A parent’s guide to the uni admission process

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By the time a child reaches Year 12, most parents are accustomed to the natural changes in the relationship. You’ve moved through all the stages of parenting and you’re both preparing for independence.

But when the first step to independence occurs at the same time as final exams, career selection, and education pathway considerations, it can be overwhelming to everyone. Having good resources for parental support can make all the difference between a bumpy ride and smooth sailing.

A lot is written about the stress children feel as they get ready for university. What often goes unnoticed is the upheaval parents experience as they support their Year 12 student. While it’s a huge transition for everyone, it’s an exciting time and it doesn’t have to be stressful. By getting on top of key information, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy the whole process. 

Learning the lingo

The first step to gaining credibility is to demystify ”uni-speak” for your child. If you’ve been to an Open Day or are planning to visit our campus for an information night, you might be feeling in the dark about all the acronyms and jargon tripping off the tongues of students and professors. Boning up on uni-speak is a lot easier than learning a foreign language and it’s a great way to lend parental support that will benefit both you and your child.

Admission pathways into university 


In a normal year unaffected by a global pandemic, students are usually only required to apply to university through TISC. In addition to the option of applying through the Year 12 Safety Net in 2020, students can still also apply through TISC. Applying through TISC can be broken down into five simple steps:

  1. Register at the TISC website. Make sure to get your WACE number from your school before you start.
  2. Select six career preferences and rank them in order of desirability. (Confused? Find out more about choosing TISC preferences.)
  3. Complete your online application and pay your fees.
  4. Submit the supporting documents listed on the application.
  5. Wait for your TISC email confirmation. 

Exploring alternative university admission pathways

Not every student is going to achieve the ATAR you would like for them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make their way into uni. We have a number of pathways to study to help students who didn’t excel in high school get ready for university. The good news is they’re free of charge for most students. Here are a few options to consider:

  • OnTrack Sprint – 4-week, on-campus course designed to bring those students with a near-miss ATAR up to speed over the summer. OnTrack Sprint allows students to start uni at the same time as the rest of their classmates.
  • OnTrack – 14-week course held on campus and designed to qualify students for admission to any course that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.
  • K-Track – a 14-week course for Indigenous students to help them develop the skills needed to succeed at university.
  • FlexiTrack –  online course qualifying students to apply directly to Murdoch for admission to any course that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70. FlexiTrack studies can be spread over 10 weeks, 20 weeks or 12 months.
  • TLC110 Learning for Tomorrow is an on-campus course best suited for students who need additional tuition to complete their WACE. Students must commit to attending courses once a week for three consecutive terms.

Make sure to check out all the ways you can get into university. It can take a lot of pressure off your whole family to realise there are plenty of options besides the tradition TISC route. 

Read more about how you can help prepare your teen for their first day of university

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10 Dec 2020

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