Admissions Policy

Purpose
The intent of this Policy is to provide a documented policy and process for assessing whether the overseas student’s English language proficiency, educational qualifications or work experience is sufficient for entry into the course for which they have applied.

Policy Details
To be eligible for selection to a vocational course, or an ELICOS course, an applicant must meet both the English language proficiency requirements and the educational course entry requirements.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for a vocational course
All International applicants, whether applying from offshore or onshore, must provide documentary evidence that they have achieved a suitable level of English:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent or
  • Graduated from The Business School’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) class or
  • Successfully completed the EAP from an ELICOS/ESL centre approved by The Business School or
  • Successfully completed a Certificate IV or above (within AQF) taught in English or
  • Successfully passed The Business School’s Versant English Placement Test (Level 5, equivalent to CEFR B2).

The Business School recognises other English language tests and offers the scale below for equivalent scores to IELTS 5.5.

There may be other English language proficiency tests that are acceptable, and an applicant is encouraged to contact The Business School.

Students must have taken the English language test in the 2 years before applying to study.

English Language Test Minimum Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 (Academic)
TOEFL internet-based test 46
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42
Cambridge English: C1 Advanced 162

Where there is any uncertainty, The Business School reserves the right to check any applicant’s level of English, by requiring the applicant to sit our English Placement Test.

Prospective students must provide evidence of one of the following to demonstrate they have successfully met the educational entry requirements:

  • Completion of Year 12 of a 12-year school system or
  • Completion of Year 10 of a 12-year school system with some post-high school study or 4 years of work experience in a business environment or
  • Completion of Certificate IV or above (AQF) for entry to a Diploma, or Completion of Cert III or above (AQF) for entry to a Certificate IV qualification or
  • Other relevant qualifications (Case-by-case approval).

Overseas students who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements may undertake an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) program with academic components, i.e. undertake an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Course and, upon successful completion, may undertake a Certificate or Diploma level course at The Business school.

Overseas students are only eligible to enrol as full-time students and must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for an ELICOS course
For General English applicants must have studied some English already, for example, completed Beginner level.

For direct entry into the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course applicants must have evidence of an Intermediate level of English or higher.

Monitoring of Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements will be monitored to ensure that students make satisfactory progress in their course and are equipped with the appropriate English language levels at the time of admission to succeed in their study.

Application Process
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Eligibility for Entry
Each applicant will be individually assessed in the following process:

  • Be eligible for admission;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Have proof of English language proficiency;
  • Provide evidence that they have met the published educational and/or work experience entry requirements for the course.

In addition, overseas students must provide:

  • A copy of the applicant’s passport;
  • Evidence of Overseas student health cover

And may also need to provide:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support the planned study
  • A recent CV detailing study completed and any work experience
  • A Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement or Statement of Purpose

Note: All applicants for a student visa must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Offer and written agreement. Unsuccessful applicants will receive formal notification from Student Administration that their application has been unsuccessful and will be advised of the reason.

Verification of Documentation
All documentation submitted in support of an application for submission must be verified, and English translations supplied where appropriate. All copies of documentation must be certified.

Documents must be certified by an authorised officer. Eligible officers are:

  • an authorised officer from the institution that originally issued the document;
  • an Australian Overseas Diplomatic Mission or Australian Education Office;
  • an authorised representative of The Business School;
  • a Notary Public;
  • a Justice of the Peace; or
  • a Commissioner of Declarations.

In order for a document to be certified, the authorised officer must:

    1.   Sign and print their name clearly;
    2.   Include the date;
    3.   Include the official stamp or seal of the authorised officer’s organisation.

All evidence of English language scores will be verified, for example, through the organisation’s verification system.

Conditional Offers
Overseas students applying to study a course with The Business School must meet both the educational and English language proficiency entry requirements and the Department of Home Affairs requirements for current student visa applications.

