Experience-based entry

A pathway for you. A place for you.

At UWA we believe that bright, motivated and passionate students should have the opportunity to kick-start their career at WA’s top ranked university (QS 2023).

That’s why UWA created Experienced-based entry, which allows you to apply for a select number of our undergraduate bachelor's degrees using a combination of academic achievements and life experiences.

We will assess all your qualifications and life experiences using a point system, where points will be awarded for each item submitted, and the total number of points will determine your eligibility for your chosen course.

Applications are now open for Semester 1, 2023.

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Courses available

You can apply for any of our comprehensive undergraduate bachelor’s degrees and choose from a wide variety of majors:

Or if there’s another course you’d like to study, you can get started through one of the degrees listed above before transferring to your preferred course. Students who wish to transfer will need to satisfy UWA's rules for transferring.

Check your eligibility

Checking your eligibility is easy! Simply use our eligibility checker and select the academic and life achievements relevant to you. Based on the items you select, you’ll be able to get an indication if you’d be eligible to kick start your career journey at UWA.

Eligibility checker

How to apply

Select which option best suits you and find out how you can apply for entry to UWA through our Experience-based entry program.

Current Year 12 students

If you’re currently in Year 12 and seeking admission to UWA through Experience-based entry, you can apply direct to UWA or through TISC.  

Apply direct to UWA

Apply through TISC

Secondary school leavers – ATAR students 

If you’re a secondary school leaver and feel your ATAR hasn’t quite reflected your capability and your passion for learning, you can apply direct to UWA for Experience-based entry. We’ll use your ATAR Subject scores in combination with your academic achievements and life experiences to assess you for entry. 

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Secondary school leavers - General Courses students 

If you’ve completed General Courses, you can apply direct to UWA for Experience-based entry. We’ll just need you to supply the following documents to support your application, such as:  

  • Academic awards and qualifications (AQF Certificates - you do not need to provide WACE and ATAR results)
  • Extra-curricular awards or certificates
  • Life and sporting achievements
  • Work experience (résumé) 
  • Education references

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TAFE and VET students 

If you’ve completed a TAFE or Vocational Education Training (VET), you can apply direct to UWA for Experience-based entry. We’ll just need you to supply the following documents to support your application, such as:

  • Academic awards and qualifications (AQF Certificates - you do not need to provide WACE and ATAR results)
  • Extra-curricular awards or certificates
  • Life and sporting achievements
  • Work experience (résumé)
  • Education references

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Mature-age students

If you’re currently studying at another university and are unable to transfer to UWA using your grades alone, you can apply direct to UWA through Experience-based entry using a combination of documents such as:

  • Academic awards and qualifications (AQF Certificates, previous secondary school results - you do not need to provide WA school results)
  • Extra-curricular awards or certificates
  • Life and sporting achievements
  • Work experience (résumé) and professional qualifications
  • Education references

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Studying at another university

If you’re currently studying at another university and are unable to transfer to UWA using your grades alone, you can apply direct to UWA through Experience-based entry using a combination of documents such as:

  • Academic awards and qualifications (AQF Certificates, previous secondary school results - you do not need to provide WA school results)
  • Extra-curricular awards or certificates
  • Life and sporting achievements
  • Work experience (résumé) and professional qualifications
  • Education references

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How Experience-based entry works

Eligibility

This program is available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and holders of permanent humanitarian visas.

Students must satisfy UWA's English Language Competency requirements through secondary school, a recognised test of English or completion of a Communications unit at UWA. Students must also satisfy the prerequisite requirements for their chosen course either through secondary school or bridging units completed at UWA.

You can check your eligibility using our eligibility checker.

What documents do you need for your application?

Documents which may be submitted include evidence of:

  • Completed AQF awards (Level II-IV) or an incomplete AQF Diploma
  • Completed ATAR and ATAR subjects (completed interstate only. We have access to results completed in WA)
  • Completed general subjects (you only need to supply this if you’ve completed your studies interstate. We have access to results completed in WA)
  • Completed high school or other awards completed interstate or overseas
  • Extra-curricular awards or certificates
  • Work experience (resume)
  • Life achievements and commitments (including sport, music, volunteering etc.) 
  • Education references
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UWA’s comprehensive support services for health, wellbeing and academic success to ensure you get the help and support you need to succeed. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with a wide network of peers to support you along the way.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I'm eligible?

Checking your eligibility is easy! You can check your eligibility using our eligibility checker, where you select the academic and life achievements relevant to you. Based on the items you select; we can predict your eligibility for entry to our comprehensive bachelor's degrees. You can contact our friendly Future Students team on 131 UWA (131 892) or by submitting a question via askUWA. They’ll advise on the entry options available to you.

What kinds of experiences and activities can be included in my application?

We recognise that your life experiences, achievements, commitments, and academic qualifications are good preparation for university studies. You may like to highlight your educational achievements e.g., Shark Tank, Cambridge Project, Micro-credentials and Enabling Units, cultural experiences, performance, volunteering, work experience, sporting commitments and awards; be sure to include an up-to-date résumé as part of your application.

What evidence do I need to provide in my application?

To help us assess your strengths and determine your eligibility for your preferred course, we ask that supporting documentation is uploaded for each item in your application and that education references are provided. Education references will be counted only once in determining your eligibility, and multiple references can be included.

What if I want to study a specialised degree (e.g., Engineering) or a combined degree?

If there’s a specific course you’d like to study, you’ll just need to get started in one of our comprehensive bachelor’s degrees before transferring to your preferred degree. Before transferring, you’ll need to meet UWA’s transfer requirements.

Do certain experiences/activities impact an application more than others?

Experiences and activities are assessed according to their degree of difficulty or award status. For example, sporting participation is broken down into three categories; elite, sub-elite, and developmental, with each level providing a different number of points towards your total entry score. Other experiences such as volunteering have a single score component.

Is it a point system? How do I know how many points a certain activity is worth? How many points do I need to achieve?

Eligibility through the UWA’s Experience-based entry is determined using a considered point system. You can check to see whether you’d be eligible for entry to our courses before making an application by using our online eligibility checker.

What if I don't meet the requirements? Will UWA give me advice on what I could do differently in my application, or how many more points I require to be eligible?

Yes, absolutely. If you apply and don’t meet our eligibility criteria, we’ll get in touch with you to discuss how you can start your UWA journey. At any point, you can always contact our friendly Future Students team.

Will I need to achieve specific grades in my General Subjects?

Yes, only grades of A and B will be used to determine eligibility for this program.

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