For teachers and career advisers

From about Year 10, you may find students are increasingly likely to ask about their future career paths and the choices available to them for continuing education after high school. Here you’ll find all the information you need to help them learn more about life and study at UWA.

Choosing subjects at school

It’s possible your students already know they’d like to go to university and what they’d like to study. To help them on their journey, discuss with them the things they’re good at and the things they enjoy doing, as well as those they don’t. This can help inform them as to the type of degree they choose to study. Remember, at UWA our flexible course structure means students can try out several areas of study in their first year before having to choose a major.

If your students have questions about choosing the ‘right’ subjects to study, it’s important to alleviate any unnecessary stress. Any level of mathematics is a wise choice, even if they are unsure what area they’d like to focus on at university, because they may end up changing their minds.

You’ll find course prerequisites online and in our Course Guides. It’s important for students not to worry if they have not completed the prerequisites, as there is often a way to still gain entry. They can speak to our Future Students Advisers for more information.

English is a prerequisite to tertiary study and there are some courses that also require a certain level of mathematics. For all other courses where a prerequisite is indicated, students are still able to enrol if the subject has not been completed. Students will simply need to complete a bridging unit within their degree.

LOTE and mathematics bonus

For those studying a language other than English (LOTE), a 10 per cent bonus is applied on the scaled score for the student’s best LOTE subject.

Likewise for those studying mathematics, a 10 per cent bonus is applied on the scaled score for Mathematics Methods and a separate bonus for Mathematics Specialist. If a student is completing both subjects, they are eligible for both bonuses.

If any of these subjects are not in the student’s top four ATAR outcomes (only four are used to derive the ATAR), the student is still eligible for the 10 per cent bonus.

UWA's twelve undergraduate degrees

We offer more than 65 majors within our undergraduate degrees.

Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours)

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Embrace technological challenges and devise innovative solutions to transform the way we live.

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Bachelor of Arts

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Gain the lifelong, transferable skills employers are seeking with one of Western Australia's most diverse degrees.

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Bachelor of Automation and Robotics

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This course will provide you with the broad multidisciplinary knowledge and skills that industry requires of people working in robotics, automation and Industry 4.0.

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Bachelor of Automation and Robotics direct pathway to Master of Professional Engineering

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By entering the Master of Professional Engineering pathway via our Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, you’ll build a foundation in automation and robotics, then become an accredited engineer specialising in either software engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical and electronic engineering.

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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The Bachelor of Biomedical Science encompasses the biological basis of human structure and function and the application of this knowledge to disease, wellbeing and society. 

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Bachelor of Business

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UWA's Bachelor of Business is designed to provide you with relevant, practical skills across a range of areas, including management, marketing, applied business economics, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Bachelor of Commerce

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Make a positive difference in the world. UWA Commerce graduates bring together people and organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Bachelor of Environmental Design

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Environmental Design is a broad study area that involves design and planning in relation to natural and constructed environments.

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Bachelor of Music

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The Bachelor of Music provides specialisations for composers, performers and musicologists, as well as those focused on creative music technology.

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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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An inspiring and research-oriented four-year degree for high-achieving students.

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Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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All important social issues have philosophical, political and economic dimensions.

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Bachelor of Science

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Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of science.

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What does a degree involve?

At UWA, we have five undergraduate degrees that usually last three years. The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) lasts for four years.

We also offer a range of postgraduate professional pathways geared towards career choices such as law, teaching, dentistry and engineering. These Direct Pathways give students an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses from the start of their studies. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing them with a clearer direction to their career of choice.

Once students have an idea of the kind of degree they’d like to do, encourage them to think about choosing a major – the subject area on which their studies will be focused. UWA offers more than 65 majors, from Accounting to Zoology and plenty in between.

Studying at UWA doesn’t need to be limited to one area, however. It’s possible (but not compulsory) to choose a second major and to add optional units. This means UWA degrees are flexible and wide-ranging, and can be tailored to address individual career goals and personal interests. Students can easily try out several areas of study in their first year before choosing a major.

Applications and enrolment

Some students prefer to take time out exploring the world or the workforce first and that could mean deferring their university studies for up to a year or applying later as a mature-age studentIf a student is looking to start university straight from high school, you can read more about our admission requirements and how to apply. Prerequisites vary from course to course, but the one that is common to all is English language competency.


It can be difficult enough for a school-leaver to work through their options without also needing to battle through university terminology. We’ve put together a list of words that you can pass on to them to help them decode information.

Need more information?

If your students would like to learn more about UWA, our courses and our people, our Future Students team can answer any questions.

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How we can help

We have many opportunities for high school students to engage with life and study on campus.


Course Information Evenings

Many parents like to help their children with the decision of what to do after high school and require information about all the options. UWA offers presentations on admissions requirements, enrolment and other important topics.


Individual Advisory Sessions

Students and parents can book a personalised 30-minute session with a Future Students Adviser to discuss UWA courses and admission requirements and ask any questions they may have about studying at UWA. These are available on weekdays from 9am to 4pm.


Open Day

Students and their families can get a taste for the University by attending our annual Open Day where staff and students are on hand to showcase life and study at UWA.



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