Applicants who have provided evidence of meeting the educational requirements but not the English language entry requirements may apply for a Conditional Offer for their chosen course. They must also apply to study an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) ELICOS course, which must be completed prior to receiving a full offer. The Conditional Offer will clearly state, “A full offer has not been made due to the applicant requiring evidence of English language proficiency. When the applicant has provided evidence of successfully achieving the English language entry requirement of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, The Business School will issue a Letter of Offer.”

Recognition of Prior Learning/Academic Credit
Applicants who wish to apply for recognition for prior learning or academic credit for a part of their course of study identify this on the Enrolment Form and complete the necessary additional application form. The outcome of this application will be determined by the Director of Studies on a case-by-case basis.

Fees and Charges Policy

Purpose

To provide a clearly documented process relating to fees and charges associated to overseas students studying at The Business School. This policy has been developed in accordance with and supports clause 5.3 of standard 5 and Clause 7.2 of Standard 7 of the standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. In addition, The Business School also complies with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act and associated legislation from the ESOS Framework.

To ensure each overseas student or prospective student is properly informed and protected through the provision of comprehensive and relevant fee information.

Policy Statement
General Rules

  • Students are notified in their Letter of Offer and Written Agreement of all fees and charges, including that these are subject to change.
  • Payments including fee deposits are not accepted from overseas students until The Business School receives their signed and completed Letter of Offer and Written Agreement. Payment may also be received at the same time as the signed Written Agreement.
  • Tuition fees do not include material fees. These will be listed in the Letter of Offer.
  • Fees and charges are reviewed at least annually.
  • Any changes to fees and charges are updated on all electronic and print material including the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement and marketing/recruiting materials.
  • International education agents are notified of any changes to fees and charges and are supplied with updated materials.
  • The Business School will not issue any qualification or award prior to the completion of payment of all fees and charges in full.
  • Enrolling in a new course will incur new fees.
  • Tuition fees will not be transferred to another educational institute.
  • The Business Schools application fee is non‐refundable.
  • In the event a student abandons the course, all fees due are payable.

Fees and Charges

  • Fees are payable as agreed with The Business School and documented in the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement. The balance of fees is to be paid on the basis of an instalment program that is scheduled and agreed upon in the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement.
  • The Business School may restrict or withhold services or materials from students if fees are overdue.

Students are required to pay the following fees:

  • Application fee (non- refundable)
  • Tuition Fees, as per letter of offer
  • Material Fees, as per letter of offer
  • Placement fees, as per letter of offer
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup, and
  • Any other fees outlined in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (Written Agreement) and attached schedule of fees for students.

Applicants must pay the following fees in order to secure their enrolment at The Business School:

  • A specified pre-payment tuition fee (this will be no more than 50% of the total course fees for overseas students)
  • Application Fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover fee

Payment Particulars

  • Students must pay the Application Fee, otherwise the application will not be processed.
  • Application, Accommodation and Airport Pickup Fees are non-refundable.
  • Students must pay all associated Course Fees as per the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement and Fee Schedule, otherwise students will not be allowed to continue to study.
  • Course fees can be paid in Full at the start of the course if you choose to do so or in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Written Agreement.
  • Course Fees will not be transferred to another provider, should a Transfer of Provider request be approved.
  • A Refund of any fee will only be processed in accordance with the Refund Policy.

Fee Increase

  • Students are informed on the Letter of Offer and Written Agreement that tuition fees will not increase during their period of enrolment.
  • Additional fees during the enrolment period, may, however, be subject to increase. Notices will be placed throughout the Business School campus notifying students if any of these fees are to increase. Students will be provided with four weeks’ notice of the intention to increase any of these fees.

