Curtin University Information

  • Introduction

    Curtin University is Western Australia's largest university and a community of great cultural diversity. We have a strong commitment and responsibility to prepare our graduates to live and work in a global environment. We're widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of our courses, which equip graduates with essential skills through exposure to industry and business. This combination ensures our graduates are effective in the workplace immediately after they've graduated.

    As part of this approach, Curtin fosters successful partnerships with industry, business and government to enhance the quality of our scholarships, teaching and research. We'll continue to develop existing partnerships and to establish new ones in areas relevant to our research and teaching.

    The Student Guild plays a vital role in representing the interests of all students in all aspects of University life. Curtin also has a Centrelink office, as well as a branch of BankWest, a child care centre, a pharmacy, a travel agent, a variety of cafes, a tavern and a hairdresser.

    Curtin offers a range of programs that enable our students to get more out of university life. All Curtin students have the opportunity to broaden their experience by interacting with 'Curtinlife'. Curtin provides innovative programs to ensure our graduates enter the marketplace with an edge. More than 60 major research centres and institutes provide students with opportunities to be part of cutting-edge research, which often leads to exciting and dynamic career paths.
  • Scholarships

    Scholarships are part of Curtin's commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential, to graduate with high practical employability skills and to achieve their ambitions. Curtin offers a number of undergraduate scholarships over a wide range of disciplines. Scholarships are awarded for Academic Merit to reward students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement over the course of their studies; and are also available to students who have overcome significant barriers (including educational disadvantage, financial disadvantage, disability, rural and remote isolation). Curtin also offers specialised scholarships in particular fields of study and one-off awards to students who are nominated by their Principal or receive the top ATAR in their school. A large number of Commonwealth Scholarships are also available to Curtin enrolled students. Further information is available at
  • Campuses and Centres

    Bentley Campus
    The Bentley Campus is the academic base for most of our students, bringing together a diversity of ages, cultures and learning disciplines. It covers 116 hectares and has a large number of retail outlets including banking services, bookshops, cafes and a chemist. A range of support services is available to you, including learning support, health, counselling and disability services. A non-denominational University Chaplain is available to all students, providing wide-ranging support, assisted by occasional visiting chaplains. Housing Services offers a comprehensive housing service to students and staff. With 1,175 bed places on or adjacent to the Bentley campus and an extensive database of private accommodation options, we can help you find suitable housing with minimum delay. Seven residences are located on the Bentley campus (see

    Kalgoorlie Campus
    The Kalgoorlie Campus is home to Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM). The second year of all mining and metallurgy courses is offered at both the Bentley and Kalgoorlie Campuses while third and fourth years of all mining and metallurgy courses are only offered at the Kalgoorlie campus. This enables you to capitalise on the opportunity to study and work in WA's mining capital.

    Curtin Singapore
    Curtin Singapore gives access to a quality education in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. See for further information.

    Curtin Sarawak
    Curtin's Sarawak campus was established by invitation of the Sarawak State Government. It offers programs in business administration, commerce, science and engineering. Visit for further information.
  • Admission requirements

    You're only eligible for selection to Curtin courses if you meet admission requirements.

    There are a number of ways you can satisfy admission requirements. However the principal means is by achieving the required Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR/Selection Rank) or its interstate or overseas equivalent. In 2015/2016, the minimum ATAR for the University was 70.00 for all courses. Other qualifications may also be acceptable. The University reserves the right to determine the appropriate equivalence. Although you may be eligible for admission to the University, this doesn't guarantee a place, particularly in courses for which there's competition for the number of places available.

