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.

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Specific entry requirements

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
All applicants must present a minimum of two Advanced Level (A2) subjects taken in the same academic year; at most, one A2 Level subject may be included from the preceding or following year. Entry Scores are calculated from the best two, three, or four A2 Level subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2 and E=1.

Entry requirements are based on the total points achieved from the best 5 Category A subjects. 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.

Points for Extension Mathematics will be combined with points for Compulsory Mathematics and considered as a single subject when determining the best 5 Category A subjects.

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 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

Malaysian STPM
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.

Canadian OSSD
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=4, B=3, C=2, S=1,F=0.

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.

Malaysian Unified 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.


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


Forecast or predicted results

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 for entry in Term 3 (September intake), and after 1 June for Term 1 (February intake).

The final A levels or IB Diploma results must be submitted to UNSW before the commencement of the program.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) FAQs

Important information regarding UAC

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 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).

When do I need to apply?

UAC Admissions cycle starts in April. Applications for Term 3 (September  intake) close in August. Applications for Term 1 (February  intake) close in February. Check the UAC website for further information on late applications.

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 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.

When will I receive my offer?

Offers for programs are released from:

  • December to February for Semester 1 (March intake) 
  • March to June for Semester 2 (July intake)

Accepted qualifications

Accepted qualifications information

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

W: enquiry.unsw.edu.au

Other accepted qualifications

Foundation Year Programs:

  • Foundation programs of all Australian Group of Eight universities.
  • NCUK International Foundation Year 

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.

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


Accepted qualifications table

Commonly Accepted Secondary Qualification  


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  
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