Admission criteria

For applicants with work and life experience

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
  • previous academic results
  • written submission
  • portfolio presentation
  • English language proficiency

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

Academic results

As a non-school leaver, to be eligible to study an undergraduate degree at Curtin, you normally need to have graduated from high school with the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or an equivalent qualification, and gained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that satisfies Curtin’s admission criteria. Your Year 12 exam result remains valid indefinitely. Scores dating back to 1992 (including the TEA out of 400 and the TES out of 510) can be converted to the current ranking, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), with the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre ATAR calculator. Other pathways include:

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Successful completion of the Alternative Test for Adult Admission (prior to STAT)
  • Successful completion of the Mature age Tertiary Entrance Examination (TEE)
  • General Certification of Education (advanced levels)
  • TAFE or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications
  • Current Division 1 General or Mental Health Nursing Registration with a State Nursing Board in Australia
  • Successful completion of the first year of a bachelor degree course at another Australian university
  • Successful completion of two Curtin full degree level units via extension study and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence.

English language proficiency

Regardless of what you choose to study, Curtin requires you to demonstrate proficiency in English. You will normally need ONE of the following:

  • A scaled mark of at least 50 in stage two or three of one of the WACE courses: English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD), OR from competence met in TEE English, English Literature or English as a Second Language
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Completion of at least one full-time semester (or equivalent) of undergraduate level studies at an Australian university
  • A satisfactory mark in the:
    • International English Language Testing System (Academic)*
    • STAT Written English section*
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language*
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic)*

* Please note these tests are only valid for two years. Meeting the requirements above will only fulfil Curtin University’s minimum admission criteria for courses that require a minimum ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 70 and without any pre-requisite subjects. Please refer to our study website for specific course admission criteria.

Credit for Recognised Learning

Depending on your previous study and the course you want to apply for, you may qualify for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL). Curtin grants credit for units within your course that you may have previously completed through study or work experience. If you are eligible for CRL, you may receive exemptions from doing part of the course. You will need to lodge your completed credit transfer application, along with the necessary documentation, at the time of applying to Curtin.

Applicants who have completed an enabling program

If you have completed an enabling program, you may qualify for entry into some undergraduate courses. The results of your enabling course will need to be supplied in your application to demonstrate how you meet the admission criteria.

Overseas and interstate applicants

Overseas and interstate applicants need to have completed secondary education that is deemed equivalent to the admission standards outlined above. Please contact the Admissions Office on 1300 222 888 or email if you would like your interstate or overseas qualifications to be assessed prior to submitting your application to Curtin or TISC.

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.

Alternative entry pathways

If you do not meet the required admission criteria, there are still other ways to get into Curtin.

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