Admission pathways

Getting into uni isn't just about your marks at school. We have a range of admission pathway programs that can help you get a degree, even if you don't get into your preferred course straight away. We understand that not everyone has the same opportunities in high school, and that sometimes if you're given the chance to study something you're passionate about, you'll really shine.

Admission pathways at CSU include guaranteed entry to most CSU bachelor's degrees through the Diploma of General Studies. You can also get ready for your degree and build some extra skills through short STUDY LINK preparatory subjects.

Access schemes

If things don't quite go to plan during your preparation for university, our access schemes can help.

Indigenous Access Program (IAP)

IAP is a supported admission pathway into university, while assessing skills and suitability for academic life. The Indigenous Access program will provide a personalised admission pathway for you to make tracks to a great career!

Regional Location Adjustment

We understand that not all schools have the same access to resources and services as their bigger, metropolitan counterparts. That's why CSU's equity program, the Regional Location Adjustment, supports regional students by adjusting their selection rank, adding an additional five points. (The selection rank is the ranking that universities use to assess admission to a course. A selection rank includes your ATAR plus any adjustments you are eligible for, such as equity, location or subject adjustments. It can also include portfolio assessments and supplementary test results.)

Early Offer – Schools Recommendation Scheme

You could receive an offer to study at CSU before you’ve received you ATAR. CSU participates in the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) through UAC. This early entry program takes into account your academic achievements at high school and your school’s rating of your abilities and aptitudes.

So you can get a head start on planning for your time at CSU, apply for accommodation earlier and enjoy the summer after your HSC knowing you’ve got an offer already.

Find out more about SRS.

General degrees

CSU offers some general undergraduate degrees to provide another admission pathway to more specific studies. Due to the flexible program structure, you can choose your subjects to suit your own interests. These broad-based degrees generally have lower admission requirements, so they can provide an option if you miss out on a place in your preferred course. For instance, the Bachelor of Educational Studies can lead to a number of teaching degrees, such as the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (K-12). And you receive full credit for the subjects you've studied when you progress.

Additionally, CSU now recognises work experience* as the central criteria for admission into these courses. This means if you haven’t completed your HSC, but have completed a minimum of 12 months full-time paid employment, you may be eligible to study these courses.

More about these degrees:

*Minimum of 12 months full-time paid employment since finishing secondary schooling. A statement of service or signed reference would be required to substantiate work experience.

TAFE / VET

TAFE / VET courses are a great way to dip your feet into further study, especially if you are unsure whether uni is for you. CSU has partnerships with TAFEs across Australia, offering programs that combine TAFE and CSU study giving you a nationally recognised qualification.

Experience Matters Entry Program

CSU’s Experience Matters Entry Program recognises your previous industry experience and skills so you can get qualified for the career you want sooner. We’ll look at your skill level and duration of work experience to help determine how your experience can count towards your degree. Get recognised for your prior work experience when you study a related CSU degree and get qualified for your future career. Get in touch to find out how your Experience Matters.

Defence personnel

In collaboration with the Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA), CSU offers a range of options for previous and current serving defence force personnel to realise their potential and get qualified for the next chapter of their life. Find out how your Experience Matters and start your next chapter with CSU.