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Academic and English Entry requirements: Foundation Studies

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The grades listed below should be considered a guide to the entry level normally required for our UNSW Foundation Studies Programs. Where students do not have their final results from their Year 11 or Year 12 studies, forecast results are accepted in most cases.

Every application we receive is carefully considered. We will make an offer to students whose school results indicate a good preparation for UNSW Foundation Studies.

To be eligible for entry, students must be at least 16 years of age at the time they commence a UNSW Foundation Studies program.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are welcome to apply for all UNSW Foundation Studies Programs.

Note 1: Forecast results will be accepted in most cases
Note 2: There may be specific subject requirements, depending on your intended degree program; for example, a minimum grade in mathematics and/or science subjects may be required.
Note 3: Bonus points may be applied for key schools and for good results in relevant subjects.

CountryExtended FoundationStandard PlusStandardTransition
AustraliaYear 12: ATAR of 50
Year 11 – 60% average
Year 12: ATAR of 55
Year 11: 65% average
Year 12: ATAR of 60
Year 11: 70% average
Year 12: ATAR of 70
British/ UK SystemO Level: C/D averageO Level: C averageO Level - B averageA Level - D average
CambodiaCompletion of Upper Secondary – D averageCompletion of Upper Secondary – C averageCompletion of Upper Secondary – B/C averageCambodia Baccalaureate – B average
ChinaSenior 3 (Gao San): 65% avg
Senior = 2 (Gao Er): 65% avg
Senior 3 (Gao San): 70% avg
Senior 2 (Gao Er): 70% avg
Senior 3 (Gao San): 80% avg
Senior = 2 (Gao Er): 80% avg
Gaokao - 60% average
Gulf CC countriesCompletion of Year 12 with 85% averagesCompletion of Year 12 with 85% averageCompletion of Year 12 with 90% averageCompletion of Year 12 with 90% average
Hong KongHKDSE: 6 points over best 5 from Category A Form 5: average 55%HKDSE: 8 points over best 4 from Category A Form 5: average 60%HKDSE - 11 points over best 5 from Category A Form 5 also consideredHKDSE – 13 points over best 5 Category A)
IndiaYear 12 – PassYear 12 – PassAISSC – C2 average ISC – 2nd division passAISSC – C1 average ISC 1st class pass (75%)
IndonesiaSMA 3 – average 5.5 (55%) SMA 2 – average 6.5 (65%)SMA 3 – average 6 (60%) SMA 2 – average 7 (70%)SMA 3 – average 6.5 (65%) SMA 2 – average 7 (70%)SMA 3 – average 7 (70%)
International BaccalaureateDiploma / certificates – 9 points over 4 subjects. Year 1 of Diploma – 13 over 5 relevant subjectsDiploma / certificates – 10 points over 4 subjects. Year 1 of Diploma – 15 over 5 relevant subjects.Diploma / Certificates – 12 points over 4 subjects Year 1 of Diploma – 20 over 5 relevant subjectsIB 2-year Diploma - 24 points (4 average) over six subjects
JapanGeneral Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C averageGeneral Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C averageGeneral Upper Secondary School Year 3 - B (65%) averageGeneral Upper Secondary School Year 3 – B (70%) average
KoreaHigh School / National Exam (Year 2) Average Rank 4High School / National Exam (Year 2) Average Rank 4High School / National Exam (Year 3) Average Rank 4
or
CSAT 265+
High School / National Exam (Year 3) Average Rank 3
or
CSAT 295+
MacauEnglish medium schools - 60% average in Form 5 Chinese medium schools - 65% average in Form 5English medium schools - 60% average in Form 5 Chinese medium schools - 65% average in Form 5English medium schools - 60% average in Form 6 Chinese medium schools - 65% average in Form 670% Form 6 (from selected schools only)
MalaysiaSPM/UEC – C/C8 averageSPM/UEC – C+/C7 averageSPM/UEC - B/B6 averageSTPM - C average
UEC - B4 average
MyanmarMyanmar Matriculation – 55% averageMyanmar Matriculation – 60% averageMyanmar Matriculation – 70% averageMyanmar Matriculation – 80% average
SAT8008509001000
SingaporeGCE O Level – C6 averageGCE O Level – C5 averageGCE O Level – B4 averageGCE A – 8 points (max 3 H1, max 3 H2 and max 1 H3 subjects)
TaiwanSenior 3 (year 12): 60% average
Senior 2 (year 11): 70% average
Senior 3 (year 12): 60% average
Senior 2 (year 11): 75% average
Senior 3 (year 12) 70% average
Senior 2 (year 11) 80% average
Senior 3 (year 12) 75% average
GSAT 47 overall (65% average)
ThailandMatayom 6 - GPA of 2.0 (C grade average) Form 5 consideredMatayom 6 - GPA of 2.0 (C grade average) Form 5 consideredMatayom 6 - GPA of 2.2 (B/C grade average)Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.4 (B/C grade average)
VietnamYear 12: Average 6 over 4 relevant subjects
Year 11: Average 6.5 over 4 relevant subjects
Year 12: Average 6 over 4 relevant subjects
Year 11: Average 6.5 over 4 relevant subjects
Year 12: Average 6.5 over 4 relevant subjects
Year 11: Average 7.5 over 4 relevant subjects
High School Graduation Certificate with 30 points
or Year 12: Average 8 over 4 relevant subjects

Notes

  • Where you do not have your final results from your Year 11 or Year 12 studies, forecast (Semester 1) results are accepted in most cases.
  • There may be specific subject requirements, depending on your intended degree program. For example, a minimum grade in mathematics and/or science.
  • Bonus points may be applied for key schools and for good results in relevant subjects

Foundation English Requirements

English TestExtended Foundation ProgramStandard PlusStandardTransition
Minimum IELTS Requirement5.0 Writing 5.0 (other sub-scores 4.5)5.5 Writing 5.0 (other sub-scores 5.0)6.0 Writing 5.0 (other sub-scores 5.0)6.0 Writing 5.5 (other sub-scores 5.0)
TOEFL (paper based)483 TWE 4.0 513 TWE 4.0 537 TWE 4.0 537 TWE 4.5
TOEFL (internet iBT)56 Writing 14 65 Writing 14 75 Writing 14 75 Writing 18
Cambridge Advanced English154 Writing 154 (other sub-scores 147)162 Writing 154 (other sub-scores 154)169 Writing 154 (other sub-scores 154)169 Writing 162 (other sub-scores 154)
Pearson Test of English38 Writing 38 (other sub-scores 32)46 Writing 38 (other sub-scores 38)50 Writing 38 (other sub-scores 38)50 Writing 46 (other sub-scores 38)
UNSW Institute of LanguagesD Writing D D+ Writing D C Writing D C Writing D+
O-Level EnglishDCB (O-Level) C (AS-Level)B (O-Level) C (AS-Level)
HKDSE English22 Writing 2 3 Writing 2 3 Writing 3

You will be placed in an appropriate class based on a test score under the following conditions:

  1. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of your enrolment date.
  2. If you have variations in test sub-scores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
  3. UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement tests to confirm appropriate course placement.
  4. UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
  5. Progression into the next English course level depends on your achievement in course assessments. You may progress more quickly or slowly than the indication in weeks provided in this table.
  6. UNSW Institute of Languages also accepts Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).

Previous Study in English

The English language requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of full-time secondary or tertiary studies, or equivalent qualification, with a duration of at least one year, from an approved institution:

  • If the sole language of instruction and assessment was English, and
  • the qualifications were attained within one year of the intended commencement date of study at UNSW FS.

Academic transcripts and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the sole language of instruction and assessment must be provided.