For high school students
Looking to pursue university study straight from high school and aren't sure where to start? You can find out everything you need below.
Deciding on both a university and a degree can be extremely daunting to say the least. There’s so much information to take in that it can be difficult to know where to start. But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. We'll take you through choosing a uni and a degree, explain our unique course structure and answer some FAQs about uni study. You can also view firsthand stories from some of our current students.
Choosing a course
Perhaps you already know what you’d like to study at university and what you’d like to do as a career afterwards. More likely though, you don’t – and the good news is you don’t need to yet. Right now, just having a broad idea is enough. Think about what you’re good at, and the things you enjoy doing. Do they give you any pointers about what you’d like to study after high school? And if you’re still not sure, what sort of subjects will offer you the most flexibility for career options later in life?
Enjoy the flexibility
You don’t have to go straight from high school into university study. Feel free to take a year off and travel or explore in more depth the subjects that you like, so when you enrol, you’re ready. We’ll always be here.
Our flexible course structure means you can combine your personal interests with your career goals. Accounting and Indonesian? No problems. Music and Marketing? Sure. Human Biology and Media Studies? You got it.
Hear from our students
Check out what some of our students have to say about their journey from high school to UWA.
UWA's five undergraduate degrees
We offer more than 65 majors within our undergraduate degrees.
Bachelor of Arts
Gain the lifelong, transferable skills employers are seeking with one of Western Australia's most diverse degrees.Find out more
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
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.Find out more
Bachelor of Commerce
Make a positive difference in the world. UWA Commerce graduates bring together people and organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.Find out more
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
An inspiring and research-oriented four-year degree for high-achieving students.Find out more
Bachelor of Science
Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of science.Find out more
What does a degree involve?
Usually a bachelor’s degree (that's your first degree) lasts three years for full-time study, although sometimes it can last four.
Once you have an idea of the kind of degree you’d like to do, the next step is to choose a major – the subject area you’ll be focusing on first. UWA offers more than 65 majors. If you’d like to broaden your study, you can also choose a second major (but you don’t have to), and add more optional units to focus even more closely on what interests you. This means your course can be adapted to the kind of subjects you want to learn about.
What do you need to enrol?
Each course has different requirements for enrolment, from ATAR scores to prerequisites that you’ll need to complete. The only prerequisite every course has is English language competency.
What does it cost?
Undergraduate degree costs are covered through the HECS system and paid once you get out into the real world and begin your career. Also, UWA offers a broad range of scholarships to help cover the cost of studying, spanning academic achievement, financial need, rural or remote location and more.
It can be difficult enough to work through your options without battling through language and phrases you don’t understand. We’ve put together a list of common uni words that you’ll find helpful.
Still need more information?
If you’d like to learn more about UWA, its courses and its people, our Future Students Advisers are happy to answer all your questions.