Gateway English

The Gateway English course develops your English language and independent study skills. When you pass Gateway English, you will qualify to enter Curtin University courses or Curtin College courses which require IELTS 6.0, or to move on to English Language Bridging to prepare for courses which require a higher level of English.

Course information and pathways:

The duration of your English course would depend on your entry level and the English language requirement for your mainstream program at Curtin University. You can use the Curtin English Pathway Planner to get an idea of your pathway duration.  If you have any questions, or need help with your assessment, please contact us.

Delivered at Curtin’s Perth 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 University or Curtin College programs which require an IELTS 6.0, or for the English Language Bridging (ELB) program. Successful completion of the ELB program can enable direct entry to Curtin University courses which require a higher level of English.

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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.

Elective examples

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.

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Our Gateway English courses will help you develop English Language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and prepare for direct entry into Curtin University courses.

Frequently asked questions

We can help you out with any questions you have about admissions, courses and being a student. If you can’t find the answer please contact email us on or call us on 1300 222 888 or +61 8 9266 5888.

Can I study Gateway to meet the English requirements for a Curtin University course?

Yes. You can study Gateway for Curtin University courses needing an IELTS of 6.0.

What do I need to apply for the Gateway English course?

You can find help and guidance on the application process on our ‘how to apply for Curtin English courses‘ page.

How do I get a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)?

A CoE is issued when:

  • You have signed and completed acceptance forms for the courses you will be studying,
  • Provided proof of payment (or confirm if you are sponsored by a government or an organisation).
  • Signed the terms & conditions for “Free 10 Week English Language Program” that will be attached to your Letter of Offer (if eligible).

What are the Gateway English course minimum entry requirements?

You need to have an IELTS 5.0 minimum or equivalent to study our Gateway English course. You can get IELTS 5.0 equivalent through our free English test or by passing the General English course.

How many Gateway English course intakes are there every year?

There are 8 intakes per year. See our course dates page for more detail.

How many class contact hours are there in a week?

There are a total of 20 contact hours per week.

Do I need to do an IELTS test after the Gateway English course to enter Curtin University, Curtin College or English Language Bridging?

No. You are not required to do an IELTS test after the Gateway English course. You need to pass the course with the grade stated on your university or Curtin College letter of offer.

I didn’t meet the Gateway English entry requirements, what should I do?

Curtin English offers General English and leads into the Gateway English course. The duration of your course will depend on your current English level. Please contact for more information about your study plan.