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Subject prerequisite equivalents

You can meet subject prerequisites for UQ programs if you've studied equivalent subjects through high school or tertiary study.

Our subject prerequisites are listed as Queensland Year 12 authority subjects, but you can also meet them by completing equivalent subjects through:

  • Australian high school, including Queensland Senior External Examinations, interstate Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • overseas high school or International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • tertiary study, including university subjects, and bridging and preparatory programs.

If you've completed high school subjects or tertiary studies that aren't listed here, contact us for advice.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or equivalent subjects, pathway options can help you meet the requirements for your preferred program.

Pathway options

Australian high school

If you completed high school or the International Baccalaureate in Australia, check your subjects and results to see if you meet our program prerequisites.

Queensland (including external senior subjects)

UQ subject prerequisite Queensland Year 12 subject equivalent
Achieve 4 SAs or better
English
  • English
  • English for ESL Learners
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics in Society
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics B
  • Mathematics I
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics C
  • Mathematics II
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Senior External Examinations information sheet (PDF, 73.28 KB)
How you can use Senior External Examinations to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Australian Capital Territory

UQ subject prerequisite ACT Year 12 subject equivalent
Achieve 50% in T Majors only
English
  • English
  • Language and Literature
  • World Literature
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematical Applications
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
Mathematics C
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Mathematics Advanced Extended
Physics
  • Physics
  • Electronics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Biological Science

New South Wales

UQ subject prerequisite NSW Year 12 subject equivalent
Achieve performance band 2+
English
  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Extension 1 or 2
Mathematics A
  • General Mathematics
  • Maths in Society
  • Maths in Practice
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics (2U to 4U)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 or 2
  • Mathematics
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics (3U and 4U)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 and 2
Physics
  • Science (3U or 4U)
  • Physics (2U)
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Science (3U or 4U)
  • Chemistry (2U)
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology (2U)
  • Biology

South Australia and Northern Territory

UQ subject prerequisite SA and NT Year 12 subject equivalent
C- or better (from Publicly Assessed Subjects only)
English
  • English
  • English Studies
  • English as a Second Language Studies
  • English Communication
Mathematics A
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematics Studies
  • Quantitative Methods
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematical Methods
Mathematics C
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Mathematics 2
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Tasmania

UQ subject prerequisite Tasmania Year 12 subject equivalent
SA or better (exit level of achievement)
English
  • English
  • Literature
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • World Literature
  • English Studies
  • English Communications
  • English Writing 
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics Applied
  • Mathematics Applied (SS5C)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics Methods (SS5C)
  • Maths Stage 2 or 3
  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Analysis and Statistics
  • Mathematics
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics Specialised (SS5C)
  • Maths Stage 2 and 3
Physics
  • Physics (SS5C)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Applied Science – Physical Sciences
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Victoria

UQ subject prerequisite Victoria Year 12 subject equivalent
25+ (study score)
English
  • English
  • English (ESL)
  • Literature
  • English Language
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Mathematics A
  • Further Mathematics
Mathematics B
  • Mathematical Methods
Mathematics C
  • Specialist Mathematics
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Western Australia

UQ subject prerequisite WA Year 12 subject equivalent
50 per cent + (subject scaled mark)
English
  • English
  • English (Stage 2 or 3)
  • English for ESL Students
  • English Literature
  • English Course
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
Mathematics A
  • Maths 1
  • Maths IV
  • Modelling with Mathematics
  • Mathematics Stage 2C/D
  • Mathematics Stage 3A/B
  • Discrete Mathematics
Mathematics B
  • Calculus
  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Maths II
  • Mathematics Stage 3C/D
  • Mathematics Specialist Stage 3A/B
Mathematics C
  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Mathematics III
  • Mathematics Specialist Stage 3C/D
Physics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics (Stage 3)
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry (Stage 3)
Biology
  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Human Biological Sciences

International Baccalaureate (IB)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
HL subs: 3 = pass, SL subs: 4 = pass
English
  • English B (HL/SL)
  • English A: Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A1 (HL/SL)
  • English A2 (HL/SL)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics (HL/SL)
  • Mathematical Methods (SL)
  • Mathematics Applications and Interpretations (HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL)
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics (HL)
  • Mathematical Methods (SL or HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
Physics
  • Physics (HL or SL)
  • Physical Science (HL)
  • Physical Chemical Systems (HL)
Chemistry
  • Chemistry (HL or SL)
Biology
  • Biology (HL or SL)

International Baccalaureate (IB) information sheet (PDF, 52.69 KB)
How you can use the International Baccalaureate to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Overseas high school

If you completed high school or studied the IB overseas, check your subjects and results to see if you meet our program prerequisites.

