Study in Australia after 12th grade

Are you planning on studying in Australia after you complete your 12th grade? You probably have a lot of questions and you've come to the right place to find the answers.

In this post, we'll provide you with detailed information on studying in Australia, course options after your 12th, costs and fees, admission requirements, exams that you need to take and much more.

Let's begin!

Admission requirements

We'll start with the admission requirements. These are fairly straightforward when it comes to universities in Australia.

In most cases, you will need to satisfy two sets of requirements:

Academic requirements (that is, you'll have to secure the required marks in your 12th exams) and

English language requirements (that is, you'll have to get the required scores in IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or the equivalent of these exams).

Some colleges in Australia will also list specific pre-requisite subjects that you need to complete for entry into some courses. For example, Monash University lists English and Mathematics as the pre-requisite subjects for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Keep in mind, however, that most Australian institutions will offer you an 'alternate pathway' if you have not completed the pre-requisite subjects or have not scored the required marks in your 12th exams. This can be in the form of a Diploma course, a Foundation Studies program, a Bridging program etc.

You might also have to meet additional requirements for specific courses. A good example of this is the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) at RMIT where you will need to submit a folio of your work as 'evidence of your creativity'.

And here's the best part: Most Australian colleges do not require SAT scores. So don't worry if you haven't done the SAT or your scores are low. You will find that most well-ranked universities in Australia will accept you without SAT scores.

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IELTS requirements

When it comes to English language requirements, every institution has it's own policy and they will specify different ways in which you can meet these requirements.

IELTS is probably the most popular English language exam for Australian universities. The IELTS requirements are typically an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band lesser than 6. Some universities will also accept an overall score of 6 with no individual band less than 6.

Other tests that are commonly accepted include TOEFL, PTE and CAE. Some universities do not even require scores from English language tests and accept satisfactory marks in IB English or satisfactory marks in English in the Indian CBSE Year 12 exams, Indian ISC Year 12 exams etc.

If you are planning to do an English language test, such as the IELTS, then you should know that most of these tests have two versions - an 'Academic' version and a 'General' version. Most universities will only accept scores from the 'Academic' version for admission purposes so make sure you pick the right option when you are signing up for the tests.

Costs and fees

Here's the thing - The tuition fees in Australia vary considerably from university to university. And more often than not, there are variations in fees within a given university based on the type of course.

Given this scenario, it is only possible to specify an approximate range. You'll notice that the range is quite large. This is because of the considerable difference in fees between universities.

Here are the approximate annual fees for different streams:

Science: A$ 21,000 - A$ 39,000

Commerce: A$ 24,000 - A$ 39,000

Arts: A$ 21,000 - A$ 33,000

Engineering: A$ 26,000 - A$ 39,000

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You should note that the fees given above are the yearly or annual fees and the total fees will obviously depend upon the duration of the course.

Usually, the Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) are 3 years in duration whereas the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is 4 years in duration. Several Australian universities also offer the Bachelor of Information Technology which is 3 years in duration.


Now that you're familiar with the basics, go here to learn more about studying in Australia and and to start the process of shortlisting universities. Australia has more than 40 universities and these offer hundreds of programs. But here's the thing - every institution has its own strengths and weaknesses and it is up to you to find one that meets your individual needs.

If you need more information or have a specific question why don't you fill out this enquiry form and we will get back to you.

Good luck!

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