English language requirements

Undergraduate requirements

Deakin University applies five standards for English language requirements (Bands A – E) for admission to coursework programs. In accordance with the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Procedure, both domestic and international applicants for Deakin courses must meet the English language requirements as specified for the relevant Band as identified in Table UG-1 below.

Applicants must demonstrate they meet the English language requirements, to the level required for the Band specified for the course, in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications in Table UG-2.
  2. Satisfactory completion of previous tertiary studies, in accordance with the specifications in Table UG-3.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or equivalent acceptable Year 12 secondary or university preparation qualification taught in English, in accordance with Table UG-4 (includes VCE and other Australian Year 12, IB, UK A levels, Singapore A levels, Hong Kong A Levels or HKDSE, MIBT Diploma, Foundation Programs).
  4. Satisfactory completion of previous secondary studies, where English is not generally the language of instruction for the qualification, in accordance with the specifications in Table UG-5.
  5. Sufficient evidence* of ongoing residence and employment for a period not less than 5 years within Australia, or specified English speaking country**, in occupation requiring proficient written and verbal communication in English.
  6. Submission of other evidence of English language proficiency which is judged as acceptable by the Academic Board.

* Passport and residency/citizenship documentation and supporting statements from employers with current contact details to allow verification.

** Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

Table UG-1: English Language Bands for Deakin Undergraduate Courses

All undergraduate courses at Deakin are classified as Band A unless specified below (except the Faculty of Health, in which all undergraduate courses are classified as Band B unless specified).

Faculty/Course Band
Faculty of Arts and Education
Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Teaching (Science) / Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Band B
Band B
Band C
Band C
Band C
Band C
Band C
Band C
Faculty of Business and Law
Bachelor of Laws and related combined degrees

Band C
Faculty of Health
All undergraduate courses are classified as Band B unless specified below*
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Medical Imaging
Bachelor of Nursing and related combined degrees
Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry



Band D
Band D
Band D
          Band D          
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science (Honours)

Band B
Band B
Band B
Band B
Band B
 Band B
Band B

Table UG-2: Requirements for English Language Proficiency Tests

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin, unless otherwise specified:

Test Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E
IELTS

6/6
Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0

6.5/6
Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

7/6.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5

7/7
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
7/7/7.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5
TOEFL (IBT)  65
Writing 21
 70
Writing 21
94
Writing 24
94
Writing 27
102 
Writing 27, Reading and listening no less than 28
TOEFL (PBT) 550
Writing 4.5
577
Writing 4.5
600
Writing 5
 600
Writing 5
 N/A
CPE 169 no band less than 169 176 no band less than 169 185 no band less than 176 185 no band less than 185 185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191
CAE 169 no band less than 169 176 no band less than 169 185 no band less than 176 185 no band less than 185

185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191

PTE  52-57
No less than 50 in each skill
58
No less than 50 in each skill
 65
No less than 58 in each skill
 65
No less than 65 in each skill
 73
No less than 65 in each skill and no less than 73 for speaking and listening
OET Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  N/A
DUELI EAP Program (completed one year prior to enrolment at Deakin) EAP 3 60% EAP 4 60% EAP 4 65% EAP 4 70% English for Nursing: 60% EAP 4 75% Oral presentation/speaking no less than 10/15, listening/note-taking no less than 15/20
English for Teaching (60%) - Education degrees only
DUELI Test (completed within six months prior to enrolment) DUELI Test score of 6.0 DUELI Test score of 6.5 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7 with interview/speaking score of 7.5

Common European Framework Language System (applicable to study abroad and exchange students only)

Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 N/A N/A N/A

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (IBT: Internet-Based Test) (PBT: Paper-Based Test) CPE: Cambridge English Proficiency (formerly the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
CAE: Cambridge English Advanced
PTE: Pearson's Test of English (Academic)
OET: Occupational English Test
DUELI: Deakin University English Language Institute (EAP: English for Academic Purposes program)

Table UG-3: Requirements for previous tertiary studies

Qualification Band A Band B Band C Band D
Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English speaking country, completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment* Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate/Diploma level Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 50 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 60 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 65
Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English-speaking country, completed more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin*  Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English and ongoing residence since graduation
Study at an institution within a non-English speaking country, but where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution, completed no more than 5 years prior to enrolment at Deakin Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 50 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 55 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65
Deakin College Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate IV or Diploma level Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) N/A N/A

English Medium program from an approved Thai university (Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, ChiangMai, Thammasat and Kasetsart Universities and King Mongkot Institute of Technology). 

