People start university courses at different points in their lives. Not everybody can, or wants, to go to university straight after high school, so university classes are made up of people from all ages and backgrounds. Advancing your career, re-training for a new career, getting back into the workforce or joining the workforce for the first time could all be reasons behind your decision to start university now.
So if you’re thinking about going to university, but you’ve had some time away from study or you’re not sure if you qualify, don’t worry – there are many different ways to gain entry into a Curtin course.
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.
Please submit your portfolio to gain entry.
StepUp to Curtin Scheme
StepUp to Curtin is a collaboration of two Alternative Access Schemes, StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus). Both schemes provide ATAR adjustment factors based on your circumstances or location, and could help make you eligible for admission into Curtin courses.
We recognise that preparation for tertiary study isn’t always smooth. Special consideration allows applicants whose educational achievements have been compromised or disadvantaged by external factors to have their admission considered in light of those factors.
If you have not met Curtin’s admission criteria, Curtin also offers a range of enabling programs which are tailored to suit specific types of students.
- Business, humanities or health: if you wish to qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate degrees in the areas of business, humanities or health at Curtin, please refer to the UniReady Enabling Program.
- Science, engineering or health: if you intend to pursue an undergraduate degree in the area of science, engineering or health, please refer to the Bachelor of Science (Multidisciplinary Science) or the UniReady Enabling Program.
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people: if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, please refer to the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course, Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course or the Indigenous Pre-Science and Engineering Enabling Course.
- English language proficiency: if you haven’t met Curtin’s English language proficiency but meet the other admission criteria, please refer to the English Language Enabling course.
Higher education diploma programs
Based on the main Perth campus, Curtin College provides qualifications ranging from pre-university to diploma programs. These qualifications guarantee a place in the second year of the related bachelor degree, subject to meeting progression rules and admission criteria.
North Metropolitan TAFE
Transition into university by studying the units of the Higher Education Diploma of Commerce at North Metropolitan TAFE. You’ll then be able to confidently enter into the second year of our Bachelor of Commerce armed with the required academic skills.
TAFE (VET) and other AQF qualifications
With qualifications from TAFE or another Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) recognised institution, you may meet Curtin’s minimum academic admission criteria, enabling you to get into university. You may also be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) which enables you to be exempt from completing some units, and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.