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Entrance Requirments

This page describes the various entrance requirements to attend AGE

General Entrance Requirements

To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to a course, applicants must meet at least one of the following entry requirements:

  • Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary qualification (or recognised equivalent).

  • Successful completion of a qualification at an Australian registered institution of tertiary education, at AQF Level 5 or above (or recognised equivalent issued in a country listed in Appendix 2 of the Admissions Policy and Procedure); or

  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that enables students to gain entry to an Australian university. 

Music Specific Requirements

  • Grade 5 Theory certificate or equivalent level (Trinity College London, ABRSM, LCM Etc) achieved within the preceding 24 months. AND/OR

  • Entrance Theory Assessment

  • Grade 7 (or equivalent with audition) in Primary Instrument/ Vocal study (Trinity College London, ABRSM, AGMS) (Required for Pedagogy and Performance Specialisations ONLY)

  • Audition (Required for Performance Specialisation ONLY)

  • Folio (Required for Composition Specialisation ONLY)

  • Meet IELTS or Equivalent requirements - if not from a country where English is the first language

  • Have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning or an equivalent qualification (Final Year of School Certificate) in your state, territory or country that would have prepared you academically for degree study.

  • Technology survey – this ensures you have the minimum technological skills required to complete online components of the course.

Elective Specialisations Specific Entry Requirements


You must satisfy one of the following specific requirements:

Composition Specialisation 
  • Curriculum Vitae specific to Composition, Music Production, or Arranging


  • Composition Folio of least 2 original musical works, 5-10 minutes in duration, demonstrating 2 contrasting styles reflective of contemporary practice.

Teaching (Pedagogy) Specialisation
  • A minimum practical instrumental standard of an OFQUAL regulated Grade 6/7 or the equivalent thereof on the primary instrument.

Performance Specialisation
  • A minimum practical instrumental standard of an OFQUAL regulated Grade 7 or the equivalent thereof.

 Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

  • Applicants who are 21 years of age or over who have not completed Year 12 or its equivalent may gain entry to a course by addressing one of the following entry requirements:

    • Successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or

    • Submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

  • Applicants applying under special admission categories will be required to attend an interview with the Academic Director to assess the applicant’s capacity for higher education studies. The applicant is requested to submit a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work prior to the interview to assist in the assessment process.

  • The Academic Director utilises the following criteria when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements:

    • capacity to pursue tertiary studies;

    •  motivation to pursue tertiary studies in the discipline of the chosen course;

    • demonstrated potential for academic studies based on the applicant’s portfolio;

    •  relevant professional and industry experience; and

    • specific consideration of access issues for ATSIs.

  • The processes used to monitor the progress of students enrolled under special/alternative arrangements include:

    • monitoring of the student’s progress by AGE’s Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of each term in the first year of the student’s enrolment; and

    • a “Review of Student Progress” meeting between the student and AGE’s Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of the first semester of the student’s enrolment to review the student’s academic progression and their welfare.

Language Requirements

  • IELTS Band 6.0 

  • 575 or better on the TOEFL, or

  • 91 or better on the TOEFL IBT (International Benchmark Test), or

  • 235 or better TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Test), or

  • 58 or better Academic PTE (Pearson Test of English), or

  • 176 or better Cambridge English scale, CAE and CPE (from 2015).

English Language Test results are valid for two years from the date of the results up to the date of commencement at the Institute. The most recent test supersedes ALL previous tests.

Attendance Requirements

AGE has enforceable requirements in relation to attendance. Further details are provided at Item 5 of the Terms and Conditions.

Advanced Standing

Credit for prior learning can be granted for formal study completed up to 10 years prior to the date of application.


Granting credit for prior learning ensures that students commence study at a level that appropriately recognises their prior learning experiences and are not required to repeat equivalent learning successfully undertaken in another context.

Australian Guild of Education (“the Institute”) is committed to develop open and accessible guidelines to grant credit towards a course of study on the basis of prior learning, whether from formal studies or professional work experience.


For further Information please see the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure

Academic Achievement

Credit will not be granted for units where the level of achievement in previously completed units used as the basis for an application for credit is a Conceded Pass or lower (that is, any mark below 50%). The grades achieved in prior learning will not be used by AGE in the calculation of a grade point average.

Performance Requirements

Performance ability (in relevant courses) will be assessed against audition requirements to ensure that an appropriate level has been achieved. This will be done on a case-by-case basis to ensure that students have sufficient prior knowledge to successfully complete the course.

Maximum Credit Awarded

The maximum amount of course credit to be granted to RPL and credit transfer applicants is 50%.

Application Process for RPL

Applications for RPL for students can be made via the Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning Form

Supporting documentation required may include but is not limited to: evidence of informal and non-formal learning (industry experience), including CV, references, certified copies of certificates of attendance at training and professional development, position descriptions, delivering public lectures, instrumental tutoring, professional workshops, live presentations; performance in concerts, tours, gigs, eisteddfods, regular performance contracts, creation of significant amount of original work such as publications and compositions.

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