General English Program

General English (ELICOS)

General English program / ELICOS Course also called the Essential English Course (Elementary to Advanced) is a purpose-built program that engages students in the real-world practice of General and Intensive English in class as well as through a variety of supportive and authentic experiences including excursions, guest speakers, expert presentations, local community involvement and much more.

Students become a part of Australian life in meaningful ways by developing their reading, writing, listening & speaking and learn English Language Skills. This specially designed Improve your English course focuses on practice & interaction and accomplishes social, professional and study goals as well.

Program Information

Course Name Essential English
CRICOS Course Code 098029K
Study Duration Per Week 20 hours (face to face)
Total Course Duration 68 weeks including 8 weeks of break and public holidays.
Course Intake Every month.
Please call +61 03 8638 8900
or email

Learning Outcomes

Generally Speaking, Essential / General English course students greatly develop their English Language skills to survive and thrive in the English speaking world, socially as well as in study and work situations. They achieve this through improving their reading and writing of emails, letters, short stories, articles and more as well as by developing their listening and speaking about personal information & experiences, advice, opinions & predictions, asking for and giving clarification, arguing, agreeing & disagreeing. This is just to name a few of the skills to come with this Intensive English course in Melbourne.

Pathway and Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Essential / General English Course can expect greatly increased job opportunities, thanks to their genuinely improved and practiced language abilities.

Students reaching a certain level of Essential / General English also gain access to higher education opportunities in courses training them for careers in Australia and worldwide at The Centre of Excellence as well as with our Pathway Partners. Such courses include Certificate III in Hairdressing, Diploma of Salon Management, Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, Diploma of Business and many more.

Entry Requirements

  • Over 18 years of age
  • There are no education requirements to enter this course
  • All new students will complete an English Language Placement Test on their first day and will be placed at their appropriate level. The Centre of Excellence offers 5 Essential English levels and will be able to place students in a class where they can learn best


Course Fees $350 per week (Current promotion $200 per week) *unless otherwise advertised.
Airport Transfer Fee (optional) $150
Enrolment Fee (Non-Refundable) $150
Accommodation Fee (Approx.) from $240-$300 per week

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Length of Course

60 study weeks + 8 weeks holidays


Melbourne & Adelaide

Assessment Methods

Weekly assessments are designed to allow students to practise their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while becoming the basis for ongoing personalised and specific training and feedback from teachers. Each week’s grammar is also assessed to award students with certification that acknowledges their improvement and overall English level by completion of their course.

Additional Information

For further information, please refer to the website. To enrol, please go to and select the enrolment application under Forms tab. Alternatively, you may contact the college on +61 03 8638 8900.


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