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UC coursework English proficiency requirements

All applicants wishing to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate coursework study at the University of Canberra must meet the English proficiency requirements for that particular course. The full details of English Proficiency Requirements are listed below.

1.1This schedule outlines the English proficiency requirements for University of Canberra (UC) postgraduate and undergraduate coursework courses, including University of Canberra College (UCC) courses.
1.2All applicants wishing to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate coursework study (including non-award study such as cross institutional and study as an exchange student) at the University of Canberra must meet the English proficiency requirements for that particular course.  In exceptional circumstances, the achievement of English language proficiency may also be reviewed by the Director of Student Administration and Planning (or nominated staff member) and deemed as acceptable on a case-by-case basis.
1.3Undergraduate coursework courses with "standard" English proficiency requirements require an overall IELTS (or equivalent) of 6.0 with no band score below 5.5.  Postgraduate coursework courses (i.e. graduate certificate, graduate diploma, Masters) with "standard" English proficiency requirements require an overall IELTS (or equivalent) of 6.0 with no band score below 6.0.
1.4 Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses with higher (i.e. non-standard) English proficiency requirements are listed below in Section D.
1.5Entry to the following UCC courses require the IELTS (or equivalent) scores outlined below:
    • UCC Diploma (Extended – 3 terms): 5.5 overall (no minimum band scores required);
    • UCC Diploma (2 terms): 6.0 overall (no minimum band scores required). 
    • UCan Reach, UC Start, UC Prep, and UC Connect: 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5. 
    • Certificate in Academic Foundations (GCAF): 6.0 overall (no minimum band scores required).
1.6The University of Canberra requires documentary evidence of the following from applicants as proof of meeting the English language requirements:
    • Previous study that meets the English proficiency requirements, outlined below in Section A: Meeting English proficiency requirements through previous study; or
    • The required scores in one of the approved English Language tests, outlined below in Section B: Meeting English proficiency requirements through an English Language Test; or
    • Completion of recognised qualification or course at a recognised institution, as outlined in Section C: Meeting English proficiency through study at a recognised institution.
1.7 Applicants are regarded as meeting the University's English proficiency requirements for all UC coursework courses (both postgraduate and undergraduate), including those with higher English proficiency requirements, if they have completed one of the following qualifications, where the medium of instruction was English in one of the countries/territories listed in Table 1:
  • Senior Secondary Study: Successful completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), comparable with the NSW HSC ; or
  • Post-Secondary Study: Successful completion of an equivalent AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma; or Australian (or equivalent) tertiary preparation course (including Australian university foundation courses), with a full-time equivalence of one year; or
  • Tertiary Study: Successful completion of at least one (1) year of full-time AQF Level 7 (Bachelor) and above.  
Table 1: Countries and territories recognised by the University for the purpose of using previous study to meet English proficiency requirements
Australia Botswana Canada Fiji Ghana Guyana Ireland
Jamaica Kenya Lesotho Liberia New Zealand Nigeria Papua New Guinea
Samoa (American, Independent State) Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Tonga Trinidad & Tobago United Kingdom
USA Zambia Zimbabwe



1.8 Previous study undertaken online or by distance education does not count towards meeting the University's English proficiency requirements.
1.9 Applicants who do not meet the requirements detailed in Section 1 above may satisfy the University's English proficiency requirements for the courses referred to the Table below by demonstrating the minimum required tests results in the following tests:
Test 1 UCC Diploma
(3 Term)
UCC Diploma
(2 term)
UCC GCAF 2 Undergrad. courses, standard English proficiency reqs. Postgrad. courses, standard English proficiency reqs. Courses requiring an IELTS of 6.5 with no band score below 6.0 Courses requiring an IELTS of 7.0 with no band score below 6.0 Courses requiring an IELTS of 7.5
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic 5.5 overall (no min. band score reqs.) 6.0 overall (no min. band score reqs.) 6.0 overall (no min. band score reqs.) 6.0 overall with no band score below 5.5 6.0 with no band score below 6.0 6.5 overall with no band score below 6.0 7.0 overall with no band score below 6.0 7.5 overall (no min. band score reqs.)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT3 46-59 60-78 60-78 Overall score of 60 -78, with no skill score below:
  • Reading: 8-12
  • Listening:
  • 7-11
  • Speaking: 16-17
  • Writing: 18-20
Overall score of 60 -78, with no skill score below:
  • Reading: 13-18
  • Listening: 12-19
  • Speaking: 18-19
  • Writing: 21-23
Overall score of 79-93 with no skill score below:
  • Reading: 13-18
  • Listening: 12-19
  • Speaking: 18-19
  • Writing: 21-23
Overall score of 94-101 with no skill score below:
  • Reading: 13-18
  • Listening: 12-19
  • Speaking: 18-19
  • Writing: 21-23
Overall score of 102-109.
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic4 42-49 50-57 50 - 57 50-57 with no skill score below 42-49 50-57 with no skill score below 50-57 58-64 with no skill score below 50-57 65-72 with no skill score below 50-57 73-78
Cambridge English Scale (CES)5 162 – 168 169-175 169-175 169-175 with no individual score below 162. 169-175 with no individual score below 169. 176-184 with no individual score below 169. 185-190 with no individual score below 169. 191-199
Occupational English Test (OET)6 No grade lower than 'D' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'C' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'C' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'C' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'C' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'C' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'B' in any of the four sub-tests No grade lower than 'B' in any of the four sub-tests
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
(CEFR): English7
B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 C1 C1 C1

