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About UOW College

UOW College has been helping students to achieve their study goals for almost 30 years. We provide student support through our committed and highly qualified teachers, dedicated administration and student support teams.

We are an integral part of UOW, enabling students to meet their personal, educational and career goals, and providing pathways to UOW study.


Admission Criteria

UOW College has a range of admission options available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. We are here to support you in meeting your study and career goals.

To find admission criteria and detailed course information for the UOW College course you want to study, search Coursefinder.

UOW College has a range of admission pathways which are outlined below. For specific advice or questions regarding an application or a course, please contact the Future Students Team. For UOW College Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs, please contact our VET Team.

For the rules around application for entry to UOW College, see the Admissions Policy.

Lodging an application to study at UOW College is easy! You can apply directly to UOW College online or complete an application form. If you’re currently completing your HSC or the International Baccalaureate, you can also apply for selected UOW College courses through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or the Tertiary Admissions Centre equivalent in your state.

(a) Applicants with recent secondary education (school leavers within the past two years)

Australian Year 12 students

You can use your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) to apply for UOW College study. Indicative ATARs for the course you want to study can be found in Coursefinder. Please note: some UOW College courses have criteria for admission that are additional to your ATAR. These may include minimum age and English language requirements.

If you do not have an ATAR or your ATAR is not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to your selected course, alternate admission options may be available to enter some programs. These can include, completion of an Entrance Test, an assessment of individual HSC subject results or successful completion of a UOW College preparation program. Previous complete or incomplete higher education or vocational education and training study and work and life experience can also be used as a basis for admission (refer below).

I have faced some disadvantage in the last few years

UOW College provides courses tailored to students who have experienced a disadvantage during their secondary school education. If you have suffered hardship because of circumstances beyond your control, UOW College will consider this as part of the assessment of your application to study these courses. Hardship considerations include: financial hardship; disrupted schooling; home and environment responsibilities; English language difficulty; personal illness/disability. Hardship may also be considered alongside other admission criteria for entry to other UOW College courses.

(b) Applicants with Higher Education study

If you have commenced or completed a higher education undergraduate (eg, Bachelor) or postgraduate (eg, Masters) degree from an approved university or other tertiary institution, you may be able to use the results you obtained from that qualification as a basis for entry to a UOW College course. You will need to provide a record of your achievement with your application for assessment.

In some circumstances, your previous study may also count as credit towards your UOW College course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. If you think you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, please complete and submit an Application for Credit for Prior Learning form at the time you apply for admission. Please contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

(c) Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

If you have a VET Certificate (excluding trade certificates), Diploma or Advanced Diploma level qualification that is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), it may be used as a basis for entry to UOW College. Admission is dependent on the completion of the course and the level of academic performance achieved. For entry to Higher Education Diplomas and Pathway Programs, UOW College converts all results to an ATAR and each applicant is required to meet the minimum ATAR required for the course they are applying for to be considered for entry.

In some circumstances, your previous study may also count as credit towards your UOW College course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. If you think you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, please complete and submit an Application for Credit for Prior Learning form at the time you apply for admission. Please contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

(d) Applicants with work and life experience

Alternate admission options are available for students who do not have a sufficient ATAR or equivalent, have not completed secondary education to a Year 12 level within the past 2 years or have not undertaken or completed previous recognised study. UOW College recognises a range of relevant work and life experiences and provides a variety of pathway and vocational education and training programs to support your study and career goals. Work experience is an important aspect of your learning journey and will be considered in combination with your academic merit when we assess your application.

In some circumstances, your previous work experience and associated training may also count as credit towards your UOW College course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. If you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning, please complete and submit an Application for Credit for Prior Learning form at the time you apply for admission.

Applicants may also be able to complete an Entrance Test as a basis for admission to some courses.

Please contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

Additional Information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

UOW College’s commitment and encouragement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage and participate in tertiary education is actively cultivated through the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC). WIC is responsible for ensuring access and support to University of Wollongong and UOW College Indigenous Australian students.

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you are encouraged to contact the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre to discuss your study and support options. You can also contact the Future Students Team directly for more information about entry to UOW College courses.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has completed your high school education overseas and it is equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification, you may be able to use your results as the basis for admission to a UOW College program. For entry to Higher Education Diplomas and Pathway Programs, UOW College converts all results to an ATAR and each applicant is required to meet the minimum ATAR required for the course they are applying for to be considered for entry.

Please apply here or contact the Future Students Team who can advise if your qualification is equivalent to a Year 12 qualification in Australia and can be considered for admission.

English language proficiency

All UOW College Higher Education courses, vocational education and training courses and academic pathways to UOW are taught in English, relying on different levels of proficiency.

If English is not your first language, you may also need to satisfy the English language requirements for your preferred course. The English language requirements for each course can be found on Coursefinder. UOW College offers a range of English courses to enable you meet these requirements.

