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English prerequisites

To study at Curtin, you must meet Curtin University’s admission standards, including academic requirements, course prerequisites and English language requirements.

Hear what our students have to say about meeting the English language requirements.

As Curtin University courses are taught in English, there are minimum English language requirements you must meet for admission. Entry is competitive and some courses require you to achieve a higher level than the minimum requirement.

You can demonstrate your English skills through recognised tests and qualifications, including the International English Language Testing system (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign language (TOFEL) and through qualifications in English.

If you don’t meet the English language entry score required for your course, consider first taking a study program at Curtin English. Curtin English is located on campus grounds in Perth and gives you access to university facilities and support services.

Your Curtin English course can be packaged together with your chosen undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma program to streamline your enrolment and visa application process.

“The University has English courses to help students. So I took those, they were two or three months long, and I fully focused on them so I could start my PHD. I got the score I needed in three months.”

Laura Machuca Suarez, Colombia, Research Fellow, Corrosion Engineering

Undergraduate entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language test Score
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score


6.0
6.0
6.5
GCSE (O Level) English/English Language/English Literature/General Paper/ESL Grade C or better
GCE (A Level) English/English Language/English Literature/General Paper/ESL Grade E or better
SPM 1119 English Grade C6 or above
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)

13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) 58 (some courses may require higher score)
OET (Occupational English Test) Grade B in listening, reading, writing and speaking
WACE Stage 2 or 3 English, Literature or English as an additional Language/Dialect (EALD) Scaled score of 50
Western Australian Universities’ Preparatory Program (WAUPP) English (ELACS) 50%
English as a Second Language (ESL) Pass mark varies each year (normally 50% or above)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) in the subject of English as a Second Language Score 10 or higher—Band A, B or C
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) English OR Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary
Education (HKDSE) English as a core subject
Grade of 3 or C or above
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)/Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or better
First Certificate of English (FCE) Grade A
Successful completion of one semester of full-time study of a bachelor degree course at an Australian university
Successful completion of the full first year of a bachelor degree at a recognised university in NZ, UK, Canada or US
Successful completion of any Australian university English language proficiency programs of one semester (six months) full-time in duration or more, that satisfy degree entry requirements at those universities
Successful completion of Curtin’s English Language Bridging (ELB) course

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Courses
Bachelor of:
Writing and speaking Reading and listening Overall band score TOEFL score
Education (Early Childhood Education, Education Conversion Course, Primary
Education, Secondary Education)
Social Work
Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
7.0 7.0 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Pharmacy 7.0 7.0 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Nursing—Conversion Program for Registered Nurses 6.5 6.5 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 20
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 24
Medical Imaging 6.5 6.5 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 20
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 24

Postgraduate entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language test Score
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score

6.0
6.0
6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)
13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) 58 (some courses may require higher score)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or better24

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Courses Writing and speaking Reading and listening Overall band score TOEFL score
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) 7.0 7.0 7.5 102 overall
Reading: 27
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 24
work and speech pathology courses" 7.0 7.0 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Master of Information Management Writing 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
6.5 94 (23 in each section)
All graduate diploma and master courses in Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) 6.5 6.5 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 20
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 20
Graduate Certificate in Business and Graduate Certificate in Procurement (CGSB) 6.5 6.5 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 20

# English entry for physiotherapy, nursing, psychology and pharmacy courses can only be met by IELTS or OET (Occupational English Test). TOEFL is not acceptable.
Note 1: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines exist for physiotherapy and psychology courses. These guidelines require students undertaking postgraduate clinical placements to obtain limited or provisional registration, which requires applicants to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands or an overall pass in the OET with grades A or B in each of the four components. Therefore, the University will require any student undertaking these courses to submit an IELTS or OET prior to being eligible for admission into the mainstream course. Further information is available on the AHPRA website.
Note 2: applicants who complete a bachelor degree course in which English was the language of instruction will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Research degree entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

English language test Score
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Writing and speaking
Reading and listening
Overall band score
6.0
6.0
6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
79 (overall)
13
13
18
21
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) 58 (some courses may require higher score)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or better24

Courses with a higher English language requirement

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Courses Writing and speaking Reading and listening Overall band score TOEFL score
CBS masters by research and PhD courses 7.0 7.0 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27
Curtin Graduate School of Business masters by research and PhD courses MBA/MLM 6.5 6.5 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 20
Listening: 20
Speaking: 20
Writing: 24
Humanities masters by research and PhD courses Writing 7.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 6.5
6.5 79 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 10
Speaking: 18
Writing: 27
Health sciences masters by research and PhD courses 7.0 7.0 7.0 94 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 24
Writing: 27