Non-school leaver entry
Not everyone who studies at ACU comes straight from school. You may have:
- had a gap year
- completed Year 12 a long time ago
- completed TAFE or other VET studies
- started or completed studies at another university
- been working since you left school
- got a trade qualification.
There are students of all ages at ACU. In fact, about half of our new students each year are non-school leavers.
Entry to all ACU undergraduate courses is based on two criteria:
- satisfying entry requirements, like subject prerequisites
- having an entry score high enough to gain admission to the course.
There are various ways to meet entry criteria:
- If you completed Year 12 your results remain valid indefinitely.
- TAFE and other tertiary study results can also be used to gain entry to undergraduate courses at ACU. Learn more.
- If you haven't completed Year 12, VET or tertiary studies and you are aged 21 years or older, you can complete a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and use the results to gain admission to ACU. Learn more.
By completing a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma in a field similar to the course you wish to study at ACU, you may be able to gain entry and/or apply for credit towards your ACU degree.
Each state has a relevant Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) that manages tertiary applications. To apply for entry to an ACU undergraduate course simply visit your relevant TAC and apply online.
- VTAC – Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre
- UAC – Universities Admission Centre (NSW and ACT)
- QTAC – Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre
You can search our courses to submit a direct application. Please note, if you have already applied through VTAC, do not submit a direct application. You can change your preferences to add new courses, or rearrange your course preferences anytime via VTAC.