Alternative entry is available for selected courses. You must demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that evidences your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.
Who can apply?
Portfolio entry is open to school leavers and non-school leavers.
It is ideal if you are:
- a school leaver
- a school leaver who has an ATAR but who may not or did not receive an offer based on your ATAR
- a non-school leaver electing portfolio entry.
You’ll be required to show evidence of achievement, determination and commitment to your chosen field.
If you are a school leaver wanting to study a bachelor degree course at Curtin, you need to have done the following:
- met the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent
- achieved competency in English with one of the following:
- studies in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR with a scaled score of 50
- a combined course score, moderated numeric school assessment or numeric examination assessment of at least 60 in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR
- a letter grade of A, B or C in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR course
- a grade A in a Year 12 General English, Literature or Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) course or equivalent
- demonstrated academic preparedness through study of a minimum of one ATAR course and three General courses or above in year 12 which are relevant to the course for which they are making the application. Achievement must be equivalent to a C average and an indicative ATAR of 70
- satisfied any prerequisite or the equivalent requirements for entry into the participating course.
If you are a non-school leaver wanting to study a bachelor degree course at Curtin, you need to:
- have completed high school with a WACE or equivalent
- have achieved competence in English [.pdf 92 kB]
- demonstrate you have studied or developed knowledge and work skills in the course you’re applying for
- satisfy any prerequisite or the equivalent requirements for entry into the participating course.
How to apply
For selected Curtin courses, submitting a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and aptitude, can get you into Curtin.
If you are applying through the portfolio entry pathway, you are required to submit a completed portfolio. Your portfolio will be considered incomplete if you do not provide all of the documents listed below.
To ensure you have completed your application in full, please review steps one to six below prior to submitting your application.
If you are a school leaver and are considering applying through the portfolio entry pathway, please prepare your application and supporting documentation before the end of the school year, to ensure you have the required documents.
Curtin University has specific requirements and guidelines regarding the scanning of original documentation. All documents must be original and scanned in colour and in the original size. For further information on documentation requirements please read our documentation guideline. If the documents are not sent in the correct manner we will be unable to proceed with your application until we receive the documents in the correct format.
1. A completed online application
After the 23 of January 2017
When the TISC application process closes at 11pm on 23 January 2017, you will need to apply directly to Curtin University from the 27th of January via the Curtin website, before 4.30pm on the 6th of February 2017. Curtin will not accept any Portfolio applications after this date.
You can apply for your chosen Portfolio Entry course through the links provided within the ‘Courses to apply for’ section below. From your chosen course homepage you will need to click on the “Apply – find out how” button which will guide you through the application process.
Further to the submission of your completed application you’re required to submit your completed Portfolio via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information found in steps 2 to 6 below.
2. A completed Curtin University portfolio checklist
- Download and complete our portfolio submission checklist.pdf [133kB] and include your academic achievements in WACE courses, vocational education, training, endorsed programs or equivalent.
3. An introductory letter
- This should be an explanation of why you want to attend Curtin University, the reasons and motivation behind choosing your course, and your future career goals. The letter should reflect your commitment, preparation to study and motivation to be successful.
4. An updated resumé
- The resumé should outline education and work experience to date. It should include details of paid work and any voluntary positions held.
5. Letters of support
- The letter(s) should be from your school or other work or a professional representative who can provide details of your academic performance, aptitude and likelihood to succeed in your chosen university course.
6. Evidence of your academic achievement in your field
- Evidence of your academic achievement can include secondary schooling, TAFE/Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualifications, industry training/accreditation, workplace training.
- If you are a school leaver, you are required to provide your most recent school reports, including your Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA), your Western Australian Certificate of Achievement (WACE) and ATAR course reports when available.
What course can I apply for?
We have a range of courses that accept portfolio submission entry. You can choose from a broad spectrum humanities, science, business and health science courses.
Bachelor of Arts – art and design studies
If you’re a creative person and love to express yourself through different media, consider studying an arts and design course at Curtin. The Bachelor of Arts is comprehensive and flexible, with options to accommodate various interests. You will be required to participate in an interview. If you perform well in the first year core units, you could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses within the Bachelor of Arts.
- Creative Advertising and Graphic Design
- Fine Art
- Photography and Illustration Design
- Digital Design
Bachelor of Arts – media and communications
Our media and communications courses within the Bachelor of Arts are flexible and comprehensive, offering practical experience, which accommodates a wide range of interests and ensures you are career-ready upon completion. If you perform well in the first year core units, you could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)
Professionals working in interior architecture offer creative, proactive and innovative solutions to space-changes in places such as airports, hospitals and schools. This course provides you with a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of design, complemented with a technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems. You will also develop knowledge of professional practice and communication skills.
Bachelor of Education
If you want to help others reach their full potential, our education courses can help you get there. Through a primary education degree, you will learn the skills, knowledge and experience to teach children aged five to eleven. Only limited places are available in this course and an interview will also be required. The primary education course shares a common first year with the early childhood education course, and you can apply to transfer to early childhood education at the end of your first year if you choose.
Through a Bachelor of Science, you can gain insights into the importance and potential impact of scientific research, helping you to graduate with the skills and practical experience you need to pursue a career in science. In the multidisciplinary science major, you can include foundation units that meet the prerequisites for engineering and some science courses.
You must have successfully completed Mathematics: Applications ATAR and at least one ATAR science subject for courses that require a science and mathematics prerequisite.
For the Bachelor of Science (Multidisciplinary Science) only, you must achieve a grade A in at least one general science subject.
You’ll be amazed where a Bachelor of Commerce can take you. Curtin offers a dynamic learning experience that goes beyond the lecture room and into real business and industry. You’ll come out of your degree with all the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence that are needed to succeed in the business world. The Bachelor of Commerce has a common first year for a range of majors in accounting, business information systems, business law and taxation, economics, finance, property, management, marketing and logistics supply chain management.
Studying health sciences can lead to a rewarding career that can make a difference to people’s lives. The Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) is our most flexible course, which allows you to gain a strong grounding in public health and health promotion, while also choosing optional units of interest to you. If you perform well, you can apply to switch into one of our many other courses after completing the first year core units.
For the Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences), you must have successfully completed at least one ATAR science subject or achieved a grade A in at least one general science subject.
From 23 January 2017 – 6th February 2017
You can apply for Portfolio Entry and submit your portfolio directly to Curtin University once the TISC process closes on 23 January. Direct applications will open on the 27th of January. After submitting your online application for your selected course as directed in the ‘How to Apply’ section’, you are required to submit your complete Portfolio for assessment.
To successfully submit your portfolio to Curtin, make sure you complete our six-step portfolio submission checklist and email your portfolio to email@example.com.
Important dates to remember
Direct applications to Curtin will be available from 27th January 2017 until 4:30pm on the 6th of February 2017. If you are considering applying for portfolio entry, please commence preparation of your application and supporting documentation as soon as possible.
Please contact the University Admissions Centre via email: firstname.lastname@example.org