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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

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 11 with a 50% average or completion of Year 12

Brunei

Brunei-Cambridge GCE O-Level with a minimum five passes from key subjects

China

Senior Middle 2 with a 70% average

Hong Kong

Form 5 with a minimum average of 50%

India

Year 11 from CBSE or ICSE board or Year 11 (10+1) with a minimum average of 70%

Indonesia

SMU2 with an average of 7.0

Iran

Diplim-Motevaseteh (National HS Diploma) with minimum average of 55%

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with D average or higher

Korea

Year 2 Senior High School with a 65% average in academic subjects or HS Leaving Certificate (Ilbankye Kadung Hakkyo) with "ga" over 60%

Kuwait

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat- al-thnawia-al-a'ama) with an overall average of 65%

Macau

Senior Middle 2 (Chinese medium school) or Form 5 (English medium school) with an average of 55%

Malaysia

Form 5/SPM with 5 passes at C grade or better or UEC Senior Middle 2 with 60% or better

Mauritius

Cambridge School Certificate O-Level with a minimum four passes from key subjects

Middle East(UAE)

General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiya aamah) with an overall achievement of 60%

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher School Certificate (10+2) with minimum academic average of 45%

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge O-Level with a minimum four passes from key subjects

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an average of E grade in best 3 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan O level with minimum 5 passes

Vietnam

Year 11 with an average grade of 6

Zambia

Zambia School Certificate-Level with a minimum four passes from key subjects

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O-Level with passes in 5 subjects

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

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 11 with a 50% or Year 12 with an ATAR of 45

Brunei

B-GCE AS-Level with a minimum of one pass in a A Level subject

China

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 60% average

Hong Kong

HKDSE with an overall score of 6 points from 3 subjects (including English achieved at Level 3 or better and 2 other subjects)

India

All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) or Higher Secondary Certificate (State Boards) with grade average of 50%

Indonesia

SMU3 with an average of 6.5

Iran

Pre-university Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 10 out of 20

Kenya

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

Korea

HS Leaving Certificate (Ilbankye Kadung Hakkyo) with "yang" (60%) average

Kuwait

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat- al-thanawia-al-a'ama) with an overall average of 70%

Macau

Senior Middle 3 (Chinese medium school) with overall average 60% or Form 6 (English medium school) with min average 60%

Malaysia

UEC or STPM with a minimum CGPA of 1.0 in 2 subjects or Unified Examination Certificate with min 3 passes

Mauritius

Cambridge HSC A-level with a pass from one AL subject

Middle East(UAE)

General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiya aamah) with an overall achievement of 70%

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher School Certificate (10+2) with minimum academic average of 50%

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge A-Level with a pass in a H2 subject or two H1 subjects

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an average of E grade in best 6 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with a minimum of one pass in a key AL subject

Vietnam

Year 12 Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with average grade of 5.0

Zambia

A Levels of a UK Awarding Body with a minimum of one pass in a key A-Level subject

Zimbabwe

ZIMSEC A-Level with a minimum of one pass in a key A-Level subject

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

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 12 with a minimum ATAR of 50

Brunei

B-GCE A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

China

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

Hong Kong

HKDSE 10 points from 4 subjects (including English and Core Mathematics achieved at Level 3 or better and 2 other subjects)

India

All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) or Higher Secondary Certificate (State Boards) with grade average of 55%

Indonesia

SMU3 with a minimum average of 7.0

Iran

Pre-university Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 13 out of 20

Kenya

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

Korea

HS Leaving Certificate (Ilbankye Kadung Hakkyo) with "mi" average 75%

Kuwait

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama) with an overall average of 80%

Macau

Senior Middle 3 (Chinese medium school) with overall average 70% or Form 6 (English medium school) with min average 70%

Malaysia

STPM with CGPA of 2 in two key academic subjects with no grade less than C OR UEC with minimum Grade B and C in 4 key academic subjects

Mauritius

Cambridge HSC A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Middle East(UAE)

General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiya aamah) with an overall achievement of 80%

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher School Certificate (10+2) with minimum academic average of 55%

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge A-Level with a minimum pass of two H2 passes

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an average of D grade in best 6 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Vietnam

Year 12 Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with average grade of 6.0

Zambia

A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Zimbabwe

ZIMSEC A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 A-Level subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

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

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 12 with a minimum ATAR of 50

Brunei

B-GCE A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

China

Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) 70% average

Hong Kong

HKDSE 10 points from 4 subjects (including English and Core Mathematics achieved at Level 3 or better and 2 other subjects)

India

All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) or Higher Secondary Certificate (State Boards) with grade average of 55%

Indonesia

SMU3 with a minimum average of 7.0

Iran

Pre-university Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 13 out of 20

Kenya

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

Korea

HS Leaving Certificate (Ilbankye Kadung Hakkyo) with "mi" average 75%

Kuwait

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama) with an overall average of 80%

Macau

Senior Middle 3 (Chinese medium school) with overall average 70% or Form 6 (English medium school) with min average 70%

