English Language

Coursework Degrees

The English language requirements shown in Table 1 provide admission to many UOW undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Table 1
IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
6.06.06.05.05.0
TOEFL (internet based)7918181616
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiespassWeighted average mark of 50

Courses requiring a higher overall score in English, or higher individual band scores are listed in the tables below. 

Table 2

- Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies
- Master of Maritime Studies
- Master of Maritime Policy

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
6.06.06.05.55.5
TOEFL7918181717
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesPassWeighted average mark of 50 

 

Table 3

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees in the:

- School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
- School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering
- School of Biology
- School of Chemistry
- School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
6.06.06.06.06.0
TOEFL7918181818
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesPassWeighted average mark of 50 

 

Table 4

- Master of International Studies
- Master of International Studies Advanced
- Bachelor of Public Health and Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition
- Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health Advanced

Postgraduate coursework degrees in the:
- Faculty of Business and Sydney Business School*
- School of Education^

*excluding Graduate Certificate in Business & Graduate Certificate in Commerce - see Table 1
^excluding Graduate Diploma in Education - see Table 7

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the:
- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, including the Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion)*
- School of Medicine and Health^

*excluding all other undergraduate nursing degrees
^excluding B Nutrition and Dietetics, B Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, M Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and M Clinical Exercise Physiology - see Table 6

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
6.56.06.06.06.0
TOEFL (internet based)8818181818
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesCreditWeighted average mark of 65

 

 

Table 5

- Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) and Bachelor of Nursing (Overseas Qualified Nurses)
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation
- Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Master of Fisheries Policy
 

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
6.56.56.56.56.5
TOEFL (internet based)8820202020
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesCreditWeighted average mark of 65*
* The Nursing degrees mentioned above require 65% in Academic Reading and Writing, and 65% in one of Academic Listening and Speaking or Critical Literacy (with at least 50% in the other).

 

 

Table 6

Undergraduate coursework degrees in the:
- School of Law
- School of Education

- Undergraduate Journalism degrees

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
7.06.57.06.06.0
TOEFL (internet based)10020221818
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesDistinctionWeighted average mark of 75

 

Table 7

Coursework degrees in the:
- Graduate School of Medicine

- Master of Psychology (Clinical)

IELTSOverall ScoreReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
7.07.07.07.07.0
TOEFL (internet based)10022222222
UOW College - English for Tertiary StudiesDistinctionWeighted average mark of 75


 

Higher Degree Research

The English language requirements shown in Table 1 are the entry requirements to most UOW postgraduate research degrees.

Table 1

IELTS

Overall Score Reading Writing Listening Speaking
6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL (Internet Based) 88 18 18 18 18
UOW College - English for Tertiary Studies Weighted average mark of 65

The exceptions to the above requirements are as follows: 

Table 2

PhD Integrated degrees in the:

- Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
- School of Biology
- School of Chemistry
- School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Australian Institute of Innovative Materials

IELTS

Overall Score Reading Writing Listening Speaking
6.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
TOEFL (Internet Based) 79 16 16 16 16
UOW College - English for Tertiary Studies Weighted Average Mark of 50 and at least 50 in each subject 

  

Table 3

All postgraduate research degrees in the:

- Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts

IELTS

Overall Score Reading Writing Listening Speaking
7.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
TOEFL (Internet Based) 100 20 20 20 20
UOW College - English for Tertiary Studies Weighted Average Mark of 75

  

Table 4

All postgraduate degrees in the:
- School of Medicine and Health

- PhD (Clinical Psychology)
- PhD (Clinical)
- Master of Philosophy (Midwifery)

IELTS

Overall Score Reading Writing Listening Speaking
7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
TOEFL (Internet Based) 100 22 22 22  22 
UOW College - English for Tertiary Studies Weighted Average Mark of 75

   

OTHER ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS

CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS

The following Cambridge ESOL Examinations are acceptable:

  • CAE - Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)
    • For IELTS 7.0 - Score of 67
    • For IELTS 6.5 - Score of 58
    • For IELTS 6.0 - Score of 52
    • For IELTS 5.5 - Score of 47
    • For IELTS 5.0 - Score of 41
  • CPE - Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    • For IELTS 7.0 - Score of 51
    • For IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 - Score of 45  
       

PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH 

The following will be acceptable on the PTE Academic:

Overall Score Minimum Communicative Skill Scores IELTS Equivalent
42 Reading & Writing 42, Speaking & Listening 36 5.0
49 All areas 43 5.5
57 Reading & Writing 57, Speaking and Listening 50 6.0
64 All areas 59 6.5
72 Reading & Writing 72, Speaking & Listening 65 7.0

PREVIOUS STUDY IN ENGLISH

The University's English language requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of full-time secondary or tertiary studies, or equivalent qualification, with a duration of at least two years, from an approved offshore institution:

  • where the sole language of instruction and assessment was English; and
  • the qualifications were attained within two years of the intended commencement date of study at UOW.

Academic transcripts and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the sole language of instruction and assessment must be provided. 

Previous study in English is considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically meet UOW's English language requirement.   

HOW long do I need to study english?

Score at time of application Estimated time required to reach entry score (weeks)
Level IELTS TOEFL (paper/internet) IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.0 IELTS 6.5 IELTS 7.0
Advanced 6.5 575 / 88         12
6.0 550 / 79     6 * 12 18
5.5 525 / 70   6 # 12 18 24
Intermediate 5.0 500 / 61   12 18 24 30
4.5 475 / 52 12 18 24 30 36
Lower intermediate 4.0 450 / 45 18 24 30 36 42
3.5 425 / 38 24 30 36 42 48
Elementary 3.0 375 / 24 30 36 42 48 48+

# for students with 5.5 overall, but less than 5.0 in reading or writing        * for students with 6.0 overall, but 5.5 in either reading or writing

For entry into English for Tertiary Studies or English for Business, you must have the required IELTS or equivalent test result.  If you do not have an IELTS or equivalent, you can be offered English for Academic Purposes with a minimum duration of 24 weeks. 

Visit the UOW College website for more information on English language courses.

   
Last reviewed: 11 July, 2014