GCE – A levels or Cambridge Advanced Level Examination
The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels) is a widely recognised academic qualification conferred in more than 125 countries.
The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from students who have completed the GCE A-Levels program. To be admitted to the University, you must:
- satisfy the University's English language competence requirement by satisfactory performance in one of the English subjects detailed in the table below
- achieve a sufficient number of GCE A-Level points to be offered a place
- satisfy any prerequisite subject requirements for your chosen course and major
Minimum entry scores
GCE A-Level students must meet equivalent entry standards to other applicants. The following table provides an overview of the GCE A-Level points considered equivalent to various Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks.
|GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent|
|GCE A-Level||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-LevelWA course||ATAR equivalent||8||ATAR equivalentNSC equivalent||80|
|GCE A-Level||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||ATAR equivalent||14||96|
|GCE A-Level||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-LevelWA course||ATAR equivalent||15||ATAR equivalentNSC equivalent||98|
|GCE A-Level||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||GCE A-Level||ATAR equivalent||ATAR equivalent||16||99|
- Points are assigned on the basis that at advanced (A2) level:
- grades awarded up to and including 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
- grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=7, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, E=0
- A minimum of two advanced level subjects will be used in the calculation of the aggregate.
- There is no maximum limit to the number of advanced level subjects used in the calculation of the aggregate (subject to point 4).
- Subjects used in the calculation of the aggregate must be passed within a period of two consecutive academic years.
- Advanced subsidiary subjects may not be used in the calculation of the aggregate.
- The GCE General Paper/Studies may not be used in the calculation of the aggregate.
- In the Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate and its overseas derivatives, Principal Level passes are required.
- There are several other qualifications deemed comparable with the GCE. Contact Admissions for advice.
The following table shows GCE A-Levels subject equivalents to WA Certificate of Education courses, which will satisfy course and major prerequisites.
|WA course||GCE Advanced level equivalent||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects|
|WA course||English/Literature||GCE Advanced level equivalent||
||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||
|WA course||English as an Additional Language/Dialect||GCE Advanced level equivalent||No equivalent||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||English as a Second Language, minimum grade A with grad 1 (One) in Oral/Aural Communication|
|WA course||Mathematics 2C/2D
(Discrete Mathematics [pre-2010])
|GCE Advanced level equivalent||Mathematics (AS level) - minimum grade E||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Mathematics - minimum grade B |
|WA course||Mathematics 3C/3D
(Applicable Mathematics [pre-2010])
|GCE Advanced level equivalent||Mathematics - minimum grade E||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Not applicable|
|WA course||Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
|GCE Advanced level equivalent||
||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Not applicable|
|WA course||Chemistry 3A/3B||GCE Advanced level equivalent||Chemistry - minimum grade E||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Not applicable|
|WA course||Physics 3A/3B||GCE Advanced level equivalent||Physics - minimum grade E||Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Not applicable|
: For UWA courses which list the prerequisite "at least Mathematics 2C/2D", a "B" grade or above in GCSE Mathematics is acceptable.