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-LevelGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelWA courseATAR equivalent8 ATAR equivalentNSC equivalent80
GCE A-LevelGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentATAR equivalent14 96
GCE A-LevelGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelWA courseATAR equivalent15 ATAR equivalentNSC equivalent98
GCE A-LevelGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentGCE A-LevelATAR equivalentATAR equivalent16 99

Notes

  • 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.

Equivalent subjects

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 courseEnglish/Literature GCE Advanced level equivalent
  • English Language - minimum grade E
  • English Literature - minimum grade E
  • English Language and Literature - minimum grade E
  • General Paper (AS level) - minimum grade C
Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjects
  • English - minimum grade C/C6
  • English Language - minimum grade C/C6
  • English (First Language) - minimum grade C/C6
  • English Literature - minimum grade C/C6
WA courseEnglish as an Additional Language/Dialect GCE Advanced level equivalentNo equivalent Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsEnglish as a Second Language, minimum grade A with grad 1 (One) in Oral/Aural Communication
WA courseMathematics 2C/2D
(Discrete Mathematics [pre-2010])
GCE Advanced level equivalentMathematics (AS level) - minimum grade E Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsMathematics - minimum grade B [1]
WA courseMathematics 3C/3D
(Applicable Mathematics [pre-2010])
GCE Advanced level equivalentMathematics - minimum grade E Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsNot applicable
WA courseMathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
(Calculus [pre-2010])
GCE Advanced level equivalent
  • Further Mathematics - minimum grade  E
  • Mathematics - minimum grade C
Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsNot applicable
WA courseChemistry 3A/3B GCE Advanced level equivalentChemistry - minimum grade E Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsNot applicable
WA coursePhysics 3A/3B GCE Advanced level equivalentPhysics - minimum grade E Acceptable GCSE/IGCSE subjectsNot applicable

Notes

[1]: For UWA courses which list the prerequisite "at least Mathematics 2C/2D", a "B" grade or above in GCSE Mathematics is acceptable.