1. About Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia, registered brand names:

  • APM College of Business and Communication
  • Billy Blue College of Design
  • Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
  • Torrens University Language Centre
  • William Blue College of Hospitality Management
  • Chifley Business School
  • Media Design School

2. Admission Criteria

Torrens University Australia provides a range of pathways to university study as part of its commitment to equity and a belief that everyone should have access to further education.

Core to the University’s philosophy is that all students with the capacity to succeed in tertiary study should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of social or educational disadvantage. The University’s Admissions Policy reflects these aims. Selection processes are applied fairly and openly, and recognise that formal qualifications are not the only measure of the capacity to succeed.

To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes.

A. Applicants with higher education study

I. Applicants who have completed prior higher education study may be assessed and selected for admission if they meet one or more of the following criteria, in addition to any course-specific entry requirements including but not limited to interviews, referee reports and portfolios:

  • A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider
  • Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

II. Applicants who have completed a bridging or enabling program at an Australian University or another accredited provider may be assessed and selected for admission if the program is recognised as a basis for admission to an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above by another Australian University.

III. Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

I. Applicants who have completed prior vocational education study may be assessed and selected for admission if they meet one or more of the following criteria, in addition to any course-specific entry requirements including but not limited to interviews, referee reports and portfolios:

  • A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

II. Applicants admitted based on prior vocational education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

  • Students with completed units of competency may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

C. Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years ago (whether that be three years ago or thirty years or more) may be assessed and selected based on any combination of their:

  • Formal learning, including fully or partially completed qualifications, schooling or other structured courses of learning that lead to an officially accredited qualification
  • Non-formal learning through structured courses that do not lead to an officially accredited qualification, such as work-based courses and non-accredited professional development
  • Informal learning gained through relevant work or life experience, self-tuition and social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. This might also include volunteering experience, community activities or industry experience.

Course-specific requirements may describe additional criteria against which applications based on work and life experience will be assessed.

D. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

I. Australian Year 12 (all states and territories)

Applicants who have completed an Australian secondary school certificate, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution, within the prior two-year period may be assessed and selected for admission if they meet the minimum threshold ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). The following minimum threshold ATARs apply:

  • For entry to AQF level 7 (Bachelor degrees), applicants must have a minimum ATAR of 60
  • For entry to AQF level 6 (Associate degrees) or AQF level 5 (Diplomas), applicants must meet course-specific entry requirements.

Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) must have:

  • Completed their IB Diploma, and
  • Achieved a score of at least 24 points.

All ATAR scores quoted include any adjustment made through one of the tertiary admission centres (UAC, SATAC, QTAC or VTAC), for example due to eligibility for equity adjustment, location adjustment, subject adjustment or Elite Athlete / Performer adjustment.

Applicants who meet the minimum ATAR for admission may then be assessed against course-specific requirements, including but not limited to interviews, referee reports, portfolios and auditions.

II. Overseas Year 12 Equivalent

Applicants who have completed a secondary school qualification from an overseas institution within the prior two-year period, will have their application assessed by the International Admissions team to determine equivalency with the Australia secondary school certificate, using NOOSR and/or NARIC guidelines.

III. Non-ATAR Admission

Recent school leavers whose schooling has been interrupted or whose performance has been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission even if they have not achieved a valid ATAR or if their ATAR is below the minimum threshold

3. Additional Information

I. Special Entry

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

II. Course-specific quotas

Where a course has a set number of places available (a quota), applicants who meet the minimum entry threshold and any course-specific requirements will be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis.

III. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Torrens University Australia encourages applications for admission from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, and is committed to increasing the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.

Torrens has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Adviser to help students transition to the University and connect students with one-on-one support throughout their studies.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants can apply to Torrens based on:

  • completing high school in any state or territory, or equivalent, and meeting the minimum ATAR required for entry
  • completing any certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma from a TAFE or RTO
  • completing at least one year of higher education study from any registered University or other higher education provider
  • sitting a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) from any of the tertiary admission centres
  • completing any Aboriginal pathway or foundation program recognised as a basis of admission by another Australian University
  • providing evidence of work and life experience, including involvement in community alongside other forms of formal, informal and non-formal learning

IV. Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Australian citizens or permanent residents with overseas qualifications will have their qualifications assessed by the University’s International Admissions team, using NOOSR and/or NARIC guidelines.

V. English language proficiency

International applicants and domestic applicants who have not studied at the secondary level in English must also satisfy the University’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. To satisfy these requirements, applicants must provide evidence of one of the following three options:

  • Assessable qualifications in English from specified countries, including
    • successful completion of secondary education, or
    • minimum one-year full-time or part-time equivalent of tertiary education or
    • an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) award at Level 4 or above
  • Achieving the minimum course requirements in an approved English language test within 24 months of the commencement of studies at Torrens University Australia.
    • Some courses may require a higher overall score and/or sub-score(s) for entry as specified in the course-specific requirements.
  • Other evidence, including alternative English language tests and other evidence of English language proficiency, considered on a case-by-case basis by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic. This may include appropriate English proficiency level results from articulation partners, internal language assessments, completion of secondary studies and also gaining the required score in an approved final-year English subject (in Australia and approved overseas courses), work experience that requires communication in English, and students accepted by a registered higher education provider in Australia and successfully completed four subjects.

International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas.

5. Enrolment

I. Acceptance of Offer

To confirm you’re place at Torrens University Australia, you will be asked to accept your offer and make the payment through online registration. Online registration process you can be accessed at

http://www.torrens.edu.au/enrol

http://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/how-to

II. Advanced Standing

http://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/course-credits

III. Deferment

An applicant who has been offered a place and is yet to accept it may have the option to defer commencement of the course. If the applicant has already accepted the offer, they will be required to submit a Leave of Absence form if they wish to apply to put their studies on hold

IV. Fees & Charges

http://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/fee-assistance

6. Student Profile

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake for 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
197 10%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 145 7%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
737 36%
(D) Recent secondary education:

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of
    adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
 

130

 

0

 

433

 

6%

 

0%

 

21%

International students 425 21%
All students 2067 100.00%