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Entry Requirements

Acceptance into a study program at Curtin College requires meeting the academic and English language requirements.

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Entry to the Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program requires the successful completion of Year 11 or equivalent.

Specific academic entry requirements by country are listed below. Students with qualifications that are not listed should forward their application and academic results to Curtin College for assessment.

Academic Entry Requirements

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In order to gain entry into Curtin College courses students must meet certain academic and English entry requirements. Refer to the Academic Entry Requirements table to ascertain the academic requirements you will need to produce for acceptance into the relevant course and study area.

Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program (All Courses)

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 11 with minimum average 60%

Brunei**

GCE O-Level or Sec 4 Express with minimum 4 passes

Canada

Year 11 with minimum average 60%

China

Senior Middle 2 with minimum average 60% or Completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San)

France & Reunion Island

Completion of Premiere with minimum average 60%

Hong Kong**

Senior Secondary 2 average 50-65% (depending on school's branding) from four key academic subjects (Mathematics and relevant course prerequisite subjects, if applicable) or GCE O-Level with minimum of 4 passes

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

Completion of 10+1 with a Second Division Pass

Indonesia

SMU II with average of 7.0 or completion of SMU III

International Baccalaureate

Year 1 of International Baccalaureate

Iran

Satisfactory completion of High School Diploma

Japan

Kotogakko Year 2 with minimum average 60% or Satisfactory Completion of Kotogakko Year 3

Kenya**

Year 11 with minimum average 60% or GCE O-Level with minimum 4 passes

Macau**

Senior Middle 2 or Form 5 with minimum average 60% or Completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San)

Malaysia**

SPM, Form 5 or UEC with minimum 4 passes

Mauritius**

GCE O-Level with minimum 4 passes

Middle East**

Satisfactory Completion of Arabic System Year 12 or American System High School Diploma

Myanmar

Matriculation Examination Pass Certificate

Singapore**

GCE O-Level or Sec 5 with minimum 4 passes

South Africa

Year 11 with minimum average 60% or completion of National Senior Certificate

South Korea

Senior High School Year 2 with minimum C average

South America

Year 11 with minimum GPA 2.8 or 70% average

Sri Lanka**

GCE O-level with minimum 4 passes

Thailand

Matayom 5 with minimum average 60% or Completion of Matayom 6

Vietnam

Year 11 with minimum average 60%

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania**

Year 11 with minimum average 60% or GCE O-Level with minimum 4 passes

All other countries

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Tertiary Access Program (Commerce, Arts & Creative Industries, Information Technology)

Country Requirements

Australia

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 , subject to individual subject performance

Brunei & Singapore**

Completion GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

Canada

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or Ontario Secondary School Diploma, subject to individual subject performance

China

Satisfactory completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San), subject to individual subject performance

France & Reunion Island

Completion of Certificat de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires (CFES)

Hong Kong**

HKSDE minimum 3 points from three subjects (Mathematics and/or relevant course prerequisite subjects, if applicable) or GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

Satisfactory completion of 10+2, subject to individual subject performance

Indonesia

Minimum completion of SMU III, subject to individual subject performance

International Baccalaureate

Satisfactory completion of Year 2 of IB, subject to individual subject performance

Iran

Satisfactory completion of Pre-University Programme, subject to individual subject performance

Japan

Satisfactory completion of Kotogakko Certificate, subject to individual subject performance

Kenya**

Completion of KCSE or GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

Macau**

Minimum completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San), subject to individual unit performance

Malaysia**

Minimum completion of STPM with GPA of 3034 from 2 relevant subjects, or GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects.

Mauritius**

Completion of GCE A-Level subject to individual subject performance, or AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

Middle East**

Completion of Arabic System Year 12 or American System High School Diploma with minimum average 60%

Myanmar

Assessed individually

South Africa

Satisfactory completion of National Senior Certificate or Matriculation, subject to individual subject performance.

South Korea

Satisfactory completion of Senior High School Diploma, subject to individual subject performance

South America

Satisfactory completion of High School Certificate (Bachillerato / Bachiller), subject to individual subject performance

Sri Lanka**

Completion of GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

Thailand

Successful completion of Matayom 6 (or Certificate of Secondary Education), subject to individual subject performance

Vietnam

Successful completion of Year 12 (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong), subject to individual subject performance

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania**

Completion of GCE AS-Level with a minimum of 2 points over 2 subjects

All other countries

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Tertiary Access Program (Built Environment, Engineering and Health Sciences)

Country Requirements

Australia

From TER/UAI 55 or equivalent Foundation Year grades

Brunei & Singapore**

Minimum 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

Canada

Year 12 or Ontario Secondary School Diploma with minimum 55% average

China

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

France & Reunion Island

Completion of Certificat de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires (CFES)

Hong Kong**

HKDSE minimum 5 points from 3 subjects (Mathematics and/or relevant course prerequisite subjects, if applicable) or minimum 2 points from 2 GCE ALevels or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

10+2 50% average

Indonesia

SMU III with average of 7.0

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 21 points over 6 IB units (average 3.5 on 1-7 scale)

