Entry into the first year of a higher education course at Chisholm requires you to:

  • have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or equivalent overseas qualification
  • potentially attend a pre-admission interview
  • meet the course admissions requirements.
  • complete a written task or math test.

For prospective students who don’t meet the requirements for first year entry into our bachelor degrees, our international course advisors can provide information on alternate pathways and available options to access higher education at Chisholm.

English language requirements

Entry into a first year bachelor program at Chisholm requires a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result of 6.0 (Academic) overall with no individual band less than 5.5..

Entry into certificate and Diploma courses requires a minimum overall score of 5.5 IELTS. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all considered. Full English entry requirements (including minimum scores for other recognised English language testing systems) is on each course page.

Recognised English language testing systems are:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English academic)

The Australian Government accepts these tests for student visa applications from all countries. Please note that an English language test score may be mandatory for your visa application.

Contact international.admissions@chisholm.edu.au for evidence of the English standard required or call +61 3 9212 5040.

You must have taken the English language test in the two years before you apply for a student visa.

The table below provides IELTS equivalent scores for PTE and CAE accepted by Chisholm:

English Proficiency Test completion within the last 2 years Course with Academic IELTS 5.5 overall no individual band less than 5.0 Course with Academic IELTS 6.0 overall no individual band less than 5.5 Course with Academic IELTS 6.5 overall no individual band less than 6.0
Pearson Global Scale of English: - PTE Academic 42 overall communicative skills:
minimum 36
50 overall communicative skills:
minimum 42
58 overall communicative skills:
minimum 50
Cambridge English Scale: - Cambridge
First (FCE) Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)
162 overall individual bands: minimum 154 169 overall individual bands: minimum 162 176 overall individual bands: minimum 169

Chisholm Institute reserves the right to increase fees annually. Tuition and other fees are correct at the time of printing but may change.

All fees and payments are in Australian dollars.

The course materials fee is an annual charge.

We recommend that you find out about your rights and responsibilities before and during study in Australia. Visit Study Australia's ESOS Act page,