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English Requirements

English is the language of instruction and assessment across CQUniversity. You are required to meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to our courses. There are a number of ways to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Click below for more information.

If you do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements, you can apply to study one of our English language courses. You may gain entry to an academic course upon successful completion of the required English language course.

CQUniversity recognises a number of English tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons, Cambridge and OET (for some health-related courses), which can be taken to meet our English language proficiency requirements.

The English Language Requirements table provides the minimum scores required for most of our courses. Some courses require higher scores. Please refer to the CQUniversity Handbook or Variations Listing below for the list of courses and the respective scores required.

Your English test results are valid if no more than two years have lapsed between the final examination result date and the date of commencement of study. Every student will be assessed individually, and other equivalent English preparation or combinations of English preparation will be considered.

If you have successfully completed previous study where the medium of instruction was in English at a university or post-secondary school, or have an academic qualification that meets the English language proficiency requirements within the last five years, you may be deemed to have met the minimum English language proficiency requirements.

The previous study and other qualifications table provides alternative international qualifications accepted as meeting the English language requirements.

Please note: For studies undertaken in Australia or other English speaking country where the Medium of Instruction was English, this will be assessed against the Country Education Profiles on Australian Education International (AEI). English Instruction may be accepted if Australian Education International states that English is the language of instruction relevant to the country, education level or Institution. However, CQUniversity reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency for all students.

You will be required to provide certified documentation to verify any of the above circumstances, including the entry testing for English language studies. If you are unable to meet the above criteria, you can study an English language course at one of our CQUEnglish Language Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne, Rockhampton or Sydney.

If you have completed an English language course with one of CQUniversity's approved Recognised English Entry Providers (REEP) you may not need to sit for an English test.

Please note the following courses are available to international students and have variations to Standard English language requirements.

Allied Health

CB77 – Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands and overall.
CB29 – Bachelor of Oral Health  – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands and overall.
CB84 – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)  – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score of less than 7.0 or an Occupational English Test (OET) result of A or B.
CB85 – Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)  – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score of less than 7.0 or an Occupational English Test (OET) result of A or B.
CB86 – Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours)  – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score of less than 7.0 or an Occupational English Test (OET) result of A or B.
CB87 – Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) – Minimum academic IELTS score of 8.0 across all bands and overall; or An Occupational English Test (OET) with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
CG93 – Bachelor of Medical Science – Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or an Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
CL10 – Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) – Minimum academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or an Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

Business and Accounting

Education and Teaching

The English language requirements for registration as a teacher are:
An IELTS (Academic) assessment with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation

Nursing, Paramedicine and Health

  • G85 – Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands and overall.
  • CL91 – Bachelor of Nursing 
  • – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands; or Occupational English Test (OET) result with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking); or PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills;
    or TOEFL IBT with a minimum total score of 94 with a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.
  • CL02 – Graduate Certificate in Nursing – Minimum academic IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands; or Occupational English Test (OET) result with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking); or PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills;
    or TOEFL IBT with a minimum total score of 94 with a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

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