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Entrance requirements

As a non school leaver, to be eligible to study a bachelor degree at Curtin, you normally need to have graduated from high school with the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or an equivalent qualification, and gained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that satisfies Curtin’s entry requirements.

Your year 12 exam result remains valid indefinitely. Scores dating back to 1992 (including the TEA out of 400 and the TES out of 510) can be converted to the current ranking, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), with the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre ATAR calculator.

Other pathways include:

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Successful completion of the Alternative Test for Adult Admission (prior to STAT)
  • Successful completion of the Mature age Tertiary Entrance Examination (TEE)
  • General Certification of Education (advanced levels)
  • TAFE or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications
  • Current Division 1 General or Mental Health Nursing Registration with a State Nursing Board in Australia
  • Successful completion of the first year of a bachelor degree course at another Australian university
  • Successful completion of two Curtin full degree level units via extension study and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence.

Overseas and interstate applicants

Overseas and interstate applicants need to have completed secondary education that is deemed equivalent to the admission standards outlined above. Please contact the University Admission Centre on +61 8 9266 7805 or email if you would like your interstate or overseas qualifications to be assessed prior to submitting your application to Curtin or TISC.

English language requirement

Regardless of what you choose to study, Curtin requires you to demonstrate competency in English. You will normally need ONE of the following:

  • a scaled mark of at least 50 in stage two or three of one of the WACE courses: English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) or from competence met in TEE English, English Literature or English as a Second Language
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian university
  • a satisfactory mark in the:
    • International English Language Testing System (Academic)*
    • STAT Written English section*
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language*
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic)*
  • * Please note these tests are only valid for two years.

Please note this will only fulfill Curtin University minimum entrance requirements, for courses that require a minimum ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 70 and without any pre-requisite subjects. Please refer to our course finder for specific course entry requirements.

If you don't qualify

Don’t worry, there are many other ways to gain entry to Curtin.