Work and Life Experience
Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.
To be eligible for selection into a UniSA degree, diploma or associate degree program, you are required to have fulfilled any prerequisite requirements and other academic requirements for the degree and one of the following:
- a Bridging or Enabling Program such as one of UniSA’s pre-degree or foundation studies programs or an associate degree, or an alternative enabling program at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) or Eynesbury,
- qualify for special entry
- completed the SACE (or interstate equivalent), achieving a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR)
Your Selection Rank (ATAR) is your ATAR including any adjustment factors.
In addition to the standard criteria above, applicants for Commonwealth supported undergraduate places in degrees offered via UniSA Online may be selected for entry on the basis of an online literacy and numeracy test and relevant work experience.
As well as meeting the eligibility criteria, applicants for the Diploma in Music and Bachelor of Music must undertake a musical audition with staff of the James Morrison Academy of Music as a minimum standard of musical performance is required to commence in the degree. Applicants may attend a live audition or submit a recording to the Academy for assessment.
Applicants compete for a position into the degree using their audition score. All other results (e.g. ATAR, VET, GPA, STAT test) are only considered in the case of a tie break.
Bridging or Enabling program
If you have undertaken a Bridging or Enabling Program such as one of UniSA’s pre-degree or foundation studies programs or an associate degree, or an alternative enabling program at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) or Eynesbury, you may be eligible for entry into one of our degrees.
To be eligible for special entry you must be aged over 18 by 1 February (1 July for midyear) in the year you wish to commence your study and not have studied more than two years of equivalent full-time study at higher education level, unless you have had no enrolments during the preceding two years.
Variations to Special Entry selection may also arise from evidence of personal competencies and/or employment experience. These variations are applied in some degrees only, and their weighting may vary between degrees. Personal competencies are assessed through a Personal Competencies Statement and employment experience is based on an applicant’s occupation and period of employment, using the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Standard Classification of Occupations. Any variations will be specified on the relevant degree page.
You may qualify for special entry into your preferred degree by choosing to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). More information on STAT can be found here.
Individual equity variations for Aboriginal applicants
Special entry is also available for Aboriginal Pathways applicants. UniSA’s Aboriginal Student Services team manages the process for special entry. Visit our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants information page to find out more.
Completed year 12?
You can still use your year 12 results for entry into UniSA degrees, even if you completed year 12 more than two years ago, as long as you have not completed more than two years of equivalent full-time study at a higher education institution. As you will be competing against the recent secondary education students, you will need to check if your results are competitive with the current year 12 Selection Ranks. If you are not sure, contact the Future Student Enquiries team for advice.
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