3.1. This document provides details in the form of schedules on entrance ranks, alternative entry for postgraduate courses, admission schemes for undergraduate courses, English proficiency requirements and special provisions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in competitive entry high demand undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
3.2. The attached schedules set out the various measures that will be used to assess an applicant’s likelihood of completing a chosen course.
3.3. On offer of a place students are informed of their rights and obligations, relating to fees, credit for prior learning and information on changes to or withdrawal from offers.
3.4. An applicant who provides false or misleading information in their application for admission, or who withholds information relevant to their application for admission to a course, may have their application for admission cancelled or, where an offer of admission has been made, have their offer of admission withdrawn by the Director, Global Student Recruitment or nominee.
3.5. Students suspended or excluded from other institutions need to meet University of Canberra admission requirements or apply for special consideration before they can receive an offer. Students may be admitted with conditions relating to their academic progress.
3.6. Applicants, who want to change their course of study at the University of Canberra after acceptance, need to note that the new application will be re-assessed to meet the admission requirements and advanced standing for the new course.
4. Admission requirements
4.1. Domestic students
4.1.1 Admission to undergraduate courses, including associate degrees and diplomas, is generally based on an entrance rank (see Policy).
4.1.2. Admission to a postgraduate course is based on possession of an undergraduate degree or equivalent as determined by Academic Board, provided that the qualification has been gained in a suitable area of study (see the Postgraduate Coursework Policy).
4.2 International students
4.2.1. For admission to undergraduate courses, international students who have not completed an Australian qualification must have appropriate educational qualifications, deemed by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate (see Policy).
4.2.2. For admission to postgraduate courses, international students who have not completed an Australian qualification must have appropriate educational qualifications, deemed by the University to be equivalent to a bachelor degree awarded by an Australian university.
4.3. English proficiency
4.3.1. Minimum English language requirements apply to all students for entry to University of Canberra courses. Some courses may have higher English proficiency requirements than the University’s minimum standards.
4.3.2. A course with multiple offerings will have the same English Language Requirements regardless of where and how it is delivered.
5. Equity and access
5.1. As permitted by the Rules
, admission criteria and processes take into account equity and access considerations through provision for pathway schemes and alternative entry admission schemes (see Schedules 2 and 3).
5.2. The University Admissions Committee may approve undergraduate admissions schemes for purposes such as:
- paying special attention to the needs of the Australian Capital Territory and the surrounding region
- providing access to the educationally or socially disadvantaged groups
- addressing under-representation of designated groups as detailed in Schedule 3.
5.3. Each specific undergraduate admission scheme is approved by the Admissions Committee and is recorded in the following Schedules.
5.4. The University will monitor academic progress and provide appropriate learning support to students admitted under any admission scheme (see Schedule 3), as detailed through the Academic Progress Policy
and Academic Progress (Coursework Units) Procedure
5.5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admissions Strategy
5.5.1. UC supports the admission and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a variety of strategies.
5.5.2. UC has designated places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in competitive entry “high demand” undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
5.6. Admission based on recognition of prior learning and Equivalent Graduate Status
5.6.1. Recognition of prior learning enables admission on the basis of learning acquired through means other than formal study.
5.6.2. Equivalent Graduate Status is recognition of prior learning approved by Academic Board that enables admission to postgraduate courses on the basis of a combination of pre-tertiary qualifications and work experience or professional membership, in addition to any special requirements of a course.
5.6.3. Entry to some of the University of Canberra courses is facilitated by articulation and credit transfer arrangements, with pathways created for students between courses and qualifications (see the Credit for Non-award Studies PolicyCredit Procedure
5.6.4. Information on exemption from some of the UC units on the basis of previous learning or past work experience is covered in the Credit Policy and Procedures.
6. Cross-institutional and non-award study
6.1. Students studying at other universities can apply to study at UC as cross-institutional students. Students must provide written permission from the host university listing the unit(s) approved for study and the fee status of the student.