Iran

Completion of Pre-University Programme with a minimum GPA of 6.0

Japan

Kotogakko Certificate with B grade average (GPA>3)

Kenya**

KCSE with C plain average or 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level subjects

Macau**

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

Malaysia**

STPM - Minimum GPA of 3.67 from 2 relevant subjects, or 2 points from 2 GCE A-Levels or UEC (2 B's, 2 C's)

Mauritius**

Minimum 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects

Middle East**

Completion of Arabic System Year 12 or American System High School Diploma with minimum average 80%

Myanmar

Assessed individually

South Africa

Aggregate D in Senior Certificate or Matriculation with minimum 4 subjects at 'higher level'

South Korea

Senior High School Diploma with grade C (Mi) average

South America

High School Certificate (Bachillerato / Bachiller) with minimum GPA 2.8 or 70% average

Sri Lanka**

Minimum 2 points from GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects, or 2 Sri Lankan A-Levels with minimum D grade

Thailand

Matayom 6 (or Certificate of Secondary Education) with GPA 2.5 or better

Vietnam

Year 12 (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong) with grade 6.0 average

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania**

Minimum 2 points from GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

All other countries

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Diploma (Commerce, Arts & Creative Industries, Information Technology)

Country Requirements

Australia

From ATAR 50 or equivalent Foundation Year grades

Brunei & Singapore**

Minimum 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

Canada

Year 12 or Ontario Secondary School Diploma 55% average

China

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

France & Reunion Island

Completion of Certificat de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires (CFES)

Hong Kong**

HKDSE with a minimum 7 points from 3 subjects (Mathematics and/or relevant course prerequisite subjects, if applicable) or minimum 2 points from 2 GCE A-Levels or 1 A-Level and AS-Level subjects

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

10+2 50% average

Indonesia

SMU III with average of 7.0

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 21 points over 6 IB units (average 3.5 on 1-7 scale)

Iran

Completion of Pre-University Programme with a minimum GPA of 6.0

Japan

Kotogakko Certificate with B grade average (GPA>3)

Kenya**

KCSE with C plain average or 2 points from 2 GCE A-level units

Macau**

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

Malaysia**

STPM - Minimum GPA of 4.00 from 2 relevant subjects , or 2 points from 2 GCE A-Levels or UEC (2 B's, 2 C's)

Mauritius**

Minimum 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects

Middle East**

Completion of Arabic System Year 12 or American System High School Diploma with minimum average 80%

Myanmar

Assessed individually

South Africa

Aggregate D in Senior Certificate or Matriculation with minimum 3 subjects at 'higher level'

South Korea

Senior High School Diploma with grade C (Mi) average

South America

High School Certificate (Bachillerato / Bachiller) with minimum GPA 2.8 or 70% average

Sri Lanka**

Minimum 2 points from GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects, or 2 Sri Lankan A-Levels with minimum D grade

Thailand

Matayom 6 (or Certificate of Secondary Education) with GPA 2.5 or better

Vietnam

Year 12 (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong) with grade 6.0 average

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania**

Minimum 2 points from GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

All other countries

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Diploma (Built Environment, Engineering and Health Sciences)

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Country Requirements

Australia

From ATAR 50 or equivalent Foundation Year grades

Brunei & Singapore**

Minimum 4 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

Canada

Year 12 or Ontario Secondary School Diploma 65% average from 6 units

China

Gao Kao cut-off scores for entry will vary according to provinces and courses. Enquire at Curtin College for further details.

France & Reunion Island

Baccalaureate or Diplome de Bachelier de l'enseignement due with minimum of 10

Hong Kong**

HKDSE with a minimum 9 points from 3 subjects (Mathematics and/or relevant course prerequisite subjects, if applicable) or minimum 4 points from 2 GCE A-Levels or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

10+2 60% average First Division

Indonesia

SMU III with average of 7.5 (assessed individually)

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 23 points over 6 IB units (average 3.85 on 1-7 scale)

Iran

Completed first year at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution

Japan

Assessed individually

Kenya**

KCSE with B- plain average or 4 points from 2 GCE A-Level units

Macau**

Gao Kao cut-off scores for entry will vary according to provinces and courses. Enquire at Curtin College for further details

Malaysia**

STPM - Minimum GPA of 5.67 from 2 relevant subjects , or 4 points from 2 GCE A-Levels or UEC (4 B's)

Mauritius**

Minimum 4 points from 2 GCE A-level or 1 A-level and 2 AS-level units

Middle East**

Completed first year at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution

Myanmar

Assessed individually

South Africa

Aggregate C in Senior Certificate or Matriculation with minimum 3 subjects at 'higher level'

South Korea

Senior High School Diploma with grade B (>80%) average in academic subjects

South America

Completed first year at a recognised tertiary institution

Sri Lanka**

Minimum 4 points from 2 GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units or 2 Sri Lanka A-Level with minimum C grade

Thailand

Completed first year at a recognised tertiary institution

Vietnam

Year 12 (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong) with grade 7.0 average

