How to apply with the higher education pathway
Get your application underway using our step-by-step guide below, and switch to ACU today. It’s a simple process and takes just five steps.
1. Check your eligibility
To be eligible for the higher education pathway, you need to have completed a minimum of two units of AQF-recognised higher education-level study – such as bachelor level or higher.
You will then be assigned a selection rank based on this previous study level, duration and grade point average (GPA).
Your selection rank is applied during the admission process. You don’t need to fill out any additional forms with us – you simply need to apply via a tertiary admissions centre (TAC) or directly with ACU.
2. Understand your selection rank
If you have several selection ranks, such as Year 12, completed VET, partial higher education study or work experience, we will generally consider your highest rank for entry to ACU.
Some course exceptions may apply.
If you’re applying for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy or Bachelor of Speech Pathology, your selection rank will be taken from your higher education study. This study must have been at bachelor level or above for the duration of one completed year.
3. Apply for credit and prior learning
If your previous studies or experience are relevant to the ACU course you’re applying to study, you should apply for recognition of prior learning.
You can apply for recognition of prior learning once you’ve received an offer to study with us.
Find out more about applying for credit and prior learning
4. Include completed bridging or TPP courses
We accept completed bridging courses and tertiary preparation programs as part of the higher education study pathway.
To use this pathway, apply to ACU through your relevant tertiary admissions centre and provide evidence of your bridging qualifications.
If you’re to get started with your application, visit the course page of your chosen course.
On this page, you’ll find details on how to apply, including application dates, specific entry requirements and whether you can apply direct to ACU or via your local tertiary admissions centre.
Find your course and learn how to apply
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