Pre-university pathways

Western Sydney University invests in providing new study options, pathways programs and support services to ensure that students have access to a greater range of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities.

Diploma Programs

Western Sydney University offers a number of diplomas via The College (a third party provider and wholly owned entity of the University) that have been specifically designed to be equivalent to the first year of the corresponding bachelor degree. Upon successful completion of these diplomas, students may enter the second year of the Western Sydney University bachelor degree with one year of advanced standing.

As the official pathways provider to Western Sydney University, The College delivers a wide range of diploma programs:

  • Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Business
  • Health and Medicine
  • Science, Computing, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The College delivers academic pathway programs at Bankstown, Penrith, Parramatta City and Nirimba campuses. You can find out more about The College’s diploma programs on The College website.

Western Sydney University International College (CRICOS Code 03663C) offers students a range of Foundation Studies or Diploma Programs to progress directly into your Western Sydney University degree. The International College operates under a joint venture model between Western Sydney University and Navitas.

Your pathway to university starts with the exceptional standard of globally-recognised courses. Highly-qualified academics provide individualised attention in small classes.

International College programs are located at Parramatta City, 100 George Street and are offered in a range of subject areas:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technology

Find out more about the International College Programs here

Foundation Studies Programs

Western Sydney University International College (CRICOS Code 03663C) offers students a range offers students a range of Foundation Studies Programs in:

  • Business
  • Health Science and Nursing
  • Science

Programs designed to prepare students for university study, by offering courses that are an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University. Explore courses on the International College website.

English Language Courses

Academic English for Tertiary Studies has been specifically designed to develop student's English proficiency to the standard required for entry to Western Sydney University.

English Language Program graduates can progress to The College and/or Western Sydney University International College Foundation Studies or Diploma courses, and to undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Western Sydney University.

For more information, visit the The College English for tertiary studies page.

Other Tertiary Education Pathways

Western Sydney University offers you a range of formalised Tertiary Education (TE) pathways into popular university degrees. These TE pathways are established agreements between TAFE, private Vocational Educational and Training (VET) or higher education colleges that generally provide guaranteed entry and credit transfer from your vocational/higher education studies towards a related degree. Credit transfer is sometimes also known as advanced standing or recognition of prior learning (RPL). For many popular Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas these pathways to the university are pre-negotiated, so you can find out in advance what credit you will be eligible to receive for your previous studies.

For more information, visit the Pathways page.