StepUp to Curtin

Curtin is undertaking a review of the criteria for StepUp eligibility and the criteria that defines inclusion on the school list for the 2018 intake. This information will be made available as soon as possible.

StepUp to Curtin could be your key to a rewarding future.

About StepUp

About StepUp to Curtin

Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry. That’s where StepUp can help.

StepUp to Curtin is a collaboration of two Alternative Access Schemes, StepUp Entry and StepUp Bonus. Both Schemes are for school leavers and non-school leavers, and grant bonus ATAR points making applicants eligible to be considered for admission into Curtin courses.

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Bonus applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into courses at Curtin University, in courses with no prerequisites or where prerequisite requirements have been met. That means you could start your course at Curtin in first semester 2017.

StepUp to Curtin is one of many equity initiatives at Curtin that work towards breaking down the barriers to higher education.

StepUp Entry

If your ATAR is 60-69.95 and think you won’t meet Curtin’s minimum ATAR of 70.00, you could still study at Curtin.

Check if you're eligible for StepUp Entry

You must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder)
  • You must achieve an ATAR from 60.00 to 69.95
  • You must meet our English language requirements, such as:
    • a scaled mark of at least 50 in WACE stage two or stage three English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect, OR
    • a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Written English test minimum score of 140, OR
    • another approved English test – see the English qualifications list [.pdf – 267 kB].

Plus you must meet ONE of the following eligibility measures:

MeasureYou're eligible if
Financial hardshipYou are receiving Youth Allowance, or have a parent or guardian receiving a Commonwealth Income Support or Commonwealth means-tested Assistance payment.
Indigenous AustralianYou have an Indigenous Australian background.
Socio-economic disadvantageYou are the first in your immediate family (excluding siblings) to attend university, OR
Your permanent or main address is located in one of the following regional or low socio-economic status postcodes:
6037, 6041, 6042, 6043, 6044
6058, 6061, 6064, 6083, 6084
6109, 6110, 6112, 6121 to 6126, 6167
6168, 6170, 6200 to 6799
Educational disadvantageCompleted Year 12 at a school with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) value of less than 1020, or a school located in a low SES postcode or regional postcode (including regional based students completing Year 12 through the School of Isolated and Distance Education).

This list is confirmed for the 2017 intakes only; Curtin is undertaking a review of the criteria that defines inclusion on the school list for the 2018 intake. This list will be made available as soon as possible.

