Undergraduate English admission criteria

English language proficiency for undergraduate course

You are required to satisfy Curtin University’s English language proficiency for undergraduate courses through one of the following ways:

Recognised secondary qualifications with the required result

The results must have been released within five years of application, with the exception of GCSE, IGCSE, GCE AS and A Level, International Baccalaureate Diploma, and approved secondary qualifications undertaken and awarded in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.

CountryAccepted
Qualifications
English RequirementMust be
completed
within
5 years of
application
Non-country specificGCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level (from a United Kingdom examination authority (CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC or CCEA)Grade C or better in one of the following subjects:
English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
GCE Advanced Level
(from a United Kingdom examination authority(CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC or CCEA)
Grade E or better in one of the following subjects:
English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
International Baccalaureate (IB) DiplomaGrade of 4 or above in one of the following subjects:
- English A: Literature (SL) or (HL);
- English A: Language and Literature (SL) or (HL);
- Literature and Performance (SL);
- English A1 (SL) or (HL);
- English A2 (SL) or (HL);
- English B (HL).
No
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)Completion of GAC in Australia with a final GPA of 2.6Yes
AustraliaACT Year 12 CertificateScaled mark 125 or above in one of the following courses (taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major):
- 0110 English
- 0117 English international
- 0113 English as a Second Language
- 0130 Advanced ESL T
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)- English (Standard) - Performance Band 2 or above
- English (Advanced) - Performance Band 2 or above
- English Extension 1 - Performance Band E2 or above
- English Extension 2 - Performance Band E2 or above
- English as a Second Language - Performance Band 2 or above

Notes:
1. For courses offered prior to 2001, a mark of 50 or more in 2-unit courses or 25 or more in a 3-unit course is required.
2. In Year 12 grades for each subject are divided into one of six bands: Band 6 indicates the highest level of performance and the minimum standard expected is 50.
No
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)Sound Achievement (SA) or above in one of the following QCAA Authority subjects:
- English
- English Extension
- English for ESL Learners

Note:
Subject grades are reported on a 5 level scale where the order from the highest are: VHA, HA, SA, LA and VLA.
No
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) & Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)A grade of C− or above in one of the following 20 credit TAS subjects (from 2011) or Subject Achievement Score of 10 or above in a former HESSG (prior to 2011):
- English Literacy Studies
- English as an Additional Language
- English Studies
- English Communications
- English as a Second Language
- English as a Second Language Studies
- English (prior to 2011)
No
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)Study score of 25 or above in one of the following studies (Unit 3/4 sequences):
- English
- English language
- Literature
- English as a Second Language/ English as an Additional Language
No
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)An award of Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or above (or P or above for HSC subjects) in one of the following subjects:
- English Communications
- English Literature
- English Writing
- English as a Second Language or Dialect
- English
- English Studies
- World Literature
- Writer’s Workshop

Note: Subjects in italics were offered in a previous year(s).
No
Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)A scaled mark of 50 or above in one of the following subjects:
- English ATAR (from 2016)
- Literature ATAR (from 2016)
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR (from 2016)
- Stage 2 or 3 English
- Stage 2 or 3 Literature
- Stage 2 or 3 English as an Additional
Language/Dialect (EALD)
- TEE English
- TEE English Literature
- TEE English as a Second Language (ESL) (Prior to 2008, separate scores are required for TEE English as a Second Language (ESL) which are located at the bottom of this document.)


Note: Subjects in italics were offered in a
previous year(s).
No
Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP)A score of 50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS) No
CanadaHigh School Graduation Diploma (except Quebec)Grade of 60% or better in final year English subjectNo
DenmarkBevis for Studentereksamen; Bevis for Højere ForberedelseseksamenGrade of 7 in EnglishYes
GermanyAbitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)Grade of 4 or better in English (refer to score stated in Block II: performance in school-leaving exams)Yes
Hong KongHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)Level 4 or above (4, 5, 5* or 5**) in the core subject English LanguageYes
HK Certificate of Yes Education Examination (HKCEE) 2007 to 2011: Grade of 3 or above (3, 4, 5 or 5*) in English Language subject

