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Secondary school results

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study.

If your country and/or qualification aren't listed here, please contact us about the minimum entry requirements for your country.

Country Qualifications and general entry requirements Standard entry requirements Higher entry requirements Special english entry requirements
Austria Reifeprufungszeugnis (Tertiary Maturity Examination Certificate)

Note:
1 = Sehr gut (Very Good)
2 = Gut (Good)
3 = Befriedigend (Satisfactory)
4 = Genügend (Adequate)
5 = Nicht genügend (unsatisfactory)
Grade average of 4.5 in the final year results Grade average of 4.1 in the final year results
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) Grade average of 60% in four academic subjects (excluding any local languages) Grade average of 70% in four academic subjects (excluding any local languages)
Bahrain Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or a recognised completed diploma from a recognised tertiary or higher education institution.


Bangladesh Successful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent

Note: converted to a 5 point scale where 1.00 = Pass if otherwise reported:
A+/80-100 = 5.0; A/70-79 = 4.0;
A-/60-69 = 3.5; B/50-59 = 3.0; C/40-49 = 2.0; D/33-39 = 1.0;
F/0-32 = 0.0
3.5 4.0
Brunei GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Canada

General High School Diploma

Specific requirements may vary according to province.

Ontario: Average of 4 best Ontario Academic Courses.

65% in the final year of results 75% in the final year of results Completion of the General High School Diploma except when medium of instruction is in French
China National College Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) A minimum of 65.6% of the overall score A minimum of 70% of the overall score
Denmark Studentereksamen (stx) or Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (hf) Grade average of 4.9 in the final year Grade average of 5.5 in the final year Grade 9
France

Completion of the Baccalaureat General or Baccalaureat Technologique (High School Leaving Certificate)

10 12
Germany Successful completion of the Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemainen Hochschulreife or Reifezeugnis (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Overall grade of 4 Overall grade of 3.5 Abitur 3 overall grade or better with an English average grade of 8 points or better
Ghana West African General Certificate of Education (A Level)* / Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2 7
The Gambia West African General Certificate of Education (A Level)* / Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2 7
Hong Kong HKALE**

5

7 D for English

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Made up of the best 4 subjects with a minimum 2 core subjects all at level 3 or above and excluding any category B subjects.

12

14 3 for English, with no score below 3
India Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent 65% 78% 55% for English
Indonesia SMA III 7.3 8.5
Iran High school diploma and pre-university certificate with a minimum grade of 12


Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate

 Grade D Ordinary Level or above
Japan Japanese Upper Secondary School Certificate or Graduation Average score of 3.3 - average made up of academic subjects including fails (excluding subjects Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, Life and Career, Comprehensive Education) as shown on the final transcripts. Average score of 4.1 - average made up of academic subjects including fails (excluding subjects Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, Life and Career, Comprehensive Education) as shown on the final transcripts.
Jordan Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or a recognised completed Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Kenya Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education 7 subjects (excluding Kiswahili) 1st division C B
Korea Successful completion of one year of tertiary study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Kuwait General Secondary School Certificate (Shahadat al-Thanawiya al-A’ama) Grade average of final year results a minimum of 59% Grade average of final year results a minimum of 75%
Lithuania Lithuania Certificate of Maturity (since 1991) Grade average of 4.2 in the final year results Grade average of 4.7 in the final year results
Malawi GCE A levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Malaysia STPM or A Levels* STPM:
C (2.0) in the best 5 subjects (apart from English)
A Levels 2
STPM:
B (3.0) in the best 5 subjects (apart from English)
A Levels 7
B4 for English in SPM or STPM General Paper (Full Pass)
Mauritius GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Namibia GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Nepal Higher Secondary School Certificate from the Higher Education Board or equivalent 65% 78%
Nigeria West African General Certificate of Education (A Level)* / Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2 7
Norway Certificate of Upper Secondary Education - (Vitnemal) 3 4 Upper Secondary Education Vitnemal English – Grade 4
Oman Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or a recognised completed Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate Certificate 65% 78%
Poland Successful completion of Matura


Qatar Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or a recognised completed Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Russia Attestat o Srednem (polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education Grade average of 3.4 in the final year results Grade average of 4.0 in the final year results
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or a recognised completed Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Seychelles GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Sierra Leone West African General Certificate of Education (A Level)* / Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2 7
Singapore GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 C 6 for English in O Levels
South Africa

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) since 2008

Note:
Excluding the subject Life Orientation

7 = 80-100%, 6 = 70-79%, 5 = 60-69%, 4 = 50-59%, 3 = 40-49, 2 = 30-39%, 1 = 0-29%

Grade average of 3.5 in the best six subjects in final year. Grade average of 3.8 in the best six subjects in final year. C or 60 or 5 for English
South/Latin America Successful completion of one year of tertiary study*


Spain Titulo de Bachiller or
Curso de Orientacion Universitaria (University Orientation Year)
Grade average of 4.2 in the final year results Grade average of 4.7 in the final year results
Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan A Levels

Note:
Minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 A Level subjects
A* = 5, A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0.5

2 7
Sweden Fullstandigt Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola

Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola

Slutbetyg Fran Komvux (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate for Adult Learners)


Note:
A=20, B=17.5, C=15, D=12.5, E=10, F=0
G=10, VG=15, MVG=20
Minimum overall average of 12 for all subjects Minimum overall average of 15 for all subjects VG or MVG for English A or English B
Tanzania GCE A Levels or equivalent * 2 7
Taiwan Successful completion of one year of tertiary study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Thailand Successful completion of one year of tertiary study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Turkey Successful completion of one year of tertiary study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


United Arab Emirates Successful completion of one year Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


United Kingdom GCE A Levels or equivalent (including International A Levels)* 2 7
Uganda Uganda Advanced Certificate in Education (UACE)* 2 7
USA High School Graduate Diploma with a combined SAT above 1100 in Maths and Critical Reading; both Maths and Critical Reading must be above 400 1100 1300
ACT with no score below 2 20 29
Vietnam Successful completion of one year of tertiary study or recognised completed Diploma at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution


Zambia GCE A Levels or equivalent* 2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above
Zimbabwe

GCE A Levels or equivalent*

2 7 GCE A Level English Language – Grade E or above
GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above

 

Specific Tests / AwardsAcademic Entry RequirementsStandard EntryHigher EntrySpecial English Entry Requirements
International Baccalaureate DiplomaMinimum of 24 points (Minimum of 28 points for Law) consisting of aggregate from 3 higher level & 3 subsidiary level2428Higher Level English – Grade 3 (2011) – Grade 4 (2012 onwards)
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)Subject to annual change5065ELACS 50
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) - Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Must meet the minimum ATAR for the course you wish to study.

Note - Other equivalent Australian states' tertiary entrance examinations are accepted.

55<6566-79

A scaled mark of at least 50 in either:

  • WACE English; or
  • WACE Literature; or
  • WACE English as an Additional Language/Dialect

 

NoteDescription
All instancesAll languages other than English may not be used in calculation
*Minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 A Level subjects
A* = 5, A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0.5
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