English language requirements

At UWA, English is the language of instruction and assessment. You will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

Below is the complete list of ways the ELC requirement may be satisfied for admission to UWA for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs. Requirements may be higher for some individual courses.

The ELC requirements for postgraduate research courses are different, so be sure to check carefully.

English language assistance

International applicants who do not meet the English language requirement for direct entry may consider an Academic English and Study Skills Bridging course at the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching.

Australian tests and qualifications
TEST/QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Western Australia

English ATAR- Scaled mark of 50 or above Literature ATAR- Scaled mark of 50 or above English as an Additional Language or Dialect ATAR- Scaled mark of 50 or above
Pre-2016: WA Certificate of Education: English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect - Scaled mark of 50 or above, in stage 2 or stage 3. TEE English/English Literature - Scaled mark of 50 or above English as a Second Language - Final mark of 66.60 or above (in 2007)

New South Wales (HSC)

English Standard - 50 or above (Band 2 or above) English Advanced - 50 or above (Band 2 or above) English Extension 1 - 25 or above (Band E2 or above) English Extension 2 - 25 or above (Band E2 or above)
Pre-2001: Contemporary English (2U) - 50 or above English (General) (2U) - 50 or above English (2U) - 50 or above English (3U) - 25 or above Comparative Literature (2U) - 50 or above E.S.L. - 70 or above (Band 4 or above)

Queensland (QCE)

English (Must be Board or QSA subjects) - SA or above

South Australia (SACE) / Northern Territory (NTCE)

English Studies (PES) - 10 or above (C- or above) / English Communications (PAS) - 10 or above (C- or above) / English as a Second Language (PES ) - 10 or above (C- or above)

Tasmania (TCE)

English / English Communication - SA or above English Literature / English Studies - SA or above Writer's Workshop / English Writing - SA or above World Literature - SA or above ESL Stage 4 - SA or above

Victoria (VCE) English - 25 or above English Language - 25 or above Literature - 25 or above ESL - 25 or above
Australian Capital Territory (ACT Yr 12 Certificate)
English - Scaled mark 125 or above ESL - Scaled mark 125 or above Must be 'T' courses taken as a Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major
Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) Minimum score of 70% (valid for two years only) 
Foundation programs Go8 Universities A pass in the English paper of a Go8 foundation program
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Scores of Verbal - 140, Written English - 140 (minimum) [New STAT format: from 1 May 2010] Scores of Verbal - 150, Written English - 145 (minimum) [Previous STAT format: before May 2010]
UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course

For all courses unless stated below, a final CELT examination grade of 70% or above is required. Please note: CELT is not available to all cohorts of students.

The CELT bridging course is accepted with a final examination grade of 75% or above and a score of 70% or above in each band:

  • Graduate Certificate of Health Professions Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership (articulated)
  • Graduate Diploma of Forensic Odontology
  • Master of Business Administration (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
  • Master of Educational Leadership (coursework and dissertation or thesis and coursework)
  • Master of Health Professions Education (coursework and dissertation or thesis and coursework)

The CELT bridging course is accepted with a final examination grade of 85% or above and a score of 80% or above in each band:

  • All Law courses
  • Master of Education (coursework and dissertation or thesis and coursework)
  • Master of Science Communication and Education (coursework)

Selected courses at UWA do not have a pathway from the UWA CELT Bridging Course due to post graduation registration requirements that specify an external test measure such as IELTS or OET.

The CELT bridging course is not accepted for the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Business Psychology (coursework)
  • Master of Clinical Audiology (coursework)
  • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (coursework)
  • Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Master of Pharmacy
  • Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
  • Master of Teaching (coursework)
  • Master of Teaching Secondary
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Degree studies in Australia
At least one successful year of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia within the past two years; or
At least two successful years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia completed more than two years ago.
International tests and qualifications

Higher scores are also required for some particular courses (see below) as well as research degrees.

International students who want to study at UWA, but do not have the required level of English language proficiency, can improve their English to the required levels at the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching.

TEST/QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Advanced Placement English (USA)

A grade of 3 or higher in AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition

All India Examination (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

English language components with a minimum grade B2 (CBSE) or 60% (CISCE)

Australian Education Management Group (AEMG) DEP EAP2

Minimum overall score of 70% and no section score of less than 65%

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Results are valid for two years only

Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Results are valid for two years only.

Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170

For the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology an overall score of at least 185.

 
Canadian Pre-University (CPU)

Minimum score 65% in English subject ENG4C
Minimum score 50% in English subject ENG4U

Other Canadian matriculation results are accepted on a case by case basis.