1 The University of Canberra accepts results from IELTS, PTE, and CES as being current for two years and results from TOEFL as being current for 18 months.
2 This course is open to international students only.
3 Source: ETS Website, https://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/compare/.
4 Source: Pearson website, http://pearsonpte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/PTEA_Score_Guide.pdf.
5 Source: Cambridge English website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/cambridge-english-scale/.
6 Source: From https://courses.oetonline.net.au/mod/page/view.php?id=3991
7 Source: Cambridge English Website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/cefr/

1.10 To be valid for the purpose of meeting the University's English Proficiency requirements, results from the tests (as per Table 2) must be no more than two years old.
1.11 Where a student has obtained a recognised English Language test and the test results post-dates the applicant's qualification or course referred to in sections 1 or 2 of this document, the results of the test will supersede any prior English proficiency assessment.
1.12 Applicants who do not meet the requirements detailed in Section 1 above may satisfy the University's English proficiency requirements for the courses referred to the Table below by demonstrating the minimum required tests results in the following tests:
1.13Study at the University of Canberra College in English Language Intensive Courses : Applicants are regarded as meeting the University's English proficiency requirements for courses referred to below if they have completed the following courses and obtained the stated scores:
Name of the ELICOS direct-entry pathway program completedIELTS equivalent required for entryScore Required on completionEligible for Entry to
ELICOS Pre-Access English Course
(10 weeks)
5.0 overall60% overall (Equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall)UCC Diploma (Extended)
ELICOS English for Academic Purposes (EAP): 10 weeks5.5 overall60% overall with no result below 55% in the reading, writing, listening or speaking results (Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5)UC Undergraduate Coursework Courses with standard English proficiency requirements
ELICOS English for Academic Purposes Plus (EAP Plus) (20 weeks from 5.5 or 10 weeks from 6.0)5.5. overall for EAP Plus Term 1 and 6.0 overall for EAP Plus Term 21.Postgraduate Courses with standard English proficiency requirements: 60% overall with nothing below 60% in any of the reading, writing, listening or speaking results;
2.Undergraduate and postgraduate courses with higher English proficiency requirements: Students in ELICOS EAP and EAP Plus can be assessed up to 7.0 overall and 7.00 in each band score. The ELICOS direct-entry pathway program's IELTS equivalencies – overall and band scores are as follows:
60% = 6.0
65% = 6.5
70% = 7.0
1.Postgraduate Courses with standard English proficiency requirements; or 2.Undergraduate and postgraduate courses with higher English proficiency requirements, up to IELTS equivalent of 7.0 overall with no band score below 7.0. 

The University of Canberra College provides an Offshore Placement Test (OPT) to off-shore agents to assist in estimating the length of an English course. It is not an officially recognised English language test for the purposes of meeting the University's English proficiency requirements.
Completed UCC CourseScore Required to meet English Proficiency RequirementsEligible for Entry to
Diploma (Extended) – 3 TermsMust complete the Diploma, including both English Language and Culture 1 and English Language and Culture 2 unitsand obtain the following results:
  • English 1: Requires overall 50% to pass the unit and a combined 55% on the combined test and exam score to achieve an equivalent IELTS of 5.5 overall.
  • English 2: Requires overall 50% to pass the unit but must have a combined 60% on the combined test and exam score to achieve an equivalent 6.0
UC Undergraduate Coursework Courses (both standard and higher English proficiency requirements)
Diploma –2 TermsMust complete the Diploma, including the Academic English unitachieving a grade of at least 50% in that unit.UC Undergraduate Coursework Courses (both standard and higher English proficiency requirements)
Graduate Certificate Academic Foundations (GCAF)*Must complete the GCAF, including results in the units: with the following units:
  • Intercultural Academic Communication G: Must achieve result of at least 50% overall. 
  • Academic Writing and Research Skills G: must have an overall mark of 50% to pass the unit with 60% in the combined score of the tests/final exam
A selection of postgraduate coursework courses with standard English proficiency requirements.  A full list of courses for which the GCAF is a pathway can be found at:
http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/courses/pathways/international-students/grad-certificate

*This course is open to international students only

1.15 Other recognised courses and qualifications in Australia and overseas: The following qualifications meet the English proficiency requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses with standard English proficiency requirements only (not including UCC courses) unless otherwise stated:
Institution/CountryCompleted Qualification (including standard required, where applicable)
Austrian Secondary SchoolsAustrian Maturity Certificate (Reifexeugnis/Reifeprufungszeugnis/Matura/Maturazeugnis): GPA of 2 in English from the last three years of Austrian High School Diploma
 ANU College ANU Access English: Overall grade of 60% (meets English proficiency requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses with standard English proficiency requirement and all law courses referred to in Section 4 below.
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English + Further Studies 