Canada

Alberta High School Diploma

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 50% – level 30 subjects only)
English
  • English 30
  • English Language Arts 30
Mathematics A
  • Pure Mathematics
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics 31 (Mathematics 30 and lower are not acceptable)
Physics
  • Physics 30
Chemistry
  • Chemistry 30
Biology
  • Biology 30

British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma*

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 50%)
English
  • English
Mathematics A
  • Pre Calculus 12
  • Application of Mathematics
  • Foundations of Maths
  • Principles of Mathematics
  • Calculus 12
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
  • Calculus 12
Mathematics C
  • Calculus 12
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology
  • Biological Science

*Provincially examined acceptable if completed before 2019.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass mark = 50%, Ontario Academic Courses – OACs)
English
  • English
Mathematics B
  • Algebra and Calculus
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Calculus
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology
  • Biological Science

Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 50%)
English
  • English
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics 12
  • Advanced Mathematics 12
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Fijian Seventh Form

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 50% or better)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Finnish Matriculation Examination Certificate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 5)
Mathematics A
  • Advanced Maths
Mathematics B
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Maths (Short Length)
  • Advanced Maths
Mathematics C
  • Advanced Maths
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Physics
  • Physics
Biology
  • Biology

French Baccalaureate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 10/20 pt)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • PHYS-CHIMIE
Physics
  • Physics
  • PHYS-CHIMIE
Biology
  • Biology

GaoKao (China)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 60%)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
Physics
  • Physics
  • Combined Science
Biology
  • Biology
  • Combined Science

German Arbitur

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 4)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematik
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 3, and a 4 is required for English)
English
  • English Language (Grade of 4 required)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics Compulsory
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics Compulsory plus Ext Module 1 (Calculus and Statistics)*
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics Compulsory plus Ext Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus)*
Physics
  • Physics
  • Combined Science+
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Integrated Science
  • Combined Science+
Biology
  • Biology

+ Combined Science may be used to meet one of either Physics or Chemistry. Please contact UQ if the program has both Physics and Chemistry prerequisites.

* Applicants must gain a grade of 3 in each relevant module to meet the mathematics prerequisite (e.g. you must gain a minimum grade of 3 in both the compulsory module and the extension module to meet the equivalent requirements of Mathematics B).

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) information sheet (PDF, 72.7 KB)
How you can use the HKDSE to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

India

All India Senior School Cert (XII) (Central Board of Secondary Education)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 33%)
English
  • English
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology
  • Biological Science

India Certificate of Secondary Education (Council for School Certificate Examination)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 40%)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics (51)
  • Mathematics Year XII
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics Year XI or XII
Mathematics C
  • Advanced Maths
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Gujarat

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 33%)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Physics
  • Physics
Biology
  • Biology
Chemistry
  • Chemistry

Maharastra

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 35%)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics and Statistics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Physics
  • Physics
Biology
  • Biology

Tamil Nadu

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 35%)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

International Baccalaureate (IB)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
HL subs: 3 = pass, SL subs: 4 = pass
English
  • English B (HL/SL)
  • English A: Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A1 (HL/SL)
  • English A2 (HL/SL)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics (HL/SL)
  • Mathematical Methods (SL)
  • Mathematics Applications and Interpretations (HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL)
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics (HL)
  • Mathematical Methods (SL or HL)
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL)
Physics
  • Physics (HL or SL)
  • Physical Science (HL)
  • Physical Chemical Systems (HL)
Chemistry
  • Chemistry (HL or SL)
Biology
  • Biology (HL or SL)

