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 or 65% average in school-based results over main relevant subjects

Year 11: 70% average over main relevant subjects
NSW Higher School Certificate – ATAR 55 (or equivalent in other states)

Year 11: 70% average over main relevant subjects
NSW Higher School Certificate - ATAR 60  (or equivalent in other Australian States)

Year 11: 85% average over main relevant subjects
NSW Higher School Certificate - ATAR 75  (or equivalent in other Australian States)
British/ UK System O Level: C average over 4 relevant academic subjects O Level: C average over 4 relevant academic subjects O Level - B grade average A Level - C/D grade average
China Senior Middle 3 (School year 12-Gao San): 70% average over main relevant subjects

Senior Middle 2 (School year 11-Gao Er): 75% average over main relevant subjects
Senior Middle 3 (School year 12-Gao San): 75% average over main relevant subjects

Senior Middle 2 (School year 11-Gao Er): 80% average over main relevant subjects
Senior Middle 3 (School Year 12) 80% average over main academic subjects

Senior Middle 2 (School Year 11) 90% average over main academic subjects
Gaokao - between 65% and 70%
Hong Kong HKDSE: score of 8 points over the main relevant subjects from Category A

Form 5: An average score of 60% over the main relevant subjects
HKDSE: score of 8 points over the main relevant subjects from Category A

Form 5: An average score of 60% over the main relevant subjects
HKDSE - score of 11 points over 5 best subjects - Category A only

Form 5 school based assessment is also considered
HKDSE - score of 15 points over 5 best subjects - Category A only
Indonesia SMA 3 (new system) 6 in relevant subjects after adjustment.

SMA 2 (new system) 7 in relevant subjects after adjustment.
SMA 3 (new system) 6 in relevant subjects after adjustment.

SMA 2 (new system) 7 in relevant subjects after adjustment.
SMA 3 (new system) - 7 in relevant academic subjects

SMA 2 (new system) - 8 in relevant academic subjects

SMA 3 (old system) - above average in academic subjects
SMA 3 (new system) - 8 in relevant academic subjects and good cohort ranking

SMU 3 (old system) - 80% average in academic subjects and good cohort ranking
International Baccalaureate Final year of Diploma – 10 over 4 relevant IBDP subjects.

Year 1 of Diploma – 15 over 5 relevant subjects.

MYP also considered
Final year of Diploma – 10 over 4 relevant IBDP subjects.

Year 1 of Diploma – 15 over 5 relevant subjects.

MYP also considered
Year 2 of the Diploma / Certificates – 12 points (3 average) over four subjects IB 2-year Diploma - 24 points (4 average) over six subjects
Japan General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average in relevant subjects General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - C average in relevant subjects General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - B average in relevant subjects General Upper Secondary School Year 3 - A average in relevant subjects
Korea High School / National Exam (Year 3) - Average rank = 5 High School / National Exam (Year 3) - Average rank = 5 High School / National Exam (Year 3) - Average rank = 4

CSAT 265+
High School / National Exam (Year 3) - Average rank 2/3

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 - B3/B4 average
Myanmar Basic Education Standard 10 (Year 11): 60% average in 4 relevant subjects. Basic Education Standard 10 (Year 11): 60% average in 4 relevant subjects. Basic Education Standard 10 (Year 11): 70% average in 4 relevant subjects. Basic Education Standard 10 (Year 11): 80% average in 4 relevant subjects.
Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate: 90% average in the relevant subjects. General Secondary Education Certificate: 90% average in the relevant subjects.    
Singapore GCE O Level Secondary Four (Express) – C5 average GCE O Level Secondary Four (Express) – C5 average GCE O Level Secondary Four (Express) - B4 average GCE A – 10 points (Level - C/D average)
Taiwan Senior High School, Year 3 (year 12): 60% average over main relevant subjects

Senior High School, Year 2 (year 11): 75% average over main relevant subjects
Senior High School, Year 3 (year 12): 60% average over main relevant subjects

Senior High School, Year 2 (year 11): 75% average over main relevant subjects
Senior High School Year 3 - B Grade average (70%)

Senior High School Year 2 - A/B Grade average (85%)
Senior High School Year 3 - A Grade average

GSAT (62% average or 47 overall)
Thailand Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.0 (C and B grade average)

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

Form 5 considered
Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.2 (C and B grade average) Matayom 6 - GPA of 2.5 (B grade average)
USA (SAT) Pre March 2016

1425 (High school results must also be submitted)

After March 2016

1025 (High school results must also be submitted)
Pre March 2016

1425 (High school results must also be submitted)

After March 2016

1025 (High school results must also be submitted)
Pre March 2016

1450 (High school results must also be submitted)

After March 2016

1050 (High school results must also be submitted)
Pre March 2016

1540 (High school results must also be submitted)

After March 2016

1110 (High school results must also be submitted)
Vietnam Year 12: Diploma of General Education Average = 6 over the main relevant subjects

Year 11: Diploma of General Education Average = 6.5 over the main relevant subjects
Year 12: Diploma of General Education Average = 6 over the main relevant subjects

Year 11: Diploma of General Education Average = 6.5over the main relevant subjects
Diploma of General Education - average grade 6.5 Diploma of General Education - average grade 8
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

  • Bonus points may apply for some key schools and good results in relevant subjects
  • Where students do not have their final results from their Year 11 or Year 12 studies, forecast results are accepted in most cases.
  • There may be some specific subject requirements depending on the stream e.g. minimum grades in maths or science

The following English entry requirements apply to all 2018 programs.

English Requirements

Extended Foundation Program Standard Plus Standard Transition
Minimum IELTS Requirement 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all sub-scores) 5.5 Writing 5.5 (All other sub-scores 5.0) 6.0 Writing 5.5 (All other sub-scores 5.0) 6.0 Writing 5.5 (All other sub-scores 5.0)
TOEFL (paper based) 513 TWE 4.0 513 TWE 4.5 537 TWE 4.5 537 TWE 4.5
TOEFL (internet iBT) 65 Writing 14 65 Writing 18 75 Writing 18 75 Writing 18
Cambridge Advanced English 162 Writing 154 (All other sub-scores 154) 162 Writing 162 (All other sub-scores 154) 169 Writing 162 (All other sub-scores 154) 169 Writing 162 (All other sub-scores 154)
Pearson Test of English 46 Writing 38 46 Writing 46 (All other sub-scores 38) 50 Writing 46 (All other sub-scores 38) 50 Writing 46 (All other sub-scores 38
UNSW Institute of Languages D+ Writing D D+ Writing D+ C Writing D+ C Writing D+
O-Level English D D B B (O-Level) C (AS-Level)
HKDSE English 2 Writing 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

Foundation English Entry Course
(Pre-Foundation English)
 
10
weeks
15
weeks
20
weeks
Minimum IELTS Requirement 5.5 Writing 5.0 (All other sub-scores 5) 5.0 Writing 5.0 (all other sub-scores 5) 5.0 Writing 4.5 (all other sub-scores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper based) 513 TWE 4.0 483 TWE 4 483 TWE 3.5
TOEFL (internet iBT) 65 Writing 14 56 Writing 14 56 Writing 12
Cambridge Advanced English 162 Writing 154 (All other sub-scores 154) 154 Writing 154 154 Writing 147
Pearson Test of English 46 Writing 38 38 Writing 38 38 Writing 32
UNSW Institute of Languages D+ Writing D D Writing D D Writing D-
O-Level English D    
HKDSE English 2 Writing 2