UNSW Foundation Studies

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Entry Requirements

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.
Country Extended Foundation Program Standard Plus Standard Transition
Australia Year 12: ATAR = 55
Year 11 – 65% average
ATAR 55
Year 11 – 65% average
ATAR 60
Year 11 – 70% average
ATAR 70
British/ UK System O Level: C average O Level: C average O Level - B average A Level - D average
Cambodia Completion of Upper Secondary – C average Completion of Upper Secondary – C average Completion of Upper Secondary – B average Cambodia Baccalaureate – B average
China Senior 3 (year 12-Gao San): 65% average

Senior = 2 (year 11-Gao Er): 65% average
Senior 3 (year 12-Gao San): 70% average

Senior 2 (year 11-Gao Er): 70% average
Senior 3 (year 12) 80% average

Senior 2 (year 11) 80% average
Gaokao - 60% average
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
Hong Kong HKDSE: 8 points over best 4 from Category A

Form 5: average 60%
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 (2/3 average)
India Year 12 – B average Year 12 – B average AISSC – C2 average
ISC – 2nd division pass
AISSC – C1 average
ISC 1st class pass (75%)
Indonesia SMA 3 – average 6 (60%)

SMA 2 – average 7 (70%)
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 Baccalaureate Diploma / certificates – 10 points over 4 subjects.

Year 1 of Diploma – 15 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
Japan General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - B average General Upper Secondary School Year 3 – B average
Korea High School / National Exam ) – 20 points over best 4 subjects High School / National Exam ) – 20 points over best 4 subjects High School / National Exam (Year 3) – 16 points over best 4
or
CSAT 265+
High School / National Exam (Year 3) – 11 points over best 4
or
CSAT 295+
Macau English medium schools - 60% average in Form 5

Chinese medium schools - 65% average in Form 5
English medium schools - 60% average in Form 5

Chinese medium schools - 65% average in Form 5
English medium schools - 65% average in Form 5

Chinese medium schools - 70% average in Form 5
70% from selected schools only - Form 6
Malaysia SPM/UEC – C+ average SPM/UEC – C+ average SPM/UEC - B average STPM - C average

UEC - B4 average
Myanmar Myanmar Matriculation  – 60% average Myanmar Matriculation  – 60% average Myanmar Matriculation  – 70% average Myanmar Matriculation  – 80% average
SAT 850 850 900 1000
Singapore GCE O Level – C5 average GCE O Level – C5 average GCE O Level – B4 average GCE A – 8 points
(max 3 H1, max 3 H2 and max 1 H3 subjects)
Taiwan Senior 3 (year 12): 60% average

Senior 2 (year 11): 75% average
Senior  3 (year 12): 60% average

Senior 2 (year 11): 75% average
Senior 3 - B Grade average (70%)

Senior 2 - A/B Grade average (85%)
Senior 3 – 75% average

GSAT 47 overall
Thailand Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.0 (C grade average)

Form 5 considered
Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.0 (C grade average)

Form 5 considered
Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.2 (C/B grade average) Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.4 (B/C grade average)
Vietnam Year 12: Average = 6 over the best 4 relevant subjects

Year 11: 26 points over best 4 relevant subjects
Year 12: Average = 6 over the best 4 relevant subjects

Year 11: 26 points over best 4 relevant subjects
Year 12: 26 points Average = 6.5 over best 4 relevant subjects High School Graduation Certificate with 30 points
or completion of year 12: with 32 points
Other Countries For other countries please contact us T: +612 9385 0555 or for further information please contact us at Enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

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

The following English entry requirements apply to all 2018 programs.

English Requirements

Extended Foundation Program Standard Plus Standard Transition
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)
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 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)
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)
UNSW Institute of Languages D Writing D D+ Writing D C Writing D C Writing D+
O-Level English D C B (O-Level) C (AS-Level) B (O-Level) C (AS-Level)
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:

  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.

Foundation English Entry Course (FEEC)

For Academic English requirements for your Foundation English Entry Course (FEEC) program please refer to your packaged Foundation Program

FEEC for entry to Foundation Transition Program


2018 IELTS Academic Module IELTS Sub scores TOEFL Paper based Test PBT TOEFL Internet based Test iBT Cambridge Advanced English Pearson Test of English
Foundation English Entry Course
10 weeks
5.5

Writing 5.0

No score less than

5.0

513

TWE 4.0

65

Writing 14

162

Writing 154
(All other sub-scores 154)

46

Writing 38

Foundation English Entry Course
15 weeks
5.0

Writing 5.0

No score less than

5.0

483

TWE 4.0

56

Writing 14

154

Writing 154

38

Writing 38

Foundation English Entry Course
20 weeks
5.0

Writing 4.5

No score less than

4.5

483

TWE 3.5

56

Writing 12

154

Writing 147

38

Writing 32

FEEC for entry to Foundation Standard Program


2018 IELTS Academic Module IELTS Sub scores TOEFL Paper based Test PBT TOEFL Internet based Test iBT Cambridge Advanced English Pearson Test of English
Foundation English Entry Course
10 weeks
5.5

Writing 5.0

No score less than

5.0

513

TWE 4.0

65

Writing 14

162

Writing 154
(All other sub-scores 154)

46

Writing 38

Foundation English Entry Course
15 weeks
5.0

Writing 5.0

No score less than

5.0

483

TWE 4.0

56

Writing 14

154

Writing 154

38

Writing 38

Foundation English Entry Course
20 weeks
5.0

Writing 4.5

No score less than

4.5

483

TWE 3.5

56

Writing 12

154

Writing 147

38

Writing 32

FEEC for entry to Foundation Standard Plus Program


2018 IELTS Academic Module IELTS Sub scores TOEFL Paper based Test PBT TOEFL Internet based Test iBT Cambridge Advanced English Pearson Test of English
Foundation English Entry Course
10 weeks
5.0

Writing 5.0

No score less than

4.5

483

TWE 4.0

56

Writing 14

154

Writing 154

38

Writing 38

Foundation English Entry Course
15 weeks
5.0

Writing 4.5

No score less than

4.5

483

TWE 3.5

56

Writing 12

154

Writing 147

38

Writing 32

Foundation English Entry Course
20 weeks
4.5

Writing 4.5

No score less than

4.5

457

TWE 3.5

47

Writing 12

147

Writing 147

32

Writing 32

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