About ISN – Admissions Criteria 2018-10-10T17:21:42+00:00

Admissions criteria

As part of successful application to ISN Psychology, students need to fulfil academic and other requirements to meet the standard required by professional psychology bodies. While a good VCE score or a prior higher education degree is the most common method of entry, there are other options including work experience and VET study, depending on the level of study.

Click on the + Symbols below for relevant admission information, based on the category of applicant you fall under.

Eligibility

ISN Psychology is a registered higher education provider that offer degrees in psychology for domestic students.

Who Qualifies as a domestic student?

Domestics students are either Australian or New Zealand citizens, an Australian permanent resident or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. During the application phase, ISN will request proof that you qualify as a domestic student in the form of a copy of your passport or driver’s license.ISN is not currently able to offer places to international students.


Study Pathways and Requirements

Eligibility for admission into an ISN Psychology degree program is based on applicant’s ability to satisfy specific course entry requirements. Entry requirements for psychology courses are based on predetermined Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) pathways to registration as a psychologist and course specific entry requirements are listed on the relevant ISN Psychology course page.

The training pathways for psychology is as follow:

Step 1 – Complete an APAC accredited three-year undergraduate psychology sequence of study

Applicants who completed their studies over 10 years ago or complete an undergraduate degree in a different discipline can complete a three-year program bridging course (12-18 months duration), at a provider that offers this option (please visit APAC to find out which providers offer this option). Completion of a bridging course will, like a normal three-year sequence, enable applicants to apply for entry into an accredited fourth-year psychology program.

Step 2 – Complete an APAC accredited fourth-year undergraduate psychology program (e.g., honours year or a fourth-year equivalent like a Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

This program is a one-year course, full-time or equivalent part-time.

ISN offers the fourth-year as part of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or as a standalone degree for students who completed their first three years at another institute as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Step 3 – Select one of the available pathways to registration

4+2 pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can find an external supervisor, register as a provisionally registered psychologist, and complete two years of supervision while working. Please note that this pathway is currently being phased out. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website.

5+1 pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can apply for a Master of Professional Psychology at an institute that offers this option (please visit the APAC website for a list of institutes that offer this course). Students complete a fifth year of study as a provisionally registered psychologist and then complete one year of supervision at the conclusion of course work. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website.

5th and 6th year pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can apply for an APAC accredited master’s (or doctorate) degree. Successful applicants will complete two years of study as a provisionally registered psychologist in an area of specialised study, also known as an area of practice endorsement. The current areas of practice endorsement available across educational institutes are clinical, community, counselling, health, forensic, sport and exercise, educational and developmental, organisational, and clinical neuropsychology. Students will complete course work, research, and supervised practical placements as part of the degree. Once a student has successfully completed all components of the postgraduate degree, they can apply to the PsyBA for registration as a general psychologist. Registered psychologist who followed this pathway must be externally supervised by a PsyBA-approved supervisor for a specified period, in the area of endorsement as a registrar. For master’s this specified period is two years, one year with a doctorate, and 18 months for combined master’s/PhDs. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website. ISN Psychology offers a Master of Psychology (Clinical).

Please visit the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website for an overview of the study pathways.

The information in this section relates to applicants who have completed tertiary or higher education (e.g., a university course/ degree) study within the last 10 years. The information includes applicants currently studying at another higher education provider and wishing to transfer to ISN Psychology. Applicants who completed a bridging course in psychology e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology can also refer to this information.

Where this information is not relevant to a specific course this will be noted here and on the specific course page.

Applicants with higher education study are assessed by calculating a grade point average (GPA) weighted according to the point value of individual units across undergraduate and/or graduate studies undertaken.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be assessed as part of the offer stage of an application. Prospective students will be asked to submit information (e.g., unit outlines, handbooks etc.) for the units completed at a different provider or institute as part of their acceptance of offer. Prospective students will also submit a letter outlining the ISN units RPL is sought for.  RPL or credit transfer will be considered based on unit equivalence (content) and the level of study (e.g., undergraduate, or postgraduate).


