UniReady Enabling Program

Successfully completing this short entry pathway program can qualify you for a range of undergraduate degrees at Curtin – and you can study it on campus, fully online, or a combination of both.

About UniReady

About UniReady Enabling Program

UniReady is designed to help you gain entry into a range of Health Sciences, Science and Engineering, Humanities or Business undergraduate courses.

UniReady is for you if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • missed out on Curtin’s indicative ATAR; or
  • did not successfully complete your high school studies; or
  • are undertaking or completed vocational studies and now want to come to University; or
  • are a mature age student (20 years or older).

UniReady semester one and two

UniReady is a one-semester (12 weeks, plus orientation and exam weeks) program offered in first and second semester, either on campus at Bentley, fully online, or a combination of both.

Please note:

  • Applicants must be past the compulsory school age as defined by the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 in the year they wish to study in the UniReady Enabling Program.
  • Australian and New Zealand students must be resident in Australia for the duration of at least one unit.

Study through UniReady

Study through UniReady

The UniReady Enabling Program aims to develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for university study. The program incorporates a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness that caters to students with a wide range of educational backgrounds, ages and experiences.

How will this program help me get into Curtin?

When you complete the program successfully, you’ll be able to apply for entry to certain undergraduate courses at Curtin. When you apply, a ‘notional’ ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) will be calculated from your final grades. This means you’ll fulfil Curtin’s minimum admission criteria of an ATAR of 70 and English language proficiency.

Your score isn’t considered an official ATAR because it’s not awarded through WACE, but it’s recognised by Curtin and TISC as meeting the University’s minimum admission criteria.

How do I complete the program?

The program consists of four units (100 credits) and you must pass each unit to successfully complete the program. You need to enrol in two core units and choose two units from the seven optional units below.

Your optional units should relate to your preferred undergraduate course. Some undergraduate courses require you to study specific UniReady units. For example, if you are interested in Nursing you must complete the Introduction to Health Sciences unit. Other course requirements may also apply. Please check the Admission Criteria for the course you are interested in.

If you have completed a Certificate IV or higher you may be eligible for credit towards the two optional units.

Unit codeUnit nameCredits
PWRP0001Fundamentals of Academic Writing25
COMS0002Foundations of Communication25
SELECT TWO OPTIONS (see below)50
Optional units to select from
HUMN0001Introduction to Humanities25
MGMT0001Introduction to Commerce25
BIOL0001Introduction to Health Sciences25
MATH0003Applying Mathematics25
CHEM0005Chemistry Basics25
PHYS0004Fundamentals of Physics 25
MATH0014Mathematics for Science25

*Unit titles may change pending final approval.

Courses this can lead to

Courses UniReady can lead to

The UniReady Enabling Program may help you qualify for entry into some Curtin undergraduate courses – see the list below.

Please note, although UniReady does not meet the direct entry requirements for some courses, it can still be the start of your pathway. If you wish to study higher level Health Sciences, or Science and Engineering courses, Health Sciences (B-HLTHSC) and Multidisciplinary Science (MJRU-MTDSC) are two courses that you can enter from UniReady, that will enable you to course switch into other higher level courses.


There are requirements for switching from one undergraduate degree to another, please check the Admissions Criteria for the course you are interested in. If you’re not sure if UniReady will qualify you for a particular course as it’s not listed, contact the course’s faculty to determine the requirements.


Health Sciences

Science and Engineering


Course codeCourse name
MJRU-ANIGDAnimation and Game Design (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-ANTSOAnthropology and Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)
B-ARCHArchitecture (Bachelor of Applied Science)
BB-ARTCOMArts and Commerce Double Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce)
MJRU-CHNSEChinese (Bachelor of Arts)
B-CONMConstruction Management (Bachelor of Applied Science)*
MJRU-CRWRICreative Writing (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-DIGDEDigital Design (Bachelor of Arts)
B-EDECEarly Childhood Education (Bachelor of Education)
MJRU-FASHNFashion (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-FNARTFine Art (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-GEOGRGeography (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-HISTRHistory (Bachelor of Arts)
B-INTARCHInterior Architecture (Bachelor of Arts) - (an interview may be required as part of your application - learn more)
MJRU-INTRLInternational Relations (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-NETCMInternet Communications (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-JAPANJapanese (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-JOURNJournalism (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-LIBSHLibrarianship and Corporate Information Management (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-LITCULiterary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
B-MASCOMSMass Communication (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-PERFSTheatre Arts (Bachelor of Arts)
B-EDPRPrimary Education (Bachelor of Education)
MJRU-PRWRPProfessional Writing and Publishing (Bachelor of Arts)
MJRU-SCARTScreen Arts (Bachelor of Arts)
B-EDSCSecondary Education (Bachelor of Education)
B-EDSCSecondary Education (Mathematics and Science Majors only)*
B-URPLANUrban and Regional Planning (Bachelor of Arts)

*There may be specific admission criteria for UniReady students applying for these courses. Please check the Curtin Course Switcher Admission Criteria for the course.

