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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.

Recent school leavers must apply and manage their preferences online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The closing date for change of preferences for consideration in the Main Round is Saturday, 7th January 2015.

Alternative Entry Programs

University of Canberra College

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 Informatics
  2. Diploma of Design
  3. Diploma of Science


The UC-START program is for Australian students who wish to gain entry to the University of Canberra by studying two subjects of a degree instead of a full subject load. If both subjects are successfully completed in one term then students will be eligible for admission to the University for the remainder of the degree.


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.

UCan Reach

UCan Reach is a preparation course that will assist you to improve your study skills, help you prepare for university studies and gain a university entrance score.
UCan Reach is for people from regional NSW and will suit anyone who missed out on further study due to personal circumstances and who would like to give it a go now.

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.