Applicants with Higher Education Studies Applying for an Undergraduate Degree

Applicants are selected on academic merit based on the GPA calculated from the academic record or transcript submitted to ISN.

 

Less than one year of higher education

If an applicant has completed less than one full year of higher education study, ISN will consider a students VCE marks and ATAR for entry into an undergraduate course. Should an applicant not have a secondary qualification equivalent to VCE the applicant may be eligible for entry under the Applicants with Work and Life Experience or Vocational Education and Training (please see the relevant sections for more information).

One year of Higher education Study

Applicants who have completed at least one year of higher education study will be assessed, primarily, for entry into an ISN undergraduate degree based on the calculated GPA. Studies completed at university level with a credit (60% +) average or above will be considered for entry into an undergraduate program.

Two or more years of Higher Education Study

The GPA for all units completed across higher education study will be calculated to assess academic merit for entry into an undergraduate ISN degree.


Applicants with Higher Education Studies Applying for an Honours Year

Applicants are selected on academic merit based on the GPA calculated from the academic record or transcript submitted to ISN and at least one academic or professional reference.

Applicants wishing to commence an honours degree, i.e. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), at ISN must provide evidence, in the form of an official transcript(s) showing completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate degree in psychology within the last 10 years.

A credit average (60-69%) must be attained in second and third year psychology units of an APAC accredited undergraduate psychology degree as a minimum entry requirement.

Applicants with an average between 60-65% may be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process.

To assess academic merit for entry into an honours program, ISN will calculate a GPA for all psychology units completed across the second and third year of undergraduate higher education study.

Applicants who completed a bridging course in psychology e.g., Graduate Diploma in Psychology can apply for an honours year. The GPA will be calculated across all Graduate Diploma units and weighted by unit points to determine eligibility for entry.

Applicants with an international degree must submit a letter from the Australian Psychological Association (APS) as proof of equivalence to an Australian undergraduate degree.

Places in the honours course are capped for each intake period and this information is available on the course specific page. Applicants are ranked for entry into the course based on academic merit and referee reports.


Applicants with Higher Education Studies Applying for a Postgraduate degree

Applicants are selected for short-listing based on academic merit, two academic reference, a personal statement and relevant work/ life experience.

Applicants wishing to commence postgraduate studies with ISN e.g., Master of Psychology (Clinical), must provide evidence, in the form of an official transcript(s) showing successful completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree (year 1 -3) or equivalent bridging program and an honours degree in psychology or equivalent (e.g., Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology) within the last 10 years.

A 75% average must be attained in the honours, or 4th year equivalent, APAC accredited degree as a minimum entry requirement.

The GPA for all units completed during a 4th year/ honours year of higher education study will be calculated to assess academic merit for entry into a postgraduate ISN degree.

Applicants with an international degree must submit a letter from the Australian Psychological Association (APS) as proof of equivalence to an Australian undergraduate and honours degree.

Places in the postgraduate course are capped for each intake period and this information is available on the course specific page. Short listed applicants are ranked for entry into the course based on academic merit, referee reports, a personal statement, relevant work and/or life experience and an interview.

The information in this section relates to applicants who have completed vocational education or training as the highest level of study. Where this information is not relevant to a specific course this will be noted here and on the specific course page.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – where applicable, will be assessed as part of the offer stage of an application. Prospective students will be asked to submit information (e.g., unit outlines, handbooks etc.) for the units completed as part of VET studies during their acceptance of offer. Prospective students will also submit a letter outlining the ISN units RPL is sought for.  RPL or credit transfer will be considered based on unit equivalence (content) and the level of study.


