University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Academic Communication Skills Program (ACSP)

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 102584M

Level of study: Pathways to Undergraduate



If you are from a non-English speaking background, the Academic Communication Skills program may assist you with entry into USQ degrees which require an English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or Pearson PTE A 59 and above, including the Bachelor of Nursing, our Education degrees, postgraduate degrees in Psychology, as well as research degrees.
You will learn to communicate clearly and confidently in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of university studies, in both face-to-face and digital environments.
Depending on your study and career goals, the program has three levels, each with a duration of 10 weeks, where you will study academic speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
In addition to the 20 classroom hours, you will also participate in weekly academic workshops to assist you in improving in specific skill areas.
For professionals in the community who are required by the board of registration to demonstrate their English language skills through an international English language test, the courses in this program would be appropriate preparation for this test.

Further study

After successfully completing the second level of the Academic Communication Skills program (ACS), you can go on to study your preferred degree at USQ (if you meet all other entry requirements).

If you are planning on applying for a Bachelor of Nursing after completing ACS Level 2, you will be required to pass the Pearson academic English test, or a similar international English test. USQ administers a Pearson test centre on-campus and will assist with arrangements for your test.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): The cost1 for a 10-week program (one ACS level) is: 4,080
Start date: Scheduled dates throughout the year
Study mode: Full time

USQ Springfield Campus

37 Sinnathamby Boulevard
Brisbane Queensland 4300

Entry criteria

Minimum academic requirements

Completion of senior secondary schooling in the home country.
An Australian Year 12 high school qualification.
Completed 'A' levels.

English language requirements

For ACS Level 1 study: IELTS 6.0, PTE A 51, or equivalent, in all macro skills.
For ACS Level 2 study: IELTS 6.5, PTE A 59, or equivalent, in all macro skills.
For ACS Level 3 study: IELTS 7.0, PTE A 65, or equivalent, in all macro skills.


To start your studies in ACS you will need an IELTS result of at least 6.0 in the four macro skills, or an equivalent recognised international English test. If your IELTS or Pearson (PTE) result is less than this, you could start your studies in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).