6.2. Applicants can apply to undertake studies in one or more units as a Non-award Studies student. Non-award study is normally undertaken by someone wishing to undertake study in a small number of units for career enhancement or personal interests. Although applicants do not need to meet normal admission requirements they must satisfy the University English language proficiency requirements. Acceptance into Non-award Studies may be subject to unit quotas or individual unit prerequisites.
7. Underage students
7.1. Domestic students who are under 16 years of age at the commencement date for a University teaching period must meet the University’s normal admission requirements and have their application supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
7.2. International students under 17 years of age at the commencement date of their studies are not eligible to study at the University of Canberra or University of Canberra College (UCC), including UCC’s English Language Centre.
7.3. International student applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the time of commencing their studies at the University of Canberra or University of Canberra College must demonstrate that:
8. Deferring an offer
8.1. An applicant may seek deferment of an Acceptance of Offer. An applicant's intention to defer should be communicated by the date specified in the Offer of place.
8.2. Offers to most undergraduate courses may be deferred, normally for one year. The deferral offer is subject to course availability, is automatic and does not need approval. An offer can only be deferred once.
8.3. Offers to honours courses may only be deferred with the approval of the course convener.
8.4. Deferral of offers to postgraduate coursework courses will depend on course and place availability and fee structure. The Admissions Office will determine, during each admission period, those postgraduate courses that can be automatically deferred. The course convener reserves the right to not allow deferrals in a particular admission period. Deferrals are normally for one year and an offer can only be deferred once.
8.5. The University Student Services website at https://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/start-at-uc will provide information to both undergraduate and postgraduate students about which specific courses may be deferred.
8.6. Applicants with a deferred status are guaranteed enrolment in the following year subject to:
- their eligibility for admission not changing e.g. exclusion or expulsion from studies undertaken elsewhere;
- the University still offering the course to which they seek admission. The new offer is subject to course availability and may not be at the same location or have the same course structure as the previous one. Where the University no longer offers the course for admission, applicants may be offered a place in a comparable course of their choice, provided they would have been eligible for admission when the initial offer of place was made, and that they still meet the academic requirements of the new course offering and any advanced standing is still relevant to course learning outcomes;
- the fee type status of applicants remains unchanged i.e. if they were initially offered a Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) liable place they remain HECS liable, and if offered a fee-paying place they remain fee paying.
8.7. Persons intending to take up their deferred Offer of Place are required to advise the Admissions Office by the closing date for new applications for admission. A person who has a deferred Offer of Place but who wishes to obtain admission to a different course must apply for admission in the usual way and be considered with other applicants.
8.8. The option to defer acceptance to a course is only available once for that course.
9. Accepting an offer
9.1. Where an applicant has received offers to more than one course to commence in the same study period, only one offer may be accepted, except where the Director, Global Student Recruitment, or delegate, agrees otherwise.
9.2. Applicants who receive and accept one offer but subsequently receive an offer to another course in the same period can choose either to:
10. Admissions and Student Conduct Rules and Academic Progress Rules
- keep the previous offer/acceptance and not accept the new offer, or
- accept the new offer and withdraw the previously accepted offer.
10.1. Students who have been suspended from the University of Canberra under the University of Canberra (Academic Progress) Rules
must serve the term of their suspension (usually 12 months). Students may be readmitted with conditions relating to their academic progress (refer to the Academic Progress (for Undergraduate Courses and Coursework Postgraduate Programs) Policy
, and Academic Progress (for Undergraduate Courses and Coursework Postgraduate Programs) Procedure
10.2. Students who have been suspended from the University of Canberra under the University of Canberra (Academic Progress) Rules
may seek admission to a different course of study during their period of suspension. Such students need to meet University of Canberra admission requirements or apply for special consideration (see Schedule 3) before they can receive an offer. Such students may be admitted with conditions relating to their academic progress.
10.3. A student who has been excluded or suspended under the University of Canberra (Student Conduct) Rules
must not again be admitted to a course of study or enrolled in a unit of study of the University during the period of suspension or exclusion.
11.1. An applicant can appeal a decision on admission under the procedures set out in the University of Canberra (Admission) Rules.