 

Applicants with Vocational Education Applying for an Undergraduate Degree

Applicants who have completed VET studies and wish to apply for entry into an undergraduate bachelor’s degree course can apply:

  • under the employment and life experience pathway and/or sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); or
  • applicants who can provide evidence of completing Diploma or Advance Diploma level studies with an average grade of 60% or above in an area related to psychology are eligible for entry into an ISN undergraduate program.

Applicants with VET study can provide evidence of further studies and work experience as part of their application for entry in the form of a personal statement. Please submit a copy of any official transcripts and/or VCE or STAT results and complete and submit a Personal Statement via our online application form. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words and is used to assess an applicant’s ability and aptitude to study psychology.


 

Applicants with Vocational Education Applying for an Honours Year

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


 

Applicants with Vocational Education Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education Applying for an Undergraduate Degree

Australian Year 12 students

Applicants who have recently completed year 12 in Australia will be selected based on study scores or an interstate equivalent and/or overall ATAR/ Tertiary Admissions Ranking. The entry requirements, including minimum ATAR, are available under the specific course page. Please see the Interstate Year 12 section for more information on comparison of interstate year 12 course results against the Victorian Study Score to check that you meet entry requirements.

The standard required to receive an offer during an intake period may be above the minimum ATAR depending on the number and quality of applications received and places available for that intake period. This means, where ATAR is used, that the selection rank can change between academic years and is not known before applicants are selected for an undergraduate course in a particular academic year. The lowest selection rank is not a representation of the average ability of students accepted into an ISN undergraduate course nor does it reflect the difficulty or quality of the course content.

ISN Psychology publish an ATAR or entry profile for each academic year. As of 2020 this profile will contain a lowest ATAR that resulted in an offer to the course in semester 1, 2019 and the lowest selection rank that resulted in an offer to the course in semester 1, 2019.

The ATAR profile is intended as a guide to determine your likelihood of receiving an offer in an ISN Psychology undergraduate course. The guide provides a broad overview of ATARs and selection ranks may differ between academic years. ISN Psychology is not part of VTAC and therefore you can opt to apply for an ISN course directly via our website and submit your preferences for other university courses via VTAC. If you require assistance please contact ISN directly.

The ATAR profile data published on each course page is in line with the Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency (TEQSA) admissions transparency requirements. The 2019 cohort of undergraduates will be the first cohort to commence in an ISN undergraduate course. The data in the ATAR profile reflects this in the form of N/A annotation. In 2020, the ATAR profile will be based on offers to recent school leavers (i.e., students who completed year 12 between 2018 and 2019) who were selected on the basis of their ATAR.

Lowest Selection Rank

The lowest selection rank is determined by the number of places available in the course, the number of applicants for the course, and the quality of applications.

ATAR-related adjustments

At present ISN Psychology does not make any adjustment to ATAR-based admissions or offer bonus points.

Interstate Year 12

Use the tables below to compare year 12 courses and results. This will assist you to determine if you meet course prerequisites and entry requirements.

VIC VCE Study Score ACT Scaled Mark NSW HSC Band non-Extension NSW HSC Band Extension Course NT NTCET QLD QCE Grade SA Student Achievement Score TAS TCE Grade WA WACE Scaled Mark International Baccalaureate
IB HL IB SL
41+ 180+ 6 (90 -100 marks) E4 A+, A VH A+, A EA 79+ 6,7 7
35-40 159-179 5 (80 – 89 marks) E3 A-, B+ VH A-, B+ HA 67-78 5 6
30-34 142-158 4 (70 – 79 marks) E3 B, B- H B, B- CA 58-66 4 5
26-29 130-141 3 (60-69 marks) E2 C+ S C+ SA 52-57 3 4
25 125-129 2 (50-59 marks) E1 C, C- S C, C- SA 50-51 3 4
1-24 1-124 1 (0-49 marks) E1 D+, D, D-, E+, E, E- L, VL D+, D, D-, E+, E, E- NN 1-49 1,2 1,2,3

