Study Options for Non-School Leavers

What program should I study at university?

"What program should I study at university” is one of the most common questions we hear from future students. Our answer is always the same: what do you want to do?

Whether you’re looking to broaden your horizons or kick-start a new career, you’ll find unlimited opportunities at Western. Explore our study options and create the future you’ve always dreamed of.

Mature age entry to university

There are plenty of roads that lead to university, whether it’s been a few years or decades since you finished school! At Western, we offer pathways based on your work or education history so you can find the right study options to achieve your goals.

Choose to upskill with a short program in 6-12 months or take the next step on your career path with a Bachelor or Postgraduate degree. Explore your unlimited future at Western – it’s never too late.

If you finished high school more than six months ago you’ll be applying as a non-school leaver which is also known as mature age entry to university. If you’re currently in high school, head over to our Year 12 Info Hub to explore uni options.

Applications now open

HSC True Reward provides school leavers much needed peace of mind, with an early offer into most university degrees based on Year 11* or Year 12 results.

Learn more about early entry for 2023, including eligibility requirements, key dates and answers to frequently asked questions.

*Those that apply using their Year 11 results will need to successfully complete the HSC.

Get personal program recommendations with our Program Discovery Tool

Explore our Programs

Discover why we’re ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide. Whether you have a specific career goal or just want to explore our range of flexible learning options, you’ll find plenty of pathways below.


A pathway to university study with a range of Integrated Diploma/Bachelor programs, Extended Diplomas and University Foundation Studies.


An undergraduate degree, also known as a Bachelor's degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts) is the first degree you can study at university. 


Postgraduate study is usually undertaken after you’ve completed a Bachelor’s degree. It may also be open to people with work experience.


If you already have some prior study or relevant work experience, our selection of Graduate Certificates and Diplomas might be a good fit.

Upskill in Training and Assessment

Advance your professional development with our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). You’ll gain an added edge with employers and learn new techniques for the effective delivery of training.

There will also be opportunities to network and make connections with a variety of industry professionals and experts.


If you are looking to start this year, please download the 2022 Course Guide.
To start next year, download the 2023 Course Guide.

Discover Western Webinar

Catch up on our Discover Western Webinar to hear about the study options available at Western Sydney University.

Playlist includes:

  1. Introduction and Overview of Study Options
  2. Undergraduate
  3. College Pathway
  4. Shorter Postgraduate Study
  5. Postgraduate

Hear from our students


Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Team on, 1300 897 669, or Live Chat.