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Admissions requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

NIC welcomes all applications from all countries, and will assess each application on its own merit. NIC will only consider academic subjects when determining average student performance.

Mature-aged Entry: Applicants who are aged 21 years or above may be admitted to an academic program at NIC without meeting formal academic qualifications. Evidence of relevant work experience and other acceptable qualifications will need to be submitted at the time of applying.

Recognition for Prior Learning: Students who have previously enrolled in post-secondary or tertiary studies may be recognised for their prior learning, and may wish to apply for exemptions. Applicants will be required to supply certified copies of all academic transcripts as well as detailed course syllabus information (outlining the content of that particular subject) for an assessment. Official transcripts and syllabus information must be supplied in English.

The list of qualifications outlined below is a guide only. As not all qualifications and countries are listed, students with other credentials are encouraged to apply.

Country
Foundation Program and Extended Foundation Program (Fast track and Standard Track)
Diploma
(Fast track, Standard track and Diploma (Provisional Entry Program))

Australia

Completion of Year 11 or equivalent

Satisfactory completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent)

Bangladesh

Completion of the General Certificate of Education with 50% average, or Year 11 (10+1) with a 70% GPA

Higher School Certificate with a GPA of 3.0

Chile

Completion of the Licencia de Educacion, average below 5.0-5.7

Completion of the Licencia de Educacion with an average of 5.7 or better

China

Completion of Senior Middle 2 with an '80% average across 4 academic subjects

Completion of Senior Middle 3 with a 70% average across 4 academic subjects

Colombia

Bachillerato with an average of 60% and below

Bachillerato with an average of 70%

HK

Completion of Form 5 with acceptable pass grades

HKDSE total score of 8 in the best 4 academic subjects across Category A and Category C subjects (minimum level 2 in each subject)

India

Completion of Year 11 - All India Senior School Certificate, Indian School Certificate, Higher Secondary School Certificate with grades of 50% or better

All India Senior School Certificate with an average of 54% across 3 academic subjects

Indonesia

SMA II average with an average of 7.2 across the best 4 academic subjects

SMA III with an average grade of 6.75 across the best 4 academic subjects

Japan

Completion of Kotogakko Year 2 with a GPA of 3.0 or better

High School Graduation with a GPA of 2.5 or better

Kenya

KCSE 'D' average, GCE 'O' levels - passes in 3 subjects

KCSE C average, Minimum of 2 passes in GCE 'A' levels

Korea

Successful completion of Year 11 with pass grades

High School Graduation Certificate with a C grade average (Mi or 6) in 4 academic subjects

Kuwait

Successful completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with minimum overall grade of 60%

Successful completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 75% average or better in final results

Macau

Senior Middle 2 with a 70% average

Senior Middle 3 - 70% average across 4 subjects

Malaysia

Completion of Form 5 / SPM/ Senior Middle 2 or equivalent with overall pass grade

STPM - 2 passes, Senior Middle 3 - 70% or better (across 4 academic subjects), UEC with a minimum C grade average

Mauritius

GCE 'O' levels with credit pass in 3 academic subjects

Minimum 2 passes at GCE 'A' levels

Nepal

Higher Secondary School Certificate - Completion of Year 11 with an average of 45%

Completion of the Higher School Certificate (HSC - 12th grade), 2nd Division with 55% in 4 academic subjects

Pakistan

Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 11) with a grade average of 50% or higher

Intermediate /Higher Secondary School Certificate - 54% average across 4 academic subjects

Philippines

Completion of the High School Diploma with an average of 70%

High School Diploma and NCEE with an average of 80% with an additional year of study in a Certificate or Diploma course

Russian Federation

Diploma of Completed Specialised Secondary Education with a GPA below 3.0

Diploma of Completed Specialised Secondary Education with a GPA of 3.3

Saudi Arabia

Successful completion of the General Certificate of Secondary Education with an average of 50%

