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Pre-university pathways

Pre-university pathways

A range of comprehensive Foundation Studies and Diploma programs offer students pathways to university study.

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.

Successful completion of a Diploma or Diploma/Bachelor program will guarantee students direct entry into the second year of the corresponding undergraduate degree.
 

After successfully completing the Foundation Studies and meeting the entry requirements, students will be guaranteed entry into the first year of the corresponding undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University.

Pathway options

If you do not meet the entry requirements at Western Sydney University, you can prepare yourself for university entry through other pathways.

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.

The College

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
Colleges diploma programs on the College website

Western Sydney University International College

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 programs. Highly qualified academics provide individualised
attention in small classes.

International College programs are located at Level 6, 6 Hassall St Parramatta and are offered in a range of subject areas:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technology

Explore programs on the International College website here.


Foundations Studies Programs

Western Sydney University International College

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

  • Business
  • Health Science and Nursing
  • Science

Programs are designed to prepare students for university study, by offering subjects that are an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for an
undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University.

Explore programs on the International College website.


English Language Programs

Academic English for Tertiary Studies has been specifically designed to develop students' 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 programs, and to undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Western Sydney University.

For more information, visit the College English for Tertiary Studies page and The College - English Language Programs.


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.