N/A

4 academic years of full-time study with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater (credit average)

N/A N/A

* Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

Table UG-4: Requirements for Secondary qualifications taught in English

Qualification Band A Band B Band C Band D

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4, or equivalent

25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 30 in any other English
International Baccalaureate Diploma 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level), or 5 in English B (Higher level) 5 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Level) or 6 in English B (Higher Level)  6 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Level) or 7 in English B (Higher Level)  6 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Level) or 7 in English B (Higher Level) 
United Kingdom GCE A Levels C grade in the General Paper OR C grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level C grade in the General Paper OR C grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level B grade in the General Paper OR B grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level B grade in the General Paper OR B grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level
Singapore – Cambridge GCE A Levels C grade in the General Paper OR C grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level C grade in the General Paper OR C grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level B grade in the General Paper OR B grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level  B grade in the General Paper OR B grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level 
Hong Kong A Levels Advanced Level Use of English Examination: C  Advanced Level Use of English Examination: C Advanced Level Use of English Examination: B Advanced Level Use of English Examination: B 
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) HKSDE: English Level 3 HKSDE: 5 in English Language or Literature in English Level 3 HKDSE: 5* in English Language or Literature in English Level 3 HKDSE: 5** in English Language or Literature in English Level 3
Australian University Foundation Program 60% in English 70% in English 73% in English 75% in English
Deakin College Diploma Successful completion of Diploma course with a WAM of 50 Successful completion of Diploma course with a WAM of 60/65 Successful completion of Diploma course with a WAM of 70 Successful completion of Diploma course with a WAM of 75 

Table UG-5: Requirements for Secondary qualifications not taught in English

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, no more than 4 years prior to enrolment at Deakin, unless otherwise specified:

Qualification Band A Band B
Denmark: Studentereksamen

Grade 7 in English A

Grade 10 or Very Good in English A

Finland: Finnish Upper Secondary School Diploma (Lukionpaastotodistus)

Grade 8 in English A or English (Advanced) Matriculation Examination (Ylioppilastutkinto)

Pass in English (Advanced) 

STABEX students only - Grade 7 in English A or English (Advance 

STABEX students only: Grade 8 in English A or English (Advanced)
Germany: Abitur Grade 3 (7–9 points) – Students can supplement their Secondary School English result with a B in all sections of the DAAD language test, if taken in the last 12 months Grade 3 (7–9 points) – Students can supplement their Secondary School English result with a B in all sections of the DAAD language test, if taken in the last 12 months
Germany - Fachhochschulereife  Grade 3 (7-9 points) – Students can supplement their Secondary School English result with a B in all sections of the DAAD language test, if taken in the last 12 months Grade 3 (7-9 points) – Students can supplement their Secondary School English result with a B in all sections of the DAAD language test, if taken in the last 12 months

India

(Qualifications must be completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin)

All India Senior School Certificate – Central Board of Secondary Education: 60%

Indian School Certificate – India Council for School Examination: 60%

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) – State Secondary School boards: 65%

Pre-University Examination Certificate awarded by a university after one year of study beyond Secondary School Certificate (SSC-Class X ) in an affiliated College: 65%

Tamil Nadu Higher School Certificate: 120/200

 
The Netherlands: Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Grade 7 in final year English Grade 8 in final year English

Norway

Grade 4 in English Grade 4 in English

Malaysia

(Qualifications must be completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin)

Minimum C (formerly 6C) in English in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or O-level equivalent; and

Completion of 2 semesters of University equivalent study at a post secondary institution in Malaysia where English is the language of instruction and assessment with an overall average of 60%

OR

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM): C in the STPM 914 English Language or 920 English Literature examinations
 

Sweden: Avgangsbetyg/ Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan

Grade 4 or VG in English A or B

Grade 5 in English A or B


Postgraduate English requirements

Deakin University applies five standards for English language requirements (Bands A – E) for admission to coursework programs. In accordance with the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Procedure, both domestic and international applicants for Deakin courses must meet the English language requirements as specified for the relevant Band as identified in Table PG-1 below.

