Portfolio entry

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.

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.

Admission criteria

You will be required to show evidence of achievement, determination and commitment to your chosen field.

School leaver

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 specific admission criteria for entry into the participating course.

Non-school leaver

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 specific 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 follow the steps below.

1. Submit an online application

For semester 2, submit your application 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 Now’ button on your chosen course page and follow the steps to lodge your online application.

Refer to the ‘Application Dates’ section on this webpage for deadlines.

2. Submit your complete portfolio

For semester 2, upload your portfolio to your online application.

All documents must be original and scanned in colour and in the original size as per Curtin’s Scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines. 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.

Your portfolio must contain the following:

  • A Curtin University Portfolio Submission Checklist
  • 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.
  • An updated resume
    • The resume should outline your education and work experience to date. It should include details of paid work and any voluntary positions held.
  • Letters of support
    • The letter(s) should be from your school, work or a professional representative who can provide details of your academic performance, aptitude and likelihood to succeed in your chosen university course.
  • 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, and 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), Western Australian Certificate of Achievement (WACE) and ATAR course reports, when available.
  • Other records
    • If you have undertaken extracurricular activities relevant to your chosen area of study, you are encouraged to provide related documents. For example: leadership programs, examples of artwork, entered competitions, sports coaching etc.

Courses to apply for

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 – Design and the Built Environment

Courses offered by the school of Design and the Built Environment appeal to creative people with an interest in creating designs that impact our everyday lives. The Bachelor of Arts is comprehensive and flexible, with options to accommodate various interests. You may be required to participate in an interview. If you perform well in the first semester core units, you could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses within the Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts – Media, Creative Arts and Social Media

If you’re a creative person and love to express yourself through different media, consider studying media and communications. These 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 semester units could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses.

Bachelor of Science (Interior Architecture) – February intake only

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.


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 will 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.

In addition to being available either online or internally at our Bentley campus, this course is also available at our Kalgoorlie campus as a blend of online study and distributed learning.


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.

Kalgoorlie-based students can complete the first year of the BSc (Health Sciences) at the Kalgoorlie campus via a blend of distributed units and online units. Thereafter students can transfer to external mode and complete the course online, or transfer to the Bentley campus to complete this degree or apply to switch to another Health Sciences course.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences), must have successfully completed at least one ATAR science subject or achieved a grade A in at least one general science subject.

Application Dates

Semester 2, 2018

Applications for Semester 2 open on the 9 April 2018.

The deadline to submit a complete portfolio is 4.30pm AWST on Friday, 6 July. All required documents must be provided for your application to be considered.

If you are considering applying for portfolio entry, please commence preparation of your portfolio application as soon as possible.

Semester 1, 2019

If you are a school leaver, please prepare your supporting documentation before the end of the school year to ensure you have the required documents. In particular, letters of support can be harder to obtain after the school year has concluded.

Applications for Semester 1 are expected to open in August. Further details will be published closer to the application opening date.

Contact details

Please contact the Admissions Office via email: portfolioentry@curtin.edu.au

Have any questions about courses, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.