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.
In general, the minimum academic entry requirement for our courses, is the satisfactory completion of the following levels of study, either in Australia or in your home country:
To check the specific academic entry requirements for your chosen course visit the International Course Pages of our website.
Equivalent Overseas Qualifications
The following overseas qualifications are recognised as being equivalent to Australian Years 10, 11 and 12 for entry onto our courses:
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.
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.
English Language Requirements
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 on the International Course Pages of our website.
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|
|-||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|
|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:
- 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.
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.