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University of Canberra Entry Options

Direct Entry

Undergraduate degree cut offs are based on the number of places available in a course and the number of applications that have been received and can be accommodated for that specific course. Recent school leavers who do not achieve the required ATAR for direct entry into their course of choice should consider an alternative entry program.

Alternative Entry Programs

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Diploma Programs

The Diploma courses consist of either two terms (7-9 months) or three terms (1 year) of full time study. On successful completion of the Diploma you will be granted direct entry into a relevant University of Canberra degree program. The Diplomas are all registered as Higher Education Diplomas and are accredited by the University of Canberra. The University of Canberra College delivers these Diplomas on behalf of the University.

What Diplomas are available to Australian Students?

  1. Diploma of Business
  2. Diploma of Communication
  3. Diploma of IT
  4. Diploma of Design
  5. Diploma of Science
  6. Diploma of Health


The UC-PREP program is for Australian non-recent school leavers who wish to both qualify and prepare for study at the University of Canberra.


The UC-CONNECT program is for Australian recent school leavers who wish to qualify for university as well as upgrade their study skills and prepare for tertiary study. You have to be at least 18 by the time you enter the University.

Please note: to apply as an Australian student you must be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a holder of a permanent visa.