What does undergraduate study mean?
Undergraduate programs of study are designed for students who have completed secondary studies, such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or an equivalent level of study overseas or at TAFE or a private college. Once a student has successfully completed an undergraduate course (such as a Bachelor’s degree) they may wish to undertake postgraduate study (such as a Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree).
How do I apply?
All Australian and New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents wishing to study at UWS must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). You will need to lodge your application online using the apply-by-web form on the UAC website.
On time applications for Mid Year close Friday 7 June 2013. Please check the UAC guide or website for late application closing dates.
If you're an international student, you need to go to the International website for information about how to apply to UWS.
Current school leaver
If you are completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia this year, you will receive a UAC guide from your school in late July.
You will be considered on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent when applying for entry to most UWS courses. A small number of UWS courses have additional selection criteria such as an interview, audition or portfolio presentation. Check the course entry in the UAC guide or on the UAC website for more information on whether the course you're interested in has additional selection criteria.
For an indication of (ATAR) cut-offs for courses offered in 2014 will be made available shortly.
Educational Access Scheme
Most institutions have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during years 11 and/or 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control. For further information about EAS, or to obtain a booklet and application form, call the Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669, visit Student Central or contact UAC (opens in a new window). EAS applications are now closed. Applications are not available for Mid Year intake.
UWS elite athletes or performers scheme
UWS is recognised as an elite athlete-friendly university. Students who have been disadvantaged during their current or previous year 12 studies due to performance and training commitments are encouraged to apply.
To apply complete the UWS Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme Application [PDF, 187Kb] (opens in a new window) form and submit it directly to UWS, marked to the attention of UAC Admissions.
You will need to provide:
- a personal statement detailing your performance and training commitments (include an explanation on how this has impacted on your studies)
- an educational impact statement completed by a responsible person who has a personal knowledge of your performance and training commitments and impact on your studies (Responsible persons may include your coach/trainer, the Director of a performance body (such as the Director of a theatre group or the Director of an institute of sport) or the chair of a committee responsible for organising a competitive event)
- certified copies of supporting documentation with your application (Documents should include such things as training/practice schedules, programs of competitions in which you have participated or written notification of your nomination to participate at a state/national/international level)
Elite Athletes or Performers Schemes applications are closed. Applications are not available for the Mid Year intake.
Early Offer Opportunity
If you've applied to study at UWS and are eligible for an Early Offer, you will automatically be considered when the 2013 ATAR is released. To be eligible, your ATAR must be the same as (or greater than) the published 2013 cut-off for your preferred course. If you're successful you will be notified of the course/s for which you are eligible in the week before Christmas.
Early Offers are made in the Early January Round of UAC offers. Offers in the Early January Round can only be made to first preference courses. This means that eligible applicants need to have the Early Offer course listed as their first preference by 30 December 2013. If eligible applicants do not have the Early Offer course as first preference by 30 December 2013, they will still be considered eligible for that course in later rounds, as long as it is the highest eligible preference.
If you don't receive an Early Offer in the Early January Round of UAC offers, you will still be considered for all the UWS preferences you have listed for the Main Round of UAC offers. If you don't receive a letter about an Early Offer you can contact the UWS Admissions Unit on 1300 668 370 to discuss your options.
Non-current school leaver
Many of our students don’t come to UWS straight from high school. Non-current school leavers (or mature age students) form an important part of the UWS student population.
To find out what courses are on offer, visit the UAC website or pick up a copy of the UAC guide, on sale at participating newsagents from August. If you can’t find a copy of the UAC guide, phone UAC on (02) 9752 0200.
Your application will be considered on at least one of the following:
- Your secondary school result or TER/UAI/ATAR (if applicable) or interstate equivalent
- Your work experience as detailed in your Statement of Service [PDF, 44Kb] (opens in a new window) (your work experience must be at least one year full time paid employment)
- Studies that you have undertaken since leaving school (e.g. TAFE diploma, previous university study of at least two subjects (units), Diploma with a private VET provider
- Result in the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT)
- Professional or paraprofessional qualifications (e.g. hospital based nursing certificates or professional body awards that require examination)
If you use one or more of the above as a basis for your application, each criterion will be allocated an admission rank. The highest rank will then be used in assessing your application.
Alternative Entry Schemes are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
If you have not completed formal studies at secondary or tertiary level in the English language, you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination. The approved English language tests include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Details of the minimum English proficiency requirements and approved English language test or equivalent are outlined in the English language proficiency information and tables in the UAC guide or on the UAC website (opens in a new window).
Only results obtained in English Proficiency (EP) tests (such as IELTS and TOEFL) in the two years prior to admission will be accepted. STAT will be accepted for up to three years, and all other qualifications will be accepted for 10 years.
If your English is below the required score, you may wish to enrol in a pre-university English program at UWSCollege (opens in a new window).