2021 university admission pathways

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COVID-19 continues to throw a spanner in student plans, including the university application process for students in Year 12.

If your teen has been planning to start university in 2022, they’ll appreciate knowing how to apply to university in the face of changing circumstances. Find out what you and your teen need to know about pathways to uni.

Parents continue to manage uncertainty for teenagers in the 2021 school year. Their teen’s final year of high school has been affected with social events cancelled and academic milestones shifted. One area where questions have persisted is what’s going to happen to those students who are planning on attending uni. All the normal activities leading up to applying for university have been up-ended by coronavirus restrictions.

Guidance for parents and caregivers on pathways to uni in 2021

Murdoch announced the Year 12 Early Offer Program in March. This gives 2021 school leavers the opportunity to apply for university using their Year 11 ATAR subject results. Your child could be admitted to their chosen course through an application under the Year 12 Early Offer Program or if their final ATAR score meets our entry requirements.

The new admissions pathway has been designed to reassure WA high school leavers that their university and career will not be delayed or disadvantaged by continuing lockdowns as the world struggles to contain a global pandemic. Murdoch understands high school students may experience difficulties in their final year of studies through no fault of their own.

The Year 12 Early Offer Program takes into account the ongoing disruption to student schedules which means they may not perform as well on the Year 12 scores as they would have otherwise. Students applying to university using the Year 12 Early Offer Program will be considered for admission as long as they meet their course requirements.

Applications for the Year 12 Early Offer Program are open until 16 December 2021. If your child doesn’t currently meet our admission requirements but would like to start studying in 2022, they can explore more ways to begin university studies.

**Please note - Applications for the Early Offer Program are now closed. However, we also offer a range of other pathways to study at Murdoch for students who have studied non-ATAR subjects.


Year 12 ATAR in 2021 is still vital to university success

All students are strongly encouraged to do their best on the Year 12 ATAR exams. The early offer is exactly that – a way to give your child support if their grades come up short because of COVID-19 restrictions that forced them to study from home. If your child didn’t get good marks on their Year 11 ATAR, they can still use Year 12 ATAR results to apply. In addition, sitting the test is good preparation for university study. 

Other pathways to uni

If your child hasn’t performed on their ATAR tests as well as they would have liked, or struggles with testing in general, there are several ways for them to still attend university in 2022. Enabling pathways are designed to help students build the skills they need to become eligible for undergraduate coursework.

Many of the courses do not have fees, and some of them don’t require an ATAR at all. Examples include:

  • OnTrack – 14-week university enabling course qualifies your child to apply for any undergraduate degree at Murdoch University that has a Selection Rank of 70. 
  • FlexiTrack – 10-week online course qualifies your child to apply directly for any undergraduate degree at Murdoch University that requires a Selection Rank of 70.
  • Media Portfolio – creative students can enrol in an Arts course based on their creative aptitude. ATAR results are not used to determine your child’s eligibility for admission to Murdoch but they will be required to present a portfolio of work. Students can apply mid-year during year 12 – even before TISC applications are open – all the way up to the week before uni starts in February. 
  • Portfolio – this pathway is for Year 12 students who have a strong pass in at least one Year 12 subject directly related to their desired course of study, or significant demonstrated ability, learning, and motivation via extra-curricular activities directly related to their desired course.

2021 hasn’t been the return to normalcy we were all hoping for. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to impact your high school student’s plans for uni.

Visit the Year 12 Early Offer Program page to keep updated on the new provisions for helping your child start university in 2022.  

Posted on:

8 Jan 2021

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