Choosing and changing preferences

  • Choosing preferences

    How many courses can I choose?
    You can choose up to six courses. List them in order of preference, starting with the course you'd most like to do. You should list more than one preference, especially if a similar course is offered at more than one university. Choose what you'd really like to do, but be realistic in your choices. To check whether you're likely to qualify for admission, contact the Admissions Centre/Office of the relevant university.

    If you were offered a place for 2017 but deferred your studies until 2018, see 'Did you defer your place in 2017?'.

    Does the order of my preferences matter?
    Yes. You only receive one offer. Your first preference should be the course you'd most like to do, your second preference the course you'd next prefer to do, and so on up to six preferences. List only courses for which you'd accept an offer. You'll be made an offer for the preference highest on your list for which you're eligible, as long as a place is available.

    Are all preferences given equal consideration?
    Yes. If you're not selected for your first preference, you'll be considered equally with all other eligible applicants for your second preference, and so on. Your chance of being selected for a particular course isn't reduced because you've placed that course as a lower order preference. If you're ranked higher than another applicant who lists that course as a higher preference than you have, you'll be selected ahead of that applicant.

  • Method of study

    Method of study
    The methods of study available for each course - full-time, part-time, or external - are shown in the Course Search facility. Make sure you take this into account when listing your preferences. You can only specify one method of study for each course code, but some universities allow you to change your method of study at enrolment. Contact the relevant universities for more information.
    • Full-time studies (F)
      If you choose 'full-time' as your method of study, you'll study a full-time load of units and enrol for classes on campus for whenever the unit is timetabled. This may be in the daytime or the evening. Some units may be offered in more than one time-slot.
    • Part-time studies (P)
      You can study many courses part-time. Part-time means undertaking a lesser load of study than the normal full-time load. If you're a part-time student, you'll study a part-time load of units at the campus. You'll enrol for classes on campus whenever the unit is timetabled. This may be in the daytime or evening. Some units may be offered in more than one time slot.
    • External studies (E)
      If you're an external (off-campus) student, you won't normally attend classes on campus. Course materials will be mailed to you or made available online. Some courses may be offered either partially or fully online. External study is available for some courses at Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University. External study isn't available at The University of Western Australia.

    Curtin online studies
    Some Curtin courses are delivered either partially or fully 'online'. If you're an external student, you won't attend classes on campus. Course materials are available online and you'll learn using a wide variety of sources that can include interactive videos and animations, simulations, online workgroups, etc. You're required to have internet access for Online Studies. Online Studies courses are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search.

  • Changing course preferences

    You can change some or all of your preferences at any time, subject to closing dates. Changing your preferences cancels all previous preferences. There's no charge for changing your preferences.

    If you're thinking of changing preferences between the main and second round of offers, don't accept or defer your offer. Don't change your preferences until you've been notified by one of the universities or by TISC that an offer has been made.

    Make sure you understand the implications of changing preferences at this stage. Read the information on Offers.

    How do I change preferences?
    Via TISCOnline - Log in to your application, then click on Application Enter/Update then Course Preferences.

    Changing preferences is a 3-step process, which involves moving through three pages - make sure that you go through all 3 steps and receive a reference number, then you'll know you've completed the change.

    Once you've changed your preferences online you'll see a page confirming the changes you've made and providing a reference number, which you can print if you like. You can log in at any time to check your preferences, but make sure that you're viewing your current committed preferences, rather than those in your Course Folder or those which are still uncommitted.

    Closing dates for changing preferences
    See Important Dates. Check the deadlines to see whether any course you want to add has an early closing date. Closing dates aren't negotiable.

    The number of offers made in the second round is usually small, compared to the main round. You may need a higher rank to enter a course in the second round than in the main round. In some courses no offers are made in the second round. Before you make a change of preference for the second round of offers, contact the university concerned to find out whether you're eligible and if places are available in the course(s) you want. TISC will list online whether each course may still have places available after main round offers are made (see 'Lowest Offered Ranks for Main Round Offers' after 17 January).