Enabling Course

Waardong

Waardong is a special entry and enabling program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to study veterinary medicine and other animal and biological science based courses at Murdoch University. The program provides academic, social and cultural support for students enrolled in Veterinary Medicine and other participating science courses.

 

 

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Murdoch code
N1022
Study mode
Full Time
Duration
1
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Overview

Waardong provides academic, social and cultural support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in veterinary medicine and other animal and biological science based courses.

At initial entry, students may undertake their first year over two years, with the option of taking Orientation Chemistry units over two semesters if they do not have a background in chemistry. Additional enabling units are conducted alongside the core and elective units for the main course being undertaken, throughout that whole course, to provide scaffolded supplementary support for each specific unit, through the use of academics and tutors.

Entry to Waardong is restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and requires enrolment in an undergraduate course, either veterinary medicine, or other related animal and biological science degrees. There are three avenues for entry:

  • Candidates who apply through TISC or directly to Murdoch University and are accepted into both the main course and Waardong
  • Candidates who attend the one week residential testing and selection process and are subsequently recommended for entry into both the main course and Waardong
  • Candidates who undertake K-Track and then subsequently are accepted into a main course and Waardong.

The testing and selection week is particularly targeted at candidates who have not met standard entry criteria, such as those without an ATAR or those who have not previously undertaken post-secondary study. 

For more information contact the Waardong Lecturer.

Testing and selection week is in early December, and the deadline for submission of applications for testing and selection is 30 September each year.

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Entry requirements

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Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
University study

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.

Read further information on the admissions process for Veterinary Science

Successful completion of at least 2 years.

University study

Minimum academic requirement

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.

Read further information on the admissions process for Veterinary Science

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of at least 2 years.

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Extenuating circumstances

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.

GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 15 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

 

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

 

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
 B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total score of 38 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
CPS 85 or higher.
75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
98

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Overseas Year 12

Minimum academic requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.

Minimum english requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Extenuating circumstances

Minimum academic requirement

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.

GCE A Levels

Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 15 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

 

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

 

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum english requirement

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
 B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.

Minimum english requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum academic requirement

Total score of 38 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

Minimum academic requirement

CPS 85 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

Minimum academic requirement

98

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
AQF Certificate Level
No direct entry.
No direct entry.
AQF Certificate Level

Minimum academic requirement

No direct entry.

Minimum english requirement

No direct entry.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
No direct entry.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken ​prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)
No direct entry – consider Animal Science pathway.
No direct entry.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

No direct entry.

Minimum english requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken ​prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

No direct entry – consider Animal Science pathway.

Minimum english requirement

No direct entry.
This special entry and support program is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are enrolled in veterinary medicine, and other animal and biological science based courses. Entry can be obtained through recommendation after attendance at the one-week residential Testing and Selection process. Alternate entry may be permitted through K-Track, with approval from the relevant Academic Chair. Students entering relevant courses via TISC or direct university application will also be permitted, with approval from the relevant Academic Chair.

English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

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Instead of paying an overall course fee, you pay for the individual units you enrol in. The total course cost will vary depending on the units you choose.

Following your successful application, you’ll receive a Letter of Offer which will contain specific course and fee information.

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Postgraduate programs are full fee paying, unless indicated otherwise in your Letter of Offer.

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Scholarships

Make the most of your university experience by reducing the financial costs with a scholarship. Our International Welcome Scholarship offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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How to apply

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To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch online for all courses except Veterinary Science. If you're applying for Veterinary Science, you must apply through TISC.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Semester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Semester 2 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Semester 2 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can being your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 2 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 2 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 3 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

 

To start studying in Trimester 3 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

Check the apply to start dates to see when you can begin your degree, then follow the four step application process. Remember to check the document checklist for what to include when applying.

 

Your document checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have any of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Download and complete the Waardong Application Form.
  • A Letter of Expression addressing why you would like to be a Veterinarian. Outline your experience working with animals and how your family feel about you wanting to study in this field.
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