Apply for semester one

To apply to study an undergraduate course at Curtin in semester one, you will need to apply through the Tertiary Institutions Services Centre (TISC) using the steps below.

Applications for semester one, 2020 are open now. 

What type of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

Applicants with work and life experience

Mature age 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.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Applicants with vocational education and training study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Read more about what is classified as a TAFE or other AQF qualification.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Applicants with higher education also include students who have completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by, or on behalf of, a higher education provider such as:

Please note: If you are currently or have previously studied at Curtin, please apply directly to Curtin by clicking the APPLY NOW button on your desired course page and follow the instructions provided.

Prepare your TISC application by following the steps below.

Step 1: Login to the TISC website

If you’re a year 12 student studying WACE courses at a WA high school or pathway institution such as Canning College or Tuart College, you’ll already be registered with TISC.

Step 2: Submit your course preferences as part of your TISC application

Enter your TISC preference codes in order of which course you most want to apply for, followed by your second preference and so on. You can either use the course search on the TISC website or the TISC Guide to get the codes you need.

Step 3: Lodge your application

Follow the instructions, answer the few remaining questions and declare your application. You’ll be asked to declare that all the information you have provided is correct and to pay a fee to submit your TISC application.

Your online TISC application is only activated once payment has been made.

Final step: Secure your early offer!

Once you have submitted your TISC application you can apply to receive your Curtin offer early, ahead of the ATAR exam period. An early offer means you can spend more time preparing for your exams, knowing we’ve got your place at Curtin sorted.

Early offers are only available until 30 September 2019.

Check the eligibility criteria and fill out our online Early Offers form today!


Are you coming from another university?

If you’re switching from another university to study at Curtin, the application process is the same as above. Depending on your previous study or work experience, and the course you want to apply for, we may award you with credit for previous study or work experience towards the completion of your degree.

Notification of application result

Once you’ve sent your application to TISC, you will receive a confirmation email that it has been received.

TISC applications have set notification dates. Applications open in early August each year, and first round offers are sent out in mid January the following year.

The length of time it takes to process a direct Curtin application can vary, depending on the application type. Some applications can take longer to process, including those that:

  • have not submitted all documents, or have submitted the wrong type of document
  • are based on Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)
  • are from applicants who are applying for competitive courses – these applications are held and applicants are ranked and then notified at the same time
  • are based on an overseas qualification.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email. Successful applicants will be sent a letter of offer. You can accept your offer and enrol in your course, or you can defer your offer.

What happens next?

Once ATAR results have been released in December, you may wish to revisit your TISC preferences to reflect your ATAR. Then you will need to wait until first round offers are released in January.

If you do receive an offer of admission into a Curtin course in the first round, you can either accept or defer the offer. If you’ve been offered your second to sixth preference you can wait for the second round to see if you get your first preference.

Find out more about the offers process and important TISC dates.