There are now many avenues available for students who wish to gain entry to University: 

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
  • Alternative Entry, based on Year 11 results (University of Adelaide)
  • Alternative Entry, based on Year 12 results (UniSA)
  • Subject-based Entry (Flinders University)
  • UniTest (Flinders University)
  • Portfolio (Flinders University)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Foundation Studies (UniSA, Flinders University)
  • VET (Certificate lV or Diploma)  

Parents and students may be aware that there have been changes to university entry in recent times. While the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is still required for entry into competitive courses, there are numerous other avenues. The University of Adelaide and UniSA have alternative entry pathways into some courses based on students’ Year 11 results. Students whose applications are successful will receive an early conditional offer from September 2021, around one month after SATAC applications for this alternative entry pathway close.

However, students are advised that this reassurance should not turn into relaxation. Some Year 12 requirements do still apply, and the alternative entry is not available into all courses. The traditional ATAR and subject-based entry pathways are still available, so it’s definitely in student’s best interests to continue giving their 2021 studies their full effort.

Flinders University offers several options, and students are able to enroll in ‘preparation for university’ courses (Foundation Studies) at both UniSA and Flinders University. School students and adults are able to apply for a range of courses using results from the Special Tertiary Admissions Test, and the pathway to university at Diploma level is available for those with an appropriate VET Certificate IV.

Further information will be provided to students during Term 3 Pathways sessions, and to families at the University and TAFE Evening on Tuesday 10 August (Week 3).