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Mature-age Entry Scheme

A pathway to university for students over 21 years old
The Mature-age Entry Scheme is an entry pathway for students who haven't completed any tertiary study or who did not receive an ATAR, or if it was below 70. Find out if you are eligible.

Who should apply?

You are eligible to apply for admission through the Mature-age Entry Scheme if you:

  • will be 21 or older on 1 March of the year you will commence study
  • did not receive an ATAR (or equivalent) or if your ATAR was below 70
  • have not done any tertiary study.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be eligible to apply without the scheme. Learn more about how to apply.

To apply through the Mature-age Entry Scheme, you must complete an approved preparation course within two years of applying.

Preparation courses

Preparation courses are open to everyone, and you don't need any previous qualifications to enrol.

Limited ATAR

Applicants can apply to Sydney with a Limited ATAR, calculated using the best five units of courses completed (rather than the 10 used for a standard ATAR). A Limited ATAR is usually significantly higher than an ATAR.

The TAFE Statement in HSC Studies allows you to study all or part of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)

The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation prepares you for university study. You will receive an ATAR equivalent, the Tertiary Entrance Score (TES), that you can use to apply for admission to the University.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The University Preparation Program (UPP) at UNSW can be undertaken in humanities, science, engineering or business, and can be used for admission to some degrees at the University of Sydney.

University of Newcastle (UON)

The Open Foundation and Newstep programs at the University of Newcastle can be used for admission to some degrees at the University of Sydney.

Check which preparation courses are accepted for your degree below.

Degree Accepted preparation course
B Design Computing All

B Architecture and Environments

B Design in Architecture

B Design in Architecture (Honours)/M Architecture

Limited ATAR

  • English
  • Mathematics (not general)

TAFE TPC

  • English
  • Mathematics

Degree Accepted preparation course

B Arts

B Arts/B Advanced Studies

B Arts/B Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies)

B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Languages)

B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Media and Communications)

B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations)

TAFE TPC
UNSW UPP (Humanities)
UON Open Foundation or Newstep

B Economics

B Economics/B Advanced Studies

Limited ATAR

  • Mathematics (not general) – Band 4

TAFE TPC

  • Mathematics (TPCMTH001, 002, 003, 004 or 005)

UNSW UPP (Business, Engineering or Science)

  • Mathematics 1, 2 and 3

UNSW Open Foundation

  • Extension mathematics

B Visual Arts*

B Visual Arts/B Advanced Studies*

All

*Additional admission criteria apply, check course details.

Degree Accepted preparation course

B Commerce

B Commerce/B Advanced Studies

Limited ATAR

  • Mathematics (not general) – Band 4

TAFE TPC

  • Mathematics (TPCMTH001, 002, 003, 004 or 005)

UNSW UPP (Business, Engineering or Science)

  • Mathematics 1, 2 and 3

UON Open Foundation

  • Extension mathematics

Degree Accepted preparation course

B Education (Early Childhood)

B Education (Secondary)

B Education/B Advanced Studies (Secondary)

B Social Work

B Art/B Social Work

All

Degree Accepted preparation course

B Advanced Computing

B Engineering*

B Project Management

Limited ATAR

  • Mathematics (not general) – Band 4

TAFE TPC

  • Mathematics (TPCMTH001, 002, 003, 004 or 005)

UNSW UPP (Engineering or Science)

  • Mathematics 1, 2 and 3

UON Open Foundation

  • Extension mathematics

*Includes all specialisations and combined degrees.

Degree Accepted preparation course
B Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

Limited ATAR

  • Biology, chemistry or physics
  • Mathematics
TAFE TPC
  • Biology, chemistry or physics
  • Mathematics

B Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

B Applied Science/B Advanced Studies (Exercise and Sport Science)

B Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

Limited ATAR

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
TAFE TPC
  • Biology, chemistry or physics
  • Mathematics

B Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

B Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

All
B Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Limited ATAR

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

TAFE TPC

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
B Oral Health*

TAFE TPC

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
UNSW UPP (Science)

UON Open Foundation

  • Chemistry/life sciences
  • Mathematics
B Nursing (Advanced Studies) All
B Arts/B Nursing TAFE TPC
UNSW UPP (Humanities)
UON Open Foundation or Newstep
B Science/B Nursing

Limited HSC

  • Biology, earth and environmental science or physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (not general) – Band 4

TAFE TPC

  • Biology, health, physics or statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (TPCMTH004 or 005)
UNSW UPP (Engineering or Science)

UON Open Foundation

  • Biology, earth and environmental science or physics
  • Chemistry/life sciences
  • Extension mathematics

*Additional admission criteria apply, check course details.

Degree Accepted preparation course

B Music*

B Music (Composition)*

B Music (Music Education)*

B Music (Performance)*

All

*Additional admission criteria apply, check course details.

Degree Accepted preparation course
B Liberal Arts and Science

Limited ATAR

  • English
  • Humanities unit (e.g. creative arts, human society and its environment, languages)
  • Science unit (e.g. mathematics, science, technology)

TAFE TPC

  • Humanities unit (Level 4)
  • Science unit (Level 4)
UNSW UPP

UON Open Foundation

  • Humanities unit
  • Science unit

B Science

B Science (Health)

B Science (Medical Science)

B Science/B Advanced Studies*

TAFE Statement in HSC Studies

  • Biology, health, physics or statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (not general) – Band 4

TAFE TPC

  • Biology, health, physics or statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (TPCMTH004 or 005)
UNSW UPP (Engineering or Science)

UON Open Foundation

  • Biology, earth and environmental science or physics
  • Chemistry/life sciences
  • Extension mathematics
B Science/M Mathematical Sciences

Limited HSC

  • Biology, earth and environmental sciences or physics
  • Chemistry
  • Extension mathematics – Band E3

TAFE TPC

  • Biology, health, physics or statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (TPCMTH005)
UNSW UPP (Engineering)

*Any specialisations except for the advanced and Dalyell Scholars streams.

The following courses do not accept applications through the Mature-age Entry Scheme.

Arts and social sciences:
  • B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)
Business:
  • B Commerce/B Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)
Education and social work:
  • B Education (Health and Physical Education)
  • B Education (Primary)
Engineering and computer sciences:
  • B Engineering Honours (Dalyell Scholars)
Law:
  • B Arts/B Laws
  • B Commerce/B Laws
  • B Economics/B Laws
  • B Engineering (Honours)/B Laws
  • B Science/B Laws
Medicine and health:
  • B Pharmacy (Honours)/M Pharmacy Practice
  • B Pharmacy and Management/M Pharmacy Practice
  • B Science/D Dental Medicine
  • B Science/D Medicine
  • B Arts/D Medicine