*Please note, this table is a guide only and actual entry requirements may be higher or lower than those indicated. In all cases admission will be determined upon the receipt of an application. The University reserves the right to vary entry requirements to those published without further notice.
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British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma (2004 graduation program)
Calculate the grade average from all Grade 12 subjects except Graduation Transition based on A=4, B=3, C+=2.5, C=2, C-=1, F=0. Graduation Diploma must be awarded.
GCE A Levels
Entry requirements are based on the best 3 A Level subjects completed in the same academic year. Scores indicated in the table are derived from the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2 and E=1. A fourth A Level subject may also be taken into account for some programs.
Entry requirements are based on the total points achieved from the best 5 Category A subjects. Mathematics is counted as one subject regardless of whether Extension is taken. Category B and C subjects are not counted. Grades for all subjects except Mathematics are counted as follows: Level 5** and Level 5*=6, Level 5=5, Level 4=4, Level 3=3, Level 2=2 and Level 1=1. Grades for Compulsory Mathematics are counted as follows: Level 5** and Level 5*=3, Level 5=2.5, Level 4=2, Level 3=1.5, Level 2=1 and Level 1=0.5. Grades for Extension Mathematics are counted as follows: Level 5** and Level 5*=4, Level 5=3.5, Level 4=3, Level 3=2.5, Level 2=2 and Level 1=1.5.
Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) (2017 onwards)
Entry requirements are based on overall grades from the standard scores from results in Korean Language, Mathematics and the best two subjects from Science or Social Studies area. Results in other components are not considered for entry.
Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) (2005-2016)
Entry requirements are based on overall grades from the standard scores from results in Korean Language, Mathematics and Foreign Language (English) only. Results in other components are not considered for entry.
Singapore A Levels
Entry requirements are based on a maximum of the best three H1 subjects, the best three H2 subjects and one H3 subject. Scores indicated in the table are derived from the following values: H1 – A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5; H2 – A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1; H3 – Distinction = 2.5, Merit = 1.5, Pass = 1. An additional H2 or H3 subject may also be taken into account for some applications
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Results based on scores required for entry into UNSW in 2019 and are only applicable if the Diploma has been completed. Students currently attempting the IB can apply directly to UNSW or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). For more details, visit www.uac.edu.au
Entry requirements can vary depending upon the number of AL subjects chosen. Table based on four Advanced Level subjects where A=7, A-=6, B+=5, B=4, B-=3, C+=2, C=1.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma based on overall average score including best six university preparation courses or university/college preparation courses, including English (ENG4U).
India Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Awarded by CBSE, overall grade in best four externally examined subjects where A1=5, A2=4.5, B1=3.5, B2=3, C1=2, C2=1.5, D1=1, D2=0.5.
Indian School Certificate
Awarded by ICSE, overall average on best four externally examined subjects
Indian State Boards (Indian Higher Secondary School Certificate)
Average of English and the 3 best subjects in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. India HSSC issued by other states are not accepted.
Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education
Based on best three A-level subjects where A=5, B=4, C=3, S=1.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) based on the total of evidence-based reading and writing and mathematical test scores. Must be provided in conjunction with evidence of successful completion of senior secondary studies.
Examination Certificate Entry requirements are based on overall average of the best five subjects (excluding vocational subjects) where A1=1, A2=2, B3=3, B4=4, B5=5, B6=6, C7=7, C8=8, F9=0.
Taiwanese General Scholastic Aptitude Test (GSAT)
Entry requirements are based on the total score calculated from results for Chinese, English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences from GSAT, administered by the Taiwan College Entrance Examination Centre. Must be provided in conjunction with evidence of successful completion of senior secondary studies.
Entry requirements are based on the percentage average of all attempted subjects in the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao). Refer to the Gaokao Table (see below) for the maximum marks of each province.
Maximum marks are reviewed annually by the Chinese Government. For more current information, please refer to: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/entry-requirements
|Anhui||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Beijing||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Chongqing||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Fujian||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Gansu||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Guangdong||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Guangxi||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Guizhou||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Hainan||720 (80%) – 792 (88%) / 900|
|Hebei||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Heilongjiang||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Henan||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Hubei||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Hunan||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Inner Mongolia||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Jiangsu||384 (80%) – 422.4 (88%) / 480|
|Jiangx||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Jilin||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Liaoning||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Ningxia||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Qinghai||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Shaanxi||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Shandong||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Shanghai||528 (80%) – 580.8 (88%) / 660|
|Shanxi||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Sichuan||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Tianjin||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Xinjiang||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Xizang (Tibet)||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Yunnan||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
|Zhejiang||600 (80%) – 660 (88%) / 750|
Will be considered from applicants sitting the A Levels or the IB Diploma. Results must be printed on official school letterhead and include the institution stamp and signature of the Principal, Registrar or Academic Director. Results should be dated after 1 January (A Levels and IB) for entry in second semester (July intake), and after 1 September (A Levels) for and for entry into first semester (February intake).
