Foundation Year

IES Foundation Year

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


Minimum entry levels for foundation year are described below:

Academic Entry Requirements

Country Extended Program Standard Program Express Program
Argentina Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 8.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Australia Year 11 (60% in 4 academic subjects)
English or English EAL 60% or above
Year 11 (70% in 4 academic subjects)
English or English EAL 70% or above
Year 12 (70% in 4 academic subjects)
English or English EAL 70% or above
Bangladesh Secondary certificate - A (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Secondary certificate - A (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Secondary certificate - A+ (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Brazil Year 11 - C or 5.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - C or 5.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 12 - B or 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
British/UK O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
O levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Brunei O Levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
O Levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
O Levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Cambodia Secondary certificate OR O Levels
O Levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Secondary certificate OR O Levels
O Levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Secondary certificate OR O Levels
O Levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Canada Grade 11 - 70% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Grade 11 - 70% & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - 70% and above
Grade 12 - 85% & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - 85% and above
Chile Grade 11 - 4.7 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Grade 11 - 4.7 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Grade 11 - 5.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
China Senior 2 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior 2 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior 2 - 90% & above (4 academic subjects)
Senior 3 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Colombia Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 8.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Ecuador Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 8.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Hong Kong Form 5 - 60% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0 OR
HKDSE - Level 2 in three subjects Category A subjects (excluding Chinese Language) HKDSE ENGLISH - level 2
Form 5 - 60% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0 OR
HKDSE - Level 2 in three subjects Category A subjects (excluding Chinese Language) HKDSE ENGLISH - level 2
HKDSE - Level 3 in two subjects Category A subjects
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above, OR
HKDSE ENGLISH - level 3
Indonesia SMU 2 - grades 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0 OR
SMU 2 - grades 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0 OR
SMU 3 - grades 7.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
International Baccalaureate Year 11 certificate - grade 4 (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - Grade 4 OR
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 certificate - grade 4 (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - Grade 4 OR
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 certificate - grade 5 (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - Grade 5 OR
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Year 12 certificate - grade 4/5 (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH - Grade 4 OR
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Japan Senior 2 - Grade 3 and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior 2 - Grade 3 and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior 3 - Grade 4 and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Korea Senior 2 - average rank 4 (4 academic subjects)
Korean High School Equivalency exam - 70% in 4 academic subjects
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior 2 - average rank 4 (4 academic subjects)
Korean High School Equivalency exam - 70% in 4 academic subjects
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior 2 - average rank 3 (4 academic subjects)
Korean High School Equivalency exam - 80% in 4 academic subjects
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Macau Form 5 - 60% & above (4 academic subjects)
Senior 2 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Form 5 - 60% & above (4 academic subjects)
Senior 2 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Form 6 - 75 & above (4 academic subjects)
Senior 3 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Malaysia SPM - B & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
SPM - B & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
SPM - B x 2 subjects + A- x 2 subjects (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Mexico Secondary High School - 7 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Secondary High School - 7 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Secondary High School - 8.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Middle East Countries ( Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain ) Year 12 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 12 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 12 - 90% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Mongolia Year 11 - 70% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 70% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 12 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Myanmar Matriculation certificate - 60% & above (4 academic subjects) OR
O Level - C grades ( 4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Matriculation certificate - 60% & above (4 academic subjects)
O Level - C grades ( 4 academic subjects) O Levels
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Matriculation certificate - 75% & above (4 academic subjects)
O Level - B grades ( 4 academic subjects) O Levels
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Pakistan Completion of Higher Secondary with C or 70% and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Completion of Higher Secondary with C or 70% and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Completion of Higher Secondary with B or 80% and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Philippines High School Diploma - C or 70% (4 academic subjects) and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
High School Diploma - C or 70% (4 academic subjects) and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
High School Diploma - B or 80% (4 academic subjects) and above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Papua New Guinea High School Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
High School Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
High School Certificate - B & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Russia Year 11 - 3 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 3 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Singapore O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
O levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
O Levels ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
South Africa Senior Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior Certificate - B & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Sri Lanka O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
O levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Taiwan Senior 2 - 65% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior 2 - 65% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior 3 - 80% & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Thailand Matayom 5 - 3.0 & above (4 academic subjects) (Year 11)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Matayom 5 - 3.0 & above (4 academic subjects) (Year 11)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Matayom 6 - 3.0 & above (4 academic subjects) (Year 12)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Turkey Year 11 - 4 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 4 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
USA Year 11 - GPA 2.9 & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - GPA 2.9 & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 12 - GPA 2.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Vietnam Year 11 - 7 & above (4 academic subjects
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Year 11 - 7 & above (4 academic subjects
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Year 11 - 8.0 & above (4 academic subjects)
Year 12 - 7.5 & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Zambia Senior Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
Senior Certificate - C & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
Senior Certificate - B & above (4 academic subjects)
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Zimbabwe O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.0; Writing band 5.0
O levels - C grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH C and above OR;
IELTS 5.5; No band less than 5.0
O levels - B grades (4 academic subjects)
ENGLISH B and above OR;
IELTS 6.0; Writing band 6.0; Other bands 5.0 or above
Other countries Please contact the Enrolments Office at info@fdn.uq.edu.au

English Language Entry Requirements

Course Extended Standard Express
IELTS 5.0
Writing band 5.0
5.5
No band less than 5.0
6.0
Writing band 6.0, other bands 5.0 or above
TOEFL (iBT) 56 70 78
GCE O Levels C C B
HKDSE Level 2 Level 2 Level 3
PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) Overall 42 Overall 49
Individual bands 43
Overall 60
Individual bands 50
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C C
Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - C C

IES English Pathway Program

Students who have not quite met the English requirements for IES Foundation Year can take advantage of the IES English Pathway Program (EPP). The program consists of either a 10 or 20 week pre-foundation English course, depending on a student's current English language proficiency.

Note: Successful graduates from the EPP course are guaranteed entry into the IES Foundation Year Extended program only.

For more information, click here.

For advice and assistance in obtaining pre-entry English language courses, please contact Enrolments at info@fdn.uq.edu.au

Quota Programs

Entry into the quota programs such as Dental Science, Nursing & Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science are competitive. As such, entry requirements into IES Foundation Year for these programs are higher than other programs.

Program Dental Science Veterinary Science Physiotherapy Nursing / Midwifery Occupational Therapy Speech Pathology
IELTS 7.0
(all bands 7.0)
6.0
(all bands 6.0)
6.5
(all bands 6.5)
6.5
(all bands 6.5)
6.5
(all bands 6.5)
6.5
(all bands 6.5)

For further information about quota restrictions and evidence of higher English language proficiency please contact the Enrolments Office on info@fdn.uq.edu.au or visit https://iescollege.com/foundation-year