General English (ELICOS)

Why study General English?

Our ELICOS General English course (a part of our ELICOS program) is a good starting point for any students who wish to improve their overall English for work, study or social purposes. General English is well suited to both short-term students (such as backpackers and tourists) and long-term students (intending to complete further study or those taking a gap year).

Course: ELICOS – General English Delivery Mode: On Campus
Duration: 56 weeks CRICOS Code: 096786M
Class times: Monday – Friday, Morning or Afternoon option Class hours: 20 hours per week
Intakes: Every Monday (Weekly) Suitable for Student Visa Holders: Yes
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The comprehensive course curriculum is designed to assist students to improve their English in:

  • Formal and informal settings
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Confidence in using English language
  • Learning Australian culture and way of life

English levels offered within the program include:

  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate

Students intending to complete further study may opt to join our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course.


Regular Assessment

Regular in-class assessments with your teacher ensure that you get regular feedback regarding your ability and areas of improvement you need to focus on.

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes ensure the optimum learning environment. Less than 18 students to a class assists with language learning.

Level Classes

As a student, you are placed in a class with other students at your English level.

Regular Homework

Your class teacher will set regular homework activities to reinforce what you learn in class.

Placement Testing

As part of their orientation, students participate in English testing to determine the best class for them.

Access to Online Resources

Students are provided ongoing access to a wide variety of learning resources through our e-learning portal.

Flexible Study

morning or afternoon timetables are available, allowing students maximum flexibility. Students can start their course on any Monday (except Christmas holiday periods).

Regular excursions and social events

Your class teacher will take your class on regular off-campus excursions (field trips) of educational benefit. HCLA also hosts regular social functions on campus.

Suitable for Student Visa Holders

As an ‘intensive’ course with 20 class hours per week, this course is suitable for those that intend to study on a Student Visa.


Students have access to study spaces, computer labs and library resources outside of class hours.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program an applicant will be:

  • Aged 18 years or over at the time of commencement
  • At a level of English proficiency of A2 or above in the CEFR (Elementary) based on placement test results
  • Meet current eligibility requirements for a student visa
  • The Course Coordinator is responsible for selection of candidates for admission in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure for Courses Delivered to Overseas Students and relevant guidelines.

Attendance Requirements

Students studying in Australia on a student visa must meet all attendance requirements (minimum 80% attendance). If a student is ill and unable to attend class, they must get a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner and provide this to their class teacher. Attendance is monitored by the college and students receive warning letters if their attendance is at risk of dropping.

Structure Of The Course

Classes are offered year-round at each different English level (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate) to accommodate students at a wide variety of skill levels.  Classes are structured around a 12-week academic calendar. Students spend on average approximately 12 weeks at each level before progressing to the next level. To ensure their success, students need to be proactive and engaged learners, complete assigned homework and assignments, work closely with their class teacher and attend classes on a regular basis (see attendance requirements). Upon successful completion of the program, students have the option of graduating or moving into further academic English programs (such as English for Academic Purposes).

Course Start Dates

Jan 07, 2019
Apr 1, 2019
Jun 24, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Aug 05, 2019
Sep 30, 2019
Jan 06, 2020

Key Information

What you need to know


Full Time | Suitable for Student Visa Holders

Mode of Study

Classroom-based | Intensive 20 Hours per week

Program Intakes

Weekly (Every Monday)

Location & Contact Details

Campus: HCLA, 1 Wentworth Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
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Contact : +61 (2) 8228 6402
Perth Campus: Level 4, 12 St Georges Terrace, WA 6000
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Contact : +61 (8) 6212 8200


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