Admission criteria

For applicants with recent secondary education

Assessment for entry to a course at Curtin is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • calculated or notional Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent
  • written submission
  • portfolio presentation
  • English language proficiency
  • prerequisite units.

Search our courses to find out the minimum admission criteria needed for entry into a particular course.

How an applicant is selected

Only applicants who meet the required minimum admission criteria may be selected for an offer of a place in an undergraduate course.

If you don’t meet the admission criteria, there are still other ways to gain entry into Curtin.

Further information

Applicants using ATAR for entry to Curtin

If you completed year 12 in Western Australia within the last two years and have an ATAR, you may apply for entry to Curtin based on your ATAR alone (OP in Queensland). This includes applicants with selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments) or an equivalent International Baccalaureate Diploma score. Applicants still need to meet the minimum ATAR for the course they are applying for and demonstrate English language proficiency. Some Curtin courses also require additional criteria to be met as well as ATAR.

If you are have completed year 12 within the last two years at an interstate high school, you must have completed an Australian year 12 certificate with an ATAR at least equivalent to the minimum ATAR of the course you are applying for, as well as meet other admission criteria.

If you don’t have a high enough ATAR for the course you are applying for, there may be other admission options you can consider.

For more information about ATAR, please visit the TISC website.

Australian year 12 students

About the ATAR

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the grading system used to assess and compare the coursework and exam results of school leavers who are applying for entry to university. An ATAR ranges from 99.95 to zero, and reports your rank position relative to all other students. It takes into account the number of students who sit the WACE examinations in any year and also the number of people of year 12 school leaving age in the total population.

If you have an ATAR of 70.00, for example, it indicates that you have achieved as well as or better than 70 per cent of the year 12 school leaver age population in the state.

The ATAR allows the results of any WA student applying for university admission interstate to be directly compared with results in other states. All states (except Queensland) report student rankings as an ATAR.

How the ATAR is calculated

You need at least four scaled scores for an ATAR to be calculated. The ATAR is calculated from your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).

Download a technical explanation of how the ATAR is calculated [.pdf – 572 kB]

Find the ATAR for a course

To find the minimum ATAR needed for entry into Curtin undergraduates courses, .

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma applicants

We welcome applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. If you are an IB Diploma student, find out about our admission criteria, application process and scholarship opportunities available toward entry into a Curtin undergraduate course.

Selection rank adjustments

A selection rank is the ranking used by most universities to assess a person’s admission to a course. Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments) can include your ATAR, any adjustments you are eligible for, such as equity, subject and elite performance, and other contributions based on work experience or previous study, portfolio assessments, and test results etc.


Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not have had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry. That’s where StepUp can help.

StepUp to Curtin is a collaboration of two Alternative Access Schemes, StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus). Both schemes are for school leavers and non-school leavers, and grant an adjustment factor of five additional ATAR points making applicants eligible to be considered for admission into Curtin courses.  Eligibility is assessed against pre-determined criteria.

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into courses at Curtin University, in courses with no prerequisites or where admission criteria have been met.

If you wish to be considered for StepUp, you must complete the StepUp application form, in addition to submitting an online application form by clicking ‘apply now’ on your chosen course.

Special consideration

We recognise that preparation for tertiary study isn’t always smooth. If your studies have been affected by external factors beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration.

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

You must ensure you satisfy any prerequisite subjects for admission to the Curtin course of your choice. Prerequisites are specific requirements that must be successfully completed for entry to particular university courses.

Prerequisites may include interviews, auditions, portfolio presentations, manual dexterity tests, aptitude tests and/or fitness requirements. Please search our courses to find the prerequisites for a particular course.

Other admission options

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.

Please submit your portfolio to gain entry.

Enabling programs

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.

Curtin College

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.

TAFE and other AQF qualifications

If you’ve received a qualification from TAFE or another Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) recognised institution, you may meet Curtin’s minimum academic admission criteria and be able to get into university.

Special consideration

We recognise that preparation for tertiary study isn’t always smooth. Applicants whose educational achievements have been compromised or disadvantaged by external factors may be eligible to apply for special consideration.

Visit our online support centre for questions on offerings, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses. Anything Curtin course related, we can answer it.