In accordance with 9-13 of the National Code 2007, Astute Training Pty Ltd places students in the courses most appropriate to their level and goals. All courses are conducted in English and therefore enrolling students are expected to have reached an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language.

International students for whom English is not their first language need either:

  • an IELTS level of 5.5
  • or proof that the medium of instruction at school has been in English with a satisfactory grade in English in final examinations
  • or 2 or more years of academic study to at least Australian Year 10 levels
  • or any other certificated level of English for the purposes of entry requirements deemed satisfactory by the CEO of Astute Training Pty Ltd.¬†

Assessing English Language Proficiency Procedure

All international students must meet the minimum English entry requirements of the course they are applying for.

The details are as listed below:


Assessment Level

English Level Requirement

Academic Background


No requirements No requirements


No requirements No requirements


4.5 IELTS with a preliminary 30 week maximum ELICOS course or 5.5 IELTS. Successfully completed Year 11 or equivalent (by providing school reports and academic records)


5.0 IELTS with a preliminary 20 week maximum ELICOS course or 5.5 IELTS with no preliminary ELICOS course Successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent (by providing school reports and academic records),


To ensure that all students meet the Australian Core Skills Framework requirements for Foundation Skills, Astute Training makes use of the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training Foundation Skills Assessment Tool. There is no charge to students to be assessed against this tool.


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