Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Taylors College Sydney

Taylors College has one over-riding Admissions Policy – we will only accept your application if your results indicate that you are able to pass the program.

Entry to the University of Sydney Foundation Program and High Achievers Preparation Program is for international students only. International students who are granted Australian permanent residency after accepting a place in the course may complete the USFP, but cannot be guaranteed entry to the University of Sydney under the conditions set down for international students.

COVID-19 English language requirements

To ensure your journey isn’t delayed, we are now accepting a wider range of English language tests along with our existing tests for entry to our courses.

New English tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  • Duolingo English test
  • English tests up to three years old (from the commencement date of study)

University of Sydney Foundation Program

As a guide, applicants for the Intensive Foundation Program must have achieved superior grades in English and relevant academic subjects. Students applying for the Standard Foundation Program must have achieved at least average grades in English and relevant subjects. The Extended Foundation Program is designed for students who do not qualify for the Standard program, or who want to develop a more solid foundation in key subjects such as Mathematics or the Sciences. Forecast results are accepted where appropriate.

We are doing everything we can to make sure that your education isn’t impacted due to COVID-19. That’s why we will allow you to submit predicted or interim High School (or equivalent) results if your previous studies or academic qualifications have been impacted by COVID-19.

Because there is a chance your final official results won’t match the interim or predicted results when they become available, we have set slightly higher cut-offs for interim or predicted results should you wish to submit them to allow us to honour offers should your final official results not match the result submitted during COVID-19.

Please note: not all qualifications are affected by COVID-19, so only students who can demonstrate that their High School (or equivalent) results have been affected by COVID-19 can apply using predicted or interim results. For all other students, the normal entry requirements apply.

Minimum English language entry requirements are as follows:

Course Extended (72 wks) Standard (52 wks) Intensive (39 wks)
IELTS
Indicator
5.0
(no band less than 5.0)
5.5
(no band less than 5.5)
6.0
(no band less than 5.5)
TOEFL iBT
Special Home Edition
56
(writing no less than 14)
62
(writing no less than 16)
73
(writing no less than 16)
Duolingo English test Overall score of at least 75 Overall score of at least 85 Overall score of at least 95

Students are expected to test at the below scores at orientation.

Course Extended (72 wks) Standard (52 wks) Intensive (39 wks)
IELTS
(Academic)
5.0
(no band less than 5.0)
5.5
(no band less than 5.5)
6.0
(no band less than 5.5)
TOEFL PB 483 (TWE 3.5) 506 (TWE 4) 534 (TWE 4)
TOEFL iBT 56
(writing no less than 14)
62
(writing no less than 16)
73
(writing no less than 16)
PTE
(Academic)
42
(writing no less than 42)
46
(writing no less than 46)
54
(writing no less than 46)

CAE

154 162 169

 

Do not meet the English language entry requirements for our foundation program? Don't worry, you can enrol in our Academic English Preparation program first, and no IELTS required.

Course Extended COVID Standard COVID Intensive COVID
Bangladesh HSC - 62% average HSC - 62% average N/A
China Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 62% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 72% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 82% or above in 4 relevant subjects
Hong Kong Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects.  Details of entry requirements are as follows:
TB1 - 3 pass/Level 2 in 3 subjects/ E in 3 subjects
LB1 - 3 pass/Level 2 in 3 subjects /E in 3 subjects
TB2 - 3 Pass /Level 2 in 3 subjects/E in 3 subjects
LB2 - 4 subjects (12% over pass mark)/Level 3 in 4 subjects/D in 4 subjects
B3 - 4 subjects (17% over pass mark)/Level 4 in 4 subjects/C in 4 subjects

HKDSE - 3 Level 2  in relevant subjects 
Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects.  Details of entry requirements are as follows:
TB1 - 4 pass/Level 2 in 4 subjects/ E in 4 subjects
LB1 - 4 pass/Level 2 in 4 subjects /E in 4 subjects
TB2 - 4 subjects (12% over pass mark)/Level 3 in 4 subjects/D in 4 subjects
LB2 - 4 subjects (17% over pass mark)/Level 3 in 4 subjects/D in 4 subjects
B3 - 4 subjects (22% over pass mark)/Level 4 in 4 subjects/C in 4 subjects