Results should be dated after 1 January for entry in Term 3 (September intake), and after 1 June for Term 1 (February intake).
The final IB Diploma results must be submitted to UNSW before the commencement of the program.
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) FAQs
International students who are completing one of the following qualifications must apply through UAC:
- an Australian Year 12 qualification in Australia OR overseas
- the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia OR overseas (optional)
- the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) If you do not fall into the above categories, you must apply directly to UNSW at www.apply.unsw.edu.au
International students within the above mentioned categories must apply through UAC International www.uac.edu.au/international. The website will guide you through the process and also has a section with frequently asked questions. Alternatively, UNSW-authorised agents can assist you with the application process. During the process, you will receive a UAC application number and UAC PIN. You will need to keep these details to be able to log in to the UAC website to check or change your program preferences and access your offer (should you meet the entry requirements of your chosen program).
Applicants completing the IB Diploma can be considered for admission in Term 1 (February intake) and Term 3 (September intake) based on predicated grades. You must meet current entry requirements for your chosen program. The statement of predicted grades must:
- Be issued on school letterhead and signed by the Principal, School Director, Deputy School Director or Registrar.
- Include the date of issue, expected date of graduation, expected results release date, predicted mark for each subject undertaken and your predicted total aggregate.
- Results should be dated after 1 January for entry in Term 3 (September intake), and after 1 June for Term 1 (February intake).
The final IB Diploma results must be submitted before the commencement of the program.
The qualifications listed on this page will be considered for entry into undergraduate programs. Students are assessed on actual results achieved and not simply on completion of their qualification. For further information or if you have completed a qualification not listed on this page, please contact the UNSW Admissions Office:
T: +61 2 9385 3656
Foundation Year Programs:
Foundation programs of all Australian Group of Eight universities are recognised. General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A2) subjects only: Comparable qualifications include the Pearson-Edexcel International Advanced Levels and the University of Malta Matriculation Certificate examination. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Completion of the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma.
|B||Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree|
|B4||Completion of the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree at a recognised university, otherwise a completed 2-3 year Bachelor degree|
|D||Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma|
|H||Completion of a recognised high school qualification|
Commonly Accepted Secondary Qualification
|Africa||B D H||Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or ZIMSEC GCE Advanced Level|
|Australia||B D H||Senior Secondary School Certificate with ATAR or OP|
|Canada||B D H||Canadian OSSD, Canadian Matriculation, or other provincial equivalents|
|China (PRC)||B D H||National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao)|
|Denmark||B D H||Danish Studentereksamen or equivalent|
|European||B D H||European Baccalaureate Union|
|Fiji||B D H||Fijian Year 13 Certificate|
|Germany||B D H||German Abitur|
|France||B D H||General Baccalaureate|
|Hong Kong SAR||B D H||Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)|
|India||B D H||All India Senior Secondary School Certificate or Indian School Certificate (Grade 12)|
|Israel||B D H||Israel Teudat Bagrut|
|Italy||B D H||Italian High School Diploma|
|Korea||B D H||Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)|
|Lebanon||B D H||Lebanese Baccalaureate|
|Malaysia||B D H||Sijil Tinggi Pelarjaran Malaysia (STPM), Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi) or Unified Examination Certificate|
|Norway||B D H||Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examination or equivalent|
|New Zealand||B D H||National Certificate of Educational Achievement NCEA Level 3|
|Philippines||B D||Completion of the first year of a Bachelor degree at an approved university otherwise a completed Bachelor degree|
|Saudi Arabia||B D|
|Singapore||B D H||Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level|
|South Africa||B D H||South African National Senior Certificate|
|Spain||B D H||Spanish Titulo Bachillerato with Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad|
|Sri Lanka||B D H||Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level|
|Sweden||B D H||Swedish Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)|
|Taiwan||B D H||Taiwanese General Scholastic Aptitude Test (GSAT), or a diploma from Junior College|
|Thailand||B D H||Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education|
|United Arab Emirates||B D|
|United States Of America||B D H||Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), and evidence of successful completion of high school|