School 
A                                                   
Albany Senior High School
Alta-1
Aranmore Catholic College
Armadale Senior High School
Atwell College
Austin Cove Baptist College
Australian Christian College Southlands
Australind Senior High School
B
Balcatta Senior High School
Balga Senior High School
Ballajura Community College
Belmont City College
Belridge Secondary College
Boddington District High School
Broome Senior High School
Bruce Rock District High School
Bullsbrook College
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Bunbury Catholic College
Bunbury Senior High School
Busselton Senior High School
Byford Secondary College
C
Canning Vale College
Cannington Community College
Cannington Senior High School
Cape Naturaliste College
Carey Baptist College
Carnamah District High School
Carnarvon Community College
Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon
Cecil Andrews Senior High School
Central Midlands Senior High School
CHRISTIAN ABORIGINAL SCHOOL
Christmas Island District High School
Clarkson Community High School
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Collie Senior High School
Comet Bay College
Coodanup College
Cornerstone Christian College
Corrigin District High School
Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
D
Dale Christian School
Dalyellup College
Damla College
Darling Range Sports College
Denmark High School
Derby District High School
Divine Mercy College
Dongara District High School
E
Eastern Goldfields College
Eastern Goldfields Senior High School
Eastern Hills Senior High School
Eaton Community College
Ellenbrook Secondary College
Esperance Anglican Community School
Esperance Senior High School
Exmouth District High School
F
Fitzroy Valley District High School
Foundation Christian College
Frederick Irwin Anglican School
G
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School
Geraldton Grammar School
Geraldton Senior College
Geraldton Senior High School
Gilmore College
Gingin District High School
Girrawheen Senior High School
Gnowangerup District High School
Goldfields Baptist College
Governor Stirling Senior High School
Grace Christian School
Great Southern Grammar
H
Halls Creek District High School
Halls Head College
Hamilton Senior High School
Hampton Senior High School
Harvey Senior High School
Hedland Senior High School
Heritage College
Hope Christian College
J
John Calvin Christian College
John Forrest Secondary College
John Paul College
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School
John Tonkin College
John Wilcock Senior High School
Jurien Bay District High School
K
Kalamunda Senior High School
Kalbarri District High School
Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School
Kalumburu Remote Community School
Karalundi Aboriginal Education Community
Karratha Senior High School
Katanning Senior High School
Kearnan College
Kelmscott Senior High School
Kent Street Senior High School
Kewdale Senior High School
Kiara College
Kojonup District High School
Kolbe Catholic College
Kununurra District High School
L
La Salle College
Lake Grace District High School
Lakeland Senior High School
Leonora District High School
Lesmurdie Senior High School
Lockridge Senior High School
Lumen Christi College
Lynwood Senior High School
M
Mackillop Catholic College
Mandurah Baptist College
Mandurah Catholic College
Mandurah Senior College
Manea Senior College
Manjimup Senior High School
Margaret River Senior High School
Meekatharra District High School
Mercy College
Merredin College
Merredin Senior High School
Mirrabooka Senior High School
Morawa District High School
Morley Senior High School
Mount Barker Community College
Mount Barker Senior High School
Mount Magnet District High School
Mukinbudin District High School
Mullewa District High School
N
Nagle Catholic College
Narrogin Senior High School
Newman Senior High School
Newton Moore Senior High School
Norseman District High School
North Albany Senior High School
North Lake Senior Campus
Northam Senior High School
O
Ocean Forest Lutheran College
P
Peter Carnley Anglican Community School
Pindan College
Pinjarra Senior High School
Q
Quairading District High School
R
Ravensthorpe District High School
Rawa Community School
Rockingham Senior High School
Roebourne District High School
S
Safety Bay Senior High School
Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE)
Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School
Sevenoaks Senior College
Shark Bay School
South Fremantle Senior High School
Southern Cross District High School
Southern Hills Christian College
Southern River College
St Joseph's College - Albany
St Luke's College - Karratha
St Mary's College - Broome
Strathalbyn Christian College
Strelley Community School
Swan View Senior High School
T
The King's College
Thornlie Christian College
Thornlie Senior High School
Tom Price Senior High School
W
WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
WA College of Agriculture - Denmark
WA College of Agriculture - Harvey
WA College of Agriculture - Morawa
WA College of Agriculture - Narrogin
Wanneroo Secondary College
Warnbro Community High School
Warwick Senior High School
Wongan Hills District High School
Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School
Wyalkatchem District High School
Wyndham District High School
Y
Yule Brook College

This list is confirmed for the 2017 intakes only; Curtin is undertaking a review of the criteria that defines inclusion on the school list for the 2018 intake. This list will be made available as soon as possible.

For further information on eligibility measures, please contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or stepup@curtin.edu.au.

Application deadlines

StepUp applications can be lodged from 4 July 2016 up to 23 January 2017 for semester 1 2017.  Please refer to the TISC calendar on the TISC website for other important dates and deadlines.

How to apply for StepUp Entry

First semester intake

To apply for first semester entry at Curtin, you’ll need to lodge your application through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC). Applications for 2017 university admission will open on 4 July 2016. See the TISC calendar on the TISC website for important dates and deadlines.

All applicants Australia-wide who apply to Curtin through TISC with an ATAR from 60.00 to 69.95 will be automatically assessed against StepUp’s socio-economic and educational eligibility measures (see the eligibility requirements above) to determine if you’re eligible for the scheme. This assessment is based on the information provided in your TISC application.

All West Australian current year 12 applicants will be notified of your eligibility for entry to Curtin’s 70 ATAR courses through StepUp Entry via the Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL). The UAAL is available through TISC and contains information on all WACE courses, former TEE subjects that have a scaled score, ATAR results, and university eligibility messages.

If you believe you’ve met one of the StepUp to Curtin eligibility measures but you haven’t been advised if you’re eligible for StepUp in your UAAL, please contact the University Admission Centre (see the ‘Contact us’ tab for details) to discuss your eligibility as soon as you receive your results.

To be considered for a place in a 70 ATAR Curtin course, you must meet any course prerequisite requirements and satisfy Curtin’s English competency requirements.

