What Are Your Options?

Pathways to University

There are many preparation and pathway programs that will develop the necessary skills to get you into university. It doesn’t matter whether you have recently completed year 12 and gained an ATAR, have completed alternative studies or have limited previous study experience. No matter what your background, there is a pathway to University for you.

 

Are you...

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...a high-school leaver with exceptional academic results?

Information for school leavers

UOW’s Early Admission Program UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn you a place in a UOW degree before you get your ATAR. For more information, please visit the Early Admission page for more information.
Currently in Year 12 If you are just completing your Year 12 studies you can apply to university through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).
UOW Summer Master Classes The Summer Master Classes are a 3-week intensive course that will run during the summer holidays and will provide YOU with a serious advantage in preparation for both your HSC and transition into University. At the completion of the subject you will be awarded with 6 unspecified credit points to use in your first year at UOW and an Early Admissions Interview. Find out more at UOW Summer Master Classes.
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...a high-school student or recent high-school leaver with sufficient results/ATAR?
Currently in Year 12 If you are just completing your Year 12 studies you can apply to university through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).
Completed Year 12 You can apply to University using a previous ATAR provided it meets the current minimum ATAR for your chosen course. Alternatively, you can apply to university with a previous Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent university entrance score. Overseas qualifications or equivalent may also qualify for entrance to university. Your results will be converted to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which must reach the current minimum ATAR for consideration. For more information, please visit recent high school leaver with sufficient results/ATAR
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...a recent high school-leaver who didn’t get the Year 12 results they were after?

If you did not achieve sufficient results during year 12 to gain entry into UOW, there are numerous pathways you can undertake to get to UOW.

University Preparation Program (For students currently in Year 12) The Year 12 Preparation Program is designed to provide you with the support you need to improve your HSC Marks. You will also be able to experience university life by utilising university resources through an on campus study centre. You will receive both face to face and online subject specific assistance, study skills and admissions support. For more information about how you can get involved, please see the In2Uni pages.
UOW College – Vocational Programs UOW College understands that some school leavers want to study vocational qualifications and start their careers. With a number of courses available, you have the option to gain a qualification that provides you with career-relevant skills, where you can step straight into the workforce. We also offer you entry into our corporate professional development programs, free of charge, while you are studying your qualification with us. You can even use the diploma to apply for credit to further your studies at a university level. The vocational programs will provide you with a Certificate IV or Diploma which can provide you with a qualification to enter university. For more information please visit the UOW College website.
UOW College – University Entrance Certificate UOW College offers university preparation programs including the University Entrance Certificate (UEC), a course held over two sessions (14-weeks each) specifically designed to provide the necessary skills for entry to UOW. Successful completion of the UEC provides guaranteed entry to most UOW Undergraduate bachelor Degrees. See Coursefinder
Completing an AQF Qualification through TAFE or a Private Registered Training Organisation Qualifications that are accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE, can be used as a basis for entry to University. The following qualifications may result in entry to some degrees:
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Associate Diploma
  • Level IV Certificate (excluding trade certificates)

For more information, please visit the TAFE and AQF qualifications site.

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...a student who was disadvantaged during high school?

Recent high school leaver who has experienced disadvantage during high school:

UOW College – STEP Program STEP (Special Tertiary Entrance Program) to UOW is a university preparation course for recent school leavers who experienced disadvantage while studying for their HSC. For more information on UOW College pathway programs, please see the coursefinder pages.
UOW Scholarships At the University of Wollongong (UOW), our scholarships and grants will help you reach your goals. There are a number of scholarships that you can apply for to assist you to make a successful transition to university. For more information please visit UOW Scholarships
Study Assist There are a number of financial options available to assist you in making a successful transition to university. For information about student income support, scholarships and help paying your university fees and living expenses, please visit the Study Assist website.
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...someone with a disability?
Disability Services at UOW Disability Services at UOW provides reasonable adjustment advice and support if you are a current or prospective university student with a disability or health condition. Our aim is to ensure that we can provide you with the support to realise your full academic potential despite your disability. For more information, please contact Disability Services
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...of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent?
The Alternative Admissions Program (AAP) The Alternative Admissions Program (AAP), administered by Woolyungah Indigenous Centre offers an alternative pathway for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking entry into the University of Wollongong’s undergraduate programs. For further information visit the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre site.
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...someone who lives in a rural or regional area?
UOW’s Regional Campuses Did you know that you can study at a world class university without having to move away from home? The University of Wollongong has regional campuses throughout NSW that allow you to remain in your community to continue to work and study. More information can be found below:
UOW Accommodation Guarantee At UOW Living we offer supportive, secure and sustainable residential communities and advice on housing alternatives. If you want to live in a residential community that provides you academic support, pastoral care and the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world, then UOW Living will be the best choice for you. More information can be found at UOW Accommodation
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...someone who requires financial support to assist you in your pathway to university

The Regional Campuses & Student Diversity Unit offers a number of sponsored places that covers the entire cost of a range of Vocational Qualifications. These sponsored places are for students who need some financial assistance to follow their passion!

UOW College – Sponsored pathways to university UOW College and the Regional Campuses & Student Diversity Unit at UOW have teamed up to encourage greater participation in higher education by offering sponsorship in a wide range of vocational courses. For more information visit the UOW College site.
TAFE & Private Registered Training Organisations – Sponsored Pathways to UOW UOW is also working with TAFE and other private training organisations to offer sponsored places and a supported pathway to university. For more information on the courses and pathways offered, please contact Kylie Austin, Outreach & Pathways Manager kaustin@uow.edu.au or (02) 4252 8885.
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...a non-school leaver who has undertaken previous University studies
Previous University Studies If you have previously studied at University, even if you haven’t completed a degree, you may be eligible for entry to UOW. For more information, please visit Previous University Studies or you can apply to university through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).
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...a non-school leaver who has completed a TAFE/AQF qualification?
Completing an AQF Qualification through TAFE or a Private Registered Training Organisation Qualifications that are accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE, can be used as a basis for entry to University. The following qualifications may result in entry to some degrees:
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Associate Diploma
  • Level IV Certificate (excluding trade certificates)
For more information, please visit Mature Age Pathways to University pages.
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...a mature age student with limited previous study or high school results?

There are many options for mature students (people 21 years or over) who do not have a sufficient previous ATAR, year 12 results or who have not completed previous alternate study. UOW recognises many pathway programs. So no matter what your age, or previous experience, there is an option for you.

UOW College – University Admission Program (UAP) You can guarantee admission to UOW by successfully completing a preparation course through UOW College. UOW College offers university preparation programs including the University Access Program (UAP), a 14-week course specifically designed for mature-age students. For more information visit UOW College.
Special tertiary admissions test (STAT) You can gain entry to UOW via the two-hour, multiple-choice Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The STAT assesses a range of skills and knowledge you will need for tertiary study. It is coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and held several times a year.
TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) The TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) is an alternative to undertaking an HSC course. Entry to university is dependent on the level of academic performance achieved in the TPC. For more information, contact your local TAFE.
Limited Australian Tertiary Admission Rank You can attempt, in one sitting, between five and nine units of board subjects of the NSW HSC through a TAFE college, senior college or secondary school. The score is calculated from the best five units of Category A subjects including at least one unit of English. For more information contact UOW on 1300 367 869.

Last reviewed: 21 March, 2016