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Information for Parents
The transition between high school and University is a stepping stone not only for the student, but also for their family and friends. We encourage you to continue the education journey and have provided a checklist of important information on this page to assist you in discussing university as an option.
Area of Study
At Western Sydney University, our courses are categorised by Areas of Study. When a student enters university straight from high school, the courses they apply for are Undergraduate courses called Bachelors degrees. These courses are open to people who have not yet completed a university degree and who have met the admission requirements to gain entry to the course.
Course information is available through the following Area of Study links:
- Arts courses
- Business courses
- Communication Arts courses
- Engineering, Information and Communications Technology courses
- Health Sciences, Nursing and Sport Science courses
- Law courses
- Medicine courses
- Policing and Criminology courses
- Psychology courses
- Science courses
- Social Science courses
- Teaching and Education courses
- Tourism and Urban Planning courses
Course fees are an important aspect of University. Undergraduate course fees vary depend on the units (or subjects) and study load (for example, part time or full time) of each student. Information about student contribution amounts and payment options for prospective students is available at the external Study Assist website (opens in a new window).
A number of Scholarships are now available for application online. Browse through our wide range of Scholarships for more information.
Advantage Entry Programs
We believe that success in life comes from what's inside you, not where you've come from. Built on the premise that it doesn't matter where you begin, but where your studies take you, Western Sydney University provides the following Advantage Entry Programs*:
Early Offer Program
Our Early Offer Program aims to give as many HSC students as possible the opportunity to study with us.
Early Offer Opportunities - Before you get your ATAR
The Academy Global Leaders Program
This program is for high-achieving students planning to study an Advanced degree. As part of the program, you'll have membership to The Academy, a $2,000 Smart Start scholarship, a University-sponsored overseas academic or leadership experience, and a guaranteed internship during your studies. To apply, complete the online application by 28 September 2015. Apply through UAC for your preferred Advanced Degree by 30 September 2015.
Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)
If you apply to the SRS through UAC, you may be eligible for a guaranteed offer to a broad range of courses even before your ATAR is released. Applications must be submitted through UAC by 30 September 2015.
Early Offer Opportunities - After you get your ATAR
Early Offer Program
With Early Offers available on over 130 of our courses, if you select any Western Sydney University course as any preference before 4 December 2015 you may be eligible for an Early Offer from the University or The College. We will contact you after your ATAR comes out to let you know what courses you could get into, and what you'll need to do to get an Early Offer. You could have your offer and be enrolled at the University or The College before all your friends. The Early Offer Programs are not applicable to all courses. Courses such as Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Midwifery and Paramedicine have strict quotas but there are around 130 other courses on the Early Offer course list. Your Regional, Subject, Educational Access Scheme or Elite Athlete or Performer Bonus Points will be taken into consideration when we let you know what category of courses are available to you.
Advantage Entry Bonus Points
There are a few ways you might be able to receive Bonus Points that could boost your ATAR by up to 10 points.
Regional Bonus Points
If you are completing the 2015 Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate (IB) and live or study in the Western Sydney region you will automatically receive 5 Bonus Points when you apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to study at Western Sydney University. If you are a non-current school leaver (not completing the 2015 Australian Year 12 or IB at the time of applying for university) and live in the Western Sydney region, you will automatically receive 5 Bonus Points when you apply through UAC to study at Western Sydney University.
Subject Bonus Points
Western Sydney University rewards the outstanding academic performance of current Australian Year 12 or IB students with up to 10 Subject Bonus Points. You must achieve band five or six results in your HSC or IB subjects relevant to the participating degree you want to study.
Educational Access Schemes (EAS)
EAS Bonus Points are awarded to applicants who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage. To qualify, you must demonstrate that your educational performance during Years 11 and/or 12, or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond your control. Apply through UAC (opens in a new window).
Elite Athlete or Performer Scheme
Western Sydney University is recognised as an elite athlete-friendly university and welcomes applications for the Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme. If you have been disadvantaged during your current or previous Year 12 studies due to performance and training commitments, you are encouraged to apply.