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Undergraduate program admission requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed below. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed below, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

In addition to the listed qualifications, successful completion of USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program or another recognised pre-tertiary or foundation program may also meet academic entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Global qualifications
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels)* - Minimum of 4 points calculated on an aggregate of at least 2 or 3 A/AS level subjects. Advanced Level mark  A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Advanced Subsidiary Level marks are calculated at half Advanced Level points. *Taken with an examining board registered with the regulatory body Ofqual
  • Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) - Successful completion with a minimum GPA of 2.3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma - Successful completion with minimum score of 24 (minimum score of 4 in each of six subjects)
Austria
  • Reifeprüfungszeugnis or Matura (Austrian Maturity Certificate) - Successful completion
Bangladesh
  • Higher Secondary Certificate, Intermediate Certificate - Minimum GPA of 3.50 out of a 5.00 point scale
Belgium
  • Belgium Diploma of Higher Education - Minimum grade average of 12 in final year results
Bhutan
  • Bhutan Higher Secondary Certificate - Minimum 80% in the best 4 academic subjects (excluding Languages)
Brazil
  • Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Minimum grade of 8.0, or
  • Brazil University Entry Exam (Vestibular)
Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education - Minimum grade average of 3.0
Canada
  • Provincial High School Graduation Diploma - Successful completion
Chile
  • Licencia de Educacion Media (Certificate of Secondary Education) and Prueba de Selección Universitaria (PSU) examination
China
  • Senior High School Certificate - Minimum grade of 70%, or
  • Gao Kao - Tier 2 university entry result
Colombia
  • Colombian Bachillerato plus National Aptitude Test
Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic and Slovakian Maturita - Minimum grade average of 3.3
Denmark
  • Studentereksamen (Senior High School) - Successful completion, or
  • Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (HFX) - Successful completion, or
  • Hojere Handelseksamen (HHX) - Successful completion
Estonia
  • Certificate of Secondary Education or Certificate of Maturity - Minimum grade of 2.7
Finland
  • Finnish Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Successful completion, or
  • Finnish Matriculation Certificate - Minimum grade of 3, or
  • Finnish Ammatillinen perustukinto - Successful completion
France
  • French Baccalaureate Secondary Senior (French pattern) - Minimum grade average 12 or 'assez bien', or
  • French Baccalaureate Secondary Senior (French pattern) - Successful completion and a grade average of 10/20 (for standard Undergraduate degree entry requirements)
Germany
  • Senior High School (Abitur) - Successful completion and minimum grade average of 3.4
Greece
  • State University or General Entrance Examination - Overall score of 220 or higher
Hungary
  • Hungarian Maturity Certificate - Overall grade of 3.2
Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with an aggregate score of 15 over the five best HKDSE subjects (across Core and category A or C electives) where 2 is the minimum accepted grade
Iceland
  • Icelandic Studentsprof from Gymnasium - Overall grade of 4.7 (on a 10 point scale)
India
  • All applicants must have at least 50% in the theory component (where applicable) of any subject, and
  • All India Senior School Certificate – awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with a minimum grade average of 60% or better in the best 4 academic subjects* in final year and and overall First Division results; or
  • Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum grade average of 60% or better in the best 4 academic subjects* in final year and overall First Division results; or
  • State board exams, other than Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) and Haryana State Education Board (HSEB), with a minimum grade average of 65% average across the 4 best academic subjects* in the final year and overall First Division results; or
  • Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) and Haryana State Education Board (HSEB) exams, with a minimum grade average of 70% average across the 4 best academic subjects* in the final year and overall First Division results

*Results in the following subjects/subject areas will not be considered as part of the 4 best academic subjects:

  • All languages other than English
  • Visual, performing and fine arts
  • Physical and health education
  • Home science
  • General studies 
  • Work education
  • Any internally examined subjects 

UniSC reserves the right to exclude any other subjects not mentioned above from the academic assessment on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia
  • Satisfactory completion of Indonesia Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Minimum grade average of 70 for final year results
Iran
  • Iranian High School Diploma or Pre-University Year Certificate - Minimum GPA of 13 out of 20 point scale for final year results

Ireland, Republic of
  • Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate - Aggregate score of 25 or higher in the best 5 higher or common level subjects
Italy
  • Diploma Di Esame Di Stato; or Diploma Conseguito con L’Esame di Stato - Successful completion with aggregate of 60
Japan
  • Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho) - Successful completion
Jordan 
  • Middle Eastern Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Overall grade average of at least 80% in final year results

