Entry requirements

Make sure that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements for your course.

There are additional entry requirements for most Degrees and some Design, Digital Media, Fashion Technology & Theatre Costume, Fine Arts, Music, Photoimaging and Theatre courses. For these courses you are required to submit a portfolio, design or written task along with your application.

Check the details listed under "Entry Requirements" on each course information page for specific English language, academic and other requirements.

Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses

Associate and Bachelor Degree courses

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum level of 6 in all bands OR
  • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the 4 components OR
  • Pearson Tests of English (PTE) Academic  with an overall score of 58 and minimum score of 50 in each component OR
  • TOEFL (iBT)  with the following minimum scores: overall 79, Reading 19, listening 20, speaking 20 and writing 20 OR
  • TAFE NSW English Language Program (Beginner to Advanced) with Academic English OR
  • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent or higher level studies in one or more of the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland OR
  • Completion of NSW HSC or equivalent or studies at Certificate IV level or higher in Australia

Please note:

Some Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses may require a higher level of IELTS or equivalent. Please check the entry requirements on the specific course page before you apply.

If you do not meet the English competency requirements, you can choose to study intensive English at a TAFE NSW English Language Centre before you start your course.

TAFE NSW only accepts  academic version of IELTS test scores

Depending on your nationality, the Australian Department of Home Affairs might accept only an IELTS result as proof of English competency for student visa purposes.

Go to Department of Home Affairs website for details.

Certificate courses

  • Most courses require Australian Year 10 or equivalent
  • Some courses require Australian Year 12 or equivalent

Diploma, Advanced Diploma Courses and TAFE NSW to University pathways

  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent OR
  • (AQF) Certificate 3 or Certificate 4 qualification

Bachelor Degree courses

  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent OR
  • (AQF) Certificate 4 qualification OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a Higher Education Institute

 

Please note:

 

Some courses have a prerequisite (previous course) as an entry requirement. If you do not meet the academic requirements, you might like to consider a lower level course (for example, a Certificate course instead of a Diploma course).

If you do not have a Year 12 equivalent qualification, but have other post-school qualifications, your application can still be considered.

Academic entry requirement equivalents

Country VET Higher Education
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate/Vocational higher secondary certificate (Minimum CGPA is 3.5 or 60% in HSC/First Division pass) Higher Secondary Certificate (Minimum CGPA of 4.5 or 70% in HSC)
Brazil Successful completion of Diploma/Certificado De Ensino Medio or equivalent Successful completion of Diploma/Certificado De Ensino Medio with a grade average of 70% or
a qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV
Cambodia Successful completion of the Diploma of Upper Secondary Education Successful completion of the Diploma of Upper Secondary Education
China Completion of the Senior Middle 3 with 60% average in 3 years Successful completion of High School Certificate of Graduation (Gao San) with 70% average
Colombia Completion of the Bachiller/Bachillero/Bachillerato with an average grade of 65% Completion of the Bachiller / Bachillero / Bachillerato with an average grade of 70%
Egypt National School Certificate of General Education (Year 11) 50% "Thanawiyya al-A'aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) or
National School Certificate of General Education (Year 11) 57%"
Fiji Successful completion of Form 7 with an average of 55% for best 4 subjects Fiji Form 7 Examination/Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) with an average of 70%
Hong Kong Secondary 4 or Secondary 5 or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) minimum total score of 12 (Total score is calculated as the sum of 5 subjects (selected from 4 core subjects and 2 electives from category A or C. Grades are calculated where: 5**=6, 5*=5.5, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2 and 1=1)
OR
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) with 3 passes
Indonesia SMU 3 or
Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (SKHUN/ STK) with an average of 60%
Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion (ijazah/STTB SMA/STTB SMK/STTB/MA) with an average of 65%
India All India Senior School Certificate or the Indian School Certificate, or
Higher Secondary Certificate with an overall average of 55%
All India Senior School Certificate or the Indian School Certificate, or
Higher Secondary Certificate (State Boards) with an overall average of 60%
Iran Successful completion of the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 10 out of 20 National High School Diploma (4 year program)/Pre-University Certificate or
successful completion of the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 14 out of 20
Iraq Completion of Iraqui Certificate of Preparatory Studies or
6th form Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate Ilmiya (Science) or Baccalaureate Adabiyya (Humanities) or Baccalaureate Mihniya (Vocational) or
successful completion of the Certificate of Preparatory Education/Baccalaureate with an overall percentage of
Italy Diploma Liceale or Diploma di istruzione tecnica (Technical education diploma) or Diploma di istruzione professionale (Vocational education diploma) Diploma Liceale or Diploma di istruzione tecnica (Technical education diploma) or Diploma di istruzione professionale (Vocational education diploma)
Japan Lower Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Chugakko) and completion of at least 1 year of Upper Secondary School (Kotogakko) Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko)
Jordan Successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Al- Tawjihiyah or Shadet Alderasa athnawia) with an overall achievement of 55% General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) or
successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Al-Tawjihiyah or Shadet Alderasa athnawia) with an overall achievement of 60%
Kenya Successful completion of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) awarded with D grade average or higher Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or
successful completion of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) awarded with C+ grade average or higher
Lebanon Successful completion of the Baccalauret Libanais with a minimum overall grade of 9 Successful completion of the Baccalauret Libanais with a minimum overall grade of 10
Malaysia Year 10 or 11 Equivalent - SPM or GCE O-Levels (4 passes) or Senior Middle 2
Year 12 Equivalent - STPM Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or GCE A Levels (2 passes)
STPM Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Overall average of minimum 60%) or
GCE A-Level with 3 passes with an aggregate score of 5
Myanmar GCE A-Level examination with an aggregate score of 7 Basic Education High School Examination Matriculation or
GCE A-Level with 3 passes with an aggregate score of 5
Nepal Successful completion of the Nepalese Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) administered through:

Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) with an overall average of 55% OR
National Examinations Board (NEB) Year 12 with a GPA of 2.21 (i.e. 55%)
Successful completion of the Nepalese Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) administered through:

Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) with an overall average of 65% OR
National Examinations Board (NEB) Year 12 with a GPA of 2.61 (i.e. 65%)
Nigeria Successful completion of the Senior Secondary Certificate with an aggregate grade of 20 based on the best 6 subjects Successful completion of the Senior Secondary Certificate with an aggregate grade of 26 based on the best 6 subjects
Pakistan Successful completion of Higher School Certificate or
Intermediate Certificate with a First Division pass and an overall average of 60%
Successful completion of Higher School Certificate or
Intermediate Certificate with a First Division pass and an overall average of 65%
Philippines Successful completion of a recognised foundation studies program, one year of university studies Successful completion of a recognised foundation studies program, or two years of university studies
Russia Successful completion of Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obschem Obrazovanii (Certificate of [Complete] Education) with a GPA of 3.5 Successful completion of Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obschem Obrazovanii (Certificate of [Complete] Education) with a GPA of 4.5
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyya) with an overall achievement of 60% General Secondary Education Certificate (3 years) (any stream) or
successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyya) with an overall achievement of 65%
South Korea Successful completion of Senior High School Certificate with an overall GPA of 2.2/4 or 55% or CSAT score of 276 Successful completion of Senior High School Certificate with an overall GPA of 3/4 or 65% or CSAT score of 280
Spain Titulo de Bachiller Titulo de Bachiller - 3 passes
Sri Lanka Edexcel GCE A-Level examination with an aggregate score of 7 GCE A-Level with 3 passes with an aggregate score of 5
Taiwan Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma - overall average of 65%
Thailand Successful completion of the Certificate of Secondary Education or
Matayom 5 with 4 passes (academic subjects only) GPA 2.5
Certificate of Secondary Education/Certificate in Vocational Education or
successful completion of the Certificate of Secondary Education or Matayom 6 with a minimum GPA of 1.55
Vietnam Certificate Courses: Year 11 with GPA 6.5
Diploma & Advanced Diploma Courses: Year 12 with GPA 6.0 and successful completion of Diploma of General Education (Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc)
OR
Secondary Vocational School Certificate (Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Chuyen Nghiep)
Year 12 with GPA 7.0 and successful completion of Diploma of General Education (Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc)
OR
Secondary Vocational School Certificate (Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Chuyen Nghiep)
Zimbabwe Successful completion of the ZiMSEC A Level Certificate with a minimum 2 passes in principal subjects GCE A-Level with 3 passes with an aggregate score of 5 or COHSC OR
successful completion of the ZiMSEC A Level Certificate with a minimum 3 passes in principal subjects
 
Portfolio, design or written task
Subject area Course code Course name Download
Design 20501 Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) Portfolio
Requirements
Design 14104 Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology Portfolio
Requirements
Design  S14103 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration  Portfolio
Requirements 
Design CUA40715 Certificate 4 in Design (Interior Design Foundation) Portfolio
Requirements
Design R10418 Diploma of Graphic Design Portfolio
Requirements
Design R10412 Certificate 4 in Design Portfolio
Requirements
Design R12077 Certificate 4 in Design (Industrial Design) Portfolio
Requirements
Digital Media 20520 Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation Portfolio
Requirements
Fashion Technology
& Theatre Costume
20506 Bachelor of Fashion Design Portfolio
Requirements
Fine Arts R10416 Diploma of Visual Arts Portfolio
Requirements
 

The application closing date for courses that require the submission of a portfolio, design or written task, is earlier than most other courses.

 


 

 

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