    English language competence
    You must satisfy the University's English competency requirement for admission to Curtin University. You can demonstrate English competence through one of the following or other approved methods. Check other qualifications which may be used to meet the English requirement by contacting the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or emailing
    • Achieving a scaled score of at least 50 in WACE courses: English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) (for eligible students), or from competence met in the previously offered subjects: TEE English, TEE English Literature or TEE English as a Second Language (ESL) satisfies Curtin's English competency requirements. You can meet the competence in English requirement with Year 12 results obtained in any year.
    • STAT (Special Tertiary Admission Test)
      140 (Written English) if sat after February 2010;
      145 (Written English) if sat prior to February 2010
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic
      6.0 Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
      6.5 Overall
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English)
      58 as a minimum overall score and
      50 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing
    Please note higher level English achievement is required for BSc (Occupational Therapy), BSc (Oral Health Therapy), BPharm (Pharmacy), BSc (Physiotherapy), BSW (Social Work), BSc (Speech Pathology), BEd(Education Conversion Course), BEd(Early Childhood Education), BEd(Primary Education), BEd(Secondary Education), BSc(Medical Imaging), BSc(Radiation Therapy):
    • STAT (Special Tertiary Admission Test)
      145 (Written English) prior or after February 2010
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic
      7.0 Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
      7.0 Overall
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English)
      72 as a minimum overall score and
      65 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing
    Requirement for BSc (Nursing) and BSc (Nursing) Conversion Program for Registered Nurses:
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic
      6.5 Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
      7.0 Overall
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English)
      65 as a minimum overall score and
      58 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

    School leaver applicants
    Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers provides detailed information on requirements for university admission.

    If you've completed your secondary education interstate or in New Zealand, you should have met the requirements for entry to a university in your own state or territory, and obtained an ATAR or a score/aggregate that converts to the appropriate ATAR for admission to the course of your choice at Curtin.

    If you've completed your secondary education overseas, contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email to have your eligibility assessed.

    If you live outside Western Australia, check interview and other special requirements for courses you are interested in. Access information for individual courses via our Course Search facility.

    Non-school leaver applicants
    The University provides a number of ways by which non-school leaver applicants may meet the university entry requirements. Check the Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Mature Age Students.

    If you're a non-school leaver applicant under the age of 20, refer to the School Leaver section above. If you didn't complete your secondary education, there may be other pathways for entry, such as a completed Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate IV, Diploma or an Advanced Diploma from a Registered Training Organisation.

    If you've completed AQF Certificate IV level qualifications, you must show you've achieved a separate satisfactory level of English competency.

    You may need to have completed studies not covered in your AQF course to be selected for a particular course. If you have technical and post-secondary qualifications, or are unsure of your eligibility, contact the University Admission Centre for further information.

    For a number of courses, there may be additional academic requirements to those required for standard entry to the University.

    ATAR for Medicine
    Mature age applicants who want to study Medicine as school leaver applicants are advised that they should study four courses in the one year. Applicants applying on the basis of fewer than four courses will not be considered for this course.

    Overseas-qualified applicants
    The University provides a number of ways to satisfy the admission requirements if your qualifications were gained overseas. As well as qualifications that meet the University's admission standard, you must satisfy the University's English competency requirement. If you have overseas qualifications, or are unsure of your eligibility, contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email for further information.

    If you live outside Australia, check any interview or other special requirements for courses you are interested in. Access information for individual courses via our Course Search facility.
  • Alternative entry courses

    Curtin offers bridging programs to selected students who don't satisfy normal admission requirements for chosen courses. Check your eligibility for these courses, and make sure the course will allow you to continue into the undergraduate degree of your choice. Apply for the following courses (except the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health and the UniReady Enabling Program) directly to the University and not through TISC.

    Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course (ITEC)
    The Centre for Aboriginal Studies also offers the ITEC which is an enabling course designed to bridge Indigenous students into mainstream undergraduate degree programs. The broad aims of the course are to develop the knowledge and competencies required by Indigenous people to access and complete mainstream undergraduate degree programs. For further information contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies Student Services on (08) 9266 7091, or email

    English Language Enabling Course
    Curtin English - formerly Curtin English Language Centre (CELC) - offers Curtin's English Language Enabling course, an advanced academic English program that prepares students from non-English speaking backgrounds for undergraduate and postgraduate study at Curtin. This course is only available for domestic and migrant students with an English proficiency level of not less than IELTS overall of 5.5 and no band less than 5 in all four skill areas, or a TOEFL score of 51 including a score of 4 in Reading and Listening as well as a score of 15 in Speaking and Writing (in addition to the University's standard academic entry requirements). For further information contact Curtin English on (08) 9266 7617 or email

    Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health
    The Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health runs for one year. It's designed for students who don't satisfy the minimum university entrance requirements but who want to undertake studies leading to a degree course at Curtin which has specific subject prerequisites. If you complete the enabling course successfully, you'll be guaranteed a place in a general science course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. A number of places are also available on a competitive basis in Engineering, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy.

    UniReady Enabling Program
    The UniReady Enabling Program is offered by Curtin Teaching and Learning and aims to develop independent learning skills in preparation for university-level study. It's a bridging course that facilitates your access to university by meeting the conditions of Curtin's minimum admission requirements. This course is particularly suited to you if you want to enter Humanities, Health Sciences and Business courses as well as some Curtin courses that don't have specific subject prerequisites. (Note: You must be over the compulsory school age as defined by the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 in the year you want to study in the UniReady Enabling Program.)

    Portfolio Entry into selected courses
    Alternative entry is available in selected courses for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin's ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio. You can visit the Curtin University website for further information about the portfolio requirements and application process. Note that an interview may be required as part of the application process. See the Course Search facility for courses which are available for Portfolio Entry.
  • Special consideration entry

    Curtin realises that, at times, an applicant's preparation for entering University may have been compromised or disadvantaged by circumstances outside their control. To apply for Special Consideration Entry, submit a standard application through TISC for your desired course preferences, and submit separately a Special Consideration Application Form, a personal statement and supporting documentation to the Manager, University Admissions Centre, Curtin University for assessment. For further information contact the University Admission Centre on (08) 9266 7805, and refer to the website for Special Consideration from
  • StepUp to Curtin entry pathway

    Students are often prevented from achieving their true academic potential when faced with educational, financial, social or distance disadvantage. Because we believe everyone with the potential to succeed at university should have the opportunity to do so, Curtin established the StepUp to Curtin Entry Pathway. Through StepUp, you've the opportunity to choose from a large range of courses at Curtin, even if your ATAR is below our minimum entry rank.

    TISC applicants, with an ATAR between 60.00 - 69.95 (inclusive and from any year) who have met the requirements for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), will be automatically assessed against the StepUp eligibility criteria and given a notional rank of 70.00 for entry to Curtin. If you are a current Year 12 WACE student you'll be notified of your eligibility to be considered for admission to courses at Curtin through StepUp Entry via your Universities' Admissions Advice Letter (UAAL). As a TISC applicant, you'll need to meet the following criteria to be automatically eligible:
    • are from an identified low socio-economic, regional or remote postcode; or
    • completed Year 12 at a StepUp eligible school (for a full list of StepUp schools refer; or
    • affected by financial hardship. (This criteria is not automatically assessed. If you meet this criterion you must submit a StepUp application form directly to Curtin; or
    • are from an indigenous Australian background; and
    • are an Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident; and
    • have met Curtin's English competency requirements and any course prerequisites if required.
    If you meet the StepUp eligibility criteria, you can receive:
    • personal one-to-one support through the application and enrolment process;
    • special consideration with regard to meeting entry requirements;
    • assistance with housing; and
    • possible monetary assistance through scholarships and for the purchase of textbooks.

    For further information contact the University Admissions Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email or visit

    StepUp bonus
    Western Australian TISC applicants who meet the criteria will be eligible for additional bonus ATAR points and be considered for admission into courses they would have otherwise just missed out on.

