Academic and English Entry requirements: Foundation Studies
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.
|wdt_ID||Country||Extended Foundation||Standard Plus||Standard||Transition|
|1||Australia||Year 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|
|3||British/ UK System||O Level: C/D average||O Level: C average||O Level - B average||A Level - D average|
|4||Cambodia||Completion of Upper Secondary – D average||Completion of Upper Secondary – C average||Completion of Upper Secondary – B/C average||Cambodia Baccalaureate – B average|
|5||China||Senior 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|
|8||Gulf CC countries||Completion of Year 12 with 85% averages||Completion of Year 12 with 85% average||Completion of Year 12 with 90% average||Completion of Year 12 with 90% average|
|9||Hong Kong||HKDSE: 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 considered||HKDSE – 13 points over best 5 Category A)|
|12||India||Year 12 – Pass||Year 12 – Pass||AISSC – C2 average ISC – 2nd division pass||AISSC – C1 average ISC 1st class pass (75%)|
|14||Indonesia||SMA 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%)|
|17||International Baccalaureate||Diploma / certificates – 9 points over 4 subjects. Year 1 of Diploma – 13 over 5 relevant subjects||Diploma / 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 subjects||IB 2-year Diploma - 24 points (4 average) over six subjects|
|20||Japan||General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average||General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average||General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - B (65%) average||General Upper Secondary School Year 3 – B (70%) average|
- 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
|wdt_ID||English Test||Extended Foundation Program||Standard Plus||Standard||Transition|
|1||Minimum IELTS Requirement||5.0 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)|
|2||TOEFL (paper based)||483 TWE 4.0||513 TWE 4.0||537 TWE 4.0||537 TWE 4.5|
|3||TOEFL (internet iBT)||56 Writing 14||65 Writing 14||75 Writing 14||75 Writing 18|
|4||Cambridge Advanced English||154 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)|
|5||Pearson Test of English||38 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)|
|6||UNSW Institute of Languages||D Writing D||D+ Writing D||C Writing D||C Writing D+|
|7||O-Level English||D||C||B (O-Level) C (AS-Level)||B (O-Level) C (AS-Level)|
|8||HKDSE English||2||2 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:
- IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of your enrolment date.
- If you have variations in test sub-scores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
- UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement tests to confirm appropriate course placement.
- UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
- 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.
- 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.