 

Financial hardship applicants

If you or your parents/guardian face financial hardship, you’ll need to submit a StepUp to Curtin Application Form and attach copies of documentation with your Centrelink customer reference number.

Financial hardship can’t be automatically assessed on TISC, but is instead assessed on an individual basis.

For further information contact the University Admission Centre.

If you're eligible for StepUp except for competence in English

If you’ve met all StepUp requirements except for competence in English, you’ll be notified by email and in your UAAL that you must meet Curtin’s English Entry requirements to be considered for admission to Curtin’s 70 ATAR courses via the StepUp to Curtin Entry Pathway. If you achieve a sufficient score in a Curtin approved English language test [.pdf – 273kB], you’ll satisfy this requirement.

If you sit the Written English section of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to meet English competency, your results will automatically be made available to TISC. If you’re successful in the STAT you’ll receive a message in your UAAL advising of your eligibility for entry to Curtin’s 70 ATAR courses through StepUp, and you’ll automatically be given a notional ATAR of 70.

Every effort will be made to process your application if you still needed to achieve English competency to be eligible for StepUp, in time for the main round of offers. However, there are no guarantees and it may result in you being considered for a Curtin course in the second round of TISC offers.

Interstate TISC applicants

If you are from another Australian state and applying through TISC, you must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder) and have met Curtin’s English entry requirements [.pdf – 273kB] to be considered for admission through the StepUp Entry Scheme.

All interstate applicants who apply to Curtin will be automatically assessed against StepUp’s socio-economic and educational eligibility measures to determine if you’re eligible for the scheme. This assessment is based on the information provided in your TISC application.

You’ll be notified of your eligibility through your offer letter.

Mature age applicants

To be considered as a StepUp mature age applicant you must have completed WACE or equivalent in the past and be more than 20 years of age or over before 1 March in the relevant admission year.

As a mature age applicant you will be notified of your eligibility through your offer letter.

The Future Students Centre runs information sessions to advise prospective mature age students about going to university, including information about career changes, entry pathways and support services available. Learn more about the mature age information sessions.

For important dates and further information contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or stepup@curtin.edu.au.

Second semester intake

Mid-year entry applicants who would like to be considered for Admission into 70.00 ATAR courses at Curtin through StepUp Entry must first submit an online StepUp Entry Application Form with supporting documentation. Applications for semester 2 2016 are now closed.

StepUp Bonus

If you’re eligible for StepUp Bonus you will be granted five additional bonus ATAR points and could gain entry into courses you would have otherwise just missed out on.

Check if you're eligible for StepUp Bonus

You must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • You must achieve an ATAR above 70.00
  • You must meet our English language requirements, such as:
    • a scaled mark of at least 50 in WACE stage two or stage three English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect, OR
    • a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Written English test minimum score of 140, OR
    • another approved English test – see the English qualifications [.pdf – 415 kB].
  • You must have attended a StepUp eligible school in Western Australia.

This means you must have completed Year 12 at a school with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) value of less than 1020, or a school located in a low SES postcode or regional postcode (including regional based students completing Year 12 through the School of Isolated and Distance Education). These schools are:

This list is confirmed for the 2017 intakes only; Curtin is undertaking a review of the criteria that defines inclusion on the school list for the 2018 intake. This list will be made available as soon as possible.

