Resources for parents and guardians

If your child is in Year 10 or above, they’re probably already thinking about their options after high school.

The choice of whether to continue their education will be one of the most important of their life, and as a parent, you need to be as well-informed as possible about the various paths available. Here you can find all the information you’ll need to understand life at UWA.

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Helping your child decide

As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in helping your child to understand their options and to make choices about their future. Here are some ways you can help.

The best way to start gathering information is to get online and start reading the relevant course guides.

If your child has questions about choosing the ‘right’ subjects to study, it’s important to alleviate any unnecessary stress. Any level of mathematics is a wise choice, even if they are unsure what area they’d like to focus on at university, because they may end up changing their minds.

English is a prerequisite to tertiary study and there are some courses that also require a certain level of mathematics. For all other courses where a prerequisite is indicated, students are still able to enrol if the subject has not been completed; they will simply need to complete a bridging unit within their degree.

Choosing a university and course can be daunting for students, and it can be the first big decision they have to make. Remember, the decision they make now is their choice, but reassure them that it's okay if they change their minds along the way.


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UWA course model

Our course model is exclusive to UWA and is benchmarked against world-leading universities, giving our students a competitive edge when they enter the workforce. Your child might have multiple careers in their lifetime, and UWA’s course model allows them to personalise their degree. Students can combine two majors into one degree, no matter how different they are, meaning they can pair their interests with their career goals, without losing time or money.

If your child is career-oriented and wants to study engineering, they can also complete a finance major. When they graduate, they are not limited to a career in just the engineering field, but one that has multiple career paths in commerce-related fields.

3 + 2 model

Studying a three-year undergraduate degree paired with a two-year postgraduate degree means your child will graduate with a higher qualification than a double degree (such as those taught at other universities) and, in some cases, it will take them less time to complete.

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Applications and enrolments


High school entry

If your child is looking to start university straight from high school, they can apply through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Early Offers

If your child would like to secure their position at UWA prior to exams, they can apply for our Early Offers program provided they meet the requirements.

Direct entry

If your child would like to apply directly to UWA, they can do so without incurring a processing fee through TISC. However, if they would like to apply for multiple universities at the one time, applying through TISC is the preferred option for many high school students.

Mature-age entry

If your child is looking at taking a break before starting at UWA, they can apply directly to UWA once they are at least 20 years of age.

2020 Undergraduate Mini Admissions Guide

2020 Undergraduate Mini Admissions Guide [PDF 221KB]


If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to UWA or through an agent. Log in or sign up to apply to UWA today!

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries.

What does it cost?


A degree at UWA does involve fees for each student, which can be covered through the HECS system and taken care of after graduation when your child’s earnings have reached a certain level. If you’d prefer to assist your child, it is possible for fees to be paid at the time of study.

UWA also offers a broad range of scholarships to help cover the cost of studying, spanning academic achievement, financial need, rural or remote location and more.


International entry

International students at UWA are required to pay tuition fees for their study. Tuition fees are based on the course of study and increase annually. UWA offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Semester fees are due to be paid by the first day of each semester and no later than the relevant teaching period census date in the year of enrolment.


It can be difficult to work out your options when navigating through university terminology. We’ve put together a list of words you’ll find helpful in decoding the information as well as some differences between high school and uni, and what you can expect on a day-to-day basis as a student at UWA.


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