Entry pathways

UOW Sutherland offers a variety of flexible pathways into our degree programs. If you want to get a university qualification, we will help you find a way.

High school students

Do the exams. Get your results. Join our crew! 

If you're doing your HSC and your sights are set on uni, make sure you apply through the Universities Admissions Centre, (UAC). For advice on applying through UAC please contact the UOW Sutherland Campus on 8536 2000.

Admission for school leavers to most UOW undergraduate degrees is determined by your ATAR - which you’ll find out from UAC - normally in December. Remember the ATAR isn’t the be-all and end-all of getting into uni. We want people who work hard and can get results where it matters.

We’ll give you Adjustment factors (formerly called bonus points) if you do well in HSC subjects relevant to your UOW degree. You can also apply for adjustment factors if you live in our neighbourhood or in regional NSW. If your ATAR’s not what you hoped, we also offer a range of alternative entry options and university preparation options to get you started.


Pathways to UOW

There’s more than one way to the future that you want, but sometimes things can be happening in your life that makes studying to get there hard. The Pathways team wants to help you find a way to pursue your career and study goals in a way that works for you:

UOW College's University Entrance Program (UEP)

The UEP is a 14-week course to give you the fundamental skills required for university-level study and to maximise your chance of success.  

The course is specifically designed for students who may not meet the requirements for direct entry to UOW, but would like to start their academic journey and are interested in studying a Bachelor degree course at UOW in future.

The University Entrance Program is now available online via online learning and can guarantee* you entry into a Business degree at the University of Wollongong (UOW Sutherland). To study this course online, please select ‘UOW College Online campus’ in the application form.  Find out more about the University Entrance Program.

No ATAR is required to get in! Full scholarships and Commonwealth government subsidies available^.

Apply at uow college/university entrance program
  or call 1300 367 869

 *subject to UOW entry eligibility criteria


Indigenous admission program (IAP)

The Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at UOW offers an Indigenous Admissions Program (IAP) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It assesses applicants’ suitability for study at UOW based on a series of tests and interviews instead of the ATAR.

It is available to all students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are 17 years old or older.


Vocational qualifications

The following qualifications may be submitted for assessment of entry eligibility:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level IV Certificate 
  • Diploma 
  • Advanced Diploma 
  • Associate Diploma 

There are a number of TAFE Colleges in the South Sydney region that offer eligible courses at these levels. To find these College locations and investigate their courses visit the TAFE NSW website.

* Some Credit transfer may be granted for these awards.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

If you have no formal qualifications on which to base your application to a UOW, you may be eligible to be considered for entry to a course by sitting STAT.  STAT is a series of tests designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study.

It assesses your ability to think critically and analyse the material given, rather than testing your knowledge of specific academic subjects.  You may gain entry to UOW by achieving sufficient results in the multiple choice STAT. 

Registration and payment for STAT is managed through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).  Dates, fees, locations and booking information for STAT test sittings in NSW/ACT can be found on the ACER STAT Website


Completed or partially-completed tertiary studies

If you have gained admission to another university and/or partially completed a university degree, you may use this as entry into our degree courses. You need an appropriate record of achievement from an approved university.

You may also be eligible for some advanced standing (credit transfer) from subjects completed. Documents must be accompanied by an official English translation if they were produced in another language.  

How to apply

Thinking about studying at UOW Sutherland? Follow the steps below and remember we are here to help at any step during the application process.

Step 1: Choose your course

Explore the courses that are available at UOW Sutherland. Explore this site to find out more about our campus and facilities.

Step 2: Check your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible. Read through the eligibility information to see the various entry pathways.

Step 3: Apply

If you are currently completing Year 12, apply for our courses through UAC. Preferences can be changed for main round offers up to the first week of January in the commencing year.

Mature age students can apply directly to UOW by completing the online application form.  Note: as Nursing at UOW Sutherland is a high demand course, students interested in applying for Nursing should read the course requirements carefully.

Direct applicants will need to attach scanned copies of any certified documents such as certificates, results from previous courses and proof of citizenship. You may make an appointment with our staff to certify your documents. Alternatively, your documents can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, police officer or person holding a similar professional position.

Like to speak to someone about any aspect of the application process? Please phone us on 02 8536 2000 or email us at ssydney-enquiries@uow.edu.au