**May be used as part of a pathway into a higher level degree UniReady alone does not meet direct entry into.

Contact us

Contact us

UniReady Enabling Program
Phone: +61 8 9266 7632
Fax: +61 8 9266 1734
Email: uniready@curtin.edu.au

Visit us

We have moved onto the main Curtin Bentley Campus and are now located in the Curtin Learning and Teaching in Building 105 (Level 1). The main entrance can be found underneath the Library entrance. Please note, you will need to call us from the video phone within the entrance as the area is secured.

UniReady opening hours are from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Postal address

UniReady Enabling Program
Curtin Teaching and Learning
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845

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Did you finish secondary school more than two years ago and want to go to uni, but aren’t sure how to begin the process? Learn how the UniReady Enabling Program can help you gain entry to the course you want, at our UniReady Mature Age Information Sessions.

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Applying for UniReady

There are two types of students studying UniReady, Contribution Exempt students who are in a fully government funded place and pay no student fees, and Domestic Fee-Paying students who have chosen to pay for the course. The government provides a large number of Contribution Exempt places every year, so most students who undertake UniReady do not pay any course fees. There are Contribution Exempt places set aside for each semester. Applications for Contribution Exempt places open first, and once all places for that semester are filled, applications for Domestic Fee-Paying places will open.

UniReady encourages all students to apply for a Contribution Exempt place first, and to consider the Domestic Fee-Paying option should they not be successful in receiving a Contribution Exempt place. Application dates and processes for the Contribution Exempt and Domestic Fee-Paying places are different, and can be found below.

If you have been offered a place in UniReady and you are unsure if you are Contribution Exempt or Domestic Fee-Paying you can check the ‘Liability Category’ on your Letter of Offer.

Contribution Exempt Places

Contribution Exempt places are fully Commonwealth supported, and students are not required to pay any fees. We recommend all students apply for a Contribution Exempt place.

How to apply

Applying for Semester Two, 2019

Applications open: 8 April 2019
Applications close: 28 June 2019

Orientation Week: 22 – 26 July 2019
Semester Two commences: 29 July 2019

For more information about semester dates please refer to the Academic Calendar.

UniReady has a number of Contribution Exempt places for Semester Two, 2019. It is a popular program and sometimes there is more demand than available Contribution Exempt places. Applications will be assessed based on student equity and needs. Applicants who have been disadvantaged in their previous studies due to circumstances beyond their control, or who are part of an equity group, will be more likely to receive an offer of a place in the government funded contribution exempt program.

If you do not meet any of the educational disadvantage or equity criteria below you are still encouraged to apply for UniReady. It is very likely that in Semester Two, there will also be Contribution Exempt places available for students who do not meet the equity criteria.

Information based on the list below will be captured in your application and will be considered.

  • Socio-economic (SES) background
  • Rural and isolated background
  • Mature-age (20 years and over)
  • Indigenous Australians*

The following circumstances will be also considered. If any of these apply to you, you will need to complete and submit the Educational Disadvantage form with the required supporting documentation. You will be able to access the form in the Steps to Apply section below when applications open. (It is not currently available)

  • Medical issues and disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities

* Note: Indigenous Australians should consider applying for Curtin’s Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course, as this course is specifically designed for students of Indigenous Background.

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply for UniReady using Curtin’s online eApplications system.
  2. Consider if you have experienced any of the circumstances that require extra documentation (as per the second list above). If so, you must complete an Educational Disadvantage form and email it to equity.uniready@curtin.edu.au along with the required supporting documentation.
  • We recommend you apply as early as possible.
  • If you need to submit an Educational Disadvantage form, you do not need to wait until you have arranged your form and supporting documentation to apply. After you have submitted your application, email your completed form and documentation to equity.uniready@curtin.edu.au prior to application closing dates.
  1. Wait to find out if we are able to offer you a Contribution Exempt place in UniReady. You may not hear about your application until applications close. Please ensure you frequently check your junk/spam mail, as sometimes communications from Curtin can be filtered as junk.

How much will it cost?

Contribution Exempt students do not have to pay any course fees. However, students are expected to buy essential study materials such as stationery and a calculator, and have access to a computer and reliable internet connection.

Domestic Fee-Paying Places

Domestic Fee-Paying places are not Commonwealth supported and students must pay fees. Apply for a place in the Domestic Fee-Paying course if you were unsuccessful in receiving a Contribution Exempt place but would still like to study UniReady.

How to apply

Domestic Fee-Paying places are not currently open for application.

How much will it cost?

The indicative fees for Domestic Fee-Paying students are below. Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP loan for their enabling course.

Students are also expected to buy essential study materials such as stationery and a calculator for some units. Students also need access to a computer and reliable internet connection.

YearStudent typeCost
2018Domestic Fee-Paying$7,500*

The fees are set at $75 per credit point. The total fee payable for each semester of study depends on how many units you enrol into for the semester. See the table below for examples.

Number of enrolled unitsTotal credit pointsIndicative fees*

*This fee is a guide only and does not include incidental fees such as the cost of stationary and study supplies. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for FEE-HELP, please visit Curtin Fees or the Study Assist website.

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