Year 12 Student Info Hub

We care about our students at Western – and that includes Year 12! Made for senior high school students, this hub contains all the information you need to get started on your journey to university. Course information, upcoming events, how uni works – it’s all here in one convenient place. We’ve got you covered.

How does university work?

First up, check out How uni works to prepare yourself for life at Western. Maybe you’re the first in your family to go to university? Find out what to expect, the differences between school and uni, and tips before you begin. At Western, we’re here to help you along the way.

Hot tip: If you’re in Year 12 (or will be soon) and want to apply for a course at University or The College after high school, you’ll be looking at ‘undergraduate study’. On the other hand, ‘postgraduate’ refers to someone who has completed a Bachelor degree and wants to take on further studies.

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Ready when you are

Are you ready to make a change? It’s not too late to see where a Western degree can take you. 

Join us for Mid-Year Info Day at our Parramatta City campus on Saturday, 15 May and get started on your journey to university.

Why choose Western – the uni that cares

We are diverse, multicultural and support student success in inclusive environments, both on campus and online. As a distinctly student-centred university, we believe everyone deserves a chance to shine. Our student support services range from online specialist counselling, disability and welfare services, to academic and personal support like PASS, library resources and MATES.* At Western, we’ll always put your needs first – we’re here for you.

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Open Day

Our Open Day event is an opportunity for you to experience all that is on offer at Western, from course specific details through to social clubs and support services. Catch our Open Day – on replay!

Western Webinars

If you want to explore more opportunities and courses at Western, register now to access Western Webinars on demand. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest information and guides.

HSC Study Sessions

Our HSC Study Sessions will be available again in 2021. Maximise your HSC results by enhancing your exam techniques, subject knowledge, and HSC preparation skills. New dates released soon.

Explore Our Courses

Visit our undergraduate courses page to find out what courses are on offer. Look through the course guide or explore our themed course search for inspiration. Whether you're a maths mogul, want to be a high-school teacher, robotics extraordinaire, or aspiring lawyer Western has something to offer.

Additional Admission Requirements

Some courses are a little different. Don't forget to check out our courses with additional requirements, like Midwifery, Medicine, Architectural Design and Music.


Download the 2021 guide now, or if you’re thinking of studying next year download our undergraduate course guide for 2022.

How to apply

Already know what you want to study?

When 2022 applications open we will provide instructions on how to apply for your dream course. In the meantime, chat with our friendly support team to discuss any questions.

Year 12 checklist for applying through UAC
Did you know Western offers bonus points?

Do you live in the Western Sydney region? Have you achieved outstanding results in your HSC or IB subjects? Are you an elite athlete or performer? Or maybe you’ve experienced hardship and need a university that understands. You may be eligible for Bonus Points that take your individual circumstances into account.

International Year 12 Students

If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications in the calendar year prior to admission:

  • An Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia.
  • An International Baccalaureate in Australia.
  • A New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

You can lodge your application online at UAC International.

If you have questions, please email or call +61 2 9852 5499.

"HSC True Reward gave me an advantage by boosting my application as it included all my subject results as opposed to my ATAR rank."

— Angela Priftis. Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced).

HSC True Reward Early Offer Program

Our HSC True Reward early offer program will give you much needed peace of mind, as we offer early entry into university based on your subject band results instead of your ATAR.

Looking for a challenge?

Designed for high achievers, The Academy focuses on personal and professional development, community engagement and academic rigor. In addition to exclusive opportunities and events throughout your studies, The Academy members have an added edge with employers.

Join us. It’s free.

WESTERNLife, your virtual campus

Experience Western from the comfort of your home. Join thousands of students in our virtual community to share experiences, learn new things, make connections, participate in events and engage in discussions that interest you.

It’s your campus, online.

Enhance your career prospects

Ever wondered if it's possible to travel the world and get credit toward your degree at the same time? Go Global can enhance your career prospects with international travel experiences.

As a student at Western you can choose from short study programs, internships and volunteer experiences abroad.

Pathways to University

There are alternate entry pathways to study at university depending on your life and educational experiences. Check out HSC True Reward, an early offer program based on Year 12 subject results rather than the ATAR. Or look into a Diploma through The College, with additional support to help you excel and move seamlessly into the second year of your chosen Bachelor degree.

No matter the pathway, we’ve got you covered.

Any questions?

We understand that deciding to study at university is a daunting decision and there are a lot of questions to be answered. Let us help! Our friendly support team is made up of current students who understand what it’s like to apply for university.

Whether you need course info, application support or someone to help you find the best pathway to achieve your career goals, get in touch. We love seeing future students become current students just like us.



We prepare you for life after uni

Nine out of 10 employers say great things about our graduates, including that they have foundational skills, are more adaptable and have better technical skills.*

*QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019

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