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English Language Bridging Course


TAUGHT BY: Curtin English

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version. Find current version.


Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.



A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.


About offering

The English Language Bridging course is one of the most popular courses at Curtin English preparing students for direct entry into Curtin University. This course is designed to develop English Language Proficiency, academic literacy and specific language areas for your next course of study. The course also aims to develop employability skills for the workplace. 

Depending on your current level of English, you can undertake the 17-week or 10-week ELB program.

Entry into ELB is dependent on the language requirements for your mainstream program.  The minimum English level required for entry are:

  • 17-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in each subskill)
  • 10-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 6.0 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill)

You can use our Curtin English Pathway Planner to help you assess your pathway.

If you are unsure of your pathway or have any other questions, please contact us

 Why you should study the English Language Bridging Course

  • You will develop English Language skills and academic literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking for direct entry into your Curtin University courses. 
  • We offer a social program to compliment your studies so you can use your English outside the classroom. 
  • You can earn extra points by joining our ‘Connecting U’ program and developing your English and academic skills outside the classroom. 
  • You will understand how to read a Curtin University Course Outline before you start your University course. 
  • You will understand how to use the Curtin University learner management system; BlackBoard before you start your University course. 
  • Curtin English is on the Curtin University campus which you get to experience. 
  • You will be prepared for work, life and study on completion of the English Language Bridging course. 
  • Our teaching staff are experienced and qualified and want you to succeed.
  • Curtin English work in partnership with Act-Belong-Commit making sure your student experience is a mentally healthy one. 

What you'll learn

  • transfer generic academic literacy skills to their own discipline
  • analyse and evaluate own and other's ideas in order to develop an academic voice
  • apply knowledge of grammatical structures and academic vocabulary in order to write and speak, accurate, meaningful and comprehensible English
  • apply academic language and study skills to suit the conventions of a variety of disciplines.
  • use library technologies to access research
  • reflect on the learning process to develop autonomous learning strategies
  • show an awareness of current global issues and how they impact on local cultures
  • recognise the importance of various cultural and linguistic perspectives including those of Indigenous Australians
  • develop fluency in the linguistic pragmatics of discipline; manage independent and team projects to a professional standard

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Where you can study

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

Curtin Perth

On Campus
ELB Semester 1 (10 week), ELB Semester 1 (17 week), ELB Semester 2 (10 week), ELB Semester 2 (17 week), ELB Summer Semester (10 week) and ELB Summer Semester (17 week)

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: BR-ENGL
  • CRICOS code: 003896G
  • This offering was last updated on: 16/07/2019