How to get in & requirements

Once you have chosen your course, you will need to find out how to get in and admission criteria needed to apply for a place. There may be specific prerequisites you need to meet.


Some courses require you to have specific background knowledge, called a prerequisite, which can be met by passing a WACE exam in specified subjects. You can study these subjects in year 11 and 12. You satisfy a prerequisite if you complete the WACE examination in that subject and achieve a scaled mark of 50 or better.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a subject or study unit you must complete before you can start a university course. Prerequisite lists help you identify the requirements for the course that interests you.

Desirable subjects

It’s not essential to study subjects listed as desirable in year 11 and 12. However, choosing these subjects will give you a useful knowledge base.

Other requirements

Some courses may have additional admission criteria, such as interview or providing a portfolio. Some courses will require you to have a Working With Children Check.

If you are unsure about specific course requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 1300 222 888 or email

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