Mercury Colleges

Introduction

We take great pleasure in welcoming you to Mercury Colleges in Sydney, Australia.

Mercury Colleges has been welcoming students for over 50 years. The college has a long history in Australia, and over the years has earned an enviable reputation for its quality teaching.

At Mercury Colleges, we seek to benefit the interests of our students through educational and cultural interchange in a learning environment of distinction.

Mission

"Mercury Colleges provide and exceed all the requirements for the delivery of quality education. We provide our students with the necessary skills required in the job markets; we remain at the forefront of quality education and provide a high level of education, training and facilities"

Our Qualified Teachers

Mercury Colleges students can benefit from our qualified, enthusiastic and friendly teachers. The teachers aim at assisting students with their individual language needs, and reaching their goals in learning English.

Our Classes

With students who come from a variety of nationalities, our classes have a pleasing learning environment for students to engage and interact comfortably and productively so that they can improve their English skills faster.

Our Facilities

At Mercury Colleges courses are designed to provide intensive training for career success in a professional learning environment that is both challenging and motivating. General facilities for students include computers and free internet access, free Wireless Internet access, care and counselling, help with accommodation, and lunch areas.

Our Location

Mercury Colleges is located in the heart of Sydney City close to major Sydney attractions, like the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Queen Victoria Building, and many others. The campus is easily accessible by public transport. It is a perfect location for students who want to experience city life in Sydney!

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

English for Academic Purposes Course

Campus Full time 12 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

Students who complete the full 12 weeks of the course will emerge with an understanding of the philosophy underpinning western academia, strategies to undertake research using journals, library books and the internet. [+]

English for Academic Purposes CRICOS Course Code: 062952E Duration: 12 weeks Fees: Please refer to our Price List Course Aim: Students who complete the full 12 weeks of the course will emerge with: an understanding of the philosophy underpinning western academia strategies to undertake research using journals, library books and the internet useful academic vocabulary the appropriate use of register both spoken and written the ability to read and understand academic materials such as articles, textbooks and reference materials accuracy in the use of academic grammatical structures the ability to: discriminate between fact and opinion summarize points of view compare and evaluate opinions paraphrase and quote without resorting to plagiarism express an opinion with supporting evidence communicate effectively in academic situations (explaining, presenting, questioning, justifying, supporting an opinion and clarifying) construct essays and reports in the appropriate genre construct bibliographies use citation, cross references, footnotes and related conventions Entry Requirements: IELTS 6, Cambridge FCE, TOEFL 547, CEF B2, completion of English course at Upper Intermediate level Delivery Methods: This course is delivered off-the-job, on campus, face to face. It has theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Textbook: The curriculum is based on the EAP Now series and also has IELTS publications and supplementary texts for the Cambridge exams as well. Assessment: Student progress is closely monitored due to the nature and aims of the course. Written work is assessed weekly. Assignments are returned to students fully annotated and marked. The criteria for the assessment of writing are: coherence and cohesion vocabulary range and sentence structure arguments, ideas and evidence, and task fulfilment Results are discussed with students. In addition to the weekly tasks, macro skills are tested regularly. Summative assessment is based on a combination of test results, the results of tasks completed during the course and participation marks. Completion: On successful completion of the EAP course, students receive a certificate with a grade indicating their performance in the course. Pathways: Some universities and colleges accept students with the Mercury EAP certificate. [-]

General English Course

Campus Full time 1 - 48 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

The General English course aims to teach you to speak English easily using the correct spelling, vocabulary, grammar, appropriateness, intonation and with hard work and a bit of luck, pronunciation. [+]

