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We offer intensive English language courses across New South Wales, including Cambridge English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Certificate courses. Improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and be prepared for future study, your dream job and your life in Australia as a speaker of English.

Why study English with us?

  • highly-qualified and experienced teachers
  • group work with a focus on communication
  • flexible start times
  • 5 locations to choose from
  • affordable fees

For more information download the English Language Courses brochure.


"When I arrived at TAFE NSW, I was afraid to speak. I needed a school that offered a different methodology. At TAFE NSW, I found excellent teachers, and within six months, I improved my grammar, speaking, listening, reading, writing, and I can communicate in English with confidence.

The recipe for effective learning has three important ingredients: Determination, good methodology and excellent teachers - and I found all three of these at TAFE NSW.”

Karina Oliveira, Brazil

“I improved my English skills instantly, because the curriculum is very thorough and the teachers are excellent. It included writing skills, like how to write an essay and how to write the citations for the journal, as well as how essays can be improved for presentations.

I made so many good overseas friends, and now I always chat with my friends in English.”

Jinyong Kwon (Jin), Korea

Apply Now

Download and complete the TAFE NSW application form.

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Send us your Application:
Phone: +61 2 9217 4106

When can I start?

New students can start on Monday of any week. Some centres start their sessions every five weeks. Visit the English Language and Cambridge English Course Calendar for up-to-date session times.

Discover our English Language Programs

General English Program (CRICOS #049258C)

Course duration: 2 - 50 weeks (20 hours per week)

Improve your English language proficiency for travel and study in Australia or to communicate with English speakers around the world. This course develops your grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You can start at any level from Beginner to Advanced and finish at any exit point that suits your individual needs.

Successful completion at Upper Intermediate level will enable direct entry to TAFE NSW courses with an IELTS 5.5 entry requirement.

English For Academic Purposes (CRICOS #0101064)

Course duration: 5 - 20 weeks (20 hours per week)

This course will improve your English language proficiency and academic strategies for successful participation in academic and Higher Education courses in Australia. The course has flexible exit points so you can leave when you have achieved the level of proficiency required for your next course of study.

The entry requirement for this course is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Students who have successfully attained Upper Intermediate level (CEFR B2) at a TAFE NSW English Language Centre are admitted into the English for Academic Purposes program.


TAFE NSW will help you meet the English entry requirements of your chosen Vocational or Higher Education course.

  • Studying English with TAFE NSW offers you guaranteed entry into any of TAFE NSW’s courses offered to international students. This includes 170 vocational qualifications (Certificates to Advanced Diplomas)* and 10 Bachelor Degrees
  • TAFE NSW English for Academic Purposes is accepted by several Australian higher education providers as meeting the English entry requirements for degrees on offer.

*except for Diploma of Nursing, which requires an IELTS or OET test

TAFE NSW English Language Centre locations

TAFE NSW has five English Language Centres, located in key areas across New South Wales.

Our English Language Centres in Sydney are located in: Meadowbank, Ultimo.

Our English Language Centres outside of Sydney are located in: Kingscliff, Newcastle and Wollongong.

TAFE NSW English Language Centres are proud members of:

Ultimo, Meadowbank and Kingscliff

Ultimo and Meadowbank