General Academic English

General Academic English
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General Academic English – Bradford College

General Academic English

English Language Preparation for Academic Study In Australia

  • Your first step towards success at University starts with good English communication
  • Become a confident speaker of English
  • Programs taught by qualified and experienced teachers of English as a second language
  • Accredited by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS)

The General Academic English program (GAE) is designed to develop your English language skills in preparation for successful entry into your mainstream academic program of study.
The College’s English language program concentrates on developing

the skills you will need to become a successful and confident language user. Emphasis is placed on improving your general language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will study a variety of topics which are interesting and fun, and relevant to students studying in Australia.

You are assessed regularly with weekly reviews, writing tasks, practice tests and an end of program exam. Participation and your classroom use of English are also taken into consideration. Your program is based in the classroom with some excursions and activities which take you out into the community to use the language you have learnt.

Key Facts

2014 Bradford College – General Academic English Program Overview

English level Recommended GAE Duration
FSP/DTE DTS DTX
IELTS 4.5 overall
(two bands of 4.0 and one band of 4.5) or equivalent
30 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 4.5 overall
(three bands of 4.5 or higher) or equivalent
25 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 5.0 overall
(no more than one band of 4.0) or equivalent
20 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 5.0 overall
(no more than two bands of 4.5) or equivalent
15 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 5.0 overall (no more than one band of 4.5) or equivalent 10 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 5.0
(all bands 5.0 or above) or equivalent
5 weeks Not available Not available
IELTS 5.5 overall
(all bands 5.0 or above) or equivalent
Not required 10 weeks 15 weeks
IELTS 5.5 overall
(Speaking OR Writing band 5.5 or above) or equivalent
Not required 5 weeks 10 weeks
IELTS 5.5 overall
(Speaking and Writing band 5.5 or above) or equivalent
Not required Not required 5 weeks
IELTS 6.0 overall
(all bands 5.5 or above) or equivalent
Not required Not required Not required
Intakes Correspond with chosen FSP or DT program entry
Contact hours 20 hours per week
Class size Average 15

All applications will be assessed on an individual basis. IELTS or equivalent score on an alternative English test is required.

To download a pdf version of the  English entry requirements, including the iBt TOEFL Score, please click here. 


Bradford College is a member of English Australia, an association representing over 100 Member Colleges who are committed to delivering the highest quality education and support services.

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