General English Course CRICOS Course Code: 059870M Duration: 1 - 48 weeks: it is up to you. What are your visa conditions? What are your language goals? Ask us for a pre-enrolment test and we can tell you how much time you need. Fees: Please refer to our Price List Course Aims: The General English course aims to teach you to speak English easily using the correct: spelling vocabulary grammar appropriateness intonation and with hard work and a bit of luck, pronunciation. The course also aims to teach you to listen to English being spoken by speakers from: the United Kingdom the United States and Canada Australia and New Zealand Ireland South Africa and all the parts of the world where our students come from. The course also aims to teach you to read English in common contexts: magazines subtitles labels advertising instructions newspapers short stories forms surveys social media lyrics signage The course aims to teach you to write English clearly and in the English format. For academic writing we recommend you enroll in our EAP course or IELST course after you have been assessed as upper intermediate. Writing includes: addresses emails text messages business letters your resume short stories Finally, the General English course aims to teach you the English culture. Topics that are okay in some languages are not okay in English. Most English colleges forget to teach culture or only do so in a random way. At Mercury, this is part of our General English course. The academic culture that you need for university, is found in our EAP course and also our IELTS course. The culture we teach in General English includes: introducing yourself and others starting a conversation conducting a conversation interrupting a conversation terminating a conversation listening to a conversation agreeing and disagreeing recommending and suggesting apologizing and thanking commiserating and consoling negotiating answering questions showing approval and disapproval complimenting swearing register (for young and old) and much more! If you get a job and work beside Australians, you will have lots of questions. Please bring your questions to class and ask the teacher your questions during class: not after. Always check with your teacher what your workmates tell you about English and Australia. Some workmates think it is funny to trick you for a laugh. Entry Requirement: Students must be 18 years old or older at the time of enrolment. Teaching Methods: With face to face delivery, you will be in class with at least one teacher, sometimes two. We use the communicative method of language teaching and use all kinds of techniques and methods which include: having class sizes average at 15, pair and group work, drilling, question and answer, exercises from the textbook Speak Out! and its videos, YouTube, class tests, team work and competition, games, role plays, simulations and much more. Assessment: Every time the teacher says something to you or the class, your listening is being tested. Every time you speak English, your speaking is being monitored and assessed by your teacher. Every time you read from the textbook, the teacher is listening to your pronunciation. Whenever you write, the teacher will check your writing and tell you how you are going. When a student asks the teacher a question in class, please listen to the students and the teacher's answer. You might be asked to answer their question. This is a test of your: understanding of the student's question (comprehension) understanding of the student's bad English and comprehension of their meaning (remember, English is a world language and you will always be listening to people from all over the world speaking English well and badly!) speaking - the teacher is listening to you answer the other student's question. This is a test! Your pronunciation, elision, intonation, intelligibility and word choice are all on show. attentiveness - your engagement and participation in the class cultural awareness - in American, British, Canadian and Australian classrooms we all listen to the questions and answers of other students. Doing so helps you to learn how to think and learn how to learn.In our culture it is polite. It is not polite to go to sleep or tune out. Learning a language is not just about grammar and vocabulary. Levels: Weendeavour to consistently deliver classes pitched at each of our language levels. The class names have the following letters of the alphabet in them: Beginner Class A for students with no English, no formal learning, no ability to write (or recognise) the English alphabet Lower Elementary Class B for students who have started learning English. You understand more than you can say. You can understand a simple question but are slow to answer and unsure.We have a B class in the evening. Elementary Class C is for students who can understand simple questions and are learning to use the simplest verb tenses, adjectives of comparison, conversation, reading and some writing. We have a C class in the morning and another one in the evening. If you need to do some morning classes and some evening classes, please speak to your teacher. Pre-Intermediate Class D is for Lower Intermediate students who can now communicate on a wider range of topics but find they often do not understand or can not express themselves well. We have a D class in the morning and another one in the evening. If you need to do some morning and some evening classes, please speak to your teacher. Intermediate At this level you have two problems. In Class E, you are intermediate and have enough English to talk about a lot of things but you make people angry because the language is not right. This is a frustrating level where many students 'plateau' and feel they are learning (and forgetting) endless vocabulary. You understand all the words in a written sentence but do not understand its meaning. You hear Australians speak but do not understand them. We are here to help you through this difficult level. We have an E class in the evening. Upper Intermediate At this level in Class F you still make a lot of mistakes but you are comfortable speaking English and choose to use it with other students even from your own country! Students are best advised to do ten weeks of upper intermediate English before doing IELTS, EAP or a Mercury Business course. We have an F class in both the evening and morning. Advanced At this level you are in Class G. Because most students at this level are very comfortable with their English, they are doing their Business or university course, or travelling and working. So numbers in general English are thin. Nevertheless, we invite you to join our F Class with dynamic teachers who will improve your English. We need just ten students to form a class. [-]

