Admissions pathways provide you with an alternative to applying for a course using only your ATAR, and also acknowledge the value of learning and preparing for your degree in alternative ways.
Below is a list of the different admissions pathways available:
Coming from another university
You can apply to study with us via UAC after your first year of study at another university.
Your application will take into account the marks you achieved while studying in that course. Check faculty admission requirements for information on how your marks are used for selection purposes.
You may also be eligible for recognition of prior learning, so you can avoid redoing the same subjects.
UTS Insearch diploma courses
What if I don't get the marks for my UTS degree? It doesn't have to be goodbye.
Just because you don’t qualify for direct entry now, doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to studying a UTS degree. Good news is, UTS have a long-standing partnership with UTS Insearch – who specialise in offering students another way into our degrees.
Besides, goodbyes were never our strong point anyway.
Say hello to UTS Insearch. UTS Insearch is our key pathway provider and have been offering students another way into UTS for nearly 20 years.
UTS Insearch offer diploma programs that are in most cases, equivalent to the first year of the corresponding undergraduate degree at UTS. In fact, depending on the course you choose, a diploma can FAST TRACK you into the second year* of your degree. Which means you’re not losing any time at all!
You can choose from six study areas:
- Design & Architecture
- Information Technology
All UTS Insearch students benefit from a special combination of ongoing academic support, access to UTS facilities, small class sizes and practical learning, all designed to give you the ultimate thrive factor at UTS.
FEE-HELP is also available for eligible domestic students.
To find out more about UTS Insearch and how they can help get you into UTS visit the UTS Insearch website (opens external link). So this isn’t goodbye after all…
*Based on the required Grade Point Average.
Are you an international student looking for an alternative entry? Visit our international entry schemes page.
Coming from TAFE or another VET provider
You can gain entry to UTS if you’ve completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, such as an AQF diploma, advanced diploma or the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) through TAFE or another college.
You should consider completing a diploma or advanced diploma course at TAFE or a private college if you:
- don’t get accepted to UTS straight from school,
- or are unsure about the degree that you want to study.
A VET entry pathway may take a little longer, but it does give you extra qualifications and the time to make sure you’ve chosen the right subjects and the right career path.
Entry requirements for each of our courses vary. If you’re interested in a degree at UTS, and wondering whether your previous study will count towards entry, refer to the course admission requirements.
We also offer recognition of prior learning to students who are transferring from another course. Recognition of prior learning could fast-track completion of your degree by crediting you for UTS subjects, on the basis of your previous studies. We publish some of our standard recognition of prior learning agreements through the recognition of prior learning database, but we also consider applications on a case-by-case basis.
Visit our Hard Work Deserves Credit page for information and advice around how you can turn your VET studies into a UTS degree.
If disadvantageous circumstances have impacted on your vocational education, you may also be eligible for adjustment points as part of our educational access scheme inpUTS.
UNISTART and direct entry
The program offers you total development – culturally, personally and academically at no cost to you. UNISTART will ease you into campus life and give you a realistic taste of what university life is all about.
Consider UNISTART if you:
- are mature aged with a wealth of life and work experience and you’re looking for new opportunities
- have completed TAFE or vocational qualifications and are looking for further study opportunities
- have not completed year 12
- have completed year 12 but do not have a university entrance score.
Work experience can count towards your application for some of our courses. Work experience is considered through a personal statement for Engineering, Information Technology and Science courses.
Please note, requirements vary for different courses and applicants must have a recognised qualification for admission before any work experience is taken into consideration.
For details regarding if and how work experience is considered in applications to a particular course, refer to faculty specific admission requirements.
Jumbunna Pathways Program
The Jumbunna Pathways Program offers prospective undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an opportunity to illustrate their capability for higher education via a testing, assessment and interview process. Selection is also based on factors including previous life, education and work experience.
For more details, please visit the Jumbunna Pathways Program webpage.