Kenya
  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education - Successful completion with C+ or better for relevant academic subjects
Korea
  • Korean Senior High School Certificate (Kodung Hakkyo Chorupjang) - Overall grade average of at least 60%
Latvia
  • Certificate of Secondary Education or Certificate of Maturity - Overall grade of 2.7
Lithuania
  • Certificate of Secondary Education or Certificate of Maturity - Overall grade of 2.7
Luxembourg
  • Luxembourg Diploma de Fen d’Etudes Secondaries - Grade average of 30
Malaysia
  • STPM (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) - 2 'C' level passes, or
  • Malaysian ICSS Exam (UEC) - completion of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (ISCC) Unifies Examination (UEC) / Senior Middle Three with a minimum score of 65% (OSSHGD), or
  • Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi) with a GPA of 2.0 for four subjects undertaken in the one examination, or
  • International Baccalaureate with an overall score of 24 and at least 4 in each of the six subjects, or
  • Manipal International University's Foundation in Science program - Successful completion can be used for entry into relevant USC undergraduate programs
Mexico
  • Bachillerato - Successful completion
Myanmar
  • Intermediate Certificate or Matriculation (Basic Education High School) Examination - Minimum grade of 80 in final year results, or

  • Satisfactory completion of one year study at a recognised tertiary or higher education

Netherlands
  • Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs - Succesful completion
  • Diploma Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs (Dutch HAVO) - Successful completion

Nepal
  • Nepalese Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) - Aggregate Division I and over 65% or GPA of 2.9 in final year, or
  • Nepalese Proficiency Certificate or Intermediate Certificate (issued by a NOOSR recognised Nepalese University or the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT))  - Division I (over 70%)
New Zealand
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Norway
  • Norwegian Upper Secondary School Certificate - Successful completion
Oman
  • Middle Eastern Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Overall grade average of at least 80% in final year results

Pakistan
  • Higher Secondary School Intermediate Certificate - Minimum grade average of 60%
Papua New Guinea
  • Satisfactory completion of either the NSW, ACT, QLD or PNG HSC from Port Moresby International School (POMIS) (ACT curriculum) or equivalent, or
  • Successful completion of at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution, with good grades
Peru
  • Peru Bachiller Professional, or
  • Peruvian Secondary - Overall grade average of 60% with pass grades in relevant prerequisite subjects
Philippines
  • Minimum grade average of 80% in the final year (Grade 12) results of the K-12 High School Diploma (academic track)
Poland
  • Polish Matriculation Certificate - Grade average of 3.5
Portugal
  • Portuguese Certificate of Secondary Education - Grade average of 10
Romania
  • Romanian Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate - Grade average of 5.5
Russia
  • Russian Federation 'Certificate of Secondary (Complete) Education' - Successful completion and a minimum grade of 3.0, or
  • 'Certificate of Secondary Education 'Attestat o Srednem Pronum Obrazovanii - Successful completion and a minimum grade of 3.0, or
  • Attestat o (Polnom) Srednem Obschem Obrazoanii' - Successful completion and a minimum grade of 3.0
Saudi Arabia
  • Middle Eastern Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Overall grade average of at least 80% in final year results
Slovakia
  • Czech Republic and Slovakian Maturita - Grade average of 3.3
Slovenia
  • Matura or Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Average of final year and Entrance Examination results of at least 2.7
South Africa
  • South African National Senior Certificate (since 2008) - Successful completion with a minimum grade average of 3.4 in the best six subjects of the final year (excluding Life Orientation)
Spain
  • Prior to 2010—Spanish University Orientation Year (Curso de Orientacion Universitaria—COU) with a grade average of 6.0, or
  • From 2010—Spanish Bachiller and a pass in the Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (PAU) or la Selectividad
Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lankan GCE 'A' Level Examination - Passing grades in three academic subjects
Sweden
  • Swedish Upper Secondary School Certificate - Successful completion
Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate
Thailand
  • Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education - Awarded on successful completion of Matayom 6
Taiwan
  • Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma - 60% or better
United Arab Emirates
  • Middle Eastern Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Overall grade average of at least 80% in final year results
United States of America
  • US High School Certificate + SAT scores, or
  • SAT + AP scores, or
  • ACT scores, or
  • High School Diploma and AP
Vietnam
  • Bang tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Tong (Graduate Diploma for General Upper Secondary Education) - Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of 7.0

* The minimum grades that will be considered for entry may be reviewed from time to time. Other secondary and post-secondary qualifications may also be considered.

Honours programs

Admission to Honours requires the completion of an Undergraduate degree, or equivalent, with a high level of achievement in the intended area of Honours study.

These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Importantly, enrolment is contingent upon the School's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.

Graduate entry programs

Entry requirements for 'Graduate Entry' undergraduate programs eg 'Bachelor of Nursing Science: Graduate Entry' can be found on the individual program information pages on the USC website.