IES College

IES Foundation Year

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Minimum entry levels for foundation year are described below:

Academic Entry Requirements

Australia Year 11 or Year 12
Bangladesh Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate certificate (Year11/12)
Brunei GCE O level
Cambodia GCE O level
China Senior Middle 2 or 3 (Year11/12)
Ecuador Year 11 or Year 12
GCC Countries (Gulf Countries) Including Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain Arabic curriculum - completion of Year 12
Hong Kong HKDSE or completion of Form 5 or 6
Indonesia SMU 2 or SMU 3
International Baccalaureate Completion of Year 2 of diploma
Japan Completion of Upper Secondary School Year 2 or Year 3
Kenya GCE O level or Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education
Korea Completion of Senior High School Year 2 or Year 3
Macau GCE O level, Form 5
Malaysia SPM
Mongolia Completion of Year 11
Myanmar GCE O level
Pakistan GCE O level or Higher Secondary School Certificate
Philippines High School Diploma
Russia (CIS) Certificate of Secondary Education
Singapore GCE O level or Sec 4 (Express)
South Africa GCE O level or Senior Certificate
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE O level
Taiwan Senior High School Year 2 or 3
Thailand Matayom 5 or 6
Turkey State High School Diploma
USA American High School Diploma
Vietnam Completion of Year 11 or Year 12
Zambia GCE O level or Zambian Senior Certificate
Other countries Please contact the Enrolments Office at

English Language Entry Requirements

Course Extended Standard Express
Writing band 5
No band less than 5
Writing band 6, other bands 5 or above
TOEFL Paper 500 530 557
TOEFL Computer 180 195 213
TOEFL (iBT) 56 70 78
GCE O Levels C6 C6 B4
GCE A Levels n/a E D
HKDSE Level 2 Level 2 Level 3
PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) Overall 42 Overall 49
Individual bands 43
Overall 60
Individual bands 50

Note: If the Medium of Instruction (MOI) is wholly or predominantly English for at least 2 years, then school results may be accepted as evidence of English Competency.

IES English Pathway Program

Students who have not quite met the English requirements for IES Foundation Year can take advantage of the IES English Pathway Program (EPP). The program consists of either a 10 or 20 week pre-foundation English course, depending on a student's current English proficiency.

Note: Successful graduates from the EPP course are guaranteed entry into the IES Foundation Year Extended program only.

For more information, click here.

For advice and assistance in obtaining pre-entry English language courses, please contact Enrolments at

Quota Programs

Entry into the quota programs such as Dental Science, Nursing & Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science are competitive. As such, entry requirements into IES Foundation Year for these programs are higher than other programs.

Program Dental Science Veterinary Science Physiotherapy Nursing/Midwifery Occupational Therapy Speech Pathology
(all bands 7)
(Writing 6 & Speaking 7)
(all bands 7)
(all bands 7)
(all bands 7)
(Speaking 8 & all other bands 7)

For further information about quota programs for entry to IES Foundation Year please Enrolments at