IELTS Preparation Course

Campus Full time 12 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

The IELTS Preparation course aims to provide students with specific information about the IELTS test, about its length, how it is conducted and structured, what kinds of questions there are, and how it is assessed. [+]

IELTS Preparation Course CRICOS Course Code: 059871K Duration: 12 weeks Fees: Please refer to our Price List. Course Aim: The IELTS Preparation course aims to: to provide students with specific information about the IELTS test, about its length, how it is conducted and structured, what kinds of questions there are, and how it is assessed to give students advice about how to manage the test as successfully as possible as well as provide them with tips that will help them to complete the test within the time allowed and to get the best mark possible to help students develop new critical thinking skills and reflective learning strategies in order to become more analytical and effective learners to improve students’ academic and general English language skills to equip students with the skills and knowledge to take the IELTS examination (general or academic) By the end of the course students will be able to: Understand up-to-date information on what is in the IELTS Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Tests Appreciate how IELTS candidates are assessed Use and apply specific skills and strategies for the IELTS tests Comprehend general and specific ideas contained in spoken and written texts Think critically and analytically Engage in IELTS topics for conversation: talk about themselves, their family, friends and homeland, natural environment, communication and technology Infer meaning from spoken and written texts Use strategies to help with unknown vocabulary Provide a written description of graphs and tables Write short essays on current affairs and human issues Deliver group seminars Entry Requirements: IELTS 5, Cambridge FCE, TOEFL 235, CEF B2, completion of English course at Intermediate level Delivery Methods: This course is delivered off-the-job, on campus, face to face. It has theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Each class uses class sets of learning material. Students are given assessment requirements at the commencement of the course, and the assessment materials at the teacher’s discretion. Textbook: The course is based on the Focus on IELTS course book together with the supplementary Focus on Academic Skills for IELTS course book. Focus on IELTS provides a professionally written and comprehensive IELTS preparation course. The course book provides ample opportunities for students to practice the skills and tasks necessary to undertake the IELTS examination. The course book program is supplemented by related teacher-developed extension tasks. This material is sourced from supplementary IELTS resources as well as original material. Assessment: Assessment during the course is conducted on a weekly basis. The course program incorporates practice tests and tasks specific to IELTS examinations and students are given both oral and written feedback on their results. Completion: On successful completion of the IELTS course, students receive a certificate stating the general English level attained by the end of the course. Pathways: There are colleges and universities that accept Mercury’s assessment of a student’s level of English. Please speak to one of our Marketing Managers to learn more. [-]

Diploma

Diploma of Leadership and Management

Campus Full time 52 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management provides skills and knowledge required to perform effective management in a medium to small workplace. The program develops an awareness of general business management practice involving the supervision of staff members. [+]

