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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 main course.
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).