Admissions Pathways are an alternative way to be considered for entry into a course, using criteria other than an ATAR.
Below is a list of the different admissions pathways available. Remember to check the course requirements page to see which UTS courses accept the below pathways.
Changing from one undergraduate course to another
If you do not have a high enough selection rank to get into your preferred course at UTS, you might consider applying for a course with a lower entry requirement.
After one year of study (some courses may accept less than one year – check the course requirements), you can apply to study your preferred course at UTS via UAC or in some cases via internal course transfer. Your results from your undergraduate studies will be considered in your application and may give you a higher selection rank to make your application more competitive.
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.
Be sure to attend a transfer session if you are in your final session of your Diploma at UTS Insearch. The session will provide you with all the info you need to apply to transfer to UTS.
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.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
If you haven’t met the Lowest Selection Rank required to receive an offer for the course you wish to study, not to worry – you can consider taking the STAT test.
Many UTS courses consider the STAT (Multiple Choice) administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), provided you have reached 20 years of age by 1 March 2020 and your STAT results were obtained within 3 years prior to the year of admission.
If you didn’t finish high school or obtain an ATAR, you may consider obtaining a limited ATAR (opens in an external site).
A limited ATAR is considered for entry to all UTS courses (except scholarship and accelerated nursing courses).
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.