ATAR is just ONE Way into Uni
There are lots of doors that can lead to a university degree and if you have had one gap year (travelling, working, watching Netflix) it is even easier to go through those doors at some universities.
The alternative pathways are FREE at all universities although quotas have been introduced so numbers are restricted. The government is trying to introduce fees for these pathways and universities are protesting about that so they are largely free at the moment.
Portfolio Entry (Experienced Based Entry)
This pathway is available at a number of WA universities. Demonstrated proof of your abilities via a portfolio of evidence of your academic achievements and abilities, or demonstrated proof of your ability. Portfolio entry is not just restricted to the creative arts.
Step UP – You may be eligible for Step Up if you meet socio-economic or educational disadvantage criteria. If you are eligible and got an ATAR Score between 60 and 69.95 Curtin will automatically bumped up to 70 which is Curtin’s minimum ATAR requirement.
StepUp Bonus – this depends on the applicant’s eligibility, however this gives them an extra 5 bonus points if their ATAR is above 70.
Portfolio Entry – is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.
Uni Ready Enabling Program – this program is designed to help you gain entry into a range of Health Sciences, Humanities or Curtin Business School undergraduate courses. In terms of the age limit, applicants must be past the compulsory school age (generally that’s about 17 years old).
Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health – this course also has the same age limit as UniReady. Depending on their course weighted average, 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.
Thanks for the update from: Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University
On Track – a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.
On Track Sprint – 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 or less.
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
Murdoch University Preparation Course – year 11 and 12 courses are combined in this course.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Edith Cowan University
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.
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.
UniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program)– This is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.
Portfolio Entry— ECU offers the largest choice of course entry via portfolio. You need to provide an introductory letter, resume, academic records and references.
Edith Cowan College– Offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor degree program
Thanks Lauren Tyler Events Coordinator, Student Recruitment
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
Notre Dame University
Tertiary Pathway Program – 13 weeks for people who have not met entry requirements.
Students complete a one-week Learning for University intensive course during Orientation Week. This course is designed to facilitate your transition into university life and must be successfully completed before you progress to the remaining four courses:
- Academic Writing
- Communication Skills
- Essential Maths
- Research Skills and Information Literacy
Each faculty has slightly different requirements.
See details about Student Enabling Programs at the Notre Dame site.
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.
The STEP course is FREE.
TEP (Tertiary Enabling Program) is an enabling course designed to cater to students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Thanks to Sandra Emanuel CQU Marketing Coordinator for the update.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathways
All Western Australian universities and TAFE colleges have Indigenous Entry Programs and specialised support to help students to succeed in their studies.
Vocational Education and Training Pathway
Start your degree at TAFE and finish at university.
TAFE frequently has smaller classes and more practical learning than universities.
TAFE courses often provide credit points towards degrees. Check your local college for specific courses details. You can arrange an appointment with a college based career advisor to find out what courses you can take and what credits they will give to university.
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