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Pathways to University

Pathways to Access University

There is a common misconception that your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) marks are the only pathway to university.
With PUC we can help you access alternative pathways to assist you to gain entry to the degree and university of your choice.
1:    ATAR entry

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a nationwide ranking scheme developed and used by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre  (TISC) that is often used to determine your eligibility for a university course.  Typically upon completing the Western Australian Certificate of Education in Year 12, and provided you have applied to receive an ATAR, you will be issued a ranking between 0.00 and 99.95. Universities generally require you to receive a minimum ATAR to be immediately issued with an offer of enrolment.

While this is the most common (and well known) path for you to apply to university, it is certainly not the only way you can apply to your dream degree.  TISC enables you to apply for, and receive offers from, universities around Australia.

More on ATARs here.

2:   Direct Entry

Instead of applying through TISC, you can opt to apply directly to the university and course of your choice.  Universities will typically provide this option on their website using an “Apply Now” or “Enrol Now” button, which will then take you through a separate process for that particular course.

Direct entry is useful if you are looking for course entry without an ATAR because other factors are often taken into account if you choose to apply directly.  Additional credits that may help your application could be anything from leadership experience and community work to a recommendation from a previous school or institution and work experience portfolio.

3:   University Preparatory Programs

Universities often provide bridging courses; a way forward if you don’t initially fulfil entry requirements (i.e. your ATAR is not high enough, or you lack the prerequisites) to begin coursework that will better prepare you for your future studies.

Universities vary in how they market these courses to you.  Often phrasing that emphasises your transition into tertiary studies is used. For example, you’ll see words like bridging, pathways, or connect, or acronyms like STEPS within the names of these courses.

The PUC supports CQUniversity’s STEPS, the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparation Studies, bridging program to provide an alternative entrance pathway to university.   

4:  Seek Support from us

Applying to study at university can be a daunting experience.  Fortunately, there are many ways to apply to the degree of your choice.  When one door closes another door opens; take the opportunity to explore all of your university options so that you choose your dream degree.

The Pilbara Universities Centre is here to help you discover the best pathway for you.  We will help you navigate the University world, so if you want to talk through these options please drop by and see us, email or call us.