How to apply

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen currently studying your HSC or the International Baccalaureate (IB), you can apply for selected UOW College courses through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or the Tertiary Admissions Centre equivalent in your state. Your application will then be processed by UAC. Visit the 'Apply' section of the UAC website to nominate up to 5 courses you would like to study, in order of preference. Be sure to check UAC's application guidelines and timelines. If you’re currently studying your HSC or the IB and the course you’re interested in is not offered through UAC, you can apply directly to UOW College either online or by completing an application form.

If you are not currently studying your HSC or the International Baccalaureate (IB), you can apply directly to UOW College.

Prerequisites

At UOW College, our courses don’t have prerequisites – but for some courses we assume that you have completed certain subjects in your HSC. To see if your preferred qualification has any Assumed Knowledge, check the course information on Coursefinder. Please note: some UOW College courses contain additional criteria for admission. These may include minimum age and English language requirements.

The process

There is no application fee to apply directly to UOW College. Provided you have submitted all relevant information, the assessment generally takes up to two (2) weeks to process. However, if you are applying for credit for prior learning, applications may take a little longer. Following submission of your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of application via email and further email correspondence which will include the unique UOW College student number allocated to you and next steps. Once your application has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome by email.

Enrolment

Accepting your offer

Once you have received your offer to study at UOW College, please read through your letter of offer carefully. To take your place at UOW College, you will need to accept your offer by following the steps outlined. Depending on which course you are studying, offer acceptance can be either by returning a signed acceptance form or via the online enrolment system.

Prepare for enrolment and orientation

To prepare for your on-campus orientation and enrolment session, please check your offer for details of the date, time and location. Your offer will also list the documents you will need to bring with you to your orientation and enrolment session.

Enrolment

Depending on which course you are studying, enrolment is either completed online or in person on campus in designated enrolment sessions. If you are eligible for online enrolment, you will receive an email within a week or so of receiving your offer. Once you have received this, you can start your online application. If you are required to attend a designated enrolment session, you will receive an email outlining the session date, time and location.

For more information, head to the UOW College Enrolment Information Page.

Attend your orientation session

Meet UOW College staff and people you’ll be studying with, explore the campus, get important information and find out what to expect at your orientation session. Please bring along any documentation as outlined in your offer letter as well as photo ID, such as your passport or drivers licence, as you will need to show ID to collect your student ID card.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges will vary depending on the course you are studying. Please refer to your letter of offer for further details.

Depending on your chosen course and circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance. If you are a domestic student, details of course fees and loan options are available here. Scholarship details are here. Domestic students may also be eligible for Youth and Student Allowance.

If you are an international student, details of course fees are available here.

Deferment

In some circumstances, you can defer your offer to study at UOW College. Assessments are made on a case by case basis and in accordance with the UOW College Deferment Suspension and Cancellation Policy. Contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

Credit for prior learning

Your previous study, work experience and training may count as credit towards your UOW College course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. If you think you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, please complete and submit an Application for Credit for Prior Learning form at the time you apply for admission to UOW College.

Student profile

The table below provides data on students that commenced study in the Diploma of Business and Diploma of Information Technology in 2016, including students admitted through the year and international students studying in Australia. It does not include other UOW College programs.

UOW College Student Profile
Diploma of Business & Diploma of Information Technology
Number of students Percentage of all students
Previous tertiary education    
Students admitted on the basis of earlier higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course) L/N L/N
Students admitted on the basis of earlier vocational education and training (VET) study Cert IV or above L/N L/N
Recent secondary education    
Students admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (including adjusted ATAR, e.g. with bonus points) L/N L/N
Students admitted where ATAR was one of several factors considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, additional test, early offer) 26 13%
Students admitted on the basis of other criteria and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme) 10 5%
Work and life experience    
Students admitted on a basis other than the above (mature age STAT entry / professional experience) 6 3%
Total domestic students 45 22%
Total International students 160 78%
All students 205 100%

L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

Note: Based on profile statement above UOWC is reporting Onshore Commencers in Higher Education Diploma courses as reported through HEIMS Reporting 2016 (International and Domestic).

Further Information

UOW College student and campus services

UOW College offers a range of student and campus services:

Learning assistance:

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

TEQSA is Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector. Their national register lets you search for accredited higher education providers and courses.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

The federal government's QILT website helps you easily compare the study experience and employment outcomes from Australian higher education institutions. You can also compare the different study areas of different institutions, with all results based on thousands of surveys completed by students across Australia.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

The Universities Admissions Centre processes applications for admission to courses at participating institutions (mainly located in NSW and the ACT), including UOW College.

Admissions appeal and grievance processes

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your application, for example not receiving the offer you expected, you can contact the Future Students team to get an understanding of the outcome. If you are not satisfied with the rationale for why you were unsuccessful in your application, you have the right of appeal against the decision. See the UOW College Admissions Policy for more information.

Last reviewed: 7 September, 2017