Alternative entry

Most institutions offer alternative entry to applicants who do not meet the usual admission requirements. When considering your application, institutions may take into account the following:

Tertiary preparation courses

Tertiary preparation courses are usually designed for applicants who haven't completed Year 12 or who aren't attempting Year 12 this year. Minimum age requirements usually apply and the length of these courses differs between institutions.

For admission purposes, most institutions will consider the tertiary preparation courses offered by other institutions. You are stongly advised, however, to check which courses each institution considers.

For more information check the institution pages.

TAFE courses

When considering your application, institutions may take into account TAFE qualifications, usually Certificate IV or above. Some institutions require you to have completed the course before it will be considered. For more information check the institution pages.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Some institutions accept STAT as an alternative method of admission. For more information about institutions and courses and their individual policies on STAT, check the institution pages.

Alternative entry schemes and programs

Some institutions have a specific scheme or program for alternative entry. Applicants considered through these schemes normally do not meet the usual minimum admission requirements of the institution, but meet special requirements determined by the institution.

For more information refer to the institution pages.

Professional/paraprofessional qualifications

Institutions may take into account professional or paraprofessional qualifications such as hospital-based nursing certificates or professional body awards that require examination.

For more information check the institution pages.

Employment experience

Some institutions take employment experience into account when considering your application. However, if you are a Year 12 student in 2016, your employment experience will generally not be considered. For information about whether your work experience will be considered as part of your application, read employment experience.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Most institutions have an admission scheme specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

For more information check the institution pages.