Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements – English and Academic

All Programs

Minimum entry levels are described below:

  • Entry from Year 11 or equivalent requires superior grades.
  • Forecast results are accepted where appropriate.
  • Consideration is given to the actual subjects studied. Depending on your preferred undergraduate program, a minimum grade in mathematics may also apply.
  • Entry to the Express Program may require higher academic grades than below. Eleven full years of schooling is also required.
  • We will only accept an application if the results indicate the student will have a good chance of passing the program.

Academic Entry Requirements

Australia Year 11 or Year 12
Bangladesh Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate certificate (Year11/12)
Brunei GCE O level
CambodiaGCE O level
China Senior Middle 2 or 3 (Year11/12)
EcuadorYear 11 or Year 12
GCC Countries (Gulf Countries) Including Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain Arabic curriculum - completion of Year 12
Hong Kong HKDSE or completion of Form 5 or 6
Indonesia SMU 2 or SMU 3
International Baccalaureate Completion of Year 2 of diploma
Japan Completion of Upper Secondary School Year 2 or Year 3
Kenya GCE O level or Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education
Korea Completion of Senior High School Year 2 or Year 3
Macau GCE O level, Form 5
Malaysia SPM
MongoliaCompletion of Year 11
MyanmarGCE O level
PakistanGCE O level or Higher Secondary School Certificate
PhilippinesHigh School Diploma
Russia (CIS) Certificate of Secondary Education
Singapore GCE O level or Sec 4 (Express)
South AfricaGCE O level or Senior Certificate
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE O level
Taiwan Senior High School Year 2 or 3
Thailand Matayom 5 or 6
Turkey State High School Diploma
USAAmerican High School Diploma
Vietnam Completion of Year 11 or Year 12
ZambiaGCE O level or Zambian Senior Certificate
Other countries Please contact the Admissions Office on

English Language Entry Requirements

Course  Standard PLUSStandard Express


Writing band 5


No band less than 5


Writing band 6, other bands 5 or above

TOEFL Paper 500530557
TOEFL Computer180195213
TOEFL (iBT)5670 78
GCE O Levels C6C6 B4
GCE A Levels  E D
HKDSE Level 2Level 2Level 3
PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)

overall 42

overall 49
individual 43
overall 60
individual 50

Note: If the Medium of Instruction (MOI) is wholly or predominantly English for at least 2 years, then school results will be accepted as evidence of English Competency.

IES Foundation Year English Bridging Pathway Program

Students who have not quite met the English requirements for IES Foundation Year can take advantage of the IES Foundation Year English Bridging Pathway Program (FY:EBPP), delivered by UQ's English College ICTE-UQ. The program consists of either a ten or twenty week pre-foundation English course, depending on a student's current English proficiency.

Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter into the Standard Program using their FY:EBPP results without having to resit an IELTS examination.

For more information, click here.

For advice and assistance in obtaining pre-entry English language courses, please contact IES on

Quota Programs

Entry into the quota programs Dental Science, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy and Nursing & Midwifery are competitive. As such, entry requirements into IES Foundation Year for these programs are higher than other programs.

Program  Dental ScienceVeterinary Science PhysiotherapyNursing/Midwifery

 7.0 (all bands)


6.0 (all bands)

6.0 (all bands)

For further information about quota programs for entry to IES Foundation Year please contact the Admissions Office on