Alternative entry is available for selected courses for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.
Who can apply
Portfolio entry is open to school leavers and non-school leavers.
Portfolio entry is ideal if you are a:
- school leaver who is not eligible for an ATAR
- school leaver who did not receive an offer based on their ATAR
- non-school leaver electing portfolio entry or who did not qualify through another pathway
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 English language proficiency 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 a minimum ATAR of 70
- satisfied any admission criteria 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 proficiency in English
- demonstrate you have studied or developed knowledge and work skills in the course you’re applying for
- satisfy any admission criteria 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 1 to 6 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
- Apply via TISC (Tertiary Institutions Services Centre) Online with your chosen portfolio entry course as one of your preferences. You need to ensure that you have selected the correct Portfolio Entry Pathway preference within your 6 TISC course preferences. Each course has a separate TISC course code that denotes the Portfolio Pathway entry option that you will be able to find when you submit your application. Without the correct Portfolio course preference, you will be unable to be considered for entry via the Portfolio Pathway.
- Further to the submission of your completed application you are required to submit your completed Portfolio via email to email@example.com with the information found in steps 2 to 6 below.
- After the TISC process closes for second round offers on Monday 22 January 2018, you will need to apply directly to Curtin University. You can do this by finding the portfolio course you would like to study through our course finder. Click the ‘Apply – find out how’ button on your chosen course page and follow the steps to lodge your online application. The deadline to submit a direct entry application for portfolio entry will be Monday 5 February 2018 at 4:30 pm. This includes submitting a portfolio via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. A completed Curtin University portfolio checklist
- Download and complete our portfolio submission checklist [159kB] and include your academic achievements in WACE courses, vocational education, training, endorsed programs or equivalent and your TISC application number.
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 resume
- The resume 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 current school leaver, you are required to provide your most recent school reports, including your predicted ATAR (if applicable), 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 of 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
- Theatre Arts
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. Students performing well in the core first year units could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses.
Bachelor of Science (Interior Architecture)
Professionals working in interior architecture are able to 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 a knowledge of professional practice and communications 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 graduate with the skills and practical experience you need to pursue a career in science, as well as gain insights into the importance and potential impact of scientific research.
In addition to meeting Curtin’s Portfolio English language proficiency, you must have successfully completed Mathematics: Applications ATAR or equivalent.
In the Multidisciplinary Science major, you can include foundation units that meet the prerequisites for engineering and some other science courses. Students with a Certificate IV or Diploma should consider applying.
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 Science) is our most flexible course as it offers a number of areas of focus such as health promotion management, health promotion or public health. Alternatively, well performing students can apply to switch into one of our many other courses after completing core first year units.
Applicants 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 7 August 2017 – 22 January 2018
Apply through TISC with your chosen portfolio entry course as one of your preferences.
You need to ensure that you have selected the correct Portfolio Entry Pathway preference within your 6 TISC course preferences. Each course has a separate TISC course code that denotes the Portfolio Pathway entry option that you will be able to find when you submit your application.
To successfully submit your portfolio to Curtin, make sure you complete our 6 step portfolio submission checklist (including your TISC number). Email your portfolio to email@example.com.
Main round offers
You have until midnight on 8 December 2017 to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed Portfolio if you wish to be considered for the main round of TISC offers. If you do not submit your Portfolio by 8 December 2017 there is no guarantee that you can be considered for the main round of TISC offers.
Second round offers
After 8 December 2017 you will have until midnight on Friday 19 January 2018 to email email@example.com with your completed Portfolio if you wish to be considered for the second round of TISC offers. If you do not submit your Portfolio by midnight on Friday 19 January 2018, there is no guarantee that you can be considered for the second round of TISC offers.
From 23 January – 5 February 2018
After the TISC process closes for second round offers at 11pm on 22 January 2018, you will need to apply directly to Curtin University.
Important dates to remember
TISC applications will open on 7 August 2017. For important TISC deadlines please refer to the TISC website.
Direct applications to Curtin will be available from 23 January 2018 to 5 February 2018.
If you are considering applying for portfolio entry, please commence preparation of your application and supporting documentation as soon as possible.
Please contact the Admissions Office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org