Recognised academic qualifications

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The tables below provide a summary of the minimum academic qualifications offered overseas which are accepted by the University for the admission of domestic students into undergraduate courses. This information is intended as a guide only. For definitive advice about your eligibility for admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

The table generally shows the secondary qualification currently offered by these countries. The University also accepts some overseas secondary qualifications which are no longer offered.

If the country where you studied offers a secondary qualification that is accepted by the University, but you did not complete it, your application may still be considered, as long as you have completed a minimum period of tertiary study.

If the entry for a particular country states that only tertiary study is acceptable, the period of study needs to be generally be at least one full-time year in length, usually in an award course of at least bachelor’s (or equivalent) level. You need to have undertaken the study at a recognised institution.

Some overseas secondary qualifications are offered outside their country of origin, such as the GCE A Levels, International Baccalaureate and American High School Diploma. In these cases, rather than looking up the entry for the country where you completed the qualification, you should refer to the country of origin of the qualification itself.

Africa

Country

Qualification required

Comments

South Africa

South African National Senior Certificate
or South African Senior Certificate, Matriculation Certificate

Qualifications awarded by the JMB and the IEB are acceptable. Six higher grade subjects must be presented.

Other African countries

Varies

Check with the Admissions Office.

America, Central and South

Country

Qualification required

All Central and South American countries

Tertiary study

America, North

Country

Qualification required

Comments

Canada

High School Diploma (Alberta)

Senior Secondary School Graduation  Diploma (British Columbia)

High School Graduation Diploma (Manitoba)

High School Graduation Certificate (New Brunswick)

High School Completion Certificate (Nova Scotia)

Secondary School Diploma (Ontario)

Diploma of Collegial Studies (Quebec)

Complete Division IV / Grade XII Standing (Saskatchewan)

Provincial High School Graduation - from 1984 onwards (Newfoundland)

High School Graduation Certificate (Prince Edward Island)

There are minimum requirements concerning the number and type of subjects undertaken within these qualifications. You must meet these additional requirements to be eligible for admission. Check with Admissions Office for further details.

United States of America

High School Diploma (including at least one Advanced Placement subject with a result of B/4 or A/5) and either SAT1 or Enhanced ACT results

Applicants without APs, or whose AP results do not meet this requirement, cannot use their High School Diploma and their SAT 1/Enhanced ACT results for admission.

Americas

Country

Qualification required

West Indies

GCE A Levels

Asia, Indian sub-continent

Country

Qualification required

Comments

China

Tertiary study

 

Fiji

Fijian Seventh Form Certificate

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong A Levels

At minimum, three subjects are required, but four may be needed for admission to very competitive courses.

India

Indian School Certificate

All India Senior School Certificate

 

Indonesia

Tertiary study

 

Japan

Tertiary study

 

Korea, South

Tertiary studies, senior secondary qualifications not accepted

 

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia [STPM]

Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi)

At minimum, three subjects are required, but four may be needed for admission to very competitive courses.

New Zealand

NCEA Level 3 with university entry

Cambridge International Examination (CIE)

University Bursary (prior to 2005)

University Entrance Examination (prior to 1986)

NCEA qualifications lower than Level 3 are not accepted.

CIE: three or more A2 Level subjects in the same academic year.

Pakistan

Tertiary study

 

Philippines

Tertiary study

 

Singapore

Singaporean A Levels

At minimum, three A Level or H2 subjects are required, but four may be needed for admission to very competitive courses.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan GCE A Levels

Pre 2000: Four subjects are required.

2000 onwards: Three subjects are required.

Thailand

Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education

 

Vietnam

Tertiary study

 

Other Asian and sub-continental countries

Tertiary study

Check with the Admissions Office.

Europe

Country

Qualification required

Comments

Austria

Maturity Certificate (Matura, Reifezeugnis)

 

Belgium

Certificate of Access to Higher Education (DAES, BDHO, GHSO)

GHSO only accepted from 1991 onwards

Croatia

Croatian State Secondary School Leaving Examination (2010 and onwards)

 

Cyprus

Tertiary study

 

Czech Republic and Slovakia

Certificate of Graduation (Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce, Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuse, Maturita)

 

Denmark

Danish Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination or equivalent (2005 and onwards)

Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination

Higher Preparatory Examination

(Studentereksamen, Hojere Forberedelseksamen/Handelseksamen/Tekniskeksamen)

 

England

GCE A Levels

At minimum, three full Advanced (A2) level subjects in one academic year are required, but four may be needed for admission to very competitive courses. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) subjects will not be accepted in place of Advanced (A2) subjects, but results in AS subjects may improve the competitiveness of qualified applicants.

Finland

Finnish Matriculation Certificate

(Ylioppilastutkintotodistus,

Studenteksamensbetyg)

 

France

Baccalaureate

(Diplome du Baccalaureat General)

Check with the Admissions Office about other secondary qualifications.

Germany

Secondary School Certificate from Gymnasium (Abitur)

Check with the Admissions Office about other senior secondary qualifications.

Greece

State University Examination, General Entrance Examination

The new Apolyterion is not accepted for admission. Applicants with this qualification must complete tertiary study to be considered.

Ireland

Leaving Certificate, Matriculation Certificate (Ardteistmeirreacht, Teastas Maithreanach)

 

Italy

Italian High School Diploma (L'esame di stato)

Check with the Admissions Office about other senior secondary qualifications.

Netherlands

Diploma of Pre-University Education (Voorberiedend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs [VWO])

 

New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (formerly USSR)

Tertiary study

Senior secondary qualifications are not accepted.

Norway

Certificate of Upper Secondary School Completion (Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole, Examen Artium)

 

Poland

Polish Matriculation Certificate

(Matura, Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum [Ogolnoksztalcacego and Zawodowego]

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci [Technikum and Technikum Zawodowego])

 

Scotland

Scottish National Courses at Advanced Higher Level
Scottish Certificate of Education at Higher Grade
Scottish Certificate of Sixth Year Studies

At minimum, four subjects at higher level are required, or 4 to 5 subjects at a higher level.

Serbia

Serbian Secondary School Leaving Examination (1991 and onwards)

 

Slovenia

Slovenian Matura (1995 and onwards)

 

Spain

University Orientation Year (Curso de Orientacion Universitaria [COU])

 

Sweden

Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan)

Check with the Admissions Office about other senior secondary qualifications.

Switzerland

Federal Maturity Certificate (Certificat de Maturite, Maturitatzeugnis, Attestato di Maturita)

 

Yugoslavia (former)

Tertiary study

 

Other European countries

Certain secondary and tertiary qualifications

Check with the Admissions Office.

Middle East

Country

Qualification required

Comments

Israel

Matriculation Certificate (Teudat Bagrut)

 

Lebanon

Tertiary study

The Lebanese Baccalaureate (1 or 2) is not accepted for admission.

[Other Middle Eastern countries]

Tertiary study

Check with the Admissions Office.

Other

Country

Qualification required

Comments

International Baccalaureate Organisation

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Only graduates of the IB Diploma are eligible for admission.