Directory for Australian Universities

Directory for Alternative Entry Programs for some Australian Universities.

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The Australian higher education system consisted of:

  • 41 universities, of which 37 are public institutions, 2 are private, and 2 are Australian branches of overseas universities;
  • 3 other self-accrediting higher education institutions; and
  • Non-self-accrediting higher education providers accredited by State and Territory authorities, numbering more than 150 as listed on State and Territory registers. These include several that are registered in more than one State and Territory.

For a complete list of all University education facilities throughout Australia, click here.

See below a list of some of the entry points at a limited selection of Universities in Australia under each state or territory. This is by no means an exhaustive list and some universities make alternative pathways easier and clearer than others.


OPEN Universities Australia

  • Click here to enroll in your first degree offered through 17 different universities across Australia.
  • Not sure which degree you are interested in? Pick a pathway and start studying the four pre-selected subjects—without committing to a particular degree.
  • Or browse by interest areas here.

Open Universities Australia has no prerequisites for many of its units. You can complete a full degree through Open Universities or study several units and then use those completed units to apply for entry to a degree at your chosen university. The number of units necessary may vary according to the subjects studied and the academic results obtained. Subjects studied may even give credit for units in the degree you switch to. The student is also eligible for Fee Help or HECS Help when they apply for an entire degree but not necessarily for single subjects, which average between approximately $800-$1400 per subject.


– Australian Capital Territory –

University of Canberra

There are several options for alternative pathways to UC including University non degree courses, university preparation courses, TAFE and Private college courses, or STAT results. If you don’t meet the above guidelines, but can prove your likelihood of success, you can apply for an interview and present your case for admission.

University of Canberra Connect Courses:

Important to know when considering UC Connect courses. The following degrees require a higher entry score that can’t be achieved through UC Connect:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation
  • Bachelor of Law

Please note: Bachelor of Midwifery has limited places available and applicants require a supplementary application form when applying for this course. If you are considering any of these degrees you should contact UC College to discuss your options. If you have already submitted your application, UC College staff will be in contact with you.

Australian National University

ANU accepts a limited number of preparatory and bridging programs run by other institutions.

  • Canberra Institute of Technology Pre-Tertiary Studies Certificate
  • TAFE NSW Tertiary Preparation Course
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) University Preparation Program
  • University of Newcastle Open Foundation Course
  • University of Wollongong College University Access Program

If you are also required to complete the STAT test, you must register directly with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in advance.

You should then follow the application procedure for domestic undergraduate applications described on the advisory page here.


– Western Australia –

University of Western Australia

If your results don’t quite meet our standard entry pathway, view the various pathways on offer so you can still apply for entry to UWA.

Murdoch University

Enabling pathways provide you with the skills and confidence to pursue your higher education dream. Some courses also offer you direct entry into a range of Murdoch University courses.

This link has a comprehensive list of entry pathway courses that a fee free, online or on campus and with flexible learning arrangements.


– South Australia –

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia has made it simple to apply for university if you have not got an ATAR. Click here for information on alternative pathways.


– Northern Territory –

Charles Darwin University

There are several ways to enter tertiary studies at CDU including gaining with a Grade Point Average (from 0.5 year worth of tertiary study) assessment, previously completed VET course work, sitting a STAT exam, entry based on professional experience or through a 16 week Tertiary Enabling Course for over 18 year olds.


– Queensland –

University of Queensland

If your entry score isn’t what you hoped for – or if you don’t meet a program’s entry requirements – we offer a range of options to help you on your way.

James Cook University

James Cook University has a comprehensive range of options when applying as an alternatives pathway student.

James Cook University – Diploma of Higher Education

– New South Wales –

University of New South Wales

Prep and UPP Pathways Description:

UNSW has alternative pathways which will better prepare you for studying. We know that your experiences give real life understanding to your studies and will set you up for success. Preparation programs are all about learning core academic skills, in smaller classes, with excellent teachers and taking the first steps towards your degree. We introduce you to 2 programs: the UPP for mature aged students (over 20) and the UNSW Prep for younger students. For UNSW Prep: you need to be under 19, eligible for the university’s ACCESS scheme and achieve an ATAR of over 50 to be considered for UNSW Prep. Come along, or send a friend who you know is keen on getting into uni.

Macquarie University

Everyone comes to university on an ATAR. Right? No, not with Macquarie Entry. ATAR is just one of the factors we use to determine your suitability for study. 

University of New England

UNE have recently placed an age limit on applications to apply to 16 years of age. This may be challenged due to anti discrimination legislation if other criteria are met such as applying with STAT results. Click here for the Tertiary Pathway Enabling Course


– Victoria –

Deakin University

Deakin has a range of options to suit all types of circumstances, so whether you’re a Year 12 student, moving from TAFE, or re-entering education, you can find a pathway.

Victoria University

Victoria University has a 13 week foundation course that is fully funded for the non school leaver as a pathway. There is also a list of other pathways here including TAFE qualifications and professional or life experience.


– Tasmania –


Got any questions?

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