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Required qualifications

Select your country to locate your qualification
We recognise more than 120 global secondary qualifications for admission to our undergraduate courses.

If you completed your secondary education studies in another country, check to see if it's on our list of recognised secondary education qualifications.

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Non-country specific qualifications

  • GCE A Levels - a minimum of three Advanced Level subjects are required (no more than four Advanced Level subjects will be considered)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma - university admission is based on the total score for completed diploma.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT or American College Test (ACT) including a pass mark in the optional essay component and evidence of graduation from a senior secondary qualification. 
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education, at required Pass, Merit or Distinction level
  • Cambridge Pre-University Diploma, accepted (from 2010 onwards) with required score
  • European Baccalaureate - completion of one of the following: 
    - Diplome du Baccalaureate European
    - Zeugnis der Europaischen Reifeprufung
    - Diploma di Licenze Liceale Europea
    - Europees Baccalaureate Diploma.

If your secondary school qualification is not listed in the table below, you may still be eligible for admission if you have undertaken tertiary studies or foundation studies.

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of higher education studies in a bachelor's degree, you need to have completed at least one year of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) at a bachelor's degree level or higher. For example, you will be assessed based on your studies in an Australian bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent at a recognised institution.

If you have not completed a full year, you will be assessed on your secondary education results.

The success of your application will be determined by the best result in a bachelor's degree or secondary edcuation qualification, regardless of the order in which you completed them. This means that if your ATAR or other secondary education result is higher than your bachelor's degree result, your application will be considered on the ATAR or secondary education result only.

Admission requirements for applicants with bachelor’s degree studies

  • Applicants with an average pass result in their bachelor’s degree studies will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 84. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 99.50.

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

Whether you are transferring from another course at the university or changing universities, you may be eligible for credit for previous studies to carry across to your new degree.

We also recognise some diplomas and advanced diplomas. These need to be accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or be an overseas equivalent assessed to be at the same level.

  • Faculties and Schools that accept any AQF diploma are the Business School; Dentistry; Science and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Faculties and Schools that accept relevant AQF diplomas only are Architecture, Design and Planning; Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering and Information Technologies; Health Sciences; Sydney Nursing School; and Veterinary Science.
  • Faculties and Schools that do not accept AQF diplomas are Sydney Law School; Sydney Medical School and Pharmacy.

AQF Diploma requirements

  • Applicants who have completed a Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of Competent) will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 75. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 81.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 95.

AQF Advanced Diploma requirements

  • Applicants who have completed an Advanced Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of competent) will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 76. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 83.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 93.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.95.

Polytechnic diplomas from Singapore

If you have undertaken a Polytechnic diploma in Singapore, the University offers admission and credit for eligible students into many undergraduate degrees. For more information, refer to our 2019 Admission and Credit Guide (PDF 68KB).

If you're applying for a course with additional admission criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

If you don't meet the academic entry requirements for your preferred course, you may be able to gain admission through a preparation program

More than 80 percent of students who complete the USFP are accepted into one of our undergraduate courses. We accept Australian and New Zealand university foundations programs and some overseas programs.