Malaysia

STPM with CGPA of 2 in two key academic subjects with no grade less than C OR UEC with minimum Grade B and C in 4 key academic subjects

Mauritius

Cambridge HSC A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Middle East(UAE)

General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiya aamah) with an overall achievement of 80%

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher School Certificate (10+2) with minimum academic average of 55%

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge A-Level with a minimum pass of two H2 passes

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an average of D grade in best 6 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Vietnam

Year 12 Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with average grade of 6.0

Zambia

A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 AL subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Zimbabwe

ZIMSEC A-Level with a minimum of two passes from 2 A-Level subjects or from one A-Level and two AS-Level subjects

Diploma (Built Environment, Engineering and Health Sciences)

Country Requirements

Australia

Year 12 with a minimum ATAR of 60 or qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV (min avg 55%)

Brunei

B-GCE A-Level with 3 AL passes at grade D

China

80% of the Provincial score for entry into a First Tier University in China from the National Entrance

Hong Kong

HKDSE 12 points from 4 subjects (including English and Core Mathematics achieved at Level 3 or better, plus 2 other pre-requisite units (if applicable)

India

All India Senior School Certificate / Indian School Certificate with average 60% or Higher Secondary Certificate with min average 60% or equivalent to Australian AQF Certificate IV with minimum average 55%

Indonesia

SMU3 with a minimum average of 7.5

Iran

Pre-university Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with an overall GPA of 15 out of 20 or Qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV with a min average of 55%

Kenya

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

Korea

HS Leaving Certificate (Ilbankye Kadung Hakkyo) with "mi" average 80%

Kuwait

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat-al-thanawia- al-a'ama) with an overall average of 80% OR qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV with a minimum average of 55%

Macau

Senior Middle 3 (Chinese medium school) with overall average 80% or Form 6 (English medium school) with min average 80%

Malaysia

STPM minimum CGPA of 2.33 over 3 key academic subjects with no grade less than C or UEC with Grade B in 4 key academic subjects

Mauritius

Cambridge HSC A-Level with 3 AL passes at grade D

Middle East(UAE)

Qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV with a minimum average of 55%

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher School Certificate (10+2) with minimum academic average of 60%

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge A-Level with 3 H2 passes at grade D

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an average of grade of C in best 6 subjects (excluding Life Orientation)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with 3 A-Level passes at grade D

Vietnam

Year 12 Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with average grade of 7.0

Zambia

A-Level with 3 AL passes at grade D OR qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV with a minimum average of 55%

Zimbabwe

ZIMSEC A-Level with 3 A-Level passes at grade D OR qualification equivalent to an Australian AQF Certificate IV with a minimum average of 55%

* 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

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

5.5 (no band below 5.0)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

PBT 527, iBT 46

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

C

HKCEE English Language (post-2007)

3

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

42 (no score less than 36)

Pearson Versant English Placement Text

50 (no score less than 46)

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

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

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Tertiary Access Program

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 5.5)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

PBT 550, iBT 60

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

C

HKCEE English Language (post-2007)

4

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

50 (no score less than 42)

Pearson Versant English Placement Text

56 (no score less than 50)

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

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

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Diploma (Commerce, Design & Art, Information Technology)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 5.5)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

PBT 550, iBT 60

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

C

HKCEE English Language (post-2007)

4

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

50 (no score less than 42)

Pearson Versant English Placement Text

56 (no score less than 50)

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

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

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Diploma (Built Environment, Engineering, Health Sciences, Media, Culture & Creative Arts, Social Sciences)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 (no band below 6.0)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

PBT 550, iBT 60

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

C

HKCEE English Language (post-2007)

4

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

50 (no score less than 50)

Pearson Versant English Placement Text

56 (no score less than 50)

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

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

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Diploma (Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Nursing)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.5 (no band below 6.0)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

iBT 79

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

C

HKCEE English Language (post-2007)

4

Hong Kong - New Academic System

HKDSE Core English Level 3

Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A)

58 (no score less than 42)

Pearson Versant English Placement Text

N/A

ELICOS at Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)

N/A

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

Course Prerequisites

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Course Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program Tertiary Access Program Diploma

Arts & Creative Industries

None

None

None (No folio required)

Commerce

None

Maths desirable

Maths desirable

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, integrated science and maths desirable

Health Promotion

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

At least one science subject. Human biology and maths desirable.

Health Sciences

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

One science and one maths subject 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 and/or maths strongly recommended. Human biology or biology desirable.

Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths recommended. Two science subjects (preferably chemistry and human biology or biology) desirable.

Nursing

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Human biology, maths and integrated science desirable.

Nutrition

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Chemistry required.

Occupational Therapy

Science subjects desirable

Science subjects desirable

One science subject required.

Pharmacy

Science subjects desirable

Science subjects desirable

Chemistry & maths (calculus) required. Human biology and biology desirable.

Physiotherapy

Science subjects desirable

Science subjects desirable

One science subject (biology, chemistry, human biology or integrated science) required.

Psychology

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths & science subjects desirable

Maths desirable

Social Sciences

None

None

None

Provisional Entry Option

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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 Tertiary 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.