English Levels

At Hawthorn-Melbourne, we can help you create the right course combination for your learning goals and your English language level.

General English courses cater to all English level of learners and classes range from elementary (CEFR A1) through to advanced (CEFR C1 or IELTS 6.5).

Students in General English upper intermediate (CEFR B2 or IELTS 4.5), may choose to move to our academic English or English for Business classes. At the end of each level, you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with your teacher and together choose your next course of study.

On your first day of class you will sit an English test to make sure you are in the right class for your English proficiency level. This process ensures you are enrolled in a class that is both challenging and effective in improving your English.

The table below shows the minimum entry requirement for each course.


Minimum English level

Prepares you for

General English

If your English level is below CEFR A1, please contact us for study advice.

English for Academic Purposes 1

Working holiday


English at work

English for Academic Purposes 1

IELTS 4.5 (writing 4.5, no band less than 4.0)

TOEFL 32 (writing 12, reading 2, listening 2, speaking 11)

English for Academic Purposes 2

English for Academic Purposes 2

IELTS 5.0 (writing  5.0, no band less than 4.5)

TOEFL 35 (writing 14, reading 3, listening 3, speaking 13)

IELTS Preparation



IELTS Preparation

IELTS 5.5 (writing 5.5, no band less than 5.0)

TOEFL 46 (writing 18, reading 4, listening 5, speaking 14)

Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) 

IELTS test

Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP)

IELTS 6.0 (writing 6.0, no band less than 5.5)

TOEFL 60 (writing 21, reading 8, listening 7, speaking 16)

Bachelor's degree

Master's degree  

University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP)

This varies depending on University of Melbourne faculty. UMELBP Entry Requirements

Certain courses at University of Melbourne

English for Business 

Upper Intermediate to Advanced level of English    

 English in a professional or business environment.

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