Non-current school leavers

How to apply as a mature age student.

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If it’s been a while since you finished either your HSC or IB, you’ll be applying as a Non Current School Leaver (NCSL). Likewise, if you're already studying a degree somewhere else but want to transfer to study at Western, you will need to apply as a Non Current School Leaver. It’s what we used to call a Mature Age student.

Here’s what you need to do.

How to apply

Apply directly through Western (it’s free), or through the Universities Admissions Centre (there's an application fee).

Applying directly to Western Sydney University

Assessment criteria

To get into uni as an NCSL, you’ll need at least one of the following:

  • TAFE or tertiary studies, e.g. a Certificate III or above, or prior university studies. If you did your studies overseas, you might have to provide proof of proficiency in English.
  • At least one year’s full-time, paid work experience. It doesn’t have to be related to your course.
  • Professional or paraprofessional qualifications, e.g. hospital-based nursing certificates or professional-body awards that require examination.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - This optional, multiple-choice exam is administered through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and assesses general skills in Mathematics and English.
  • Secondary school TER, UAI, ATAR or Year 12 equivalent.

English proficiency requirements

If you have undertaken your studies in an overseas country or you have not completed 4 years of continuous full-time secondary education in Australia, you may need to provide proof of proficiency in English.

Please refer to the UAC website for detailed information about Western's English language proficiency requirements.

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Non-award study

If you want to study single units at Western Sydney University, without undertaking a full course, then you can apply for admission as a Non-Award student. Non-Award study is perfect if you're looking for professional and personal development.

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