If you haven’t received an offer yet, don’t panic. You may eligible for later offer rounds, you can change your preferences, and you can also explore other pathways into university.
Pathways provide alternative options if you didn’t get an offer in your chosen course. Below are some options you may like to consider.
Consider a transfer
If you don’t think you will be eligible for the course you’ve got your eye on, don’t stress. One option is to enrol in a similar degree and then transfer to your preferred choice later. For example, if you don’t get into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), you could apply for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five), which doesn’t require as many prerequisite subjects for entry, and then apply to transfer after a year.
You’ll also be eligible to receive credits for most, if not all, completed units. So it won’t take you any longer to complete your degree. Alternatively, if you want to broaden your options, complete a Bachelor of Arts first before enrolling in a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary).
Be flexible on location
ACU has campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, and selection ranks can vary between locations. This means if you’re set on a particular degree but don’t get the marks to study at your preferred campus, you may be able to enrol at a campus where it has a lower entry score, and then transfer to your preferred location later on. For potential nursing students, for example, the selection rank is lower at our Ballarat Campus than in Melbourne. Start your degree there and then if you get good results in a certain number of units, you could potentially switch to the Melbourne Campus the following year.
Use a pathway program
Pathway programs are an excellent first step towards a bachelor degree – think associate degrees, advanced diplomas, diplomas or certificates – and doing well in these courses will boost your chances of being admitted into a degree later on. Obtaining Recognition of Prior Learning could also get you credit once you’ve been accepted into a corresponding degree. Pathways are available to students individually and through our formal partnership agreements with education institutions such as TAFE and ACU College. Some of our agreements include guaranteed entry and/or credit for Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies.
Use your work experience
If you are 21 years or older, your work experience can potentially be converted into a selection rank that opens the door to a bachelor degree. For this option, you’ll need to confirm you’ve been employed for at least six months full-time (or equivalent). Your rank will be based on criteria such as your skill level associated with your employment and how long you’ve been working in the role. Also, keep in mind that your work doesn’t have to relate directly to the field of study you’re interested in. Once you’ve begun your degree, your work experience could even provide you with credits for your course.