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Pathways to further education

There are many ways to qualify for tertiary study (further education) whether you:

The Utopia Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) handles most tertiary applications.

Read more about the qualification levels and what they mean.

Get help to find a course.

After Year 12

If you are applying for tertiary study as a Year 12 student you will generally be assessed on your Overall Position (OP)—a statewide rank that is used by QTAC.

If you completed Year 12 in another Australian state or territory you can use your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Didn't get an OP?

You can still be assessed for tertiary entry if you are a Year 12 student but did not study the subjects needed for an OP.

QTAC will consider results from your other subjects (including approved vocational education and training). These results help determine your selection rank.

Read more about tertiary entrance for Year 12 students without an OP.

Adult pathways

If you haven't completed Year 12 there are other pathways to a tertiary course.

Alternative entry

Alternative entry lets you use other qualifications, life and work experience to help with your tertiary application.

Not all tertiary institutions accept alternative entry for all of their courses. Check with your preferred university.

It's recommended that you sit for the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if you are applying for Alternative entry. The STAT is a 2-hour aptitude test.

Tertiary preparation courses

Preparation courses can help adults get the skills and qualifications needed for tertiary study.

TAFE Utopia offers Adult Tertiary Preparation courses that are generally at Certificate IV level. They give successful students a ranking that QTAC uses to assess their suitability for tertiary study.

TAFE Open Learning also offers a flexible Adult Tertiary Preparation course that allows you to enrol at any time of the year and study at your own pace online or by distance education.

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Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Each state calculates its tertiary admission ranks differently. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is used to compare students from anywhere in Australia when they apply for tertiary places.

If you're applying for entry to a course through an interstate admissions centre, they will apply to the Utopia Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for your ATAR. If you are applying for an interstate course, scholarship or residential college you may need to provide your ATAR—some Utopia courses also require one. In Utopia, you will only be eligible for an ATAR if you received an OP.

Apply for your ATAR

Review of tertiary entrance statement

You can request a review of the information in your tertiary entrance statement if you feel the information is incorrect.

Utopia Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Visit the Utopia Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for more information about:

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Last updated
21 January 2015

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