Entry Requirements

International students must meet both academic and English language entry requirements to study an award course at TAFE SA. To check the specific academic entry requirements for your chosen course, please visit the International Course Pages of our website.

Academic Entry Criteria

Each individual course at TAFE SA has academic entry criteria that students must meet to be eligible for enrolment in that course.  To check the specific academic entry requirements for your chosen course visit the International Course Pages of our website. In general, the minimum academic entry is:

Most Foundation Studies Programs, particularly those offered by Australian Universities, are deemed equivalent to Year 12. 

Additional Academic Entry Criteria 

Some courses require additional entry criteria.  For example,  Arts courses often require a portfolio or audition and Health courses an aptitude or skills test.  Visit the International Course Page for your chosen course to check specific entry details. 

17 Years +

You must be 17 years or over prior to commencement date of studies at TAFE SA.  

21 Years +

If you are 21 years you are considered to be a mature-age student and you do not meet the academic entry requirements of your selected course, you may still be eligible for entry, based on your work experience.  Your application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, by the relevant Program Area

Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepalese and Pakistani Students

If you are a Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepalese and Pakistani student you need to have satisfactorily completed Year 12 or overseas equivalent and received a result of 60% in your top 4 subjects (excluding your native language) to enrol in any TAFE SA course (ie Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree).  If you have had to re-sit any of your exams you also need to provide the results of those exams.
Please note: We don't accept Punjab State Board or Haryana State Board HS results. You need to present a Central Board result exam or a higher qualification.

Equivalent Overseas Qualifications

The following overseas qualifications are recognised as being equivalent to Australian Years 10, 11 and 12 for entry onto our courses:

Country Equivalent to Australian Year 10 or 11 Equivalent to Australian Year 12
Australia   Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education
Brazil Certificado de Ensio Medio (Year 10 or 11 equivalent) Certificado / Diploma de Ensino (Year 12 equivalent) Medio
Burma Year 10 and 11 of Basic Education - High School Basic Education High School (BEHS) Examination Certificate + 1 year of higher education
Cambodia Years 10, 11, 12 Upper Secondary Education Diploma of Upper Secondary Education / Baccalaureate
China Senior Middle 2 (DIBP requires completion of Year 11) General Senior Secondary Unified Graduation (Certificate of Graduation)
Hong Kong Secondary 4 or 5 or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
India All Indian Secondary School Certificate, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE SX) Secondary Certification, GCE O-Levels (4 passes)
DIBP requires completion of Year 11 for student VISA
All Indian School Certificate or Indian School Certificate or Certificate of Vocational Education or Senior Secondary Certificate or State Boards of Secondary / Senior Secondary Education certificates, GCE A-Levels (2 passes)
Indonesia Secondary School : SMU or SMK 3 Certificate of Completion of Senior Secondary Education (lzajah/STTB SMA/STTB SMK) or Certificate of Graduation (SKHUN)
Japan Completion of Kotogakko Year 1 Lower Secondary Leaving Certificate Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho)
Kenya GCE O-Levels (4 passes)
DIBP requires completion of Year 11 for student visa
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or GCE A level - 2 passes
Malaysia SPM or GCE O-Levels (4 passes) or Senior Middle 2 STPM Senior Secondary Certificate of Education KCSE) or GCE A Levels - 2 passes, UEC
Nepal

Completion of Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate
DIBP requires completion of Year 11 for student visa

Higher Secondary Education
Board Certificate (Grade 12)
New Zealand   National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) - Level 3, minimum 60 credits
Nigeria Senior Secondary School (WAEC/ NECO) examinations - pass grade, GCE O-Levels (4 subject passes) Senior Secondary School (WAEC/NECO) examinations (5 subjects passes C grade average) GCE A Levels (2 passes)
Philippines High School Diploma or National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) + one year of Bachelor Degree (DIBP requires completion of Year 11) High School Diploma or a Certificate of Graduation + two years of Bachelor Degree
Saudi Arabia   Shahadat al-thanwiyyah al-'aama or shahadat al-marhalat (General Secondary Education Certificate) Form 7 or University Foundation Year
Singapore GCE O-Levels - 4 subject passes GCE A-levels - 2 passes
South Korea Completion of Senior High School Grade 1 or equivalent General / Academic Senior High School Certificate / Diploma (Immumgye Kodung Hakkyo Choeupchang)
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE O-Levels (4 subject passes) DIBP requires completion of Year 11 for student visa GCE A-levels - 2 passes
Taiwan Senior High School (1st or 2nd Year) Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma
Thailand Upper Secondary School (Matayom 5 / Matayom 4) Matayom 6 or MS 6 (Certificate of Secondary Education)
UK GCE O-Levels (4 subject passes) GCE A-Levels (2 subject passes)
Vietnam Upper Secondary schooling (Year 10 or 11 equivalent) DIBP requires completion of Year 11 Bang Tot nghiep Trung hoc Pho thong (Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma)

Note: Satisfactory results must be achieved (e.g. 50% minimum average in all courses, except Nursing and Dental applications which require 60% minimum average)

 

English language requirements

Students must meet the English language entry score of the particular course of interest.  For most Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate courses students are required to have a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score of 5.5 overall (academic) with no band/sub score under 5.0. There are some courses which require a different score.  Please check your individual course requirements via the International Course Home Page

All of the test must have been taken no more than 2 years before the commencement of course.

