Didn’t get the school mark you wanted? Don’t panic, there are many ways to get into ACU. We’ve gathered a list of pathways and entry programs on this page. See if any might work for you.
A pathway is an extra qualification or test you take in addition to your application that helps you meet your course entry requirements.
An entry program is a way of boosting the success of your first application if you meet certain criteria with your schooling or personal background.
Start at one campus, finish at another. Our presence across four states and territories frees you up to apply at a campus with a more flexible entry rank.
You can then apply to transfer to another campus offering the same course.
If you have significant work or life experience, this can help boost your rank score.
If you’re 21 or over and not currently studying Year 12, you can demonstrate your abilities by taking the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
The STAT is widely accepted and may improve your chances of selection into your chosen course. It’s a good option if you don’t have any formal education qualifications or wish to apply using only mature-age qualifications.
If your school result was affected by circumstances outside your control, you might qualify for a state access or equity scheme.
These schemes are available through the state Tertiary Admission Centres (TACs) and generally include categories such as:
The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) and Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) access schemes are both known as the Educational Access Scheme.
The Victoria Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)’s access scheme is known as the Special Entry Access Scheme.
We offer several associate degrees, certificates and diplomas that are pathways into more advanced bachelor courses.
These programs have lower entry requirements. This means you can begin your studies in one of these qualifications, then move into the advanced degree following partial or full completion.
We’re proud to deliver nationally accredited vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and short courses through ACU College.
These courses are open to applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and can provide pathway opportunities to advanced degrees.
If you identify as an Indigenous Australian, your application may be considered under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Program.
Are you an international student who wants to study in Australia? You can develop your skills and move into university study through one of our pathway programs open to international applicants.
You can learn more and view a list of available courses at our international pathways page.
You can reach out to us at AskACU or student support if you have any questions about admission pathways, entry programs and entry requirements.
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