Entry requirements for the HSC English (ESL) course

ACE 8007

Last Updated: 4 August 2015

The English (ESL) course may be studied by any student who has been educated overseas or in an Australian educational institution with English as the language of instruction for five years or less prior to commencing the Preliminary course.

This includes:

  • students whose learning has been interrupted by periods away from education in which English was the language of instruction
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Indigenous communities where standard English is not the common language of the local community.

The onus is on students to provide evidence of their previous schooling.

Where it is difficult to ascertain the extent to which students have been using English as the language of instruction, entry to the course is determined on the basis of an assessment of their oral and written language competence.

An English as a Second Language (ESL) Eligibility Declaration must be completed (by the school and the student) for any student seeking entry to the course. This form is kept by the principal.

For a student who has had a substantially interrupted education, or little or no formal education in which English was the language of instruction, approval may be sought for up to 12 months to be added to the course entry requirements period. The principal is required to send a submission, including the completed declaration form, to BOSTES providing evidence of the student’s individual circumstances.