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Academic entry requirements

To ensure your academic success at TAFE Queensland, there is a minimum level of academic proficiency you need to achieve before enrolling in our courses. You will be required to prove that you meet the minimum academic requirements in your application.

The entry requirements for all our certificate III level courses is an Australian Year 10 qualification or equivalent. Entry to our certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma courses requires a Year 12 qualification or equivalent.

The following table outlines the international education achievement levels that are equivalent to a Year 10 or 12 qualification in Queensland, Australia.


CountryAustralian Year 10 equivalent Australian Year 12 equivalent 


  • Diploma de Ensino Medio (Year 10 equivalent)

  • Diploma de Ensino Medio
  • Diploma de Técnico de Nivel Medio
  • IB Diploma


  • Educacion Media (Year 10 or Year 11 equivalent)

  • Licencia de Educación Media (Certificate of Secondary Education Certificate)
  • Licencia de Educación Media Técnico-Profesional (Certificate of Technical-Vocational Secondary Education)
  • IB Diploma


  • Successful completion of Senior Grade 1 with reasonable results of more than 60% pass in academic subjects such as Maths, English, and Science.
  • Three years' Senior Middle School (Academic, Technical or Vocational) with reasonable results of more than 60% pass in academic subjects such as Maths, English, and Science
  • IB Diploma


  • Bachillerato Upper Secondary Schooling (Year 11 equivalent)


  • Successful completion of one year of study towards the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Lukion Paastotodistus) with a minimum pass mark of five
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (Lukion Paastotodistus)
  • Initial Vocation qualification (Ammatillinen perustutkinto)


  • Completion of Year 10/2de Senior Secondary School/ Lycées General et Technologique
  • Completion of Year 10 Vocational Senior Secondary School/ Lycées Professionnel
  • Baccalauréat Général - General Baccalaureate
  • Baccalauréat Technologique - Technological Baccalaureate
  • Baccalauréat Professionnel - Vocational Baccalaureate
  • IB Diploma


  • Realshule or Hauptschule
  • Completion of four years of Gymnasium

Hong Kong

  • Completion of Secondary 4 and evidence of progression to Secondary 5 or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE).
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
  • IB Diploma


  • Year 10 - All India Secondary School Certificate, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, Secondary School Certificate
  • Senior School Certificate (awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education) 4 Academic - English must be at 70% or above with other three subjects each 65% or above


  • Junior Secondary School Certificate of Completion plus 1 year Senior Secondary School
  • Certificate of Completion of Senior Secondary Education (Ijazah SMA or Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar: Sekolah Menengah Atas - STTB: SMA) issued by the school
  • IB Diploma


  • Second year of Senior Secondary School
  • Diploma Liceale - Marked on a scale of 0-100 (maximum), with 60 the minimum pass mark
  • Before 2010 - Diploma di superamento dell'esame di stato conclusivo dei corsi di istruzione secondaria superiore (Upper secondary school leaving certificate)
  • IB Diploma


  • One year Upper Secondary
  • Lower Secondary (Chugakko Sotsugyo Sho) plus one year further study
  • Certificate Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation
  • IB Diploma


  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysian SPM (four subject passes)
  • Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) (four subject passes)
  • IB Diploma


  • School Leaving Certificate (SLC)
  • School Leaving Certificate + Higher Secondary Certificate - Grade average of 60 and above for grade 11 and 12 results (combined for final results)
  • School Leaving Certificate + Proficiency Certificate - Grade average of 60 and above for grade 11 and 12 results (combined for final results)


  • Vitnemål fra grunnskolen (Certificate from Basic School) plus one year at upper secondary school
  • Vitnemål fra den videregaende skolen (Certificate from upper secondary school)

Papua New Guinea

  • School Certificate (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) - 4 C grades)


  • Certificate of Graduation / High School Diploma
  • High School Diploma plus one year of Post-Secondary School
  • Two years of any Bachelor Degree
  • IB Diploma


  • Singapore/Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCEO-level) - minimum 4 D grades
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level Certificate with grade E or higher in two Advanced Level subjects and three Ordinary Level subjects.
  • Completion of a Technician Diploma/Certificate from a Polytechnic          
  • IB Diploma

South Korea

  • One year of Senior High School
  • Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General Senior High School Certificate)
  • IB Diploma


  • Graduado en EducaciónSecundaria Obligatoria (Lower Secondary Compulsory Education Certificate)
  • Títulos de Bachiller/Bachillerato (Baccalaureate)
  • IB Diploma


  • Slutbetyg Från Grundskola (Leaving Certificate) plus one year Upper Secondary
  • Swedish Secondary School Certificate (Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola)
  • IB Diploma


  • Senior High School (first or second Year)
  • Senior High School Diploma or Senior Vocational School Diploma
  • IB Diploma


  • Upper Secondary School - Matayom 4/5 
  • Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education - Matayom 6 or MS 6
  • IB Diploma


  • Successful completion of Year 11 with a 6.0 GPA
  • Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma (Bang Tot nghiep Trung hoc Pho thong) - with a 7.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma

English language requirements

Find out what the minimum English language entry requirements are for international students who do not speak English as their first language.