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
TBAIntroduction to Chemistry*25
TBAFundamentals of Physics*25
TBAMathematics for Science*25

*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)
MJRU-VISTCVisualisation Interactive Media (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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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 One, 2019

Applications for Semester One, 2019 are taken via TISC, but applicants may also be required to submit additional documentation directly to UniReady. Please read all of the information below before applying.

Applications open: 6 August 2018
Applications close: 15 January 2019*

*It is strongly recommended you apply as early as possible as we are anticipating a large number of applications and places are limited. Year 12 WACE results release on 17 December, and any preference changes must be made by 18 December to be considered for the main round.

Note: applications received via TISC after 28 September will attract a late fee.

Orientation Week: 18 – 22 February 2019
Semester One commences: 25 February 2019

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

UniReady has a restricted number of Contribution Exempt places for Semester One, 2019. It is a popular program and there is typically greater 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 can still apply for UniReady. Depending on the number of applicants and places available, contribution exempt places in the program may still be available to students who do not meet the 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 three circumstances will be also considered. If any of these apply to you, you will need to complete and submit the Educational Disadvantage form (see Steps to Apply) with the required supporting documentation.

  • Medical issues and disability
  • Severe Financial hardship
  • 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. Click this link to apply via TISC

  • To find UniReady on the TISC website you need to do an Undergraduate Course Search. Type ‘UniReady’ into the Free-text/Keywords box and click ‘Search’. To bring UniReady to the top of the list, click on the heading ‘Name’ in the search results. You should then see UniReady as the second course on the search results list.
  • If you experience issues with your TISC application please contact TISC directly,
  • For closing dates and application fees, visit the TISC calendar,
  • Ensure you make a note of your TISC ID number.

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 the Educational Disadvantage form and email it to equity.uniready@curtin.edu.au  along with the required supporting documentation.

  • We recommend you apply via TISC as early as possible. You do not need to wait until you have arranged your form and supporting documentation. After you have submitted your TISC application, email your completed form and documentation to equity.uniready@curtin.edu.au prior to the TISC application closing dates.
  • Ensure you clearly write your TISC ID number on your form. Your TISC ID must be correct or we cannot match your form to your TISC application. If you do not know your TISC ID, contact TISC.
  • Equity forms received before 10 December, will be considered for the main round of offers. Forms received after 10 December, will be considered for the second round of offers.

3. Wait to find out if we are able to offer you a Contribution Exempt place in UniReady. Please refer to the TISC Calendar for offer dates.

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

Applying for Semester One, 2019 Domestic Fee-Paying places

Applications open: 16 January 2019
Applications close: 15 February 2019

Orientation Week: 18 – 22 February 2019
Semester One commences: 25 February 2019

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

A link to the application page for Domestic Fee-Paying UniReady places will be available here once applications open.

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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