Payment Methods

All Fee payments must be made in Australian Dollars and can be paid by:

  • Bank Draft
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Cash (International Onshore Students only)
  • Credit Card (All payments made using a credit card will attract a 1.5% surcharge)

Payment Extension

  • Should the student experience financial difficulties or encounter unforeseen circumstances where payment of fees cannot be made, then the student may request an extension of fees in writing.
  • The Fee Extension Request must be received prior to the fee due date. If the form is not received by the due date, then the student will be subject to late payment fees.
  • Applying for a fee extension does not guarantee that an extension will be granted.
  • If an extension is approved, then a revised payment schedule will be determined.

Late Payment

Should a student not pay the required fees by the due date and has not submitted and had approved a Fee Extension Request, then the following late payment fees apply

  • $250 AUD per instalment

Should a payment plan be entered into, the due date is the date of the agreed instalment due date, should a student fail to pay 2 or more instalments then the overdue fees will apply to each instalment that is late.

Cancellation

  • The failure to pay any owed fee or late payment may result in the cancellation of the student’s enrolment.
  • In the event that a final notice to cancel a CoE for non-payment of fees is provided, the student shall have 20 days to access the Complaints and Appeals process.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

  • As a condition of your student VISA, the Australian Government requires international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover.
  • The Business School is able to provide OSHC through BUPA and will provide the associated fees and charges on the Letter of Offer, or the student is free to arrange OSHC themselves.
  • Students will not be able to obtain a valid Student VISA, if they do not have proof of OSHC.

Tuition Assurance

In accordance with the ESOS Act, The Business School ensures the security of Student Fees through membership to the Tuition Protection Service.

Payment planning

  • As an overseas student studying with The Business School you can choose to pay more than 50 per cent of your tuition fees before you start. For example, you or the person who is paying your fees may decide this is a good idea if the Australian dollar exchange rates mean you will save money by paying more of your fees early.
  • The Business School may ask you if you would like to pay more than 50 per cent of your fees before you start your course. This is your choice. The Business School does not require you to pay more, unless you are doing a short course of 25 weeks or less. If your course is longer than 25 weeks, you cannot be asked to pay more than 50 per cent of your tuition fees before you start.
  • Tuition fees must be paid in accordance with an agreed payment plan or as indicated in the Written Agreement. If you are late in the payment of fees, you will be notified by two reminder letters and subsequently a notification of intention to cancel enrolment.
  • However, this is a last resort and you are encouraged to speak to the Student Support Officer if you are experiencing financial difficulties before fees become overdue and apply for an extension. The Business School reserves the right to refuse access to training and assessment if fees have not been paid and no alternative payment plan has been agreed to.

Fee Schedule

Application fee (non-refundable)
A non-refundable application fee of $450.00 applies.

Table 1: Tuition Fees
All fees are in Australian dollars. Once the COE is issued, there will be no change to the tuition fees. However, tuition fees may be changed if your study program is changed.

CRICOS Course Code National Code Course Title Duration
(weeks)
Tuition Fee Number of Terms
0101893 N/A General English (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate) 4-36 weeks $250/week N/A
0101894 N/A English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 4-12 weeks $300/week N/A
0101890 BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management 52 weeks $7250.00 4
0101889 BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business 52 weeks $6250.00 4
0101892 BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management 78 weeks $12000.00 6
0101891 BSB50215 Diploma of Business 78 weeks $10250.00 6


Table 2: Mandatory Fees

Mandatory fees to be paid before the COE is issued

Application fee $450
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
To be paid for the whole period of study shown in your visa. You can arrange OSHC by yourself (Show us the receipt) or we can do it for you.
(OSHC fees may differ at the time of your application, please check the OSHC provider’s website to get the latest update on the price)
Single: $516.12 (Bupa) per year
Dual family (Partners with no children): $3000.36 (Bupa) per year
Multi-member family (Partners with child/children): $5372 (Bupa) per year
Learning Materials Fee: Certificate IV courses $150 per course
Learning Materials Fee: Diploma courses $200 per course
Learning Materials Fee: ELICOS (GE and EAP) $60 per level (every 12 weeks)


Table 3: Airport pickup and Homestay fees (optional)

