English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy

English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy

Latest Amendment/Approval Date: June 2023

1. Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to set the principles by which the English Language Proficiency Standard will be applied, for all domestic and international applicants for admission to the College.

2. Definitions

2.1 For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions apply:

Standard means the English Language Proficiency requirements for Campion College expressed as IELTS and other relevant qualifications.

3. Scope

3.1. This policy applies to all prospective students applying for entry into award courses delivered by the College at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Study Abroad and exchange students.

4. Principles

4.1 Campion College is committed to offering its courses to students from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures and languages. In doing so, it recognises its responsibility to ensure all students, including those whose first language is not English, have sufficient proficiency to be able to succeed in their studies.

4.2 Since the mission of the College is to deliver courses in the liberal arts in the Australian context, a high level of ability communicating complex ideas in English, is required of all students.

5. Policy

5.1 Domestic applicants may demonstrate English Language Proficiency should they meet the standard admissions requirements set out in the CCA Admission Policy.

5.2 International applicants must demonstrate such proficiency in at least one of the following ways:

  • satisfactory completion of secondary schooling in Australia; or
  • one year of full-time (or equivalent) accredited diploma-level studies or higher in Australia or an appropriate level VET course in Australia;
  • successful completion of a recognised English Language Bridging program;
  • successful completion, outside Australia, of studies equivalent to secondary school or higher, where English was the medium of instruction; or
  • a test result at an appropriate level of achievement from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Pearsons Test of English (PTE)

Precise minimum scores for IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE qualifications are updated in the Admissions Policy.

5.3 Campion College reserves the right to request from an international applicant, as a necessary part of the applicant’s application process, more than one of the above-listed kinds of demonstration of proficiency in the English language.

5.3 Results of English Language Proficiency qualifications are generally valid for 5 years from the date of the qualification being granted to the student’s commencement date at Campion College.

5.4 Exemptions to the requirements in 5.2 may be granted for applicants from the following countries and regions where educational instruction and communication in English is commonly practised and/or where English is the official language:

American Samoa, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Bermuda Canada (excluding Quebec), Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Gibraltar, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

5.5 All qualifications under 5.4 must have been completed within the five years prior to enrolment at Campion.

5.6 An applicant from one of the above listed countries and regions (5.4) may yet be requested to complete IETLTS or TOEFL qualifications.

5.7 Aside from meeting English Language Proficiency requirements, international applicants must also meet the admissions standards detailed in the CCA Admission Policy.

5.8 A case may be made to vary the English Language Proficiency requirements for student exchange or study abroad cohorts from key strategic partners. Such arrangements are limited to formal College partners and underpinned by a written agreement. Such exchange or study abroad cohorts may be restricted to undertaking specific Campion courses. Cases for varying ELP requirements for entry into Campion studies for a specific cohort must be approved by the Academic Board and reported to the Institute Board. Agreements must be signed by the College President.

6. Roles and Responsibilities

6.1 The Dean of Studies is responsible for implementing this policy, including monitoring and reporting the academic progress of students entering with IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE qualifications.

6.2 The Dean of Studies is also responsible for conducting a periodic review of the English Language Proficiency requirements and presenting the results of such reviews to the Academic Board.

6.3 Marketing and admissions staff are responsible for communicating this policy effectively and clearly to prospective students.

6.4 Admissions staff are responsible for maintaining a record of all international applicants.

7. References

7.1 The following legislations are relevant to this policy:

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000,
  • National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018,
  • Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021,
  • Higher Education Support Act 2003

7.2 This policy has been benchmarked against:

  • JMC Academy, Assessing English Language Proficiency for Admissions Policy, 2019.
  • University of Newcastle, English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy, 2017
  • University of Queensland, English Language Proficiency Admission Policy, 2021.
  • University of Queensland, English Language Proficiency Admission Procedures, 2022.