Diploma of Leadership and Management CRICOS Course Code: 090857E Duration: 52 weeks full time (includes 4x3 term breaks): 20 class hours each week during term 4 terms 4 terms x 10 weeks x 20 hours = 800 class hours. Fees: Please refer to our Price List. Purpose: BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management provides skills and knowledge required to perform effective management in a medium to small workplace. The program develops an awareness of general business management practice involving the supervision of staff members. Graduates of the BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management will have developed an understanding of the dynamics and principles underlying effective functioning of work groups, as well as the necessary skills to competently function within small organisations. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Manager Supervisor Team leader Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include: Graduates of Certificate IV in Business BSB40215 Graduates of other BSB level 4 certificate courses from the BSB, BSB07 and BSB01 training packages Graduates of relevant qualification/s Candidates with vocational experience Graduates of university courses Entry Requirements also depend on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assessment level for the country. The college regularly reviews and updates its policies based on information derived from the Department’s website. Delivery Methods: This course is delivered off-the-job, on campus, face to face. It has theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Each class uses class sets of learning material. Students are given assessment requirements at the commencement of the course, and the assessment materials at the teacher’s discretion. Assessments Methods include: Demonstrations Presentations Class Tests Projects Written Reports Financial Calculations Completion: Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised diploma. Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership & Management. Units: To gain the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51915) you must successfully complete all the following Pathways: On completing this qualification students can choose: An Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management An undergraduate degree at a university willing to accept your credentials and experience. Mercury has arrangements with some universities from time to time. These arrangements may give credit for a Mercury diploma at some private colleges. Currently, Mercury has a pathway to the following institutions: Southern Cross University at 60 Phillip St. and 117 Macquarie St. Sydney Please ask our Marketing Managers for the most up to date information. National Recognition & Course Credit Transfer: Certificates, diplomas, and statements of attainment issued by any other Australian college (Registered Training Organisation) are recognised by Mercury Colleges and students will not be required to repeat these units. To apply for Credit Transfer students must present their original document or its certified copy. The national codes and titles must match Mercury’s. There is no fee for this. If granted credits, those on a student visa may have their course and visa shortened. Recognition of Prior Learning: RPL is a pathway to a qualification without sitting in classes. A good example of RPL working is where a student at home has learnt how to use a computer. By proving that he has the skills and knowledge required by a college’s computer course, he can get a college certificate in one afternoon. He can prove this in ways such as: Demonstrating his ability, sitting at a pc or Mac Answering a teacher’s questions during an interview Submitting references, contracts and job descriptions from work Sitting a test Showing examples of work Please refer to our Price List for the RPL assessment fee. For further information about RPL, please contact Mercury’s Academic Manager. If you need qualifications from overseas equated to its Australian equivalent, please contact the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). [-]

Certificate

Certificate III in Business

Campus Full time 23 - 26 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

Certificate III graduates are trained to use a number of competencies in a varied work place. They can use their knowledge and their own judgment to a limited extent. They may give technical advice and support to a work team. [+]

Certificate III in Business CRICOS Course Code: 086807E Duration: 23-26 weeks full time (includes 1-2 term breaks): 20 class hours each week during term 2 terms 2 terms x 10 weeks x 20 hours = 400 class hours. Fees: Please refer to our Price List. Purpose: Certificate III graduates are trained to use a number of competencies in a varied work place. They can use their knowledge and their own judgment to a limited extent. They may give technical advice and support to a work team. Job Roles: Customer Service Advisor Data Entry Operator Clerk Typist Word Processing Operator Administration Assistant Information Desk Clerk Receptionist Entry Requirements: graduate from senior high school (Year 12 or equivalent) over 18 years old at the time of enrolment graduate from Intermediate English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent International students: Entry into the course will depend on the Australian Immigration office’s Assessment Level for an international student’s country. At present, countries are classed from Level 1 through to Level 3. Units: To gain the BSB30115 Certificate III in Business you must successfully complete the following units: BSBWHS302 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace BSBITU302 Create electronic presentations BSBWRT301 Write simple documents BSBCUS301 Deliver & monitor a service to customers BSBITU306 Design & produce business documents BSBITU304 Produce spreadsheets BSBADM311 Maintain business resources BSBCMM301 Process customer complaints BSBWOR301 Organize personal work priorities & development BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity Delivery Methods: This course is delivered off-the-job, on campus, face to face. It has theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Each class uses class sets of learning material. Students are given assessment requirements at the commencement of the course, and the assessment materials at the teacher’s discretion. Assessments Methods include: Demonstrations Presentations Class Tests Projects Written Reports Financial Calculations Completion: Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised certificate. Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a BSB30115 Certificate III in Business. Pathways: On completing this qualification students can choose: BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business BSB51107 Diploma of Management National Recognition & Course Credit Transfer: Certificates, diplomas, and statements of attainment issued by any other Australian college (Registered Training Organisation) are recognised by Mercury Colleges and students will not be required to repeat these units. To apply for Credit Transfer students must present their original document or its certified copy. The national codes and titles must match Mercury’s. There is no fee for this. If granted credits, those on a student visa may have their course and visa shortened. Recognition of Prior Learning: RPL is a pathway to a qualification without sitting in classes. A good example of RPL working is where a student at home has learnt how to use a computer. By proving that he has the skills and knowledge required by a college’s computer course, he can get a college certificate in one afternoon. He can prove this in ways such as: Demonstrating his ability, sitting at a pc or Mac Answering a teacher’s questions during an interview Submitting references, contracts and job descriptions from work Sitting a test Showing examples of work Please refer to our Price List for the RPL assessment fee. For further information about RPL, please contact Mercury’s Academic Manager. If you need qualifications from overseas equated to its Australian equivalent, please contact the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). [-]

