Tertiary Preparation Program (Health Sciences)

Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
1 year full time
6.0 overall score (with no individual score less than 6.0)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
May 2021, February 2022, May 2022



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 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
  • communication with patients and their relatives
  • how to deal with issues in the health professions
  • 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 and each student will receive a free IELTS test.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Tertiary Preparation Program (Health Sciences), a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

ACOM103 Academic English for Health Sciences 1

ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills

ACOM116 Introduction to Health Care in Australia

ACOM108 Communicating as a Health Professional 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

ACOM115 Academic English for Health Sciences 2

ACOM121 Proficiency Test Preparation

ACOM117 Introduction to Science for Health Professionals

ACOM208 Communicating as a Health Professional 2

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

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.

AQF framework


Additional course information

Course Structure

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
  • Academic English for Health Sciences 2
  • Introduction to Health Care in Australia
  • Introduction to Science for Health Professionals
  • Communicating as a Health Professional 2
  • Proficiency Test Preparation

Entry requirements

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.

Inherent requirement

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.

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Further study

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.


Course costs

  • 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.

Payment options

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. 

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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.  

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How to apply

International applicants


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


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