Danish Studentereksamen Level B English: a minimum grade of 10 or above
Level A English: a minimum grade of 02 or above (since 2007). Pre-2007: a minimum grade of 6 or above
Finnish Upper Secondary School Diploma (Lukionpaastotodistus) Grade 8 or above in English A or English (Advanced)
Pass in the Matriculation examination (Ylioppilastutkinto) in English (Advanced)
GCE A-level Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature.
Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed A-levels are not sufficient).
GCE AS-level (General Paper) Minimum grade C awarded by CIE
GCE A-level (Singapore-Cambridge) Minimum grade E in Knowledge & Inquiry
Minimum grade C in General Paper
GCE O-level (GCSE)

Minimum grade C / C6 or 4 from the 2018 GCSE reformed grading system in English, English Language, English (First Language) or English Literature.

Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).             

 GCE O-level (IGCSE)

Minimum grade A or 7 from the 2018 GCSE reformed grading system in IGCSE English as a Second Language, with Grade 1 (One) in Oral/Aural Communication.

Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).

German Abitur Minimum grade 3 in German Abitur, in conjunction with a minimum grade B in DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Certificate of Language Proficiency test
Hong Kong A-level Examination (HKALE) Minimum grade C in 'Literature in English'
 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Core English Language - minimum Level 4 or
Literature in English (elective) - minimum Level 3
 
IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

Results are valid for two years only.

Results are valid for three years, if applying to commence in 2021 or 2022. This excludes courses with a higher requirement for professional registration.

Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules) for all courses EXCEPT as specified below.

For the MBA Flexible, MBA Full-time, Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Master of Health Professions Education (coursework and dissertation), Master of Health Professions Education (thesis and coursework), Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, Master of Educational Leadership and the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, a minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.

For the Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Pharmacy, and the Master of Social Work, a minimum overall score 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.

For the Master of Education, a minimum overall score 7.5 with no band less than 6.5.

For the Master of Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Education, a minimum overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening, and no less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing.

For Law degrees (except the Juris Doctor), a minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.

For the Juris Doctor, a minimum overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 7.0.

Please note: The UWA IELTS Centre offers the IELTS test. Go to the website for more information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4
English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4
English B at HL - Minimum score 5
New Zealand - Bursary English - Minimum score 50
New Zealand - NCEA Level 2: 8 credit points with at least 'Achievement with Merit' in at least 4 of reading and writing Achievement Standards, of which 3 must be externally assessed, excluding AS90379 and AS90374
 
Netherlands VWO High School Certificate (Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs) Minimum grade 8 in the English component
Norwegian Vitnemål Minimum grade 4 in the English component
PTE (Academic)

Results are valid for two years only.

Results are valid for three years, if applying to commence in 2021 or 2022. This excludes courses with a higher requirement for professional registration.

An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. Unless otherwise noted, requirements apply to individual scores for the communicative skills sections which include listening, reading, speaking and/or writing, for all courses EXCEPT as specified below.

Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

For the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Master of Clinical Audiology and the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology an overall score of 65 with a minimum score of 65 each section.

The Faculty of Law requires an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.

For the Master of Education an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 64 in each section.

For the Graduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Teaching an overall score of 75 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.

Swedish Slutbetyg Minimum grade VG / Cin the English paper
TOEFL

Results are valid for two years only.

Results are valid for three years, if applying to commence in 2021 or 2022. This excludes courses with a higher requirement for professional registration.

Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5 and either 230 (Computer-based) or 570 (Paper-based) score
TOEFL is not accepted for professional medical degrees (Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Optometry and the Master of Pharmacy).
Further information is available for these degrees on this page within the IELTS (Academic) requirements.

Next Generation TOEFL

Results are valid for two years only.

Results are valid for three years, if applying to commence in 2021 or 2022. This excludes courses with a higher requirement for professional registration.

Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section for all courses EXCEPT as specified below.

For all Law courses (except Juris Doctor), a minimum overall score of 580 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5; or 100 (iBT) with minimum score of 28 in iBT Speaking and no less than 26 in the other sections

For the Juris Doctor, a minimum overall score of 580 (Paper-based) with a TWE of 5; or 106 (iBT) with minimum score of 28 in iBT Speaking and no less than 26 in the other sections.

For the MBA Full-time and the MBA Flexible, a minimum overall score 100 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in each section.

For the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Master of Clinical Audiology and the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, 94(iBT) with a minimum score of 27 in iBT Writing, 23 in iBT speaking and no less than 24 in the other sections.

Overseas secondary studies taught and examined in English
Secondary teaching and examination in English is acceptable if deemed equivalent to Australian matriculation (Year 12) with a pass in the final year English paper, completed within two years of application.
Degree studies taught and examined in English outside Australia At least one successful year of full-time or equivalent degree studies, undertaken in Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America completed within the past two years; or

At least two years of successful full-time or equivalent degree level studies undertaken and examined in English at a tertiary institution outside Australia, and assessed by UWA to be equivalent to Australian degree studies, as set out in Schedule A (Appendix 2).