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 your HSC or IB, you’ll be applying as a Non Current School Leaver (NCSL). It’s what we used to call a Mature Age student. Here’s what you need to do.

Courses

Before you apply, you’ll need to select your course. If you’re not sure which courses you’d like to do, get in touch on study@westernsydney.edu.au, live chat, or 1300 897 669.

Or you might like to come to Mid-Year Information Day or Open Day to have a look around campus and talk one-on-one with our academics.


How to apply

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

Start your unlimited journey today.

Assessment criteria

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

  • Secondary school TER, UAI, ATAR or Year 12 equivalent.
  • 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.

English proficiency requirements

If you have undertaken your studies in an overseas country, you may have to provide proof of proficiency in English.

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

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.

Are you eligible for a scholarship?

To help you cover your uni costs, Western offers more than $3.5 million in scholarships every year. Check out your options with our Scholarships Search Tool. It’s that easy.

Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Centre on study@westernsydney.edu.au, 1300 897 669, or Live Chat.