Name of Course/Test

IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in all bands

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands

TAFE SA English Language Centre
English for Academic Purposes (EAP10) Pass
English for Academic Purposes Advanced  P grade (after 10 weeks).  (After 20 weeks (part 2) deemed equivalent to 6.5 overall).
English for Academic Purposes (EAP20) Pass
English for Academic Purposes (EAP20) Credit
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Certificate IV in English Proficiency & Diploma of English Proficiency
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – iBT
Score of 46,  with reading: 4-7, listening: 4-6, speaking: 14-15, and writing: 14-17
Score of 60,  with reading: 8-12, listening: 7-11, speaking: 16-17, and writing: 18-20
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
Overall score of 162 with a minimum of 154 in all bands
Overall score of 169 with a minimum of 162 in all bands
Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE)
(Flinders University) Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)
English for Business and IT Studies (Academic Preparation), Level 5
English for Health Studies, Level 5
English for Academic Preparation, Level 5
English for Business and IT Studies (Academic Preparation), Level 6
English for Health Studies, Level 6
English for Academic Preparation, Level 6
English College of Adelaide
English for Direct Entry Level 1, C grade in all skills
English for Direct Entry Level 1, A or B grade in all skills
South Australian College of English (SACE)

English for Tertiary Studies I

 


English for Tertiary Studies II:

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands

University of South Australia Centre for English Language (CELUSA)*
Academic English Level 3
Academic English Level 4
Eynesbury College
English for Academic Purposes (EAP2)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP3)
Eynesbury Foundation Students Program, score of 250/500 with score of 55% or higher for Language & Communication subject
Eynesbury Foundation Students Program, score of 250/500 with score of 60% or higher for Language & Communication subject
Australian International College of English (AICE)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP2) Pass
English for Academic Purposes (EAP3) Credit
Kaplan International English (KIE)
Intensive English, Higher Intermediate or above
English for Academic Purposes Level 2
PTE Academic
42
50
OET
Pass
Pass
GCE O Levels English
C6
C5
Malaysian  SPM 1119 English
 B
 A
Kenyan KCSE English
 C
 B
Malaysia University Entrance Test
 
Score of 4
International Baccalaureate
English A or B grade (score of 5-7)
English A grade (score of 5-7)

*To be confirmed

When IELTS  is NOT Required

The following are circumstances in which you will not be required to provide evidence of an IELTS score: (Exclude Diploma of Nursing and Dental courses.)

  • Successful completion, within the last two years, of a secondary or tertiary level course, undertaken in English in a country where English is an official language or the main language spoken (as deemed by TAFE SA)
  • Successful completion of at least one year of study, within the last two years, in a CRICOS registered course delivered in Australia (Year 12 or above).

Please note however that students applying for any Packaged Program with The University of Adelaide, or for the Bachelor of Nursing Packaged Program with the University of South Australia, are always required to provide evidence of their IELTS score

IELTS Score not high enough?

If your IELTS score is not high enough for entry onto your chosen course then why not improve your score by studying an English language program at our English Language Centre (ELC).  We offer a number of different English language programs, including English for Academic Purposes (EAP), which provides direct entry into our award courses at TAFE SA. 

IELTS Score for University Packaged Programs

If you choose to study one of our University Packaged Programs which lead directly into a Bachelor course at The University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia, you will be required, on completion of your TAFE SA course, to submit proof to the university of an IELTS score of 6 or 6.5. Use the diagrams below to work out how you can achieve this goal through TAFE SA's English language programs:

Please note that admission of TAFE SA international students to the University of Adelaide is based on their overall IELTS equivalent score without reference to individual band score.

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Local University acceptance of TAFE SA English programs

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 20

University of South Australia: Students who have successfully gained a credit result in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.
University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced

University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes (20 weeks) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.
University of South Australia: Students who have successfully gained a P result in all aspects of their final report (together with a Letter of Recommendation) in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes Advanced (after 10 weeks in the program) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing.
University of South Australia: Students who have successfully gained a P result in all aspects of their final report (together with a Letter of Recommendation) in the TAFE SA English for Academic Purposes Advanced (Part 2) are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.

Certificate IV in English Proficiency & Diploma of English Proficiency (recent graduates – this course is no longer offered to International Students)

University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA Certificate IV in English Proficiency are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0.
University of Adelaide: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA Diploma of English Proficiency are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 7.0
University of South Australia: Students who have successfully completed the TAFE SA Certificate IV in English Proficiency are assumed to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.0
University of South Australia: Students who have successfully completed the Diploma of English Proficiency (ISLPR 3+ to 4) will be recognised as meeting the English Language requirements for entry to UniSA undergraduate programs and post-graduate programs requiring a minimum overall IELTS of 6.5. Students achieving below ISLPR 3+ to 4 will be required to submit an IELTS score as required by the program of interest
Admission of TAFE SA international students to the University of Adelaide is based on their overall IELTS equivalent score without reference to individual band score