School 
A                                                   
Albany Senior High School
Alta-1
Aranmore Catholic College
Armadale Senior High School
Atwell College
Austin Cove Baptist College
Australian Christian College Southlands
Australind Senior High School
B
Balcatta Senior High School
Balga Senior High School
Ballajura Community College
Belmont City College
Belridge Secondary College
Boddington District High School
Broome Senior High School
Bruce Rock District High School
Bullsbrook College
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Bunbury Catholic College
Bunbury Senior High School
Busselton Senior High School
Byford Secondary College
C
Canning Vale College
Cannington Community College
Cannington Senior High School
Cape Naturaliste College
Carey Baptist College
Carnamah District High School
Carnarvon Community College
Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon
Cecil Andrews Senior High School
Central Midlands Senior High School
CHRISTIAN ABORIGINAL SCHOOL
Christmas Island District High School
Clarkson Community High School
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Collie Senior High School
Comet Bay College
Coodanup College
Cornerstone Christian College
Corrigin District High School
Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
D
Dale Christian School
Dalyellup College
Damla College
Darling Range Sports College
Denmark High School
Derby District High School
Divine Mercy College
Dongara District High School
E
Eastern Goldfields College
Eastern Goldfields Senior High School
Eastern Hills Senior High School
Eaton Community College
Ellenbrook Secondary College
Esperance Anglican Community School
Esperance Senior High School
Exmouth District High School
F
Fitzroy Valley District High School
Foundation Christian College
Frederick Irwin Anglican School
G
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School
Geraldton Grammar School
Geraldton Senior College
Geraldton Senior High School
Gilmore College
Gingin District High School
Girrawheen Senior High School
Gnowangerup District High School
Goldfields Baptist College
Governor Stirling Senior High School
Grace Christian School
Great Southern Grammar
H
Halls Creek District High School
Halls Head College
Hamilton Senior High School
Hampton Senior High School
Harvey Senior High School
Hedland Senior High School
Heritage College
Hope Christian College
J
John Calvin Christian College
John Forrest Secondary College
John Paul College
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School
John Tonkin College
John Wilcock Senior High School
Jurien Bay District High School
K
Kalamunda Senior High School
Kalbarri District High School
Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School
Kalumburu Remote Community School
Karalundi Aboriginal Education Community
Karratha Senior High School
Katanning Senior High School
Kearnan College
Kelmscott Senior High School
Kent Street Senior High School
Kewdale Senior High School
Kiara College
Kojonup District High School
Kolbe Catholic College
Kununurra District High School
L
La Salle College
Lake Grace District High School
Lakeland Senior High School
Leonora District High School
Lesmurdie Senior High School
Lockridge Senior High School
Lumen Christi College
Lynwood Senior High School
M
Mackillop Catholic College
Mandurah Baptist College
Mandurah Catholic College
Mandurah Senior College
Manea Senior College
Manjimup Senior High School
Margaret River Senior High School
Meekatharra District High School
Mercy College
Merredin College
Merredin Senior High School
Mirrabooka Senior High School
Morawa District High School
Morley Senior High School
Mount Barker Community College
Mount Barker Senior High School
Mount Magnet District High School
Mukinbudin District High School
Mullewa District High School
N
Nagle Catholic College
Narrogin Senior High School
Newman Senior High School
Newton Moore Senior High School
Norseman District High School
North Albany Senior High School
North Lake Senior Campus
Northam Senior High School
O
Ocean Forest Lutheran College
P
Peter Carnley Anglican Community School
Pindan College
Pinjarra Senior High School
Q
Quairading District High School
R
Ravensthorpe District High School
Rawa Community School
Rockingham Senior High School
Roebourne District High School
S
Safety Bay Senior High School
Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE)
Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School
Sevenoaks Senior College
Shark Bay School
South Fremantle Senior High School
Southern Cross District High School
Southern Hills Christian College
Southern River College
St Joseph's College - Albany
St Luke's College - Karratha
St Mary's College - Broome
Strathalbyn Christian College
Strelley Community School
Swan View Senior High School
T
The King's College
Thornlie Christian College
Thornlie Senior High School
Tom Price Senior High School
W
WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
WA College of Agriculture - Denmark
WA College of Agriculture - Harvey
WA College of Agriculture - Morawa
WA College of Agriculture - Narrogin
Wanneroo Secondary College
Warnbro Community High School
Warwick Senior High School
Wongan Hills District High School
Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School
Wyalkatchem District High School
Wyndham District High School
Y
Yule Brook College

This list is confirmed for the 2017 intakes only; Curtin is undertaking a review of the criteria that defines inclusion on the school list for the 2018 intake. This list will be made available as soon as possible.

Further information on eligibility measures

Please contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or stepup@curtin.edu.au.

Application deadlines

StepUp Bonus applications can be lodged from 4 July 2016 up to 23 January 2017 for semester 1 2017.  Please refer to the TISC calendar on the TISC website for other important dates and deadlines.