Select your country

  • Higher School Certificate (HSC) – New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
  • Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) – South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia
  • Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) – Victoria
  • Overall Position (OP) – Queensland
  • Universities Admissions Index (UAI) – pre-2009 high school qualification
  • Reifezeugnis
  • Matura
  • Reifeprufungszeugnis
  • Maturazeugnis
  • Diploma d'Aptitude a acceder a l'enseignement superieur
  • Bekwaamheidsdiploma dat verleert tot het hoger onderwijs
  • Getuigschrift van hoger secundair onderwijs
  • Certificat d'humanities
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Zrelostno Svidetelstvo
  • Diploma za Zavrsheno Sredno Obrazovanie
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma
  • Newfoundland Provincial High School Graduation Certificate
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Prince Edward Island High School Graduation Certificate
  • Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies
  • Saskatchewan Complete Division IV Grade XII Standing
  • Gaokao – National Higher Education Entrance Examination (international students only)
  • Croatian Matura, 2010 and onwards
  • Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce
  • Maturita
  • Studentereksamen (from a Gymnasium)
  • Bevis for Hojere Forberedelseksamen
  • Tekniskeksamen
  • Handelseksamen
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Matriculation Certificate
  • Fiji Seventh Form Certificate
  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
  • Studenteksamensbetyg
  • French Baccalaureat
  • Abiturientenzeugnis
  • Reifezeugnis
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
  • Zeugnis der Reife
  • State University/General Entrance Examination
  • Greek Panhellenic Examination
  • Greek Certificate of Access
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, from 2012 onwards
  • Completion of at least three Hong Kong Advanced Level subjects in one academic year, before 2013
  • Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
  • Erettsegi Vizsga
  • Matura
  • Szakkozepiskolai Erettsegi_kepesity Bizonyitvany
  • Studentsprof (from a Gymnasium)
  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
  • Indian School Certificate
  • Indian Higher Secondary Certificate
  • Teudat Bagrut
  • Diploma di Maturita Classica
  • Diploma Maturita Scientifica
  • Diploma di Maturita Linguistica

National Center Test (Sentaa)

  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test
  • Lebanese Baccalaureat
  • Liechtenstein Maturitatszeugnis
  • Diplome de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires
  • Macedonian Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Matura, 2008 and onwards
  • Sijil Tinggi Perskolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi)
  • Malaysian UEC
  • University of Malta Advanced Matriculation Examinations
  • Montenegro Secondary School Leaving Certificate, 2010 and onwards
  • Voorbereidend Wetnschappelijik Onderwijs (VWO), from a Gymnasium, Atheneum or Lyceum
  • National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)
  • Examen Artium
  • Vitnemal Den Videregaende Skole
  • Eksamen fra Okonomisk Gymnas
  • Matura
  • Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego
  • Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Zawodowego
  • Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum Zawodowego
  • Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum
  • Egzamin Maturalny
  • Carta do Curso Complementar Liceus
  • Certifico de fim de Estudos Secundarios
  • Diploma de Decimo Segundo Ano de Escolaridad
  • Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano
  • Diploma Tecnico Profissional
  • Diploma de Bacalaureat (Maturitate)
  • Scottish National Courses at Higher and Advanced Higher levels, 2000 onwards
  • Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE), 2001 and earlier
  • Serbian School Leaving Certificate (Diploma o Zavrsenok Srednjoj Skolij), from 2006 onwards, with required score
  • Singapore GCE A levels
  • NUS High School Diploma
  • Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce
  • Maturita (with required score)
  • Slovenian Matura (Splosna Matura)
  • Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Maturitetno Spricevalo) from 1994, with required score
  • J.M.B. Matriculation Certificate
  • South African Senior Certificate (prior to 2008)
  • South African National Senior Certificate (2008 onwards)
  • Technico Especialista
  • Curso pre-universitaria
  • Curso de Orientacion Universitaria
  • Titulo de Bachillerato
  • Sri Lankan GCE A levels
  • Studentexamen
  • Gymnaisie Kompetens
  • Avgangsbetyg fran Gymnaiseskolan
  • Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan
  • Federal Maturity Certificate (Certificate de Maturite)
  • Baccalaureat
  • Maturitatszeugnis
  • Attestato di Maturita
  • Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education
  • GCE A Levels – a minimum of three Advanced Level subjects are required (no more than four Advanced Level subjects will be considered)
  • Required Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) including a pass mark in the optional essay component and evidence of graduation from a senior secondary qualification
  • Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate (Bang Tot Ngiep Trung hoc Pho thong) with the necessary GPA obtained from select high schools (PDF 157KB) for gifted students (trường THPT chuyên)
  • Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) GCE A Levels