English language requirements

Undergraduate requirements

Applicants for undergraduate Deakin courses must meet the English language requirements, to the level/band required for the course, as specified below in Table UG-A2.

Applicants must demonstrate that 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 the Victorian Certificate of Education , or equivalent acceptable Year 12 secondary or university preparation qualification taught in English, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-D, (includes VCE and other Australian Year 12, IB, UK A levels, Singapore A levels, Hong Kong A levels or HKDSE, MIBT Diploma, Foundation Programs) OR
  2. Satisfactory completion of previous secondary studies where English generally is not the language of instruction for the qualification, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-E, OR
  3. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-B, OR
  4. Satisfactory completion of previous tertiary studies, in accordance with the specifications in Table UG-C.

Table UG-A: English language requirements for Deakin undergraduate courses

Deakin University applies five standards for English language requirements (Bands A – E) for admission to coursework programs. Applicants for Deakin courses must meet the English language requirements as specified for the relevant Band as identified in Table A2 below.

In exceptional circumstances, the achievement of English language proficiency may also be reviewed by the Academic Board and deemed as acceptable on a case-by-case basis.

Table UG-A1: English language requirements for Bands A – E

English language requirements for Deakin courses are benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standards, and are as follows:

Band/Level IELTS Scores Required Requirement
A 6/6 Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
B 6.5/6 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
C 7/6.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
D 7/7 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
E 7/7/7.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

Table UG-A2: English language requirements for Deakin undergraduate courses

All undergraduate courses at Deakin are in Band A, other than those listed below:

Faculty/Course Band
Faculty of Arts and Education
Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Communication (Public Relations)
Education and Teaching (E359, E377, D347, D351, E330, E430)

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

Band C
Faculty of Health
Social Work
Medicine / Surgery
Medical Imaging 
Nursing and related combined degrees
Vision Science

Band D
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-B: Requirements for English Language Proficiency Tests

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following tests, no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin. This requirement, unless otherwise specified, should be to the level required for the course as specified in Table UG-A2.

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)  60
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-C: 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
Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT)   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). 

 

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-D: 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 a Second Language (ESL) or 20 in any other English 30 in ESL or 25 in any other English 35 in ESL or 30 in any other English 35 in ESL 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: English Level 3   
Australian University Foundation Program 60% in English 70% in English 73% in English 75% in English
MIBT 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-E: 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 — post 2006/7; or Grade 8 at Level A or Grade 9 at Level B - prior to 2007

Grade 10 or Very Good in English A – post 2006/7; or

Grade 9 in English at Level A or Grade 10 in English at Level B – prior to 2007

Finland: Finnish Upper Secondary School Diploma (Lukionpaastotodistus)

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

Pass in English (Advanced) study abroad and exchange students only: Grade 7 in English A or English (Advanced)

Study abroad and exchange 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 Grade 8

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

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

  1. Satisfactory completion of previous tertiary studies, in accordance with the specifications below in Table PG-A (for bands A and B), OR
  2. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications below in Table PG-B (for all bands).

Table PG-0: English language requirements for Deakin postgraduate courses

English language requirements for Deakin courses are benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standards, and are as follows:

Band/Level IELTS Scores Required Requirement
A 6/6 Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
B 6.5/6 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
C 7/6.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
D 7/7 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
E 7/7/7.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

All postgraduate courses at Deakin are in band B, other than those listed 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) (H750)

Band D
Band D
Band D
For all Higher Degrees by Research Courses, please refer to this page.

Table PG-A: Previous studies in English required for entry into postgraduate courses

Table PG-A: Previous studies in English required for entry into postgraduate courses

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following:

Study at an institution within Australia, or specified English speaking country*, completed no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin One academic year of full-time study at tertiary level
Study at an institution within Australia, or specified English speaking country*, completed more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin

Entire secondary and post-secondary studies, and
residency in Australia, or other specified English-speaking country, since graduation

Study at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment and English is a major second language of the institution, completed no more than five years prior to enrolment at Deakin Two academic years of full-time study in a university degree program
Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP)

Upper high school English in Norway no limit on number of years completed prior to enrolment at Deakin (applicable for courses at band B level only)

 Grade 4

English Medium program from an approved Thai University (Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University, King Mongkot Institute of Technology,  Kasetsart University)

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

Upper high school English in Norway no limit on number of years completed prior to enrolment at Deakin (applicable for courses at band B level only)

 Grade 4

English language test

 Completion of a test, in accordance with the specifications in TABLE PG-B below

* 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-B: English Language Test Requirements

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following tests, no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin. This requirement, unless otherwise specified, should be to the level required for the course as specified in Table PG-0.

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)  60
Writing 21
 79
Writing 21
94
Writing 24
94
Writing 27
94
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 courses only
DUELI Test (completed within six months prior to enrollment) 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 proficency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 Certificate of English language proficency 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)

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