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Newcastle International College

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

GCE O Levels with passes in 3 academic subjects/Completion of the HSC with 45% or GPA 2.5

GCE A level with minimum 2 passes in academic subjects/ Higher School Certificate with a GPA of 3.0

Cambodia

Successful completion of Year 11 with a C grade average

Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average

Canada

Successful completion of Grade 11

Grade 12 with a minimum average C grade OR OAC (Ontario Academic Courses - 5 passes)

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 '65% average across 4 academic subjects

Completion of Senior Middle 3 with a 65% 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

Laos

Upper Secondary School (Baccalauréat) mark below 6

Upper Secondary School (Baccalauréat) mark >= 6 in 4 Academic subjects

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

Myanmar

Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with overall pass

Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results

Nepal

Higher Secondary School Certificate - Completion of Year 11 with a GPA of 1.8 and above

Completion of the Higher School Certificate (HSC - 12th grade) with a GPA of 2.2 and above

Oman

Completion of General Secondary Education Certificate or American High School Diploma

General Secondary Education Certificate, or American High School Diploma average grade of 70% in final year results

Pakistan

Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 11) with a grade average of 55% or higher

Intermediate /Higher Secondary School Certificate - 50% average across 4 academic subjects

Philippines

Year 11 (Academic Track) with overall average of 75%, OR Year 11 (Arts & Design/Sports Track) with overall average of 80%, OR Year 12 Senior High School Diploma (Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track) with overall average of 80% OR Successful completion of Year 12

Year 12 with a 75% average

Russian Federation

Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education (Attestat o Srednem Polnom Obshchem Obrazovanii)

Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education with GPA of 3.0 in academic subject

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

UAE

Completion of General Secondary Education Certificate or American High School Diploma

General Secondary Education Certificate, or American High School Diploma average grade of 70% in final year results

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

Contact NIC Admissions

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.

India

All India Senior School Certificate with an average of 68% across 3 academic subjects

Indonesia

SMA III with an average grade of 8.0 across the best 4 academic subjects

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.

South Korea

High School Graduation Certificate average Rank 4 or less in 4 academic 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, Diploma and Pre-Master Programs

English Course Foundation Program (except Health Science stream) All Other Programs

IELTS (academic test only)

5.5 with no band less than 5.0

6.0 with no band less than 5.5

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

48

57

TOEFL (ibt)

46-59

60-78

IGCSE/O Level

C

B

SPMC1119

C6

B4

Duolingo

85

95

Linguaskill

163

170

NSW HSC (Year 12)

ESL Band 3

ESL Band 4

University of Newcastle’s ELICOS programs

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

HKDSE Use of English/HKCEE or Form 5 English

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