HKDSE - 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 3 in relevant subjects 
Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects.  Details of entry requirements are as follows:
TB1 - 4 pass/Level 2 in 4 subjects/ E in 4 subjects
LB1 - 4 pass/Level 2 in 4 subjects /E in 4 subjects
TB2 - 2 subjects (12% over pass mark) + 2 subjects (17% over the pass mark)/2 Level 3 + 2 Level 4/2 C and 2 D in 4 subjects
LB2 - 2 subjects (17% over pass mark) + 2 subjects (22% over the pass mark)/2 Level 3 + 2 Level 4 in 4 subjects/2C + 2D in 4 subjects
B3 - 2 subjects (22% over pass mark) + 2 subjects (32% over the pass mark)/2 Level 4 + 2 Level 5 in 4 subjects/2C + 2B in 4 subjects

HKDSE - 1 Level 2 and 2 Level 3 in relevant subjects 
Indonesia SMA 2 - 67% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 – 72%-77% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 - 82%-87% in 4 academic subjects
Iran Year 11 with 15 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 17 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 19 / 20 in academic subjects
Kuwait General Secondary School Certificate with 72% in 4 relevant subjects General Secondary School Certificate with 77% in 4 relevant subjects General Secondary School Certificate with 92% in 4 relevant subjects
Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 62% - 67% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 67% - 77% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 77% - 82% in academic subjects
Mexico Completion of Bachillerato - 6.02/62% in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.2/72% in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.7/77% in 4 relevant subjects
Pakistan Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 52% in relevant subjects Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 57% in relevant subjects Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 62% in relevant subjects
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 2 in 3 subjects and a grade 3 in 2 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 3 in 4 subjects and a grade 4 in 1 subject Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 3 in 2 subjects and a minimum of grade 4 in 3 subjects
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 72% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 77% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 92% average in academic subjects
UK remain the same remain the same remain the same
Taiwan Senior Year 2 - 62% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 72% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 82% or above in 4 relevant subjects
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 2 in 3 subjects and Grade 3 in 2 subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 3 in 3 subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 3 in 2 subjects and Grade 4 in 3 subjects
Vietnam Year 11 - GPA of  7.2 Year 11 - GPA of 7.7 Year 11 - GPA of 8.2
Course Extended Standard Intensive
Australia Year 11 (60% in relevant subjects) Year 11 (70% in relevant subjects) Year 11 (75% in relevant subjects)
Bangladesh HSC HSC - 60% average HSC
China Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 60% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 70% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 80% or above in 4 relevant subjects
Hong Kong Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects

HKDSE - 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 1 in relevant subjects
Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects

HKDSE - 3 relevant subjects at Level 2
Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects

HKDSE - 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 3 in relevant subjects
India Year 11 60% in relevant subjects Year 11 70% in relevant subjects Year 11 80% in relevant subjects
Indonesia SMA 2 - 65% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 – 70%-75% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 - 80%-85% in 4 academic subjects
Iran Year 11 with 14 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 16 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 18 / 20 in academic subjects
Japan Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate Year 2 - Grade 3-4 in academic subjects Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Year 2 - Grade 4-5 in academic subjects Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Year 2 with superior grades in academic subjects
Korea High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 4 - 5

Korean High school graduation equivalency exam (GED) - 60% in relevant subjects
High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 2 - 3

Korean High school graduation equivalency exam (GED) - 70% in relevant subjects
High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 1

Korean High school graduation equivalency exam (GED) - 80% in relevant subjects
Kuwait General Secondary School Certificate with 70% in 4 relevant subjects General Secondary School Certificate with 75% in 4 relevant subjects General Secondary School Certificate with 90% in 4 relevant subjects
Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 60% - 65% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 65% - 75% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 75% - 80% in academic subjects
Malaysia SPM (or forecast) - aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects. SPM (or forecast) - aggregated of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects. SPM (or forecast) - aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects.
Mexico Completion of Bachillerato - 6.0/60% in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.0/70% in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.5/75% in 4 relevant subjects
New Zealand Completion of Year 12 with 30 credits at NCEA level 2 with no fewer than 10 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths) Completion of Year 12 with 40 credits at NCEA level 2 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths) Completion of Year 12 with 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths)
Pakistan Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 50% in relevant subjects Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 55% in relevant subjects Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate 60% in relevant subjects
Philippines High School Diploma - 80% in relevant subjects (10-year system)

