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Pathway to university


To be considered for university admission as a school leaver, an applicant must –
• meet the requirements for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) as prescribed by the Curriculum Council,
• achieve competence in English as prescribed by the individual universities,
• obtain a sufficiently high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry to a particular university and/or course (Edith Cowan University may not require an ATAR for some pathways); and
• satisfy any prerequisites or special requirements for entry to particular courses.
Portfolio Pathway to Edith Cowan University (ECU)
In addition to the requirements outlined above, Edith Cowan University offers an additional pathway for entry by school leaver students.
Detailed information about the requirements for the Portfolio Entry Pathway to ECU may be obtained from Student Recruitment on 13 43 28 or www.reachyourpotential.com.au.
Portfolio Entry to Murdoch University
In addition to the requirements outlined above, Murdoch University offers a portfolio pathway for admission to Bachelor degrees in Media, Mass Communication and in Digital Media. For more information see http://www.murdoch.edu.au/.
University Application Procedures
Information about applying to the universities and admission to undergraduate courses will be sent to Year 12 students at their schools in August 2013. Application will be via the TISC website.
The closing date for applications is normally the end of September. Late applications will incur a late fee.  Offers of admission are made by the universities in the second half of January and in early February.

Any further information about application procedures may be obtained from TISC. Enquiries about mid-year entry, external studies and particular course requirements should be directed to the university concerned.
Applications need to be made through TISC when the applicant is:
• an Australian citizen,
• a New Zealand citizen, or
• approved/granted Australian permanent resident status.
International students do not fit these categories and will need to apply directly to the International Office at the relevant university.
Full details regarding individual university entrance requirements and processes are available from the TISC website: www.tisc.edu.au.  The University Admission 2013 booklet is available on the website, but please note that it is subject to change.

Repeat and Accumulate
Repeating Year 12 WACE courses can be an excellent means of ensuring a higher ATAR and possible entry to the course and university of choice. For ALL universities, marks contributing to the ATAR may be accumulated over five (5) years. 

Mature-Age Admission
In order to be considered for admission to a university a Mature Age Entrant must be 20 years of age before the 1st of March of the year that they start university.  There are some variations between universities as to Mature Age Entry requirements so specific details should be sought from the appropriate institution.  Mature Age applicants are normally required to have:
• met competency in English;
• obtained a sufficiently high TER for entry to a particular university and/or course;
• satisfied any prerequisites or special requirements necessary to be considered for entry to particular courses.

Special Tertiary Admission Test (Stat)
This is a special testing program offered by TISC to mature age candidates to assist their application for university or TRAINING admissions.  There are 2 sections to the test:
• Multiple Choice 2 hour test consisting of 70 questions.  Questions assess verbal (social science/humanities) and quantitative skills (mathematical/science)
• Written English 1 hour test to measure English Competency – 2 short essays each from a choice of 4 topics.  Part A is a public affairs issue that invites argument, while Part B asks for a more personal point of view.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
This is a globally recognized test that has been designed by world leaders in language assessment in close consultation with academics, professional bodies and immigration authorities, for people whose second language is English. For more information go to www.ielts.org.

For further information on the requirements for university admission please contact specific universities or;
Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC)
100 Royal Street
East Perth  WA  6004
Phone:  9318 8000
Fax:  9225 7050  Website: www.tisc.edu.au


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