Students may package their studies to combine a preliminary course with their
main course of study on the one visa subclass. The subclass that applies to the package would be the one that corresponds to the
main course. The student’s
Assessment Level is based on the package of courses they are studying:
- If a student is studying a
package of courses, their Assessment Level is based on the country of their passport and the
highest Assessment Level, that applies to any of the courses in their package.
- If a student is studying a
package of courses that includes an ELICOS course, their Assessment Level is based on the country of their passport and the
highest Assessment Level that applies to any of the courses in their package with the exception of the ELICOS course.
- If a student is only studying a
main course of study their Assessment Level is based on the country of their passport and the Assessment Level applicable to the visa subclass of the
Example: A student from Vietnam has received offers from Australian education providers to study the following courses in Australia:
- a preliminary English language course in the Independent ELICOS sector (subclass 570) subject to Assessment Level 3, then
- a Bachelor degree in the Higher Education sector (subclass 573) subject to Assessment Level 2, and finally
- a Masters by Research in the Postgraduate Research sector (subclass 574) subject to Assessment Level 1.
This student could package all three courses under the visa subclass for a Masters by Research (Subclass 574, Postgraduate Research Sector). However, the student will be subject to Assessment Level 2 requirements against the main course (Masters by Research). This is because the Assessment Level for the Bachelor degree is the highest in the package and this is applied against the main visa subclass (the Assessment Level for the ELICOS course is excluded from the Assessment Level calculation).
Course packaging and eligibility for Streamlined visa processing (SVP)
Students intending to combine their main course of study with a preliminary course are eligible for streamlined visa processing if:
- the student holds a confirmation of enrolment (CoE) for each course within the package
- the main course of study is an Advanced Diploma (subclass 572), a Bachelor degree or Masters degree by coursework (subclass 573) or a Masters degree by Research or Doctoral degree (subclass 574)
- the main course of study is provided by a participating SVP education provider
- the preliminary courses are an ELICOS, foundation or other pathway course (for example, bridging course or vocational educational course) that are prerequisite to or enable the student to commence their main course of study
- the preliminary course must be provided by the SVP education provider or an educational business partner nominated by the education provider providing the main course.
Applicants of Non Award Sector: Temporary Visa (subclass 575) at a participating university are not eligible for streamlined visa processing if they combine their main course with preliminary courses.
Eligible Education Provider and Educational Business Partners