Airport pickup $160
Homestay Homestay Placement fee: $300 (Once only)
Single room: $250-$335 per week (Paid 4 weeks in advance)


Table 4: Fees during the enrolment period

RPL assessment (per unit of competency) $500 per unit
Repeat the entire unit $650
Replacement of Diploma / Certificate/Academic Transcript $40
Reassessment (per assessment) No charge up to two re-assessments, and $250 thereafter
Replacement ID card $25
Late payment of fees (unless extension granted) $250 per instalment
Printing/photocopying charges A4 Colour: $0.60/$0.90 (Single/Double). A4 B/W: $0.20/$0.60 (Single/Double). A3 Colour: $0.90/$1.30 (Single/Double). A3 B/W: $0.30/$0.90 (single/Double)
Credit Transfer application N/A


Payment planning

  • As an overseas student studying with The Business School you can choose to pay more than 50 per cent of your tuition fees before you start. For example, you or the person who is paying your fees may decide this is a good idea if the Australian dollar exchange rates mean you will save money by paying more of your fees early
  • The Business School may ask you if you would like to pay more than 50 per cent of your fees before you start your course. This is your choice. The Business School does not require you to pay more, unless you are doing a short course of 25 weeks or less. If your course is longer than 25 weeks, you cannot be asked to pay more than 50 per cent of your tuition fees before you start
  • Tuition fees must be paid in accordance with an agreed payment plan or as indicated in the Written Agreement. If you are late in the payment of fees, you will be notified by two reminder letters and subsequently a notification of intention to cancel enrolment
  • However, this is a last resort and you are encouraged to speak to the Student Support Officer if you are experiencing financial difficulties before fees become overdue and apply for an extension. The Business School reserves the right to refuse access to training and assessment if fees have not been paid and no alternative payment plan has been agreed to.
  • Please note that if paying by credit card there will be a 1.5% surcharge added to the fee.

Privacy Policy

The Business School Pty Ltd considers student privacy to be of utmost importance and will practice a high standard of care and concern in regard to maintaining student privacy in all aspects of business operations. Any persons external to the organisation acting on behalf of The Business School Pty Ltd are made aware of the confidentiality procedures and privacy policies prior to commencing work with TBS.

The Business School Pty Ltd will comply with all legislative requirements including the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) and Australian Privacy Principles (2014). The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Privacy Amendment Act) made many significant changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). These changes commenced on 12 March 2014. The Privacy Regulation 2013, made under the Privacy Act, also commenced on 12 March 2014.

The Business School Pty Ltd ensures no student information is disclosed without the student’s consent, except as required by law or in adherence to the Standards. Student consent must be obtained in writing from the student, unless the student is under the age of 18 years, in which case written consent from their parent or guardian must be obtained. Consent to disclosure of information forms and / or letters will be recorded.

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Privacy Amendment Act) made many significant changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). These changes commenced on 12 March 2014. The Privacy Regulation 2013, made under the Privacy Act, also commenced on 12 March 2014.

Privacy Principles that are strictly applied to all aspects of The Business School Pty Ltd’s (TBS) operations include:

Collection
TBS will only collect necessary information pertaining to one or more specific operations. The student will be informed as to the purpose for which details are being collected.

Use and disclosure
TBS will ensure student personal information is not used or disclosed for secondary purposes without obtaining explicit consent from the student, unless a prescribed exception applies.

Data quality
TBS will take all reasonable measures to ensure that all students’ personal information that is collected, used or disclosed is accurate, current and complete.

Data security
TBS will take all reasonable measures to ensure all collected students’ personal information is protected from misuse, loss or damage, and that all data and record storage is secure from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

Openness
TBS will maintain documentation which detail how students’ personal information is collected, managed and used. When a student makes an enquiry in relation to information collected, TBS will explain what information is held, for what purpose it is held and what procedures outline the collection and use of information.

