3 Simple Pathways Into Uni Your Career Advisor Didn't Tell You

June 17, 2015

Are you looking for alternate pathways into university? Perhaps you didn’t receive the ATAR you were hoping for? If so, you can study with us and gain course credit into the Bachelor degree of your dreams. 

Alternative pathways to universities are becoming increasingly popular. Often these pathways will allow you to work while you study, take some time off between going direct to university from school or even fit in some overseas travel. Unfortunately with so much pressure being placed on students to achieve high ATAR scores, many don’t have backup plans, or options for what to do if they don’t get the score they were planning to.  

So what are these pathways? In this post, we’ll walk you through 3 very effective alternatives that will lead to the uni degree of choice.

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1. Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The first pathway is via STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test). The STAT is a series of tests made up of multiple choice and written English questions. This test is designed to test a student’s knowledge in various areas that are considered to be important in tertiary study.

Unlike the HSC, STAT questions aren’t purely academic. Some local colleges and training institutions even offer short workshops and practice materials to further help students better prepare for the test. While most people will say these questions can’t be studied for, it’s always in your best interest to familiarise yourself with sample questions of similar nature.

The STAT is broken down into two segments.

  • STAT Multiple Choice – 2 Hour test with 10 minutes of reading time. 70 multiple choice questions – half been verbal and the other half quantitative.
  • STAT Written English – 1 Hour test with 5 minutes of reading time. Two written responses to two different themes. And 4 prompts for each theme from where you’ll be required to choose only one.

After completion of the STAT, you’ll be given a STAT score marked between a scale of 100 to 200.

Students who feel that they didn’t do particular well in the HSC may still have a great shot at getting into their chosen uni course. For more info about STAT-supported courses, we suggest you contact each university directly and enquire.

Indigenous Uni Students.jpg2. Indigenous Australian Uni-Entry Programs

Many universities across Australia offer highly effective university entry programs for Indigenous Australians. These programs are designed for prospecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and are great entry schemes for Indigenous students who have just missed out on their university course by only a few ATAR scores.

Each university will have their own set of prerequisite requirements needed to be eligible. It’s important you do prior research on your desired university. Each university will have a program which differs from the next.

Here are just a few Australian universities that support such schemes.

  • University of NSW – Indigenous Admission Scheme - This scheme is offered to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The scheme is designed to test and access your ability to study and learn at a tertiary education level.
  • University of Technology – UNISTART - This program comes at no costs and works to provide complete student-development in all key areas of university life.
  • University of Sydney - Cadigal Alternative Entry Program - The Cadigal Alternative Entry Program is offered to indigenous high school leavers and students who are older than 21 years of age. No interview is required.
  • University of Western Sydney - Badanami Alternative Entry Program - Badanami is offered to all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who have never complete HSC or have an ATAR lower than what was required for their chosen course.
  • Australian Catholic University – Special Entry Scheme - This special entry scheme is provided to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Once an application has been submitted, ACU will invite you to attend an interview with their Indigenous education staff.

3.  Registered Training Institutions

For many people, when they hear the term 'registered training organisation' they immediately think of TAFE. While TAFE does offer a good pathway into university, there are other options. Private Registered Training Organisations often offer a more flexible and comprehensive training option for high-school leavers.

Many private registered training organisations not only provide the same qualifications as TAFE but also have dedicated support trainers for all students as well as Training Coordinators who work with students to monitor study progress, manage obstacles and sort out cultural, financial and personal problems which may arise during the course of the study.

The objective of training organisations may also vary greatly from TAFE. Trainers may often take the time to concentrate on other areas rather than just study. Such an area may include building work-place skills rather than simply studying to pass a course. This provides students with life-long skills which extend past the traditional course requirements and equips them for working life after uni.

For more information on the courses we offer as a private registered training organisation, see wwww.bcanational.edu.au. Many of our programs are articulated directly into universities. For instance, our Diploma of Management provides credit into the Bachelor of Business Studies at Charles Stuart University and the Bachelor of Business at the University of Newcastle. For a full list of articulations please see our offered university pathways. For other programs your application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by your chosen university provider.

University articulation aside, the courses offered by registered training organisations will provide you with invaluable skills and knowledge in your chosen field. They will increase your confidence and open up a world of learning you may never have known was possible. 


Still undecided about which pathway is right for you? Speak with one of BCA's support coordinators and receive sound advice and flexible university pathways options available to all BCA students.