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

Location (Regional) 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 Location (Regional) Adjustment, supports regional students by adjusting their selection rank, adding an additional five points to their ATAR.

Early Offer – Schools Recommendation Scheme

Did you know you could be made an offer to most CSU courses before you’ve even received your ATAR? CSU recognises your passion and potential and will take a look at your academic achievements from Year 11, your school’s recommendation, and other supporting documents through the UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS).

Early offer gives you the ability to jump start planning your time at CSU, apply for accommodation and really enjoy your summer since you won’t be waiting for main round offers in December.

Early offer is not available for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems)
  • Diploma of General Studies

To apply for SRS, you must first apply for undergraduate admission and meet other eligibility criteria. Visit the UAC website for more information and to apply. Applications for 2018 admissions close on Friday 29 September 2017.

Pathway degrees

CSU offers some general undergraduate degrees providing another 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 a great pathway if you miss out on a place in your preferred course. For instance, the Bachelor of Educational Studies can provide a pathway 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.

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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.