    • achieved an ATAR of 70.00 or above; and
    • achieved WACE; and
    • completed Year 12 at a StepUp eligible school; and
    • are an Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent/humanitarian resident; and
    • met Curtin's English competency requirements and any course prerequisites if required.
    For further information contact the University Admissions Centre on (08) 9266 7805 or email or visit
  • Past and current students of Curtin University (including WAIT and WASM)

    Apply directly to Curtin University if you:
    • Are a current Curtin student seeking to course-switch into another course; or
    • Deferred your offer in 2016 and now wish to commence your studies in your deferred course in 2017; or
    • Are a past Curtin student who has previously been awarded a grade or mark or have withdrawn unit(s) after census date; or
    • Are a student completing or who has previously completed your studies with Curtin College - formerly Curtin International College (CIC); or
    • Are a student who has previously been awarded a grade or a mark or has withdrawn unit(s) after the census date from the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health and is now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Are a student who has previously been awarded a grade or a mark or has withdrawn unit(s) after the census date from the UniReady Enabling program and is now seeking admission to an undergraduate degree; or
    • Have been/are enrolled in Not For Degree Study (formerly known as Curtin Extension) and are now seeking admission to an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Are a student who has completed previous studies at Curtin College of Higher Education or VTEC; or
    • Are a student who is seeking enrolment into Cross-Institutional units; or
    • Are applying for mid-year entry; or
    • Want to apply for special consideration for mid-year entry (application is through the University Admission Centre); or.
    • Have been/are enrolled in the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course (ITEC) or Aboriginal Bridging Course and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course.
    Apply through TISC if you:
    • Deferred your offer in 2016 and now wish to apply for entry to a different course (not the course you deferred from), either at Curtin or another WA University; or
    • Have been/are enrolled in Open Universities Australia (formerly Open Learning Australia), and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Want to apply for special consideration for start-of-the-year (supporting application also to be lodged with University Admission Centre); or
    • Have been/are enrolled in the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course and are seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Want to apply for Medicine at Curtin.
  • General Information

    Although student selection is based upon merit, government, economic and social priorities are reflected in the selection guidelines prepared by the University each year. The individual selection of eligible students for Curtin courses is made within the above guidelines by the relevant Curtin teaching school and will normally take into account the following factors:
    • ATAR/Selection Rank or performance in any previous tertiary level studies;
    • Attainment of prerequisites;
    • Demonstration of English competency;
    • Where applicable:
      • Performance in aptitude or ability tests
      • Interview
      • Assessment of a portfolio of work.
    From these criteria, all applications are evaluated and ranked in order of considered merit for each Curtin course nominated as a preference. If your ranking is sufficiently high, an offer of a place will be made in the course listed as a first preference. If not, you'll be considered for the course listed as second preference and so on.

    Courses for which an interview, portfolio or aptitude test is required are detailed in the Course Search function. You may be advised by email or phone of the date you may be required to attend an interview.

    Deferment of studies
    If you've received an early, main or second round offer, you can defer your studies in the offered course for a period of up to twelve months, subject to the course being available in the desired semester. You'll be contacted by Curtin University in May and September and given information on how to apply to study in either of the next two semesters. A place of study in the same course will only be guaranteed for the following two semesters, subject to availability. For further information refer to the Can I defer? section.

    If you have a deferred Curtin place and you want to apply for courses other than your deferred course, you must apply through TISC for the other courses, even if they are at Curtin. (See Did you defer your place in 2016?). Please view Calendar for relevant applications and processing deadline dates.

    External and online studies
    Courses available on an external basis are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function or the Indicative ATARs table. For further information regarding availability of external courses, please see the Curtin 2017 Course Handbook

    Some Curtin courses are delivered either partially or fully online. In these courses, you don't attend classes on campus. Course materials are available online and you learn using a variety of sources that can include interactive videos and animations, simulations, online workgroups, etc. You need to have internet access for Online Studies. Online Studies courses are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function.

    Fees and charges
    All offers for undergraduate courses at Curtin will be made as a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) until all places are taken. Please see Paying for university study for more information. Visit the Fees@curtin website, telephone: 1300 222 888, email:

    Clinical health sciences
    If you're a student in a course that include supervised practice (including research) in a clinical setting, you're required to undergo screening for, and vaccination against, a range of infectious diseases before beginning the placement. For specific details relating to these requirements, see Criminal record screening is also necessary and, where relevant Working with Children Checks.

    Nursing (BSc) conversion program for Registered nurses
    An Application Checklist and Statement of Employment is required for the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion Program for Registered Nurses (see CUHQS and CUH4S). This form is to be submitted to TISC along with all other supporting documentation. Applications to CUHQS close earlier on the 30 November 2016 with the supporting documentation to be submitted by 7 December 2016. Applications to CUH4S remain open until the final closing date.

    Application for credit transfer through recognition of prior learning (RPL)(also known as advanced standing or exemptions and credit)
    See Advanced standing/credit transfer.

    Student guild
    Information about the Curtin Student Guild will be available at the time of enrolment or go to We encourage you to become a financial member of the Guild, which provides a range of very useful support services to students and is involved in organising many social, sporting and club-based activities at our campuses. For further information visit us at Building 106F, Bentley campus or contact the Student Guild on (08) 9266 2900, country callers: 1800 063 865.

    OASIS - Curtin's student portal and electronic services
    OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Services) is Curtin University student portal, providing a 'one-stop-shop' for delivering eServices to Curtin students.

    Through OASIS, you can access:
    • Your student record via eStudent - You can view and update your personal details, access your study plan, enrolment details and results, register for classes, and print off an Academic eRecord or Enrolment eAdvice. eStudent also has information on your fees (account balance). If this functionality is approved for your course, you will also be able to enrol and withdraw from certain units online.
    • EnrolNow! - an online system to guide you through the process of offer acceptance, enrolment and class registration, which also provides important information about orientation and becoming a student.
    • Ask Curtin - Ask Curtin is a university-wide FAQ database containing extensive Student Administration and IT help FAQs.
    • Read Official Communications from the University - Official University correspondence sent to you via OASIS is delivered to the Official Communications Channel (OCC) in OASIS. Reminders regarding deadlines and other important announcements are sent via the OCC. It is a condition of enrolment at Curtin that you access OASIS at least weekly to read OCC communications (unless specifically exempted), and preferably two or three times a week.
    • Check your emails - Each student is allocated a Curtin provided email address when their OASIS account is created. This is for your personal use.
    • Access FLECS-Blackboard - FLECS-Blackboard is the Flexible Learning Environment for Curtin Students. You can gain access to FLECS-Blackboard and online learning resources via OASIS.
    • Access Plan Your Timetable - by accessing Plan Your Timetable through OASIS, your current enrolled units will automatically populate, saving you time having to look up and search units.

    Student services and amenities fee
    The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) supports the provision of a wide range of non-academic service and amenities to all students at the University. Curtin uses the SSAF revenue to enhance your university experience, and to expand and improve services and amenities for all students. For further information please visit contact the Student Administration and Fees on 1300 222 888.
  • Further information

    The University admission centre
    The University Admission Centre is the first point of contact for any information related to your offer during the admissions rounds. Contact number (08) 9266 7805.

    Telephone Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 4.30pm; Friday 10.00am - 4.30pm
    CRICOS Provider Code: 00301J

    Future students centre
    The Centre consists of the Prospective Students' Service and the Customer Management Unit.

    The Prospective Students' team hosts information sessions and tours of the Bentley Campus throughout the year. Students of any age, parents or advisors are welcome to attend. Check the dates for the sessions that you're particularly interested in on the Future Students website.

    Course advisors are available for individual appointments.

    The Future Students Centre is located in Hayman Hall - Building 102 (opposite Curtin International).
    Operating hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
    Telephone: (08)9266 1000, 1300 CU 1000, 1800 CU 1000
    Fax: 9266 7527

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