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Curtin unveils flexible and expanded admission options

Media release

Curtin University will open its Year 12 applications three months early and expand its entry options to help high school leavers and mature aged learners disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Curtin has worked closely with WA’s Tertiary Institution Service Centre (TISC) to open up 2021 university applications for all Year 12’s students, on 18th May 2020. Year 12 students can now apply to Curtin and receive an offer for a range of courses based on their predicted ATAR, calculated from Year 11 results.

The new pathway for Year 12s adds to Curtin’s existing and wide-ranging options which include portfolio entry, UniReady, enabling pathways and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

In addition, Curtin has introduced ‘Access Curtin’, a new alternative pathway to university. This will be of most interest to mature entrants and allows applicants who meet English and any specified prerequisites to be considered for a place in courses that have a 70 ATAR requirement. Applicants within this pathway will need to pass two units within the first four units in order to progress.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said while these options are not a replacement for the standard pathways, it was important to provide some security for future students in these uncertain times.

“We understand this is a very stressful period for the graduating cohort of 2020 and for those planning to return to study and we want to do everything we can to provide as much support and flexibility as possible for them,” Professor Terry said.

“We’ve worked with TISC to enable students to apply early so they can focus on their studies with the reassurance that they can take advantage of a range of entry and application options into Curtin.

“After application, Curtin’s team will assess the information and guide students through the process to ensure they can access the right course and pathway for them.”