Universities need students. The ATAR gives them a convenient way of selecting 26% of their students. The other 74% of university students enrol through different pathways.
If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university
Check the Year 12 Career Warriors 2020 Survival Guide for information.
Universities WANT you to enrol with them so keep checking their websites for updated information.
Higher Education – University preparation courses
- They are generally free
- You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you
- They are generally a semester long
- You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program
Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….
- Academic Writing
- Communication Skills
- Essential Maths
- Research Skills and Information Literacy
If you don’t want to live on Poverty Street you must do some study when you leave school.
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.
CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme
The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses* that is based on the recommendation of High school Principals and not reliant on whether a student has received an ATAR.
At CQUniversity we believe senior schooling results are important, but we also believe that other factors such as motivation, talent, and passion can lead to student success at university. The scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.
To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, a student must:
- Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school in 2020.
- Have their Principal’s recommendation in writing.
For more information on how to apply and what must be included in the recommendation please visit the Principal’s Recommendations Scheme webpage.
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