Before 2007: Grade of C in English (Syllabus B)
Yes
HK Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)Grade of C in Use of EnglishYes
IndiaIndian School Certificate; or All India Senior School Certificate60% in English subjectYes
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)Grade of C or better in English subjectYes
MalaysiaSPMC6 or better in GCE-O Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris (English)Yes
NetherlandsVoorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)Grade of 8 in English Yes
New
Zealand
Bursary Total Mark of 50 in English No
NCEA Level 3A minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in WritingNo
Norway
Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Norwegian Certificate of Upper Secondary Education)Grade of 4 or better (4, 5 or 6) in English subjectYes
Republic of
Ireland
Irish Leaving CertificateGrade of C3 in English at Ordinary LevelNo
Scotland
Scottish Certificate of EducationGrade of 1 or 2 in the Standard Grade – Credit (SCQF Level 5) in English, or a Grade of C or better in Highers (SCQF 6 Level) in EnglishNo
Singapore
Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level and A LevelGrade of C or better in 'O' level English, English Literature or English Language; General Paper (H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2 Level)No
Sri LankaSri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary level)C (Credit Pass) in EnglishNo
South
Africa
National Senior CertificateLevel 4 (50%) in English Home Language or Level 5 (60%) in English First Additional
Language
No
SwedenAvgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från GymnasieskolaGrade C or VG (before 2014) in English C subjectYes
USAACTScore of 21No
Advanced Placement (AP) examinationsA grade of 3 or higher in English Language and Composition; or English Literature and CompositionNo
SAT (test sat from 2016) A combined score of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the Evidence based Reading and Writing and Math in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and 400 in Math section. No
SAT (test sat between 2005-2015) A combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each sectionNo
ZambiaZambia General Certificate of EducationGrade of 6 or better (5, 4, 3, 2 or 1, 1 being the highest) in English Yes
ZimbabweZimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education at Ordinary LevelGrade C or better in English subjectYes

Completion of vocational studies taught solely in English

Accepted qualifications by country:

CountryAccepted qualifications
AustraliaAQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma awarded by an Australian registered
training organisation
New ZealandNational Diploma (Level 5 or 6)
SingaporeDiploma, Advanced Diploma or Specialist Diploma awarded by a Polytechnic
South AfricaNational Higher Certificate, National Diploma, National Higher Diploma
United KingdomHigher National Certificate;
Higher National Diploma;
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 4 or 5 Diploma;
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4 or 5 qualification;
Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 4 or 5 qualification
United States of
America
Two year full-time Associate degree awarded by a regionally-accredited
institution

Tertiary degree studies undertaken in Australia

Successful completion of one semester full-time (equivalent to 0.5 EFTSL) of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University in Australia.

Tertiary degree studies taught in English outside Australia

Successful completion of at least one year full-time of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University in Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America; or

Successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree from a recognised overseas University, assessed by Curtin University as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Bachelor or Master Degree in which Curtin University recognised English is the sole language of instruction. The degree must have been awarded within five years of application, with the exception of qualifications undertaken and awarded in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Australian University English Language Bridging Program

The program must have been undertaken within two years of application, however, they may be used for entry until the next immediate semester intake.

  1. Curtin University English Language Bridging (ELB or ELB Offshore, for international applicants) and English Language Enabling (ELE, for domestic applicants) with required score stated in the English competency equivalents chart. More information.
  2. Successful completion of a recognised Australian University English Language Bridging Program one semester full-time in duration:
  • i. to meet Curtin University’s minimum English requirements, applicants must achieve a final result comparable to at least IELTS Academic with an overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 at the awarding university
  • ii. to meet higher English requirement (scores higher than IELTS Academic with an overall score 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0) at Curtin University, applicants must achieve the equivalent required result at the awarding institution which is comparable to the course’s specific English requirement.

Other approved English language courses within Australia

Successful completion of the following approved programs with the required result (if applicable) are only accepted in meeting English requirement for undergraduate courses with minimum requirement i.e. IELTS Academic Overall 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0.

  1. Navitas English, Academic English Level 3 with a minimum grade of 65% (Formerly Australian College of English and Australian Centre for Languages)
  2. Phoenix Academy, Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes (91459NSW) with a minimum grade of COM (65%)
  3. 52777WA (previously 52566WA) Certificate IV in Academic Preparation Studies
  4. UTS: Insearch Academic English Level 5 (AE5) program. (Ref: 11/16).

Current AHPRA registration

Holder of current registration on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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