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University Information for 2020 Leavers

Early applications open from Monday 18 May 2020.

As part of its response to COVID-19, Tertiary Institution Service Centre (TISC) will open applications for 2021 undergraduate entry early to assist students who wish to apply for an early offer from Curtin University. However, information on courses from all four TISC member universities will also be available. Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia (UWA) have also announced early offer initiatives, however, these are currently being handled directly by each institution. Some courses are not available for early offers and, while many courses across the universities will be open for application from Monday 18 May, more will be added between then and the end of the year.

Curtin University, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Murdoch University and UWA already have a wide range of flexible entry options, including a number of entry pathways not based on the ATAR. All of those options are still available for students in 2020. The early opening enables universities to provide additional flexibility to support ATAR students at this time.

The TISC application and offer process will still proceed this year, as it has in previous years, with the ATAR calculated based on school and exam results, and two large offer rounds following the release of Year 12 results at the end of the year. Students who don't wish to apply for an early offer can wait until they know more about all of their options before submitting their TISC application. Students who do receive an early offer still retain full flexibility to apply for any other courses they wish to, and to change their preferences as many times as desired between now and the major offer rounds. The TISC Guide and other TISC resources will be available later in the year to assist students with the application and offer processes. With the disruptions caused by COVID-19, universities have assured that no student will be disadvantaged by any disruptions that may have affected Year 12 students through on-line learning, exam preparation and exam results. To this end all universities will be offering alternative pathways when applying for university entry commencing in 2021. Universities will have different processes for applying

UWA School leavers entry pathways

ATAR-based entry

If Year 12 exams take place as normal, students will be able to apply in the same way as previous years.

Predicted ATAR entry

UWA will be providing offers based on predicted ATAR score from the end of Year 11 or Year 12 if available.

Students may use the predicted ATAR pathway to apply for admission to any UWA undergraduate degrees, as well as the Direct Pathways to Engineering, Law, Teaching, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Translation Studies. The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry.

STAT entry

Even if they are not taking enough ATAR subjects for university entry (or not taking ATAR at all), students can still apply to UWA through a Special Tertiary Admissions Test. Year 12 students completing VET qualifications are eligible for this pathway.

What you will need to apply:

  • Most recent school report, or a predicted ATAR based on Year 11 results (this is available from Mr Frusher on request)
  • If the student does not have their predicted ATAR, UWA will provide one in the application process based on the school report
  • Students will hear from them within seven working days

Apply now

Curtin University Applications for 2021

Curtin has worked closely with TISC to open up 2021 university applications for all Year 12 students from Monday 18 May 2020. Year 12 students can now apply to Curtin and receive an offer for a range of courses based on their predicted ATAR, calculated from their Year 11 results.

The new pathway for Year 12s adds to Curtin's existing and wide-ranging options which include portfolio entry, UniReady, enabling pathways and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

In addition, Curtin has introduced 'Access Curtin', a new alternative pathway to university. This will be of most interest to mature entrants and allows applicants who meet English and any specified prerequisites to be considered for a place in courses that have a 70 ATAR requirement. Applicants within this pathway will need to pass two units within the first four units in order to progress.

Murdoch University

The Murdoch University Early Offer portal is now live. Students will still need to apply on TISC and list the desired Murdoch course as their first preference by 30 September 2020 to be eligible for a conditional 'Early Offer'. Please note Veterinary Science is excluded from the Early Offer programme.

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ANU Undergraduate

Changes to direct application admissions for 2021

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, ANU have changed their admissions process for Year 12 students who are applying directly to ANU for undergraduate study in 2021.

Key information:

  • ANU will now make offers based on Year 11 results on 10 August 2020, and these will be honoured for study in 2021 as long as students have completed  Year 12
  • Students still need to complete Year 12 in order to be eligible for study in 2021
  • If the Year 11 results do not meet entry requirements, they will automatically consider your Year 12 results in the December offer round

Learn more about these changes and how it may affect your application, the co-curricular and service requirement, or programme pre-requisites in their Frequently asked questions – changes to domestic admissions for 2021.

Applying direct for ANU 2021

Direct applications are now open and will close 25 May 2020. Students are able to apply if:

  • They will complete their Australian Year 12 studies in 2020 or an International Baccalaureate Diploma in November 2020
  • They will be applying for an undergraduate programme that starts in 2021

What you need to know:

  • There is no application fee
  • Students will be required to meet the co-curricular or service requirement (This has been adjusted due to the disruptions of COVID-19. Please review the updated co-curricular or service schedule.)
  • Students will apply for admission, guaranteed accommodation, and over 200scholarshipsall in one application
  • Students will now get an offer in August based on their Year 11 results. This offer will be honoured for study in 2021, as long as they complete Year 12

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Find programmes & courses


UWA Fogarty Scholarship Programme

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Programme is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation. There are 10 scholarships on offer to Year 12 WA high school students, each valued at $10,000.

Applications close on 24 May 2020. Find out more here.

Medicine & Dentistry Information for Year 10 & 11 Students and Parents

To help Year 10 and 11 students and parents to understand the medical/dental entry process (including UCAT, interviews, and medical applications),  iCanMed  is running  free online seminars for students and parents .

The Facts, Misconceptions & Formula for Gaining Medical/Dental School Entry
Sunday 31 May at 1:00pm (AEST)

TEE Consultants ATAR Revision Programs

July Holidays

During the first week of the July school holidays, TEE Consultants are providing Exam Preparation and Revision courses for Year 12 ATAR students at only $18 per hour at UWA. Students will receive a course booklet and notes to support their exam preparation and they will be able to mix with switched on, likeminded young people.

Study Work Grow

Study Work Grow is comprehensive, unbiased and up-to-date online careers resources designed to help clarify and explain different careers and industries. Students and parents will have previously received the school code in order to activate their membership.

Mr  Peter  Frusher
Careers Advisor