Completion of Year 11 - 75% in relevant subjects (12-year system)
High School Diploma - 85% in relevant subjects (10-year system)

Completion of Year 11 - 80% in relevant subjects (12-year system)
High School Diploma - 95% in relevant subjects (10-year system)

Completion of Year 11 - 90% in relevant subjects (12-year system)
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 2 in 3 subjects and a grade 3 in 2 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum a grade 3 in 5 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 3 in 3 subjects and a minimum of grade 4 in 2 subjects
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 70% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 90% average in academic subjects
Singapore Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka O level - C grade in 4 academic subjects
IGCES - 2 C grades and 2 D grades in 4 relevant subjects
Sri Lanka O level - B grade in 4 academic subjects
IGCES - 2 B grades and 2 C grades in 4 relevant subjects
Sri Lanka O level - 2 A grades and 2 B grades in 4 academic subjects
IGCES - B grade in 4 relevant subjects
Taiwan Senior Year 2 - 60% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 70% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 80% or above in 4 relevant subjects
Thailand Matayom 5 GPA 2.25 in academic subjects Matayom 5 GPA 2.5 in academic subjects Matayom 5 GPA 3.0 in academic subjects
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma results 2 in academic subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 2 in 3 subjects and Grade 3 in 2 subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 3 in 3 subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
Vietnam* Year 11 - GPA of  7.0 Year 11 - GPA of 7.5 Year 11 - GPA of 8.0

If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

*Available to International Students only.

High Achievers Preparation Program

As a guide, applicants for the High Achievers Preparation Program must have achieved excellent grades in English and relevant academic subjects. Forecast results are accepted where appropriate.

Minimum English language entry requirements are as follows:

Test  Qualifications
IELTS Indicator IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 6.5
IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.0
IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.5
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition An overall score of 73 with a writing score of no less than 16 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 6.5
An overall score of 85 with a writing score of no less than 19 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.0
An overall score of 96 with a writing score of no less than 22 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.5
Duolingo An overall score of 95 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 6.5
An overall score of 105 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.0
An overall score of 115 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.5
Test  Qualifications
IELTS Academic  IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 6.5  
 IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.0 
 IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5 for programs that have a direct entry overall IELTS cut-off score to the University of IELTS 7.5

(IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required for those wishing to enter the Business School)

Students are expected to test at the above scores at orientation.

Country Academic standard guideline
IB Diploma Stream 1:
31
Stream 2:
27
Gulf States Stream 1:
General Secondary Education Certificate 95% grade average in 4 best relevant academic subjects

Stream 2: 
General Secondary Education Certificate 90% grade average in 4 best relevant academic subjects
Hong Kong Stream 1:
HKDSE Best of 5, aggregate of 18

Stream 2:
HKDSE Best of 5, aggregate of 15

HKDSE – Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education - aggregate based on 5** & 5* = 6, 5 = 5, 4 = 4, 3 = 3, 2 = 2, 1 = 1
India All India Senior School Certificate awarded by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Stream 1:
Best 4 externally examined subjects, an aggregate of 14.5

Stream 2:
Best 4 externally examined subjects, an aggregate of 12

India Higher Secondary
Certificate awarded by state boards 
EXCEPT Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
Stream 1:
An average of 90% in the best of 5 content-based subjects

Stream 2:
An average of 80% in the best of 5 content-based subjects
Indonesia Stream 1:
SMA 3 (new system) - 9 in 4 best content-based subjects and good cohort ranking
SMU 3 (old system) - 90% average in 4 best content-based subjects and good cohort ranking

Stream 2:
SMA 3 (new system) - 8 in 4 best content-based subjects and good cohort ranking
SMU 3 (old system) - 80% average in 4 best content-based subjects and good cohort ranking
Iran Completion of one year Pre-university after completion of the High School Diploma
Stream 1: A final GPA between 19-20
Stream 2: A final GPA between 18.5-18.99 in content-based subjects
Japan Stream 1:
Upper Secondary School Year 3 - Exemplary average (90%) in content-based subjects

