UWA Handbook 2017

Undergraduate admission


To be considered for a place in an undergraduate course at UWA applicants must satisfy the admission requirements as published in the University's Undergraduate Admission Regulations or from the Admission Requirements brochures published by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

All applicants must demonstrate English language competence through satisfactory performance in a University-approved qualification or test of English. Some courses have additional subject prerequisite requirements.

Group 1 applicants

Group 1 applicants are those who have never undertaken any tertiary level (diploma or above) study, and who achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), through their being—

  • a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) student (school leaver);
  • a Mature-age WA Year 12 student [with an ATAR calculated from two or four WACE courses];
  • an interstate school leaver;
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) student;
  • an International Baccalaureate Diploma student; or
  • an overseas school leaver whose qualification is considered equivalent to the WACE and for which an equivalent ATAR (TER) can be calculated.

Group 2 applicants

Group 2 applicants are those who do not fall within the Group 1 category. Those who have undertaken tertiary level (diploma or above) study are automatically Group 2 applicants. Group 2 applicants are also those whose highest qualification is one of the following:

  • Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) as the only qualification for mature-age entry;
  • AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework)/TAFE (Technical and Further Education) qualifications;
  • overseas school qualifications (other than those in the Group 1 category);
  • non-standard WA school qualifications;
  • tertiary qualifications; or
  • other qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent to the standard required for Group 1 applicants.

For most courses, Group 1 applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements compete for a place on the basis of their ATAR. Applications from Group 2 applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account their academic performance at secondary and/or tertiary level, as appropriate.

There are additional requirements for some courses:

  • Applicants for Music courses are eligible to compete for a place based on their academic performance if they satisfy the requirements of an audition.
  • Applicants for Medicine or Dentistry courses compete for a place on the basis of their performance in a written selection test (UMAT or GAMSAT) and interview, in addition to their academic performance. Applicants for Dentistry courses must also take tests of manual dexterity and spatial awareness. Refer to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and entry pathways for full details of the rules governing admission to Medicine and Dentistry courses.

Applicants who narrowly miss satisfying all the admission requirements may be eligible for consideration under University-approved entry schemes such as UWay, Broadway UWA or Fairway UWA. Contact Admissions, telephone: +61 8 6488 2477, askuwa or future students website for more information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who narrowly miss satisfying all the admission requirements may be eligible through programs administered by the School of Indigenous Studies. Contact the School of Indigenous Studies, telephone: +61 8 6488 2467 or askuwa for more information.

Mature-age applicants with little or no previous background in tertiary study may apply for provisional entry to a selected range of courses through the Mature-age Access Program. Contact Admissions, telephone: +61 8 6488 2477, askuwa or mature-age entry website for more information.


Australian citizens and permanent residents and New Zealand citizens must apply for admission to undergraduate courses:

  • For semester one—through TISC:

    100 Royal St
    East Perth WA 6004
    Telephone: +61 8 9318 8000
    Website: http://www.tisc.edu.au/

    Applications close on the last working day in September, this being the final time for submission of applications for Direct Entry Pathways for School Leavers to Medicine or Dentistry. Applications for other courses will be accepted until the published January closing date.

  • For semester two—through UWA Admissions:

    Telephone: +61 8 6488 2477
    Website: http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/

    Refer to the above website for semester two opening and closing dates.

Note: Only a limited range of courses are available for semester two entry.

International students

Information regarding application procedures, entry requirements and course details is available from Admissions, telephone: +61 8 6488 2477, askuwa or international students website.