There’s always another way. If you need more options for entering the undergraduate course of your dreams, you should consider one of our pathways or entry programs.

Get started by choosing the pathway or entry program category below that’s most relevant to your recent schooling or qualifications. 

What are pathways and entry programs?

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If you want to study at university and want to either increase your chances of getting in or accelerate your studies, pathways and entry programs may help. 


Pathways are extra qualifications or tests that will help you meet the entry requirements of your chosen course if your rank isn’t high enough and can’t be adjusted further. 

Examples include partial or full completion of a pathway certificate or diploma, or an entry test.

Find your pathway

ACU admission pathways are designed to help you meet the entry requirements of your chosen course. Use our Pathway Finder to discover which courses have relevant pathways in your study areas of interest.

How does it work?

Using the Pathway Finder is simple. You can narrow down your admission pathways by study area and course, or you can explore your options based on your personal situation¬ – all it takes is a few clicks.

Choose your pathway

Entry programs

An entry program is a way of boosting your chance of success with your first application. 

Entry programs can be based on your personal background, such as if you went to school in a regional area, experienced financial hardship, or identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 

When an entry program applies bonus points to your rank score, these are known as adjustment factors.

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Work and life experience

These pathways are ideal if you don’t have any past qualifications, including Year 12 schooling, but have a rich background of life and work experience. 

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Recent secondary education

Check out these pathways and entry programs if you have completed (or are about to complete) your Year 12 school studies, and this is your highest qualification.

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Previous higher education

Find out how to use your previous enrolment and study at another university as part of your application to ACU. You can also see if these studies can be credited as prior learning.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

If you identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, you could be eligible for special entry based on your potential to succeed in a relevant course. Ask us how to get started.

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Vocational education and training study

This pathway is for you if you have a VET or TAFE qualification, or have partially completed vocational education or training in the past. You might also qualify for guaranteed entry.

Use your VET

Pathway certificates and diplomas

Don’t have any previous qualifications or schooling? Don’t worry. Our pathway and bridging courses can get you on the fast track to your dream undergraduate degree.

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International pathways

We have a range of international pathways for overseas students looking to study in Australia. If you will need a student visa to study here, you are an international student. 

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Didn’t get the ATAR / OP / rank?

If you’re looking to study a course with us but you don’t have the marks you need, don’t panic. View our list of entry options to see if any may work for you.

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Student cohort

Get a snapshot of our recent applicants, including students with recent VET and secondary education or significant life experience.

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