Denmark Secondary SchoolsSenior High School (Studentereksamen): Grade of 6 in English A; OR Grade of 9 in English B
FinlandLukionpaastotodistus (the Upper Secondary Examination: Grade of 8 in English A or English (Advanced)
GermanySenior High School Diploma (Abitur): English grade of 3 or better (1 highest) in the final two years;
or
DAAD Certificate of Language Proficiency of English Test: minimum of 'B' grade (with 'A' being the highest) in each category of the test.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)Minimum of Level 3 in English subject.
Note: A minimum of Level 2 in English subject meets English proficiency requirements for UCC Diploma (Extended).
International Baccalaureate (IB) A minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level) or a minimum of 5 in English B (Higher level)
European Baccalaureate60% in English as an Obligatory Subject (Language I or II)
Macquarie Education Group Australia (MEGA)In all courses listed below, successful students must obtain an overall score of at least 65% with a minimum of 60% in any macro skill:
  • EAP level 1: Eligible for entry to UCC Diploma courses.
  • EAP Level 2: Eligible for entry to Undergraduate courses.
  • EAP Level 3: Eligible for entry to Postgraduate courses.
Malaysia
  • Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM): Grade C in English language subject or English Literature examination;
  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM): B or better in subjects examined in English, or a grade of C in subject code 1119 'English Language' (Bahasa Inggeris).
  • Chinese Independent Secondary Schools' Unified Examination Certificate: Grade of 5 in English
NetherlandsVWO: Overall score of at least 7 in English
NorwayVitnemal (Upper Secondary): English grade of 4 or higher
NAVITAS Academic EnglishAcademic English 2: Meets English proficiency requirements for UCC Diploma (Extended);
Academic English 3: Minimum overall score of 55% - Meets English proficiency requirements for direct entry to UC coursework courses with standard English proficiency requirements.
Ozford English Language CentreUndergraduate courses: Completion of 12 week block of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with a result of at least 50% in all macro skills.
Postgraduate courses: Completion of 24 weeks of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with a result of at least 50% in all macro skills.
SwedenMatriculation Certificate (Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan tion): Grade of 3 (or G) in English A or English B.
TAFE Queensland Brisbane Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English - Further Studies
TAFE NSWCertificate IV in English for Academic Purposes
Various/GlobalGeneral Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examination (GCE 'A' Levels): Minimum grade of C in English, English Language, English Studies, English Literature, English as a Second Language, or Humanities subject.
VariousGCE 'O' Levels/GCSE/IGCSE: Minimum grade of B in any English or Humanities subject
1.16 Coursework courses with English proficiency requirements higher than the standard English proficiency requirements (as per paragraph 4.3 above) are listed in the table below.

Level

UAC Course Code

Course Code

Course Title

IELTS Requirements

Undergraduate 365113 266JA Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0
Undergraduate N/A 268JA Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 365083 953AA Bachelor of Midwifery overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0
Undergraduate 365103 885AA Bachelor of Nursing overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5
Undergraduate 365116 250JA Bachelor of Pharmacy overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7.0
Undergraduate 365106 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0
Undergraduate 364086 203JA Bachelor of Education overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364003 321JA Bachelor of Primary Education overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364024 322JA Bachelor of Primary Education (STeM) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364023 323JA Bachelor of Primary Education (Creative Arts) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364033 324JA Bachelor of Primary Education (Health and Physical Education) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 880420 325JA Bachelor of Primary Education (Graduate Entry) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364053 327JA Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364063 328JA Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Science overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364073 329JA Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Maths and Computing Technology Studies overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 364044 330JA Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7 and not less than 8 in both speaking and listening
Undergraduate 367003 794AA Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361423 829AA Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 362143 801AA Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361323 810AA Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361063 944AA Bachelor of Applied Economics/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361546 241JA Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 362446 225JA Bachelor of Communication in Advertising/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361536 240JA Bachelor of Human Resource Management/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361509 149JA Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 362323 821AA Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361526 239JA Bachelor of Building and Construction Management/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 361516 238JA Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Undergraduate 363076 227JA Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs/Bachelor of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880130 847AA Master of Legal Studies overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880115 849AA Master of Laws overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880110 852AA Master's Degree in Juris Doctor overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880710 742AA Master of Clinical Psychology overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7 in writing and speaking and not less than 6 in reading and listening
Postgraduate 880827 174JA Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880825 771AA Master of Nutrition overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880830 772AA Master of Nutrition and Dietetics overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880821 132JA Master of Occupational Therapy overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0
Postgraduate 880800 767AA Master of Pharmacy overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7.0
Postgraduate 880805 768AA Master of Physiotherapy overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0
Postgraduate 880433 246JA Master of Teaching overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5
Postgraduate 880440 979AA Master of Arts in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
Postgraduate 880193 293JA Master of Business Administration (Innovation and Leadership) overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0