General Secondary Education Certificate with an average of 75% or better

Singapore

Successful completion of Sec 4 (Express) or GCE 'O' levels with 3 credit passes

Minimum 2 passes in GCE A levels

Sri Lanka

Successful completion of Year 11, or GCE 'O' levels

GCE or Sri Lankan A levels - 2 passes

Taiwan

Completion of Senior Middle 2 with an average of 60% across 4 academic subjects

Senior Middle 3 - 65% average across 4 academic subjects

Thailand

Matayom 5 with a GPA of 2.5

Matayom 6 with GPA of 2.0

UK

GCE 'O' levels with passes in 3 academic subjects, or GCSE

Minimum 2 passes for GCE 'A' levels

USA

Completion of Year 11 or equivalent with pass grades

Completion of USA High School Diploma with a GPA of 2.75

Vietnam

Completion of Year 11 (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 or better across all academic subjects

Year 12 with a GPA of 6.0

Global Assessment Certificate

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Average GPA score of 1.0 (D or 60% or better)

Zambia

Completion of O levels or equivalent

GCE A levels with passes in 2 academic subjects

Zimbabwe

GCE O levels or equivalent, with passes in 4 subjects

Zim Sec or GCE 'A' levels with a minimum of 2 passes

IB

Successful completion of Year 1 IB

IB aggregate mark of 21 over 6 subjects

Students applying for admission to the Foundation Program for Medicine are assessed individually. Please see the below table as a guideline. For more information contact NIC at info@nic.nsw.edu.au.
Country Foundation Program for Medicine

Australia

Successful completion of year 12 or the Higher School Certificate and achieving a minimum average of 70% or above

China

Senior Middle 3 with an average of 80% across 4 academic subjects

Hong Kong

HKDSE total score of 12 points across 4 academic subjects (Category A). The English paper is not included in this calculation.

Malaysia

SPM/O Levels with a minimum A average across 5 academic subjects

Mauritius

O Levels with an A average across 5 academic subjects

Pakistan

Cambridge O Levels with an A average across 5 academic subjects

Singapore

Singapore Cambridge O Levels with an A average across 5 academic subjects. Satisfactory score based on the best 3 H2 level subjects.

Thailand

Matayom 6 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

UK

Cambridge O Levels with an A average across 5 academic subjects

USA

High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Vietnam

Diploma of General Education with an average grade of 8

Zimbabwe

A Levels with a minimum B average across the best 3 academic subjects.

English Language Requirements – Foundation Programs

English Course Extended Foundation Program Foundation Program AND Extended Foundation Program leading to Health Sciences Foundation Program for Medicine AND Foundation Program leading to Health Sciences

IELTS (academic test only)

5.0 with no band less than 4.5

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

6.0 with no band less than 5.5

TOEFL (ibt)

59

71-78

79 and above

TOEFL

500/173

527/197

550 or 213

University of Newcastle’s ELICOS programs

65% or more in the three skill areas and 60% or more in the 4th area of the Intermediate exam

65% or more in the three skill areas and 60% or more in the 4th area of the Upper Intermediate exam

60% or more in all 4 skill areas of the EAP exam

NSW HSC (Year 12)

ESL Band 2

ESL Band 3

ESL Band 4

SPMC1119

D8

C6

B4

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

41

48

57

GCE O level English

D8

C6

B4

HKDSE Use of English/HKCEE or Form 5 English

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2

3

English Language Requirements – Diploma Programs

English Course Diploma + Provisional Entry Program (PEP) Diploma (Fast track and Standard track)

IELTS (academic test only)

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

6.0 with no band less than 5.5

TOEFL (ibt)

71-78

79 and above

TOEFL

527/197

550 or 213

University of Newcastle’s ELICOS programs

65% or more in 3 skill areas and 60% or more in the 4th area of the Upper Intermediate Exam

60% or more in all 4 skill areas of the EAP exam

NSW HSC (Year 12)

ESL Band 3

ESL Band 4

SPMC1119

C6

B4

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

49

57

GCE O level English

C6

B4

HKDSE Use of English/HKCEE or Form 5 English

2

3

Special requirements for Foundation Program for Medicine

  • IELTS requirement of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) prior to commencement of the FPM.

  • Students may only commence studies in February each year.

  • Students will be enrolled as per the academic calendar.