Alternative pathways to uni are evolving. ECU has just sent in updated information about its pathways for 2019.
Alternative pathways are usually short courses, run by universities, to help those who didn’t get the ATAR score needed to get an offer.
They are generally a semester long which means you could do the preparation course and start your university degree in semester 2.
These courses are free. There are limits on numbers but applying early should easily secure you a free place.
What Do I Get?
These courses can lead to an offer of a place in a range of degree courses.
You will gain an understanding of university life and you will learn more about the range of degree opportunities that are available to you. This often leads to students changing their minds about what degree course they want to enrol in.
By doing this free course students can save themselves the money it would cost them if they enrolled in the wrong course straight out of school.
Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….
- Academic Writing
- Communication Skills
- Essential Maths
- Research Skills and Information Literacy
Adjustment Bonus Points
If you did not achieve the required ATAR cut off point you can check to see if you can boost your score via Adjustment (Bonus) Points.
- If you didn’t like studying at school… that is probably not going to change if you go to university.
- If you don’t have good English and communication skills you are going to have trouble writing assignments and exams.
- University courses are expensive and they don’t necessarily lead to better pay and conditions. Check these facts HERE.
The Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who did NOT do ATAR, or who didn’t get the required cut off score.
It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame by 28 September.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.
Thanks Hannah Murray | Prospective Student Advisor
ECU Access – Eligible students from identified Western Australian schools will receive an automated ATAR adjustment of up to 10 selection ranks to support the entry of students from areas with educational disadvantage:
- Eligible students with an ATAR of 60 to 69.95 will receive a selection rank adjustment to 70; and
- Eligible students with an ATAR of 70 and above will receive a selection rank adjustment of 5 to a maximum ATAR of 90.
UniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program) – UniPrep is a 6 month full time, or 12 month part time enabling course, available for eligible Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens living in Australia.
Experience Based Entry Scheme – Allows eligible students to be considered for entry into select undergraduate courses, through assessment of their ability to succeed in higher education. This is based on academic performance and a portfolio of evidence. To find out if you are eligible to apply through the Experience Based Entry Scheme, contact the ECU Student Recruitment team on 134 328 or at email@example.com.
Edith Cowan College – Offers Diploma programs that may make students eligible for entry into the second year of select Bachelor Degrees at ECU.
Thanks to Erin Nichols Student Recruitment Coordinator
The Curtin UniReady program is now the most open offering in WA. Year 12s apply through TISC and they don’t need ATAR, or English or WACE to apply.
Curtin has capped numbers so applicants are ranked according to equity conditions that contributed to educational disadvantage. Applicants are then ranked according to when they applied.
In 2018 Curtin sent out offers to 400 ‘equity’ offers to students and to about 400 who applied early. You can read more HERE.
Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health Completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites too.
Curtin College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of Curtin’s Bachelor Degree program.
Portfolio Entry is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.
Thanks for the update from: Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University and Kathy Lawson UniReady Program Manager
On Track is a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.
On Track Sprint is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays that may prepare you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.
TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.
Portfolio Entry – you can gain entry to courses that rely on creative talent in media, games art and design and creative writing, photography and web communication via a portfolio demonstrating your work + a number of hoops like WACE and English competence. For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
University of Western Australia
UWAY – This is an alternative entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances. The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual student needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.
Broadway – This scheme allows eligible students from a Broadway-identified Western Australian school to receive an automated ATAR adjustment for their application to UWA.
The Mature Age Access Program allows a mature-aged student with little or no previous background in tertiary study to begin studying under a provisional enrolment without having to meet the standard entry requirements. Using this program mature-aged students have the opportunity to meet academic and English prerequisites for entry while beginning their course.
Thanks Philip Sharpe, Future Students Centre, University of Western Australia
Central Queensland University
This program is tailored to help you meet entry requirements or boost your confidence.
It usually takes between 1 and 2 terms to complete (4 to 8 months). It can be completed online or on-campus.
Thanks to Sandra Emanuel CQU Marketing Coordinator for the update.
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