Entry Requirements

Admission criteria for each Waratah Institute program are guided by this Policy and finalised as part of the program development and accreditation process. Once a program is accredited, changes to entry requirements require the approval of the Academic Board.

Qualifications issued overseas deemed equivalent to accredited qualifications issued in Australia will suffice to meet admission criteria. Equivalency will be determined through the Country Education Profiles. Students can gain admission into a Waratah Institute undergraduate

1. Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants who have successfully completed at least one unit of study in an accredited higher education program at undergraduate level.

2. Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants who have successfully completed at least one unit of competency with a theoretical focus within a qualification at Diploma level (AQF 5) or higher. The qualification needs to be from a VET Training Package or an accredited program and delivered by a Registered Training Organisation in
Australia or overseas.

3. Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the Past Two Years)

3.1. International students Applicants who have successfully completed a school leaving examination deemed by the Executive Dean to be equivalent to the program and standard required of candidates for the NSW Higher School Certificate. Equivalency will be determined through the Country Education Profiles.

3.2. Domestic students Applicants who have achieved an ATAR of 60, or equivalent, will be granted admission into a Bachelor degree.

3.3. Additional criteria beyond secondary academic performance Additional criteria beyond that stated in 5.3.1 and 5.3.2 will be determined on a program by program basis and will be published in the admission criteria for the particular program on the Waratah Institute’s website.

3.4. Special consideration Recent school leavers will be considered for admission without meeting admission criteria 5.3.1-5.3.3 based on special consideration or disadvantage (refer to definition for examples). The applicant will need to provide evidence the special consideration or disadvantage (for details of “compassionate or compelling circumstances”, refer to the Assessment Policy, which can be accessed from Waratah Institute’s website),

plus evidence that the applicant can meet program requirements, which can include:

  • school reports prior to final secondary examinations
  • performance in relevant subject in final secondary examinations
  • performance in non-accredited programs or community service-related schemes
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4. Applicants with Work and Life Experience (Previously Referred to as ‘Mature-Aged’ Students)

4.1. Finished secondary education more than two years

The following admission criteria apply to applicants who finished secondary education more than two years ago and have no tertiary study experience. With a demonstrated ability to undertaken study at the required level, such applicants will be granted admission due to relevant and appropriate work and life experience. This can be demonstrated through:

  • broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable
    prospect of success; and/or
  • formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a
    reasonable prospect of success; and/or
  • written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success

4.2. Other admission options For those who finished secondary education more than two years ago will be considered for admission without meeting admission criteria 5.4.1 based on disadvantage. The applicant will need to provide evidence of the disadvantage (for details of “compassionate or compelling”, refer to the Assessment Policy, which can be accessed from Waratah Institute’s website), plus evidence that the applicant can meet program requirements, which can include:

  • school reports in final year of schooling
  • performance in relevant subject in final secondary examinations
  • performance in non-accredited programs or community service-related schemes

For details of the assessment of admission applications regarding 5.4.1, refer to the Admissions Procedure, which can be accessed from Waratah Institute’s website.

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5. Program Specific Admission Criteria

Details of program specific admission criteria will be published under the relevant programadmission criteria on the Waratah Institute’s website.

6. Applicants Under 18​

Applicants under 18 will be accepted only if they will have turned 18 once they have commenced enrolment at Waratah Institute.

7. English Language Proficiency

For admission criteria regarding English Language Proficiency, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy.