Assessment in IES Foundation Year varies from subject to subject but generally comprises of two examination papers, one or two assignments, laboratory practical work or equivalent (if relevant) and seminar participation. Each subject is graded on a 7-point scale:

7 High Distinction


6 Distinction


5 Credit


4 Pass/Competent


3 Low Pass


2 Fail


1 Low Fail


Each piece of assessment is given a weighting (percentage to which it applies to the final subject grade) and is also graded on the above scale. At completion of subject, a final grade is determined by averaging the grade received for each piece of assessment with consideration made to the assessment’s weighting.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by finding the average grade of all five subjects.

Assessment for entry to UQ

Student’s final grades are used for entry into undergraduate programs at The University of Queensland. Entry requirements vary from program to program and may require either a specific GPA or a specific grade in certain subjects.

Current entry requirements are available on the entry requirements for UQ section of the website.

Quota Programs

Limited places are available into some undergraduate programs. Entry requirements may be higher for these programs and may require students to meet certain benchmarks at the end of semester one to continue to be in contention for a place at UQ.

For more information, contact Admissions at


English Language Competency

  • English language competency will be determined via the grade achieved for AE (Academic English for University Studies).
  • A grade of 5 is required for entry to the majority of undergraduate courses at UQ.
  • Students may also provide evidence of English competency in the form of an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 6 in each sub-band.
  • Students whose prior qualifications already meet those needed for undergraduate entry ie GCE 'O' level, Australian High School Certificate Pass etc will not be required to provide further evidence.

Higher IELTS requirements for some courses

  • Students wishing to enter courses where a higher level of English language competency is required e.g. Law, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and others, will need to obtain an IELTS score above 6.5. For further and current information on IELTS requirements please contact