Courses Comparable to VIC VCE Courses by State

VIC Subject Name

ACT Subject Name

NSW

Subject Name

QLD Subject Name

SA Subject Name

TAS Subject Name

WA Subject Name

English

Creative Writing
English, English (NHT), English Language, Literature English (Major) English Advanced English English; English Literacy Studies English; English 1A^; English 1B^; English Literature; English Communications; English Writing; Introduction to English A/Studying Texts^ English; Literature
English as a Second Language; English as an Additional Language ESL (Major)/ ESL for Academic Purposes English as a Second Language English for ESL Learners English as an Additional Language English as an Additional Language or Dialect English as an Additional Language or Dialect

Mathematics

Further Mathematics; Further Mathematics NHT), Mathematics Methods Mathematical Applications Mathematics General 2 Mathematics A General Mathematics General Mathematics; Mathematics Methods – Foundation Mathematics Applications
Mathematical Methods; Mathematical Methods (CAS) CBE; Mathematical Methods (NHT) Mathematical Methods/Further Mathematics (Major); Specialist Mathematics/ Specialist Methods (Major) Mathematics Mathematics B; Mathematics I Mathematical Methods Mathematics Methods 4 Mathematics Methods
Specialist Mathematics; Specialist Mathematics (NHT) Specialist Mathematics/ Specialist Methods (Double Major); Specialist Mathematics – ANU/ Discrete Mathematics ANU/UC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 Mathematics C Specialist Mathematics Advanced Calculus and Applications 1B^; Calculus and Applications 1A^; Calculus and Applications 1B^; Mathematics Specialised Mathematics Specialist

Other Subjects (Excluding Languages)

Biology, Biology (NHT) Biology/ Biological Science/ Biological Studies; Conservation Biology (H)/ Biodiversity – ANU; Human Biology Biology Biology Biology Biology; Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A^; Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B^ Biology; Human Biology
Chemistry; Chemistry (NHT) Chemistry/ Chemistry (H) Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry; Chemistry 1A Hobart^; Chemistry 1B Hobart^ Chemistry
Geography Geography Geography Geography Geography Geography Geography
Psychology Psychology; Psychology A^; Psychology B^ Psychology
Physics; Physics (NHT) Physics/ Astrophysics; Physics/Flight; Physics – ANU; Physics – Interstate Physics Physics Physics Physics; Physics 1A^; Physics 1B^ Physics

*Information in this table is applicable for 2019 admissions. Students who completed year 12 in a state other than Victoria will be considered for entry into an ISN undergraduate course on the basis of their final year 12 grades. ISN will consider student’s tertiary admission ranking and/ or compare interstate student’s final year 12 results against VCE Study scores.


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education Applying for an Honours Degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degrees. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience Applying for an Undergraduate Degree

Information in this section is for applicants who completed their secondary studies more than two years ago and wish to apply for an ISN undergraduate degree.

Applicants over the age of 21 with no formal education qualification can provide evidence of work experience as part of their application for entry. Please submit a Personal Statement via our online application form. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words and provide information about your work experience to date and how this has prepared you for psychological studies.

A selection rank can be allocated to applicants with no formal education on the basis of skill level and length of service. Please refer to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to determine skill level. To be eligible for a selection rank based on employment experience you must:

  • Demonstrate that you have been in paid employment for at least six months full-time (or equivalent);
    • This can be continuing employment with a single employer; or
    • Periods of employment within the same position at different employers.
  • Provide a statement of employment from your employer including information about the role, duties and the length of employment;
    • Applicants who are self employed should provide a statement from their accountant, solicitor or tax agent confirming their role, duties and duration;

Applicants who fall within this category can also opt to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). For more information on STAT please visit your relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre website – VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

The personal statement, employment statement and (if provided) STAT results will be used to assess an applicant’s ability and aptitude to study psychology. This will determine if an application is successful. In some instances an applicant within this category may be invited to attend an interview as part of this assessment process.