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania**

Minimum 4 points from GCE A-Level or 1 A-Level and 2 AS-Level units

All other countries

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* Entry into some courses may also require successful completion of pre-requisite subjects.
**GCE A-level scores are calculated from 2 subjects where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Advanced Supplementary (AS) level results may be included in the aggregate and contribute the equivalent at GCE A-level A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0

English Language Requirements

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Students also need to meet the English Language entry requirements

Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program (All Courses*)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

5.5 (no band below 5.0)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper 525, Computer 197, Internet 71

General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-level / SPM 1119

C

Hong Kong - New Academic System

Senior Secondary 2 English average 50-65% (depending on school's banding)

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

46 (No Score less than 43)

ELICOS at Curtin English

Certificate of completion from EAP1 with a minimum 'B' grade

Note: International English Language Testing (IELTS), Pearsons Test of English (PTE) and Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) are officially recognized by the Australian Immigration office.

Tertiary Access Program (All Courses*)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 5.5)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper 550, Computer 213, Internet 80

General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-level / SPM 1119

C

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Curtin University Test of English (CUTE)

C

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

57 (No score less than 49)

ELICOS at Curtin English

Certificate of completion from EAP2 with a minimum 'B' grade

Diploma (Commerce, Information Technology, non language-intensive Arts and Creative Industries)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 5.5)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper 550, Computer 213, Internet 80

General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-level / SPM 1119

C

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

57 (No score less than 49)

ELICOS at Curtin English

Certificate of completion from EAP2 with a minimum 'B' grade

Diploma (Built Environment, Engineering, Health Sciences, English intensive Arts and Creative Industries)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 6.0)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper 550, Computer 213, Internet 80

General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-level / SPM 1119

C

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

57 (No score less than 57)

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

Certificate of completion from EAP2 with a minimum 'B' Grade

Note: For visa purposes, the Australian Government will only recognise certain results from certain tests of English for students from countries under Assessment Level 3 and 4. Please note that the Government's required score in the various tests may be higher than the College's requirements. Curtin College also accepts an IELTS 5.0 (no band below 5.0) for entry into a Certificate IV + Teriary Communication Skills Unit (TCS Unit) combined program.

*Higher English requirements for Media, Culture, Communications and Social Sciences Streams.

The above list is not exhaustive. Other English Language requirements may be considered.

Course Prerequisites

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Course Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program Tertiary Access Program (TAP) Diploma

Arts & Creative Industries

None

None

None (No folio required)

Built Environment

None

None

None

Commerce

None

Maths desirable

Maths desirable

Early Childhood Education

None

None

None

Engineering

Maths, physics and chemistry

Maths (incl. calculus), physics and chemistry

Maths (incl. calculus), physics and chemistry

Food Science & Technology

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry and maths desirable

Human Biology Preclinical

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry, maths and human biology or biology desirable

Information Technology

Maths, physics and/or chemistry

Maths (incl. calculus), physics and/or chemistry

Maths (incl. calculus), physics and/or chemistry.

Laboratory Medicine

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry, maths and human biology or biology desriable

Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry, maths and human biology or biology desirable

Nursing

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Human biology and physical science desirable

Nutrition

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry, maths desirable

Primary Education

None

None

None

Psychology

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths desirable

Secondary Education

None

None

None

Social Sciences

None

None

None

Provisional Entry Program

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Diploma of Commerce | Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries

Students with an IELTS of 5.5, no band bellow 5.0 (plus the required academic score), may be able to begin the diploma on a provisional entry program.

Two academic diploma units are studied in the first trimester, in addition to the required Communication Skills sessions. The aim of these sessions is to improve the use of English across the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as developing the students' use of grammar and vocabulary at Curtin College. Using a variety of exciting and interesting resources, these sessions will help students to communicate more effectively and accurately in an academic context. Once completed, students may study the remaining six academic units over two semesters.

Portfolio Entry Option

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Curtin College offers students the opportunity to provide a supplementary portfolio to support your application, in circumstances where a broader assessment of your school results, work experience, community engagement and other training/education achievements, will demonstrate your suitability for admission to the College.

Applicants in the following categories should submit a supplementary portfolio:

  • School leavers who have fallen short of the required entry requirements,
  • School leavers who do not have an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) or equivalent,
  • Students who have not have completed Year 12.

Please note: Course specific English language requirements and pre-requisites must still be met.

What should you include in your Supplementary Portfolio?

1. Personal Statement

This should be attached to your application and be 250-400 words in length. Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to pursue the course you have selected? Describe how this course aligns with your interests and career goals. Which 'major' do you wish to complete at Curtin University?
  • How will you balance study, work and leisure activities whilst remaining fully committed to your studies?
  • What independent learning skills do you have that will assist you in completing a higher education award. How have you demonstrated those skills in your life and/or career to date?
  • What information technology skills do you have? How familiar are you with word processing, spread sheets , presentations, databases, web browsers and email applications?

2. Resume

This should include all your work experience to date. It should include details of any paid, unpaid, voluntary, school based, full or part-time work. Which skills did you utilise whilst gaining this work experience.

3. References (optional)

You may wish to submit names and contact details of one or two professional or personal referees to support your application.

Please contact the college to find out more.