Applicants must demonstrate they meet the English language requirements, to the level required for the Band specified for the course, in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications in Table PG-2.
  2. Satisfactory completion of previous tertiary studies, in accordance with the specifications in Table PG-3.
  3. Sufficient evidence* of ongoing residence and employment for a period not less than 5 years within Australia, or specified English speaking country**, in occupation requiring proficient written and verbal communication in English.
  4. Submission of other evidence of English language proficiency which is judged as acceptable by the Academic Board.

* Passport and residency/citizenship documentation and supporting statements from employers with current contact details to allow verification.

** Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

Table PG-1: English language requirements for Deakin postgraduate courses

All postgraduate courses at Deakin are classified as Band B unless specified below.

Faculty/Course Band

Faculty of Arts and Education
Education and Teaching (E500, E740, E770)
Professional Registration for Specialist courses (E734, E753, E756)
Initial Teacher Education courses (E530, E760, E730)


Band C
Band E

Band E
Faculty of Business and Law
Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)

Band E
Faculty of Health
Master of Dietetics
Master of Social Work
Master of Psychology (Clinical) and (Industrial and Organisational) 

Band D
Band D
Band D

Table PG-2: Requirements for English Language Proficiency Tests

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin, unless otherwise specified:

Test Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E
IELTS

6/6
Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0

6.5/6
Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

7/6.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5

7/7
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
7/7/7.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5
TOEFL (IBT)  65
Writing 21
 70
Writing 21
94
Writing 24
94
Writing 27
102 
Writing 27, Reading and listening no less than 28
TOEFL (PBT) 550
Writing 4.5
 577
Writing 4.5
600
Writing 5
 600
Writing 5
 N/A
CPE 169 no band less than 169 176 no band less than 169 185 no band less than 176 185 no band less than 185 185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191
CAE 169 no band less than 169 176 no band less than 169 185 no band less than 176 185 no band less than 185

185 no band less than 185, speaking and listening 191

PTE  52-57
No less than 50 in each skill
58
No less than 50 in each skill
 65
No less than 58 in each skill
 65
No less than 65 in each skill
 73
No less than 65 in each skill and no less than 73 for speaking and listening
OET Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading N/A
DUELI EAP Program (completed one year prior to enrolment at Deakin) EAP 3 60% EAP 4 60% EAP 4 65% EAP 4 70% English for Nursing: 60% EAP 4 75% Oral presentation/speaking no less than 10/15, listening/note-taking no less than 15/20
English for Teaching (60%) - Education degrees only
DUELI Test (completed within six months prior to enrolment) DUELI Test score of 6.0 DUELI Test score of 6.5 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7 with interview/speaking score of 7.5

Common European Framework Language System (applicable to study abroad and exchange students only)

Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 Certificate of English language proficiency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 N/A N/A N/A

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (IBT: Internet-Based Test) (PBT: Paper-Based Test) CPE: Cambridge English Proficiency (formerly the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
CAE: Cambridge English Advanced
PTE: Pearson's Test of English (Academic)
OET: Occupational English Test
DUELI: Deakin University English Language Institute (EAP: English for Academic Purposes program)

Table PG-3: Requirements for previous tertiary studies

Qualification Band A Band B Band C Band D
Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English speaking country, completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment* Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate/Diploma level Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 50 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 60 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at Bachelor degree level or higher with a minimum WAM of 65
Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English-speaking country, completed more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin*  Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English Entire secondary and post-secondary studies conducted in English and ongoing residence since graduation
Study at an institution within a non-English speaking country, but where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution, completed no more than 5 years prior to enrolment at Deakin Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 50 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 55 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65 Successful completion of 2 academic years of full-time study at a Bachelor degree level with a minimum WAM of 65
Deakin College Successful completion of 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate IV or Diploma level Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) N/A N/A

English Medium program from an approved Thai university (Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, ChiangMai, Thammasat and Kasetsart Universities and King Mongkot Institute of Technology). 

N/A

4 academic years of full-time study with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater (credit average)

N/A N/A

* Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

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