Certificate IV in Business

Campus Full time 36 - 39 weeks January 2017 Australia Sydney

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. [+]

Certificate IV in Business CRICOS Course Code: 086881F Duration: 36-39 weeks full time (includes 3-4 term breaks): 20 class hours each week during term 3 terms 3 terms x 10 weeks x 20 hours = 600 class hours. Fees: Please refer to our Price List. Purpose: This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others. Job Opportunities: Administrator Project Officer Entry Requirements: graduate from senior high school (Year 12 or equivalent) or BSB30115 Certificate III in Business over 18 years old at the time of enrolment graduate from Intermediate English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent International students: Entry into the course will depend on the Australian Immigration office’s Assessment Level for an international student’s country. At present, countries are classed from Level 1 through to Level 3. Units: To gain BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business you must successfully complete the following units: BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements BSBITU402 Develop & use complex spreadsheets BSBMGT402 Implement operational plan BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information BSBMKG413 Promote products and services BSBLDR403 Lead Team Effectiveness BSBPMG522 Undertake Project Work BSBWRT401 Write complex documents BSBMGT403 Implement continuous improvement BSBFIA402 Report on financial activity Delivery Methods: This course is delivered off-the-job, on campus, face to face. It has theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Each class uses class sets of learning material. Students are given assessment requirements at the commencement of the course, and the assessment materials at the teacher’s discretion. Assessments Methods include: Demonstrations Presentations Class Tests Projects Written Reports Financial Calculations Completion: Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised certificate. Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business. Pathways: On completing this qualification students can choose: BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership & Management National Recognition & Course Credit Transfer: Certificates, diplomas, and statements of attainment issued by any other Australian college (Registered Training Organisation) are recognised by Mercury Colleges and students will not be required to repeat these units. To apply for Credit Transfer students must present their original document or its certified copy. The national codes and titles must match Mercury’s. There is no fee for this. If granted credits, those on a student visa may have their course and visa shortened. Recognition of Prior Learning: RPL is a pathway to a qualification without sitting in classes. A good example of RPL working is where a student at home has learnt how to use a computer. By proving that he has the skills and knowledge required by a college’s computer course, he can get a college certificate in one afternoon. He can prove this in ways such as: Demonstrating his ability, sitting at a pc or Mac Answering a teacher’s questions during an interview Submitting references, contracts and job descriptions from work Sitting a test Showing examples of work Please refer to our Price List for the RPL assessment fee. For further information about RPL, please contact Mercury’s Academic Manager. If you need qualifications from overseas equated to its Australian equivalent, please contact the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). [-]