International Baccalaureate (IB) information sheet (PDF, 52.69 KB)
How you can use the International Baccalaureate to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Irish Leaving Certificate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(D1 or better)
English
  • English
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics (Ordinary Level)
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

Malaysia

Malaysian STPM

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = Pass, C or 2 on a 4-point scale)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics (SPM level)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics T
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Physics
  • Physics
Biology
  • Biology

New Zealand NCEA Level 3

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(Achieved = 2.0)
English
  • English
Mathematics A
  • Pre-2014: Statistics and Modelling
  • 2014 onward: Mathematics or Statistics
Mathematics B
  • Pre-2014: Mathematics with Calculus
  • 2014 onward: Calculus
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

New Zealand NCEA Level 3 information sheet (PDF, 56.64 KB)
How you can use NCEA studies to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Norway Upper Secondary School Exams

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum requirement = Pass)
English English core plus two of either:
  • International English
  • Social Studies
  • English Literature and Culture
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics 1P and Mathematics 2P
Mathematics B
  • REA3022 and MAT1011
Chemistry
  • Chemistry 1, or
  • Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2
Physics
  • Physics 1
Biology
  • Biology 1 and Biology 2

Singapore A Levels

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(GCSE/IGCSE, AS level or H1 = C or better. A level or H2 = D or better. O Level = C6 or better)
English
  • English Language
  • English Literature (A or AS level)
  • Any English subject (GCSE/O level)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics (O level)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics H1
  • Mathematics H2
Chemistry
  • Chemistry H1
  • Chemistry H2
Physics
  • Physics H1
  • Physics H2
Biology
  • Biology H1
  • Biology H2

South African National Senior Certificate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = 4 or 50%)
English
  • English (Home Lang)
  • English (Additional First Lang)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics
Physics
  • Physical Science
Chemistry
  • Physical Science
Biology
  • Life Sciences

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) information sheet (PDF, 57.86 KB)
How you can use the South African NSC to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

South Korea

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent (mathematics: minimum pass = 100 out of 200. Chemistry: minimum pass = 50 out of 100)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics Type A or B
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics Type B
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics Type A
Chemistry
  • Chemistry I or II

Sweden Secondary School Leaving Certificate

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(minimum pass = E)
Mathematics B
  • MA1203
  • MA1204
Physics
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Biology
  • Biology

United Kingdom General Certificate of Education (GCE)

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(A Level = D. O and AS Level = C)
English
  • English Language or English Literature (A or AS Level)
  • Any ‘English’ Subject (GCSE/O Level)
Mathematics A
  • Mathematics (GCSE/O Level)
Mathematics B
  • Mathematics (A or AS Level)
Mathematics C
  • Mathematics (A Level)
Physics
  • Physics (A or AS Level)
Chemistry
  • Chemistry (A or AS Level)
Biology
  • Biology (A or AS Level)
  • Human and Social Biology (A Level)

UK General Certificate of Education (GCE) information sheet (PDF, 88.28 KB)
How you can use the UK GCE to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

USA High School Diploma

UQ subject prerequisite Subject equivalent
(Advanced Placement (AP) minimum grade = 3)
English
  • English (AP)
Mathematics B
  • Calculus (AP) (all levels i.e. – AB, BC, etc.)
Physics
  • Physics (AP)
Chemistry
  • Chemistry (AP)
Biology
  • Biology/ Biological Science (AP)

USA high school qualifications information sheet (PDF, 49.37 KB)
How you can use USA high school qualifications to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Tertiary study

If you've completed university or other tertiary study, check your subjects and results to see if you meet our program prerequisites.

This includes bridging and preparatory programs, such as university foundation years and tertiary preparation programs.

Bridging subjects to meet prerequisites information sheet (PDF, 90.08 KB)
Bridging program subjects you can use to meet subject prerequisites.

Tertiary subjects to meet prerequisites information sheet (PDF, 73.42 KB)
Subjects at UQ and other universities that you can use to meet subject prerequisites.

Some undergraduate programs have subject prerequisites. These are listed as Queensland Year 12 authority subjects, but you may be able to meet them if you've studied equivalent subjects at an interstate or overseas high school, at university or through a bridging program.

Check the program page and select your qualification to see equivalent subjects.