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Academic requirements to study at TAFE

Guide to Australian equivalent qualification

The entry requirement for a certificate level course with TAFE Queensland is an Australian Year 10 qualification or equivalent. Entry to Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses requires a Year 12 qualification or equivalent.

The following international education achievement levels are equivalent to Year 10 and 12 in Queensland, Australia.

Country Year 10 Year 12
Brunei Cambridge IGCSES 'O' Levels (minimum 4 D grades)
  • Cambridge International A Levels (minimum 2 B grades) plus 5 IGCSEs/'O' Levels
  • IB Diploma
China Senior Middle School Diploma
  • 3 years Senior Middle School (Academic, Technical or Vocational)
  • or 5 years Technical School plus 2 years post secondary
  • IB Diploma
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate
  • Fiji Form 7 (at least 2 C grades)
  • or University of South Pacific Foundation Year
  • IB Diploma
Hong Kong HK Certificate of Education 'O' Levels (5 subjects with at least 4 D grades)
  • HK Advanced Level Exam (2 'A' Level pass grades)
  • or Forms 6 and 7
  • IB Diploma
India Secondary School Certificate, Division 1 (minimum 5 subject passes)
  • all India Senior School Certificate (awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education)
  • or Indian School Certificate (awarded by the Indian Council for School Examinations following 12 years of schooling)
  • or Higher Secondary Certificate (10 plus 2)
  • (may be comparable depending on the State where it was awarded)
  • IB Diploma
Indonesia Junior Secondary School Certificate plus 1 year Senior Secondary School
Japan 1 year Upper Secondary or Lower Secondary (Chugako) plus 1 year further study
  • Certificate of Graduation (KotagakkoSotsugyoShosho) (4 C grades)
  • or 5 years Technical College
  • IB Diploma
Korea 1 year Senior High School
  • Senior High School Diploma (general or vocational)
  • IB Diploma
Malaysia SPM (4 subject passes) or South Australian Matriculation (SAM) score of 50
  • STPM (3 D grades)
  • or South Australian Matriculation (SAM) score of 60
  • IB Diploma
Pakistan Cambridge IGCSIS 'O' Levels (minimum 4 D grades)
  • Cambridge International A Levels (minimum 2 B grades) plus IGCSES/ 'O' Levels
  • or Bachelor Degree from Pakistan
  • IB Diploma
Papua New Guinea Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Philippines High School Diploma (4 D grades)
  • High School Diploma
  • or National College Entrance Exam (NCEE) plus 2 years Post-Secondary School
  • or 2 years any Bachelor Degree
  • IB Diploma
Singapore Cambridge IGCSES 'O' Levels (minimum 4 D grades)
  • Cambridge International A Levels (minimum 2 B grades) plus 5 IGCseS/ 'O' Levels
  • IB Diploma
Sri Lanka Cambridge IGCSES 'O' Levels (minimum 4 D grades)
  • Cambridge International A Levels (minimum 2 B grades) plus 5 IGCseS/ 'O' Levels
  • IB Diploma
Sweden SlutbetygfranGrundskola (leaving certificate at completion of compulsory school period)
  • AvgangsbetygGymnasieskola (upper secondary school leaving certificate) (3 years)
  • or Gymnasiegenjor (4 years). These awards will also satisfy the English entry requirements
  • IB Diploma
Taiwan First year Senior High School (4 B grades)
  • Senior High School
  • or Senior Vocational School
  • or Junior College (5 years, 2 A grades and 3 B grades)
  • IB Diploma
Thailand Matayom 5 (GPA of 2 over subjects including English)
  • 1 year University
  • or Matayom 6 (GPA of 2.5 over 5 subjects)
  • IB Diploma
International Cambridge IGCSES 'O' Levels (minimum 4 D grades)
  • Cambridge International A Levels (minimum 2 B grades) plus 5 IGCSES/ 'O' Levels
  • IB Diploma

This table should be used as a guide only. Check with your TAFE Queensland Region to determine whether you meet requirements, or visit the National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition website.