 

Applicants with Work and Life Experience Applying for an Honours Degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


 

Applicants with Work and Life Experience Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degrees. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.

Additional Information

Further information may be required regarding admissions options. Click on the + symbols below to expand each section for more information:

Indigenous applicants who do not fit in one of the admission categories will be assessed to determine if the applicant is likely to succeed in the course of study they are seeking admission to. Standard entry requirements may not be applied in full but will be considered in the likelihood to succeed assessment process. Applicants may be invited for an interview to form part of this assessment.

Domestic applicants who completed previous secondary studies overseas may be eligible for undergraduate studies at ISN Psychology if they meet domestic student Entry Criteria (please see Entry Requirements) at the time of application and the minimum admission criteria below:

Country Accepted Qualifications Minimum Admission Criteria English Language Proficiency
Non-country specific GCE Advanced Level A minimum of 5 points obtained for two or three Advanced Level subjects are required. Points are calculated as follow:

Cameroon, Singapore, Uganda & Zimbabwe: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1

Grade C in one of the following:

English

English Literature

English Language

First Language English

English General Paper

English as Second Language

Non-country specific International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Successful completion of the IB Diploma with at least 24 points Grade 4 or above in one of the following subjects:

English A: Literature (SL) or (HL)

Englsih A: Language and Literature (SL) or (HL)

Literature and Performance (SL)

English A1 (SL) or (HL)

English A2 (SL) or (HL)

English B (HL)

Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate Successful completion of the Bhutan Higher Education Certificate with an average of 65% in the best four academic subjects See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Canada High School Graduation Diploma Successful completion of the High School Graduation Diploma with an average of 60% in Grade 12 subjects 60% or higher in grade 12 English subject
China Gao Kao Successful completion of Gao Kao and an aggregate of 67% See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Denmark • Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX)
• Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)
• Bevis for Højere Handelseksamen (HHX)
• Bevis for Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX)
Successful completion of one of the following qualifications:
• Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) (Secondary Education Graduation Certificate);
• Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen(HF) (Higher Preparatory Examination Certificate);
• Bevis for Højere Handelseksamen (HHX) (Higher Commercial Examination);
• Bevis for Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX) (Higher Technical Examination Certificate)
English Level B: Grade of 7

Or

English Level A: Grade of 4 from 2007; or Grade of 7 prior to 2007

Finland Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) and awarded the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamsbetyg (Certificate of Matriculation). Grade of “Cum laude approbatur” in English (Advanced)
France French Baccalaureate General Successful completion of the Baccalaureate General with an overall grade of 10 See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Germany Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) Successful completion of the Abitur with an overall grade of 4 Grade of 4 or better in English (refer to score stated in Block II: performance in school-leaving exams); or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) with B2 (4 stars) in meeting minimum English (i.e. IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0); or with C 1 (5 stars) in meeting higher English criteria.
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Successful completion of HKDSE with 15 points from the best five subjects. Points calculated as follows: 5** = 6 Pts, 5* = 5.5 Pts, 5 = 5 Pts, 4 = 4 Pts, 3 = 3 Pts, 2 = 2 Pts, 1 = 1 Pt. Level/Grade of 4 or above in the HKDSE Core subject English Language
India
  1. Indian School Certificate
  2. All Indian Senior School Certificate
  3. Higher Secondary Certificate
  1. Successful completion of the Indian School Certificate (ISC) awarded by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) with a grade average of at least 60% from the best four subjects
  2. Successful completion of the All Indian Senior School Certificate with a grade average of at least 60% from the best four subjects
  3. Successful completion of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (Standard Year 12 Qualifications) with a grade average of at least 65% from the best four subjects
  1. 60% in English subject
  2. 60% in English subject
  3. See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Indonesia Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) and the Ujian Nasional From 2013 – Successful completion of Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) (Certificate of Completion from Academic Senior Secondary School) with an overall average grade of at least 80%, with evidence of passing the Ujian Nasional (National Examinations) in meet Curtin’s minimum academic entry requirement. This qualification does not satisfy undergraduate subject prerequisites.
Before 2013 – Successful completion of Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) (Certificate of Completion from Academic Senior Secondary School) with an overall average grade of at least 80% (8.0) and at least an overall average grade of 80% (8.0) from the Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional (SKHUN) (Certificate of Graduation).
See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate
  • From 2017- completion of the Irish Leaving Certificate issued by the Irish State Examinations Commission with 10 points aggregated from the best five subjects at Higher Level.
    Points calculated as follows: Grade 1 =6, Grade 2 =5, Grade 3 =4,
    Grade 4 =3, Grade 5 =2, Grade 6 =1

