Undergraduate direct entry table

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*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.

Accepted qualifications

Accepted qualifications table

Commonly Accepted Secondary Qualification  

The qualifications in the table below will be considered for entry into undergraduate programs. Students are assessed on actual results achieved and not simply on completion of their qualification. 

Please note: A Key to accepted qualifications is located at the bottom of the table. 
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

W: enquiry.unsw.edu.au

Country Accepted Qualifications Notes
Africa B D H Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or ZIMSEC GCE Advanced Level
Argentina B D  
Australia B D H Senior Secondary School Certificate with ATAR or OP
Bangladesh B4  
Belgium B D H Belgian certificate of Access to Higher Education
Brazil B D  
Canada B D H Canadian OSSD, or other provincial equivalents
China (PRC) B D H National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao)
Colombia B D  
Denmark B D H Danish Studentereksamen or equivalent
European Union B D H European Baccalaureate
Fiji B D H Fijian Year 13 Certificate
Finland B D H Finnish Matriculation Certificate
France B D H Baccalauréeate Général or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)
Germany B D H German Abitur
Hong Kong B D H Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India B D H India CBSE, Indian School Certificate (grade 12) or Indian Higher Secondary School Certificate (Indian State Boards of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)
Indonesia B D  
Israel B D H Israel Teudat Bagrut
Ireland B D H Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate or equivalent
Italy B D H Italian High School Diploma
Japan B D H National Center Test for University Admission (Senta) and evidence of successful completion of the Japanese Upper Secondary School Diploma
Jordan B D  
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 or Unified Examination Certificate
Mexico B D  
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 and meet the requirements for University Entrance (UE)
Oman B D  
Pakistan B4  
Philippines B D  
Portugal B D H Portuguese Certificate of Secondary Education
Russia B D  
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)
Switzerland B D H Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate or Federally recognised Cantonal Maturity Certificate
Taiwan (ROC) B D H Taiwanese General Scholastic Aptitude Test (GSAT), and evidence of successful completion of high school
Thailand B D H Thailand Ordinary National Education Test (O-NET)
The Netherlands B D H Dutch diploma of Pre-University 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
Vietnam B D  


Accepted qualifications table key

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
Other accepted qualifications

Foundation Year Programs:
Foundation programs of all Australian Group of Eight universities are recognised. NCUK International Foundation Year is 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.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) FAQs

Important information

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes undergraduate program applications for institutions in the Australian states of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Do I need to apply through UAC?

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
How do I apply through UAC?

International students within the above mentioned categories must apply through UAC International 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). 

When do I need to apply?

Visit the UAC website at www.uac.edu.au for information on application dates for study in 2021. 

What is the cost to apply via UAC?

There is a non-refundable processing charge payable by credit, debit card or via Paypal. This charge covers applications to multiple programs and universities.

How are my results released to UAC?

UAC requires you to provide your permission to allow your results to be released directly to UAC. Contact your school’s IB/HSC coordinator before the UAC deadline to confirm that your school has submitted this request on your behalf. 

I am an IB student. Can I receive an offer based on my predicted grades?

Applicants completing the IB Diploma can be considered for admission in Term 1 (February intake) and Term 3 (September intake) based on predicted grades. The total predicted aggregate must be 2 points higher than the total final aggregate required for admission. 

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 June for entry in Term 1 (February intake) and after 1 January for entry in Term 3 (September intake)
When will I receive my offer?

Offers are released from: 

  • September to February for Term 1 (February intake) 
  • April to August  for Term 3 (September intake)
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