Undergraduate

What does undergraduate study mean?

Undergraduate programs of study are designed for students who have completed secondary studies, such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or an equivalent level of study overseas or at TAFE or a private college. Once a student has successfully completed an undergraduate course (such as a Bachelor's degree) they may wish to undertake postgraduate study (such as a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree).

How do I apply?

All Australian and New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia wishing to study at Western Sydney University must apply either:

1. Directly to Western (no application fee)

2. Through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Prospective international students need to go to the Western Sydney University International website for information about how to apply.

Current school leaver

If you are completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia this year, you will receive a UAC guide from your school in late July.

You will be considered on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent when applying for entry to most courses. A small number of Western Sydney University courses have additional selection criteria such as an interview, audition or portfolio presentation. Check the course entry in the UAC guide or on the UAC website for more information on whether the course you're interested in has additional selection criteria.

In addition to applying through UAC, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants may wish to be considered for alternate entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program.

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Educational Access Scheme

Most institutions have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during years 11 and/or 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control.

For further information about EAS, or to obtain a booklet and application form, call the Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669, visit Student Central or contact UAC (opens in a new window).

On-time EAS applications for the 2018 admission period close 30 November 2017. Late EAS applications for consideration in the UAC January 1 Round close 3 January 2018.

Elite athletes or performers bonus scheme

Western Sydney University is recognised as an Elite Athlete-Friendly university. Students who have been disadvantaged during their current or previous year 12 studies due to performance and training commitments are encouraged to apply for the Elite Athletes or Performers bonus scheme.

To apply complete the Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme Application [PDF, 187Kb] (opens in a new window) form and submit it directly to us at the address indicated on the form.

You will need to provide:

  • a personal statement detailing your performance and training commitments (include an explanation on how this has impacted on your studies)
  • an educational impact statement completed by a responsible person who has a personal knowledge of your performance and training commitments and impact on your studies (Responsible persons may include your coach/trainer, the Director of a performance body (such as the Director of a theatre group or the Director of an institute of sport) or the chair of a committee responsible for organising a competitive event)
  • correctly certified copies of supporting documentation with your application  (Documents should include such things as training/practice schedules, programs of competitions in which you have participated or written notification of your nomination to participate at a state/national/international level) 

Elite Athletes or Performers Schemes applications for the 2018 admission period close 30 November 2017. Applications are not available for the midyear intake.

Schools Recommendation Scheme

Western Sydney University has introduced a Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) to help more Year 12 students gain access to higher education, especially those students who might not otherwise be offered a place. 

For more information go to the SRS webpage. The Scheme is available to current Year 12 students completing the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia.

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Non-current school leaver

Many students don't come to Western Sydney University straight from high school. Non-current school leavers (or mature age students) form an important part of our student population.

Your application will be considered on at least one of the following:

  • Your secondary school result or TER/UAI/ATAR (if applicable) or interstate equivalent
  • Your work experience as detailed in your Statement of Service [PDF, 44Kb] (opens in a new window) (your work experience must be at least one year full time paid employment)
  • Studies that you have undertaken since leaving school (e.g. TAFE diploma, previous university study of at least two subjects (units), Diploma with a private VET provider 
  • Result in the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) 
  • Professional or paraprofessional qualifications (e.g. hospital based nursing certificates or professional body awards that require examination)

If you use one or more of the above as a basis for your application, each criterion will be allocated an admission rank. The highest rank will then be used in assessing your application.

Alternate entry is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program .

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English language requirements

If you have not completed formal studies at secondary or tertiary level in the English language, you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination. The approved English language tests include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Details of the minimum English proficiency requirements and approved English language test or equivalent are outlined in the English language proficiency information and tables on the UAC website (opens in a new window).

Only results obtained in English Proficiency (EP) tests (such as IELTS and TOEFL) in the two years prior to admission will be accepted. STAT is no longer accepted for English proficiency purposes. All other qualifications will be accepted for 10 years.

If your English is below the required score, you may wish to enrol in a pre-university English program at Western Sydney University, The College(opens in a new window).

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Other pathways

 Other Western Sydney University Schemes

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