Mature-age Access Program

If you are a mature-age student with little or no previous background in tertiary study, we offer the opportunity to start studying on a provisional basis.

The Mature-age Access Program (MAP) recognises that traditional university admission requirements sometimes present barriers that can make it difficult for mature-age students to return to study, and that some other pathways charge considerable upfront fees.

MAP applications for Semester 1, 2023 will open on 24 October 2022 and close 12 February 2023. Semester 1, 2023 starts on 27 February 2023.

How it works

The Mature-age Access Program offers a conditional entry pathway to studying at UWA. The conditions enable you to:

  • study part-time or full-time to a maximum of three units in your first semester
  • demonstrate your academic ability and English language competency through specified units
  • defer your tuition costs through the HECS-HELP scheme
  • access additional study supports to help you transition to university

MAP enrolment is available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and holders of permanent humanitarian visas, aged 20 years old or more as at 1 March (for Semester 1 entry) or 1 August (for Semester 2 entry), who:

  • have little or no previous study experience at tertiary level, or
  • have completed Year 12 with a TER/ATAR lower than 75 if you wish to apply for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Environmental Design, or Bachelor of Science, or
  • have completed Year 12 with a TER/ATAR lower than 80 if you wish to apply for the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Biomedical Science

You can apply through the University's usual entry pathways if you have:

Courses available

Provisional enrolment is offered in the following courses (courses marked # have a Mathematics prerequisite):

Perth campus

Bachelor of Arts*: Course code: BP001
Bachelor of Biomedical Science#: Course code: BP006
Bachelor of Business: Course code: BP009
Bachelor of Commerce#: Course code: BP002
Bachelor of Environmental Design: Course code: BP011
Bachelor of Science#: Course code: BP004

Albany campus

Bachelor of Arts: Course code: BP001
Bachelor of Biomedical Science#: Course code: BP006
Bachelor of Commerce#: Course code: BP002
Bachelor of Science#: Course code: BP004
Important dates

Applications open: 24 October 2022

Applications close: 12 February 2023

Pre-Semester Workshop Series: 14-16 February 2023, 09:30am to 12:30pm

Semester 1, 2023 starts: 27 February 2023

Application and enrolment conditions
  1. After submitting your application form, you will be sent a link to complete an online diagnostic exercise. This is not an admissions test; it is designed to give you an understanding of what it is like to study at UWA and the support we provide, and to help us determine a recommendation for your study load. After you complete the diagnostic exercise, it will be reviewed and you may be contacted to attend a brief, informal interview with a member of the MAP team to discuss your application. You do not need to 'pass' the exercise to be made a UWA-MAP offer. Full details and further instructions will be provided upon submission of your application.
  2. You will be required to successfully complete units (subjects) worth 24 credit points (usually four six-point units) within two years. Units completed at another tertiary institution cannot be included within the 24 points.
  3. There is an enrolment limit of 18 credit points or three units (subjects) in your first semester of study. After your first semester you may study full-time or part-time.
  4. The selection of units available will be limited and must be approved by the relevant school at the time of enrolment (this is to ensure you enrol in units in which you have a reasonable chance of success).
  5. You must successfully complete the unit PACM1101: Communication in Practice or PACM1100: Professional and Academic Communication or BUSN1104: Business Communication for Change, Influence and Impact (Bachelor of Business only) within your first semester. You will be advised in your offer letter which unit you need to complete.
  6. For those courses with a mathematics prerequisite (marked with # under 'Courses available' above), you will need to satisfy the prerequisite before your provisional enrolment can be converted to full enrolment. If you have not satisfied this requirement previously you will be required to successfully complete an introductory mathematics unit (MATH1720) as part of your provisional enrolment.
  7. You will be required to complete a series of STUDYSmarter MAP Academic Skills Workshops.
  8. * Music majors under the Bachelor of Arts are not available within this Program.

This program admits students to Commonwealth-supported places, in which the Federal Government pays part of the cost of tuition and students also make a contribution.

If you're an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, you can choose to defer payment of your student contribution through the government's HECS-HELP loan scheme or pay your student contribution upfront.

New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents must pay their student contribution upfront. These payments do not attract a discount.

The total amount of student contribution payable depends on how many units you study and their individual discipline areas.

Further information regarding fees is available.

There is a wide range of study support services available, which we strongly encourage you to use to help you become a more effective, independent and articulate learner.
  • More than 40 workshops every semester covering everything from time management to critical thinking, grammar to exam strategies.
  • WRITESmart sessions are available daily from 10am to 12pm during teaching weeks; this is a great opportunity to discuss quick questions with one of our expert advisors with no appointment necessary.
  • Numerous workshops and drop-in sessions provide support for students whose units include a mathematical or statistical component.

You will be given more information about other learning resources and support services for students as part of the orientation and enrolment process.