My first degree as a mature age student

It's never too late to start your first university degree. At UWA, we want to help you achieve your goals and land your dream career – at any age. Find out more about our range of options and pathways for entry into a standard bachelor’s degree program.

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Experience-based entry open now

A pathway for you. A place for you.

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

Experience-based entry

Your entry options

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Prior or current study

If you completed Year 12 at WACE/TEE level (or equivalent) or studied at another university or a TAFE college, you may be able to use the results from your previous study to apply direct to UWA.

If you are unsure if your results qualify you for entry, contact our Future Students Centre to discuss your options.

Transferring from another institution

If you are currently studying at another university, read more information about switching to UWA.

Mature-age Access Program

If you have little or no previous tertiary study, and you’re aged 20 years or older on 1 March for Semester 1 entry or 1 August for Semester 2 entry, you qualify for our Mature-age Access Program (MAP).

Indigenous pathways

Our School of Indigenous Studies offers additional pathways to study and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test

If you’re aged 20 years or older on 1 March for Semester 1 entry or 1 August for Semester 2 entry, you can choose to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You will need a minimum of:

Courses requiring 75.00:
150 in the Written English section and a score of 140 in either the Quantitative or Verbal component of the Multiple Choice section.
Courses requiring 80.00:
160 in the Written English section and a score of 140 in either the Quantitative or Verbal component of the Multiple Choice section.

Contact the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre to book a time to sit the test.

You can then apply direct to UWA before you receive your results.

Four-course or two-course ATAR

These one-year programs are ideal if you want to gain entry to a competitive course that requires a high ATAR or if you are under the age of 20 years old and aren’t eligible for one of the above entry pathways. You can study these pathways at:

Enabling Program

You’ll be eligible to study one of our comprehensive bachelor degrees once you’ve successfully completed a graded Australian University Enabling Program, and obtained an average of 65.

Completion of an Enabling Program will satisfy UWA's English Language Competency requirements. Enabling programs do not satisfy subject prerequisite requirements unless assessed by a UWA teaching area.

Foundation Program

Foundation Programs are courses of study of at least one academic year. Successful completion may provide eligibility to one of UWA’s comprehensive degree (subject to quotas and degree requirements).

English language competence and subject prerequisites will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Important dates

Applications for study at UWA are open now. You can start studying in Semester 1, which runs from February to June, or start in Semester 2, which runs from July to October. Other relevant dates, including exam periods, are available on the University calendar.

The Mature-Age Access Program has a slightly different timeline. Check the MAP page for details.

Frequently asked questions

When will I hear about my application?

You can expect to receive an email response from us within 10 business days; however, this can take a little longer during peak admission periods. For the Mature-age Access Program, once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a link to complete an online diagnostic test, following which you will receive an offer into the undergraduate degree you've chosen.

I’ve received an offer to study at UWA, what’s next?

Congratulations on your UWA offer! We can’t wait to welcome you on campus. Your offer letter will contain your new student number and important course details like course code, study mode and more.

Your next steps are:

  1. Accept your offer 
  2. Activate your Pheme Account 
  3. Use your Pheme login details to access your Careers and Employability Package
What if my application is declined?

Contact our Future Students team for individual advice about entry pathways available to you.

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