How To Apply

How to Apply

How to apply

Applying to study with PIA is an easy process.

The steps are detailed below:

1.     Ensure that before you start your application have with you the following documents:

  • a certified copy of your passport
  • a certified copy of your academic records
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • a passport size portrait photograph a phot can also be taken when you attend the campus.
  • a copy of your work and education history.
  • Documents not in English should be provided with a certified translation.
  • Ensure that you meet the entry requirements  for the course you wish to enrol into.

2.     Complete the Application Form

3.     Letter of offer and accepting your offer of enrolment

If your application is successful, we will send you a Letter of Offer and Acceptance Agreement.

Once you have read, completed and signed your agreement you need to return it to PIA.

Your Letter of Offer will explain all of the key information that you need to know before you accept the offer including various payment methods.

Once we receive your agreement and you have made your initial payment you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and a welcome email, that will have further details about your enrolment.

Undergraduate

  • Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary qualification (or recognised equivalent) with the equivalent of a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60 and

Bachelor of Business

NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and

NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or

NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.

Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications

NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and

NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or

NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.

  • 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 Appendix 2); 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; and
  • In addition, all students must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied. Where there are higher education studies in addition to completed vocational qualifications the decision for admission will solely be based on the higher education academic results.

Postgraduate

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit in accordance with the following admissions criteria:

Master of Business

a) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification with a minimum credit average (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Institute or

b) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) and performance in an admissions test approved by the Business School to a standard considered satisfactory by the Institute; and

c) satisfaction of the English language requirements; and

d) any other minimum standards specified by the Institute.

Graduate Diploma in Business

a) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute.

b) satisfaction of the English language requirements; and

c) any other minimum standards specified by the Institute.

Graduate Certificate in Business

a) pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute; or

b) a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience, as determined by the Institute.

c) satisfaction of the English language proficiency requirements; and

d) any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Test types

    • IELTS International English Language Testing System: Academic version
    • TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet-based Test
    • PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    • C1A Cambridge English C1 Advanced (previously CAE or Cambridge English: Advanced)
    • C2P Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (previously CPE or Cambridge English: Proficiency)
    • OET Occupational English Test
    • KITE Kaplan International Tools for English
    • Duolingo* Duolingo English Test (temporary alternative test for applicants from China)

Undergraduate

Students whose first language is not English, must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing certified evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (or equivalent alternative test result, as follows), issued no more than two (2) years prior to date of application:

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 83 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
C1A 180 169 169 169 169
C2P 180 169 169 169 169
OET C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
KITE B2 B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450)
TEST OVERALL LITERACY PRODUCTION PRODUCTION PRODUCTION
Duolingo* 115 110 110 110 110

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

Note that the most recent attempt at any language proficiency test supersedes any previous attempts or requirements

Successful completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma or above with at least two (2) years of full-time study in English at an Australian registered vocational or higher education. 4.7 Applicants who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements must enrol in an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program at PIA or a provider of their own choice.

Where student have applied to undertake an ELICOS course through an alternate provider they must provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for an ELICOS program in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), for a duration of at least twelve (12) weeks for every 0.5 below 6.0 overall or subsection IELTS or equivalent result, prior to application, and evidence of successful completion must be provided prior to enrolling in the PIA course.

Postgraduate

As well as meeting the admissions criteria set out above, all international candidates must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements. Candidates must provide certified documentation that they meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements.

Below are the minimum requirements which must be demonstrated for entry into the postgraduate courses

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 85 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
C1A 180 169 169 169 169
C2P 180 169 169 169 169
OET C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
KITE B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450)
Duolingo* 115 110 110 110 110

* Under trial

PIA may consider applicants who have successfully completed at least one full year of a higher education course (AQF Level 7 or above) at an Australian higher education provider within the last 2 years. PIA may also consider applicants who have successfully completed at least one full year of a Vocational Education and Training course (AQF Level 8 or above) at an Australian Registered Training Organisation within the last 2 years.

All evidence provided and test results must have been officially obtained within two years of the proposed commencement date for the course.

Advanced Standing

Students may apply for Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning) at the time of admission. All applications are assessed under the provisions of the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure.

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

Undergraduate

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:

    1. Successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or
    2. Submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

The criteria used by the Dean when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements include:

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

    • 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 ATSI’s.

Postgraduate

In exceptional circumstances the Institute may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Institute, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. These may include:

    1. a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience
    2. completion of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience
    3. completion of the Graduate Certificate stage at PIA (or equivalent at a recognised HEP or University)
    4. any other entry pathway where PIA can demonstrate that the candidate has the appropriate English language proficiency, academic knowledge and acumen to successfully complete the course in which they enrol.

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

    1. monitoring of the student’s progress by the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of each term in the first year of the student’s enrolment; and
    2. a “Review of Student Progress” meeting between the student and the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of the first semester of the student’s enrolment to review both the academic progression and student welfare.

PIA is an equal opportunity Institute of Higher Education and encourages people with disabilities to apply.

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