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Year 12? Get your uni offer now for 2022!

2022 Early Offers and Alternative Pathways 

Universities in WA are already competing for students for 2022. 


UWA was first out of the blocks. ECU came next. Murdoch and Curtin are giving great information so you can find a pathway designed for you. Notre Dame keeps being judged as the best university by its students and it always makes early offers in the middle of the year. 

They will get you there

They ALL want you to enrol at their university. 

Don’t meet course pre-requisites? We have a bridging program for you. Don’t know how to do referencing? Do this support program. Having trouble settling in to uni life? Check out this wellness program. 

How to Decide

Pick a university. Is it close? Are your friends going there? Does it have a great course? Do you like its ranking by past students? 

Go to that university and meet with a career advisor. Tell them what you would like to study.

Ask them what is available to help you to meet entry requirements. They will point you to the best course for you, or design one that meets your needs. 

Murdoch has the Horizon Summer Program which introduces you to uni and gives you credits towards a degree. You can do the Horizons Program at the end of Year 11. 

Other alternative entry programs are from 4 weeks to one semester long.

There are many free places in alternative pathway programs but apply early to secure one of them. 

What Do Alternative Pathways Give?

You may change your mind about what to enrol in during your alternative pathway course. 

You find out about uni life and about a range of degrees that are available. You may find out about less expensive ways of achieving your degree. 

Courses like medicine, that have strict quotas, are not available through alternative pathways but most courses will be open to you. 

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing

  • Communication Skills

  • Essential Maths

  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

You meet new people, talk about courses, costs and career options with them, explore the campus and libraries and get familiar with the uni IT systems. 

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameThe Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who didn’t 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.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.

Thanks Hannah Murray |  Prospective Student Advisor (


ECUECU 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.

If your school is listed here and you need to find out more, please talk to your school careers adviser or contact the ECU Student Recruitment team on 134 328 or at

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

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

Curtin University

You can start to discover your best pathway to Curtin through this great interactive page

  • 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

Murdoch University


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 for information.

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia will offer alternative admission pathways again this year to help reduce stress and improve mental health and wellbeing among Year 12 ATAR students.

Professor David Sadler, UWA’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, said UWA had been the first Australian university to launch an early offers scheme last year to help Year 12s make the best of their Year 11 predicted ATAR to gain university entry.

Professor Sadler said a survey of secondary school leaders including principals, careers advisers and teachers revealed support for the scheme.

“With a major global pandemic on our hands, we decided to trial something new last year and received positive feedback about many aspects, particularly the mental health benefits,” he said.

“It would be remiss of us not to trial this again this year, with some refinements based on feedback and data.”

Professor Sadler said fears that many students would not be motivated to study as hard once they had accepted their early offer had been unfounded.

“After reviewing our data we found that less than one per cent of those students who accepted early offers did not complete their ATAR,” he said.

Students must still complete Year 12 ATAR unless they opt to take the Special Tertiary Admissions STAT pathway.

To obtain an early offer, students must achieve a predicted ATAR three points higher than the entry requirement for their nominated course for courses with an entry requirement of up to 92 and one point higher for courses above 92.

The 2022 early offers scheme applies to any undergraduate degree, the new combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and assured pathways to Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Law, Translation Studies and Teaching.

Courses that are not available are assured pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Optometry. Students who wish to apply for these courses will need to submit an application through TISC.  

“We continue to monitor academic performance of the first group that transitioned to UWA through this scheme and will be better informed on how best to support these students towards the end of this year,” Professor Sadler said.

“We still believe that studying ATAR courses is vital and that students must achieve their academic potential, because it provides important preparation for their university studies.”

Students can apply direct to UWA with their Year 11 secondary school report, or Year 12 semester 1 report.  Applications are now open and will close when ATAR results are released. Students can apply via the UWA website.

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

STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

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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