How to prepare your teen for university

Preparing for university can be a big step for many high school students and their parents and families alike. As a parent or guardian, you play a key role in providing guidance and advice to your teen and with so much information out there it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve created many resources and tools to help you and your teen on this journey.

Helping your teen decide what to study

There are a range of factors to consider when deciding what to study, including your teen’s ATAR or selection rank, what area of study they are interested and passionate in and how they plan to study. Explore our undergraduate courses and read our guide to helping your child pick their university course.

Course, Admission and Pathways Guides

Explore our guides to find out more about our courses, admission requirements and university life, as well as to read additional information for parents. If you’re not sure what some of the university terminology means, check out our guide to uni lingo.

Admissions & Pathways

Our Future Student Officers explain the range of admission pathways available for both school leavers and non-school leavers to gain entry into Murdoch University.

Raising teenagers blog

Whether it be helping your teen choose subjects for year 11 and 12 or providing insights on what they can expect on their first day, you can support your teen on their journey to university by exploring our wide range of blog articles.

Year 12 Early Offer

Year 12 Early Offer Program

If your child is graduating from Year 12 in 2021, they can apply now through our Year 12 Early Offer Program.

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Programs for primary and high school students

We have programs for primary and high school students to help them improve in areas, prepare for tertiary study and get a taste of university life.

After school programs

If your child is aged 10 or over, they can take part in our mathematics, chemistry and physics after school programs. Held on three days each week, these two-hour interactive sessions are designed to engage students who have an interest in science or maths, preparing them for their future career and introducing them to the idea of university. Each session is run by a Murdoch staff member who will offer one-on-one guidance and support.

Program Day
Physics Monday (4:30–6:30pm)
Chemistry Thursday (4:30–6:30pm)
Mathematics Friday (4:30–6:30pm)

To find out more or to participate in this program, email

Horizons Summer School

Designed for students transitioning from Year 11 to Year 12, our Horizons Summer School program will give your child an opportunity to experience university life first-hand. Running in January, the program allows your child to develop knowledge and skills relevant to their Year 12 studies and beyond.

Find out more about Horizons Summer School

Events for future students and parents

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