Aboriginal Orientation Course

The Aboriginal Orientation Course is a 12-month course which prepares students for entry to Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce and Science undergraduate degrees at UWA.

All students enrol in a minimum of four units each semester. The choice of units depends upon the student's intended undergraduate course. Students are required to achieve 65 per cent in all subjects/units in the Aboriginal Orientation Course in order to gain entry to one of the undergraduate courses.

Core subjects/units

All students enrol in two compulsory subjects each semester:

  • Aboriginal Voices 1 (AUST0011) and Aboriginal Voices 2 (AUST0014)
  • Foundations of University Study 1 (AUST0061) and Foundations of University Study 2 (AUST0062)
  • and a minimum of two electives each semester, depending on the student's planned course.
Electives

Students wanting entry to the Bachelor of Arts or wanting a career in law, education, social work and psychology will enrol in:

  • Social Science 1 (SOCS0046) and Social Science 2 (SOCS0047)
  • Elective Study 1 (AUST0071) and Elective Study 2 (AUST0072)

Students wanting to study Psychology to become psychologists should also enrol in Introduction to Maths Concepts (MATH0012) and Mathematical Analysis (MATH0038). These subjects will provide a background for and an introduction to some of the following subjects which could be studied in an Arts degree: Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, History, Political and Legal Studies, Creative Writing and Literature. All units emphasise critical and analytical thinking, essay writing, tutorial discussion and oral presentations. 

Students wanting entry to architecture or landscape architecture will enrol in all or at least two of the following electives each semester:

  • Social Science 1 (SOCS0046) and Social Science 2 (SOCS0047)
  • Elective Study 1 (AUST0071) and Elective Study 2 (AUST0072)
  • Introduction to Maths Concepts (MATH0012) and Maths Analysis (MATH0038)
  • Physics 1 (PHYS0030) and Physics 2 (PHYS0031)

Students wanting entry to the Bachelor of Science and/or wanting careers in engineering science, sports science, geology and other careers in science or to prepare through the Bachelor of Science for entry to postgraduate professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine or engineering will enrol in all or at least two of the following electives each semester:

  • Introduction to Maths Concepts (MATH0012) and Maths Analysis (MATH0038)
  • Human Biology 1 (ANHB0034) and Human Biology 2 (ANHB0035)
  • Physics 1 (PHYS0030) and Physics 2 (PHYS0031)
  • Chemistry 1 (CHEM0036) and Chemistry 2 (CHEM0037)

Note: all students wanting entry to Science must have passed Maths Analysis in the Orientation Course or have a scaled pass in Maths Applications OR WACE 2C/2D Maths.

Students wanting entry to the Bachelor of Commerce and/or wanting careers in accounting, economics, finance, marketing and management will enrol in all or at least two of the following electives each semester:

  • Introduction to Maths Concepts (MATH0012) and Maths Analysis (MATH0038)
  • Social Science 1 (SOCS0046) and Social Science 2 (SOCS0047)
  • Elective Study 1 (AUST0071) and Elective Study 2 (AUST0072)

Note: all students wanting entry to Commerce must have passed Maths Analysis in the Orientation Course or have a scaled pass in Maths Applications OR WACE 2C/2D Maths.

Applications

Applications close each year in early November and applicants are expected to attend Open Day, which is an information session/interview and assessment in early December. A second Open Day is usually held in late January/early February. Contact us if you wish to lodge a late application; we may be able to assist. 

To apply, students are required to complete the School of Indigenous Studies' Application form and attach supporting documents such as Year 11 and 12 school reports, TAFE results or results from any previous studies, as well as a CV/resume and references. Rural students will be expected to attend Open Day at UWA but travel and accommodation will be organised.

Scholarships

Students enrolled in or undertaking the Aboriginal Orientation Course may be eligible to receive the following scholarships:

Students are also eligible for some other scholarships.

 For further information contact Josh Reynolds on 08 6488 7421.