Your Handy One-Stop Guide To AUSMAT and SACE International

AUSMAT and SACE International

Interested in studying overseas at an Australian university for your degree? Look no further.

The Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE International) are pre-university pathway programmes you can take to prepare for your tertiary studies. Through this path, you can enrol in your dream overseas education within a year after SPM or your IGCSE.

Here is a guide to what AUSMAT and SACE International are about. It covers topics like how to plan for it, the top universities that offer it, and the benefits we offer to save on your tuition expenses.

AUSMAT vs SACE International: What Are They?


AUSMAT and SACE International are pre-university courses recognised by even the top universities in Australia, such as the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland.

As part of the programme, both AUSMAT and SACE International students must complete projects, assignments, and lab work throughout the year. Aside from those, students will need to sit for a final exam too.

However, the SACE International curriculum comprises 70% of coursework and 30% of exams. Meanwhile, AUSMAT is an even split of 50% of coursework and exams

Did You Know?

Both AUSMAT and SACE International also receive global recognition. This qualification can be used to enter universities in Singapore, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and local universities.

AUSMAT vs SACE International: The Benefits

benefits of taking Ausmat / SACE International

You will like AUSMAT or SACE International if:

You want access to top-quality Australian education. Australian universities consistently join the top 200 universities on the QS rankings. These institutions have cutting-edge technology and are active in their research efforts.

You prefer periodic assessments. AUSMAT and SACE International both assess you gradually throughout your education. Hence, you will not need to stress over a major exam.

You want to discover your interests. Both courses have flexible subject combinations, where you get to explore subjects from multiple disciplines before deciding on a major.

AUSMAT vs SACE International: What Is My Pathway?

You will need 5 credits in your SPM/O level, including English and mathematics, to enter any AUSMAT or SACE International programme.

With some planning, you will get a head start on your future degree. To give you a clearer picture, we have prepared some suggestions on subject combinations for your degree in the infographic below.


English as a Second Language (ELS) is mandatory in most top universities in Australia as part of their entry criteria.

Subjects offered and entry requirements may differ at different universities. Contact us to find out the specific needs of your AUSMAT or SACE International programme.

Intake and Duration

The most popular intakes are in January and March. Both courses will last 10–12 months. That being said, April, August, and September intakes are also available at select universities. 


The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is awarded to you at the end of your course.

Your ATAR score combines 4 of your highest-scoring subjects and 50% of your 5th highest-scoring subject.

ATAR percentage scores allow you to monitor and improve your progress. For example, an ATAR percentage score of 99.5% means you have made it to the top 0.05% of your intake!

Which Universities and Colleges Offer AUSMAT and/or SACE International?

After understanding a bit more about both courses, you are now ready to find a place to kickstart your journey! Here are 4 universities that provide either AUSMAT or SACE International education.

1. Taylor’s University (SACE International)

Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tuition Fees: RM24,950

Intakes: February, April, August

2. DISTED College (SACE International)

Location: George Town, Pulau Pinang

Tuition Fees: RM17,360

Intakes: January, March

3. Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (AUSMAT)

Location: Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Tuition Fees: RM22,450

Intakes: January, August

4. Sunway University (AUSMAT)

Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tuition Fees: RM26,100

Intakes: January, March, September