By now students who didn’t get into their chosen uni courses may feel like they have jumped off a cliff without a parachute. Losing your school support network, not having something meaningful to do and not getting into the course you want is a recipe for depression.
Pathways to Uni
If you didn’t get your first choice that isn’t unusual. In 2016 Only 26% of uni students went straight from school, and things probably haven’t changed much since then.
Most students get into uni via other pathways including entry courses run by the universities:
- They are generally a semester long
- You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program
- You find out about different courses that are available.
- They are generally free.
Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….
- Academic Writing
- Communication Skills
- Essential Maths
- Research Skills and Information Literacy
You must do some study when you leave school. That doesn’t mean uni. Tradespeople earn about the same amount as many university graduates.
- 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.
University Alternative Entry
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.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.
UniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.
School leavers must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their WACE and meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.
School leavers who wait until semester 2 to apply will be classified as Non School Leavers and will need to demonstrate how they meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.
Edith Cowan College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor Degree program
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.
You can check out Curtin pathways 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.
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.
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.
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