Stream 2:
Upper Secondary School Year 3 - Very Good average (80%) in content-based subjects
Macau Stream 1:
Form 6 (English Schools) – 80% average in content-based subjects
Form 6 (Chinese Schools) – 85% average in content-based subjects

Stream 2:
Form 6 (English Schools) – 70% average in content-based subjects
Form 6 (Chinese Schools) – 75% average in content-based subjects
Malaysia Stream 1:
STPM best 3 Advanced level subjects with an aggregate of 14;
STPM best 4 Advanced level subjects with an aggregate of 13;
UEC average A2

Stream 2:
STPM best 3 Advanced level subjects with an aggregate of 7;
STPM best 4 Advanced level subjects with an aggregate of 8;
UEC average B3

STPM - Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia - aggregate based on A=7, A- =6, B+=5, B=4, B-=3, C+=2, C=1
Philippines Stream 1 - High School Diploma (Year 12) with grade average of 90% or A

Stream 2 - High School Diploma (Year 12) with grade average of 85% or P

Grading system
B = Beginning = 74% and below
D = Developing = 75-79%
AP = Approaching proficiency = 80-84%
P = Proficient = 85-89%
A = Advanced = 90% and above
Russia Stream 1: Attestat - Certificate of Secondary Education. Minimum of grade 5 in 4 content-based subjects and grade 4 in 1 content-based subject

Stream 2: Attestat - Certificate of Secondary Education. Minimum of grade 4 in 4 content-based subjects and grade 3 in 1 content-based subject
Singapore Stream 1: Aggregate 320
(O level + 3 year Singapore Poly GPA 2.9)

Stream 2: Aggregate 290
(O level + 3 year Singapore Poly GPA 2.5)

Aggregate is to be calculated based on the three best H2 subjects, and will be raised by either:
- General Paper (GP) at H1 and one content-based subject (this can be at H1, H2 or H3) or
- Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) at H2 level
Aggregate is calculated for H2 subjects based on A=120, B=100, C=80, D=60, E=40, with half the value for H1 subjects (e.g. A=60, B=50 and so on)
South Korea Stream 1:
College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) 323 or General High School Diploma with an average of 90% in content-based subjects or A grade or 1 Ranked Grade with a position in cohort of top 4%

Stream 2:
College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) 309 or General High School Diploma with an average of 80% in content-based subjects or B or 2 Ranked grade
Sri Lanka Stream 1:
A levels aggregate of 6 in best 3 subjects

Stream 2:
A levels aggregate of 4 in best 3 subjects

Aggregate calculated based on A=4, B=3, C=2, S=1, F=0
Taiwan Stream 1:
GSAT 5 Subjects with an overall grade of 65 or General High School Diploma with a Senior High School Leaving Certificate and an average of 90% in content-based subjects

Stream 2:
GSAT 5 Subjects with an overall grade of 55 or General High School Diploma with a Senior High School Leaving Certificate and an average of 80% in content-based subjects
Thailand Stream 1:
Matayom 6 with GPA 3 on 4 point GPA scale

Stream 2:
Matayom 6 with GPA 2.6 on 4 point GPA scale
Vietnam Stream 1:
Year 12 Graduation Diploma GPA 9.0 or Year 12 High School Final Result from the approved gifted high schools with an average grade of 9 in content-based subjects

Stream 2:
Year 12 Graduation Diploma GPA 8.0 or Year 12 High School Final Result from the approved gifted high schools with an average grade of 8 in content-based subjects

* Other countries that are not listed above will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Student visa information

Once you are able to move onshore and apply for a student visa, you may be required to submit a more recent test that meets the minimum requirements for entry prior to you being issued with a confirmation of enrolment (COE and visa).

Any questions related to student visas for study in Australia should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs nearer the time of your student visa application.

We may issue a conditional letter of offer based upon first semester, forecast, mock or preliminary results.

Entry requirements for the University of Sydney

University entry is based on two separate results:

  1. Grade A to F for English
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) for your other eight subjects.

View the University of Sydney entry requirements.

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