How to apply for StepUp Bonus

First semester intake

To apply for first semester entry at Curtin, you’ll need to lodge your application through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC). Applications for 2017 university admission will open 4th July 2016. See the TISC calendar on the TISC website for important dates and deadlines

StepUp Bonus is only available to Western Australian applicants who have attended a StepUp eligible School – this will automatically be assessed by TISC. However, all applicants Australia-wide who apply to Curtin through TISC with an ATAR between 60.00 and 69.95 will automatically be assessed against StepUp’s socio-economic and educational eligibility measures (see the eligibility requirements above to determine if you’re eligible for the StepUp to Curtin entry scheme). This assessment is based on the information provided in your TISC application.

All West Australian applicants will be notified of your eligibility for entry to Curtin’s 70+ ATAR courses through StepUp Bonus via the Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL). The UAAL is available through TISC and contains information on all WACE courses, former TEE subjects that have a scaled score, ATAR results, and university eligibility messages.

If you believe you’ve met the StepUp Bonus criteria but you haven’t been advised if you’re eligible for StepUp in your UAAL or in your offer letter, please contact the University Admission Centre (see the ‘Contact us’ tab for details) to discuss your eligibility as soon as you receive your results.

To be considered for a place in a Curtin course, you must meet any course prerequisite requirements and satisfy Curtin’s English competency requirements

 

If you're eligible for StepUp Bonus except for competence in English

If you’ve met all StepUp requirements except for competence in English, you’ll be notified by email that you must meet Curtin’s English Entry requirements to be considered for admission to Curtin’s 70 ATAR courses through the StepUp Bonus scheme. If you achieve a sufficient score in a Curtin approved English language test [.pdf – 228kB], you’ll satisfy this requirement.

If you sit the Written English section of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to meet English competency, your results will automatically be made available to TISC. If you’re successful in the STAT you’ll receive a message in your UAAL advising of your eligibility for entry to Curtin through StepUp Bonus, and you’ll automatically be granted five additional bonus points.

If you achieve competency in English through a Curtin approved English language test other than the STAT, you’ll need to provide relevant documentation to the University Admission Centre.

Every effort will be made to process your application if you still needed to achieve English competency to be eligible for StepUp, in time for the main round of offers. However, there are no guarantees and it may result in you being considered for a Curtin course in the second round of TISC offers.

Mature age applicants

All StepUp Bonus eligible Western Australian mature age applicants will be given five bonus ATAR points. To be considered as a mature age applicant you must have completed WACE or equivalent in the past and be more than 20 years of age or over before 1 March in the relevant admission year.

You’ll be notified of your eligibility through your offer letter.

The Future Students Centre runs information sessions to advise prospective mature age students about going to university, including information about career changes, entry pathways and support services available. Learn more about the mature age information sessions.

For important dates and further information contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or stepup@curtin.edu.au.

Second semester intake

To apply for second semester entry at Curtin, you’ll first need to submit an online StepUp Bonus Application Form with supporting documentation.

Support

Support

Scholarships

Most Australian students can defer their university fees, but initial and on-going costs such as books, parking and day-to-day living can put people off applying. This is where scholarships can help.

Scholarships are part of Curtin’s commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential and graduate with high practical employability skills and to achieve their ambitions.

Future and current students who can demonstrate financial hardship have priority in receiving equity scholarships and grants to assist with university and living expenses.

Sign up for our Scholarships Email Alert to receive an email reminder when scholarships are open for application, or visit Curtin’s Scholarships website for more details about specific scholarships.

Housing

Curtin Housing Services provides students with comprehensive information about on- and off-campus housing alternatives.

On-campus housing is always in high demand, so if you’re eligible for StepUp, we advise you to submit your housing application as soon as possible. On the housing application form, state in the final question within section three that you are a StepUp applicant.

For online application forms, photos of housing and more information about housing services and accommodation costs, visit the Housing Services website.

Support services

We understand that starting university is a big learning curve for new students and comes with many challenges, so we have many support services to help you with the transition.

Links and resources

Contact us

Contact us

University Admission Centre
StepUp to Curtin
Phone: +61 8 9266 7805
Fax: +61 8 9266 4108

Email: stepup@curtin.edu.au

Visit us

We’re located in the Student Service Centre, Building 101 on the Bentley Campus – see map
The Student Service Centre opening hours are 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Postal address

University Admission Centre
StepUp to Curtin
Student Service Centre (Building 101)
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845

Have any questions about courses, entry requirements, alternative pathways or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.