)
Course information for - 2022 entry
Offered at 3 locations
This course is for international students who want to pursue academic studies in health sciences.
Students will be given the opportunity to develop effective English language communication skills and relevant content knowledge that are needed by health practitioners.
In particular, students will explore:
- the language and terminology of health sciences
- a variety of materials centred around health science content
- cultural awareness and responsiveness
- communication with patients or clients and their relatives
- the Australian health care system, and social determinants of health
- critical thinking and problem solving.
Emphasis will be placed on working independently and as a team member, self-directed study, and building confidence. Students will also receive support and specific preparation for external English language proficiency tests.
To complete the Tertiary Preparation Program (Health Sciences), a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
Year 1 - Semester 1
ACOM103 Academic English for Health Sciences 1
ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills
ACOM108 Communicating as a Health Professional 1 data-versionlabel=2 >
ACOM121 Proficiency Test Preparation data-versionlabel=2 >
Year 1 - Semester 2
ACOM115 Academic English for Health Sciences 2
ACOM116 Introduction to Health Care in Australia data-versionlabel=2 >
ACOM117 Introduction to Science for Health Professionals
ACOM208 Communicating as a Health Professional 2
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
Additional course information
Students are required to complete a total of 80 credit points, consisting of:
- Academic English for Health Sciences 1
- English Language Communication Skills
- Communicating as a Health Professional 1
- Proficiency Test Preparation
- Academic English for Health Sciences 2
- Introduction to Health Care in Australia
- Introduction to Science for Health Professionals
- Communicating as a Health Professional 2
English language requirements
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have completed the equivalent of year 11 (completion of senior high school in countries where this is not considered equivalent to an Australian year 12)
- have a minimum English language proficiency level of IELTS 6.0, with no individual score less than 6.0, or equivalent.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
This course provides a pathway for international students to enter specified undergraduate degree courses within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Applicants should refer to Schedule 3 of the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy for a list of those courses.
- Unit fee: $2368
- Average first year fee: $18944
- Estimate total cost: $18944
The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
How to apply
No deferment available.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
Teacher, Tertiary Preparation Program (Health Sciences)
Liz Leighton is a TESOL teacher with over 30 years’ experience. She has taught in both Australia and the UK at primary, secondary and tertiary level. Liz has extensive experience of teaching Academic English at ACU, having taught across direct entry and pathways programs. She has a keen interest in curriculum development. Whilst studying for her Master of TESOL and Applied Linguistics, she became passionate about developing strategies that can assist students with reading academic texts. She currently teaches across the Academic Literacy units on the Health Sciences Tertiary Preparation Program.