Tertiary study


The University Admissions Centre (UAC) Guide is a comprehensive book giving details about tertiary courses, entry procedures and other relevant information for prospective tertiary students. See your Careers Adviser for a copy. The UAC website allows you to explore options.

UAC participating universities

Other UAC participating tertiary institutions

Apply DIRECT Institutions

Private Provider Entry Pathways – Universities and Colleges

Entry requirements with different tertiary private providers and institutions may vary for Year 12 students, but will often include one or more of the following criteria:

  • NSW HSC or equivalent
  • your ATAR
  • certificate IV in a relevant discipline
  • successful admission interview with optional submission of a creative portfolio.

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET includes private education and training providers offering qualifications at all levels, from basic short courses to postgraduate degrees.

Increasingly, institutions that offer certificate and diploma courses also provide accredited degree alternatives, or guaranteed pathways to degree courses at partner universities. The course finder on the ACPET website includes over 1,000 courses. It is a good starting point for investigating private and direct entry education and training options.

Some private providers have government funding for some courses. Student fees vary between institutions. Contact your preferred institution for the fee structure.

Refer to fact sheet 15 for information on the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

Australian Defence Forces (ADF)

In order to serve in the Australian Defence Force, you need to be an Australian citizen with the appropriate citizenship documents. There are a number of other ADF eligibility requirements.

To be considered for entry into the ADF you must be at least 16 years and 6 months old to apply with parental or guardian consent, and at least 17 years old at the time of enlistment.

The Defence jobs website allows you to complete your entire job application online.

UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Admission to the Australian Defence Force Academy is based on a dual application process.

Students need to complete a Defence Force Recruiting process to receive a job offer for the Australian Defence Force in the Navy, Army or Airforce. Applicants start this process by contacting Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01.

All applicants must also meet the minimum tertiary entrance requirements for the degree that they wish to study at UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

All applicants must submit an application to UNSW Canberra at ADFA through UAC.

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For all enquiries contact the Student Recruitment Officer on (02) 6268 8201.