Access and correction
TBS will allow students access to personal information held in all circumstances unless prescribed exceptions apply. If the student identifies errors within the information, TBS will correct and update to file.

Unique identifiers
TBS will not assign students unique identifiers except when it is necessary for efficiency of operations. Commonwealth Government identifiers, such as Medicare numbers or Tax File Numbers, will only be used for the purposes of which they were issued.

Anonymity
TBS will provide students the opportunity to interact with the business without requiring the student to make their identity known in any circumstances it is practical and possible to do so.

Trans-border data flows
TBS privacy protection principles apply to the transfer of data throughout Australia.

Sensitive information
TBS will request specific consent from a student in circumstances where it is necessary to collect sensitive information. Sensitive information may include, but is not limited to; information relating to a student’s health, criminal record, racial or ethnic background.

Refund Policy

Fee Refund Policy
The Business School will pay a refund to an international student or an intending international student in certain circumstances as outlined in the table below.

To allow fast settlement of refund requests, all advanced payments will be held in a nominated back account by The Business School until the course start date.

Refund of the fees will only be granted in accordance with the refund policy set out below. Application fees are non-refundable under any circumstances, except in the unlikely circumstances where The Business School is unable to provide the course.

Table of Refunds
Type Timeframe Amount of Refund Documents
Visa Refusal At any time Full refund minus the non- refundable application fee of AUD $300.00 Refund Request
Proof of VISA Refusal
Withdrawal, Transfer or Enrolment Cancellation Greater than 28 days before commencement of the course Partial Refund

All tuition fees minus the non-refundable application fee of AUD $300.00 minus any agent commissions paid

Refund Request
Letter of Offer
Cancellation Form
Withdrawal, Transfer or Enrolment Cancellation Less than 28 days before commencement of the course Partial refund

50% of tuition fees minus the non-refundable application fee of AUD $300.00 minus any agent commissions paid

Refund Request
Letter of Offer
Cancellation Form
Withdrawal, Transfer or Enrolment Cancellation After the course has commenced No refund N/A
Enrolment cancellation for breach of student visa conditions or misconduct At any time No Refund N/A
Default by The Business School At any time Full Refund N/A


Refunds Resulting from provider defaults

In the unlikely event that The Business School is unable to provide the course, that means:

  • Your course does not start in the agreed starting date; or
  • Your course has stopped after it has started and before it is completed

The Business School will within 14 days:

  • Either offer the student an alternative place at The Business School’s expense, which is accepted in writing;
    OR
  • Refund the student the unused portion of the prepaid fees.

If The Business School is unable to provide a refund or place the student in an alternative course, then the student shall be referred to the Tuition Protection Service.

(TPS: www.tps.gov.au), who will place the student in a suitable alternative course or if a suitable course cannot be found, pay a refund as calculated by the TPS Administrator.

How to claim a refund
Procedure
To apply for a refund, a written claim, stating reasons and relevant details must be submitted on the Refund Request Form to the CEO. The application for a refund will be processed within 4 weeks after a claim has been received, or earlier in accordance with this policy. Refunds are assessed on a case by case basis for the approval. Approved refunds will only be released to the person who entered into the contract with The Business School and will not be provided to a third party. All refunds are paid electronically; no refunds will be paid in cash.

Student Default or Withdrawal
To claim a refund, you must complete a Refund Application Form and submit it with you course fee receipt and certified copies of any supporting documents (such as visa refusal letter, etc). The School will respond in writing to the refund request with an explanation of your current financial status and calculations showing the refund payable to you or the amount owed to the school by you within 10 working days from the receipt of the Refund Application Form and supporting documents.

Appeal and Refund Payment
You will have 10 working days to lodge an appeal if you are not satisfied with the School’s decision. The payment will be processed within 10 working days from the end of the appeal period. The refund will be paid in Australian dollars to the person or bank account nominated in the Refund Application Form. For overseas refund payment, an international money transfer fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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