 

  • Before 2017- Successful completion of Leaving Certificate from the State Examinations Commission with at least 10 points aggregated from the best five subjects at Higher Level.
    Points calculated as follows: A1 = 6, A2 = 5, B1 =4.5, B2 =4, B3 =3.5, C1 =3, C2 =2.5, C3 = 2, D1 = 1.5, D2 = 1
  • At least a grade of 5 in English at Ordinary Level
  • At least a grade of C3 in English at Ordinary Level
Malaysia
  1. STPM
  2. Malaysian UEC (Senior Middle level)
  1. A minimum of 5 points obtained from at least two but no more than three Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) subjects; points calculated as follows: A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1
  2. Completion of the Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) (Senior Middle Level) with 15 points aggregated from the best five academic subjects, excluding Chinese, English and Malay. Points calculated as follows: A1 = 8, A2 = 7, B3 =6, B4 =5, B5 =4, B6 =3
  1. At least C6 in SPM 1119 English
  2. Required or obtain at least C6 in SPM 1119 English
Mauritius Cambridge Higher School Certificate Successful completion of Higher Secondary Education Board Examination (HSC) awarded by the Higher Secondary Education Board with at least 68% of the Grand Total score (i.e. 680 out of 1000) in meeting Curtin’s minimum academic entry criteria. At least Grade C in English obtained at Cambridge School Certificate/GCE Ordinary Level
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Board Examination Successful completion of Higher Secondary Education Board Examination (HSC) awarded by the Higher Secondary Education Board with at least 68% of the Grand Total score (i.e. 680 out of 1000) in meeting Curtin’s minimum academic entry criteria. See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Successful completion of Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) from a gymnasium, lyceum or atheneum (academic secondary school) Grade of 8 in English
New Zealand NCEA Level 3 Completion of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 with a comparable Australian Tertiary Admission Rank A minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in Writing
Philippines High School Diploma (Grade 12)
(Academic track)
Successful completion of Philippines High School Diploma (Grade 12) (Academic track) with a final result of 80%, and a Total score (sum of two sections) of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum score of 400 in each section: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section; Maths Section. This qualification does not satisfy any subject prerequisites. See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements
Scotland Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher Completion of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Courses at Higher level (SCQF Level 6) or/and Advanced Higher level (SCQF Level 7) and obtained at least 5 points from the best four grades.

Points calculated as follows:

SQA National Courses at Scottish Higher level (SCQF Level 6): A = 3, B = 2, C = 1.5, D = 0

SQA National Courses at Advanced Higher level (SCQF Level 7): A = 6, B = 5, C = 4, D = 3

For subjects taken at both Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher levels, use the grade obtained at Advanced Higher Level towards the aggregate.

