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Gateway English course

Gateway English develops your English language and academic study skills.

Delivered at Curtin University’s Bentley campus, the Gateway English course is for students who are at the upper intermediate English levels (IELTS 5.0 – 5.5 or equivalent). This course will build your confidence and prepare you for study, work and life. Additionally, this course will enable you to meet entry requirements for Curtin College, or the English Language Bridging (ELB) program. Successful completion of the ELB program can enable direct entry to Curtin University.

What the course involves

You will practice reading and listening skills, writing and speaking skills and you will improve your grammar and vocabulary for general and academic situations. The Gateway English course includes useful study management strategies to prepare you for academic studies.

A bonus feature of the Gateway English course are the electives that accompany the program. The following are some examples of electives which will help you settle into a university environment, or develop your understanding of real world subjects and contemporary issues.

Curtin LIFE

This elective will help prepare you for the academic, social and welfare aspects of Curtin life. Examples include: how to use the library, understanding emails and how to access Blackboard, (the University Online Learning Management System). It will introduce you to the services available for students at Curtin and help you to manage your mental health.

Improving interactions

This elective focuses on improving speaking and listening in various different contexts. Examples include; taking part in a discussion, preparing to attend a social event in Australia, discussing current affairs and listening to presentations and discussions.

Contemporary Issues

This elective focuses on improving knowledge of real-world subjects and contemporary issues with a focus on developing listening and discussion skills to support academic studies. You will be able to confidently comprehend and discuss texts about real-life experiences relating to history, science, diversity in culture and society and geography.


There are two assessments in the Gateway English course; a portfolio of course work and a final assessment. The portfolio of course work will assess your speaking and writing skills. The final assessment will test your reading, listening and use of English language skills.

Course essentials

Course    name Course duration CRICOS Code
Gateway English 4 24 weeks 096504D
Gateway English 3 18 weeks 096503E
Gateway English 2 12 weeks 096502F
Gateway English 1 6 weeks 096501G

The duration of your English course would depend on your entry level and the English language requirement for your mainstream program at Curtin University. For an assessment of your language pathway, please contact us.