Entry Requirements

SAE entry requirements vary depending on which course you are applying for, and whether you are an Australian or International student. An overview of entry requirements is given below. Alternatively, simply check the 'Key Facts' section of your chosen course for the entry requirements relevant to you.

Australian students

For Degree Courses

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2. Please read the section below on alternative entry or contact your campus directly for more information.

For VET Diploma Courses

Applicants for VET diploma courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of at least Year 11 from an Australian secondary school or equivalent, OR
  2. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2. Please read the section below on alternative entry or contact your campus directly for more information.

For VET Certificate Courses

Applicants for VET certificate courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Year 10 School Certificate or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a Certificate II level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2. Please read the section below on alternative entry or contact your campus directly for more information.

International students

International students may be admitted in accordance with Government and SAE’s policies and can apply directly to SAE for admission. International students will be admitted in compliance with the ESOS Act 2000 and its Regulations 2001.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed Secondary Studies (High School) and meet English language requirements as outlined below.

English language requirements

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

For VET Certificate Courses

SAE does not issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) for certificate applications. Part-time courses can only be booked for international students if they have valid entry permission.

Alternative Entry

Alternative Entry

SAE recognise that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience.

SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Do not have formal qualifications for entry
  • Seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via Alternative Entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • Records of any formal qualifications attained
  • Evidence of any informal studies undertaken
  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable)
  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae and
  • A portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities.

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the course requirements.

In all cases Alternative Entry into a HE course will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

To set up an Alternative Entry Application meeting, please contact your campus.