Grade 1 or 2 in Standard Grade Credit English (SCQF Level 5) (discontinued);
• Grade 1 or 2 in National 5 English (SCQF Level 5);
• At least Grade C in Higher English (SCQF Level 6);
• At least Grade D in Advanced Higher English (SCQF Level 7).
Singapore Singapore/Cambridge GCE A Level A minimum of 5 points obtained from two or three H2 Level subjects are required. Points calculated as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Grade of C or better in ‘O’ level English, English Literature or English Language; General Paper (H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2 Level)
South-Africa National Senior Certificate Completion of the National Senior Certificate with a grade average of Level 4 (50%) over six subjects (excluding Life Orientation). At least Level 4 in English Home language or Level 5 in English First Additional Language
Sri-Lanka Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) A minimum of 5 points obtained for two Advanced Level subjects (Excluding General Paper) are required; Points calculated as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3, S =1 C (Credit Pass) in English in Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary level)
United Kingdom (UK) GCE Advanced Level
(from a United Kingdom examination authority: CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC or CCEA)
A minimum of 5 points obtained for two or three Advanced Level subjects are required; Points calculated as follows:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
Grades awarded up to 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
Grade C or better in one of the following GCSE/GCE Ordinary level subjects:
– English,
– English Literature,
– English Language,
– First Language English,
– English General Paper or
– English as Second Language
United States of America (US)
  1. SAT (test sat from 2016) and US High School Diploma
  2. SAT (test sat between 2005-2015) and US High School Diploma
  3. ACT and US High School Diploma
  4. Advanced Placement (AP) and US High School Diploma
  1. United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or an average grade of B) and a Total score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and Math section) of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the SAT from the same sitting, a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section, and 400 in Math section is required. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites.
  2. Completion of High School Diploma with an average grade of B or better in year 12 and a combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each section. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites.
  3. United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or an average grade of B) and a composite score of 21 or better in the American College Test (ACT). This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites.
  4. Completion of High School Diploma and obtain at least a Grade point score of 6 from a minimum of two but a maximum of three College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations
  1. Separate evidence of English is not required if applicant meet the required SAT scores
  2. Separate evidence of English is not required if applicant meet the required SAT scores
  3. Separate evidence of English is not required if applicant meet the required ACT composite score
  4. A grade of 3 or higher in English Language and Composition; or English Literature and Composition
Vietnam Vietnamese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma From 2015 – Completion of the Bang Tu tai or Bang Tot nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Vietnamese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma) with at least 8.00 in the Score for Graduation Evaluation. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites.

Grade 12 results may be considered if the required final GPA is obtained from selected Gifted High Schools.

Before 2015 – Completion of the Bang Tu tai or Bang Tot nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Vietnamese Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma) with an average of at least 80% in the six (or four in Year 2014) academic subjects (Maths, Literature and two elective subjects) in the Thi Tot Nghiep Pho thong Trung hoc (Secondary School Leaving Examination). This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites.

See Admissions Criteria – English Language Proficiency Requirements

Domestic applicants who completed psychology studies overseas and wish to apply for an honours or postgraduate degree at ISN Psychology must provide a copy of their transcript, translated into English and accompanied by a letter of assessment from the APS that proves equivalence of study at the same level in Australia.

Studying a psychology degree and working as a psychologist requires good written and oral English language skills. If English is not your first language and you have not completed year 12 or a higher degree in Australia or an approved English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

There are two ways in which this can be satisfied:

  1. Provide evidence of previous studies or qualifications taught and assessed solely in English;
  2. Achieve an academic level result in a relevant English Language test within two years prior to commencement of the course of study the student wish to be admitted to.

Please see the table below for accepted tests and scores:

English Language Tests

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)  

Occupational English Test (OET)

Undergraduate Courses Overall Score of 7.0

Individual Score of 7.0 (in each component – listening, reading, writing and speaking)

68 (with a minimum of 65 in four communication skills) Internet based total of 100

(Minimum 25 in writing, speaking, reading, and listening)

A minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)
Postgraduate Courses Overall Score of 7.0

Individual Score of 7.0 (in each component – listening, reading, writing and speaking)

68 (with a minimum of 65 in four communication skills) Internet based total of 100

(Minimum 25 in writing, speaking, reading, and listening)

A minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)

*Please read the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration Standard: English Language Skills document to ensure your test scores meet all registration requirements and to ensure you understand your psychology registration obligations