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How to get into uni no matter what your ATAR

How to get into uni with any ATAR or OP


So, here we are: ATAR results 2019. Or OP results 2019, if you’re from Queensland. For students, it’s a time of big changes – but what happens if you’re feeling disappointed?

What happens if my ATAR or my OP is lower than I expected?

Don’t worry, despite how it may feel right now, a low ATAR or a low OP is not a life sentence. There are many alternative pathways which provide entry options if you don’t quite meet the traditional requirements. You don’t need to resort to searching for low ATAR uni courses, or low OP uni courses. Smart students know that even if their OP or ATAR isn’t as high as they’d hoped, there are opportunities still open to them to ultimately get into their dream university course.

What are my options if my ATAR is lower than I needed?

Many school leavers opt to study a diploma! Diplomas often offer a pathway into your university dream. We offer diplomas in marketing, events management, business, graphic design, interior design and decoration, beauty and spa practice, nutrition, hospitality, culinary management and tourism. Full-time diploma students, after just one year, will be able to use this as a pathway into a bachelor degree. Students will gain credit for the subjects already successfully completed.

Studying a diploma gives you a feel for university life without committing to a whole course. With lower ATAR/OP requirements or a Year 12 certificate, students enrolled in a diploma could still study single subjects and study at university whilst working and/or pursuing other personal interests.

Please note that neither the Diploma of Design nor the Diploma of Photography can be used to directly transfer onto a degree.

Use your top three subjects for entry instead of ATAR or OP

When education providers are only looking at OP and ATAR scores for uni courses, they’re actually missing out on some top talent.

That’s why Torrens University Australia now gives you a chance to show off your achievements in your top three subjects instead. You may be eligible to enrol in a degree course with a lower ATAR or OP if you’ve done really well in the subjects you’re most passionate about, with at least a Band 2 (or in Victoria, a score of at least 25 and above).

All we ask is that one of your top three subjects is in the field that you hope to study with us. This is great news – it means that if maths or science wasn’t really your thing, but you’re a bit of a creative genius, your weaker points aren’t going to drag you down. In cases like this, a portfolio of work would really help as well.

Take a gap year

Remember, not all first-year university students come straight out of high school. If you decide to take a year off to work or to travel, great! You’ll be able to spend more time working out who you are and what you want to do.

Why not take a few subjects and keep university part of your options? Many of our diplomas (as discussed above) are even offered as online courses. Taking your time to pursue other things can still result in a bachelor degree eventually – there’s no rush.

Forget low ATAR uni courses, dust yourself off and get right back on track to where you wanted to be. Torrens University Australia typically admits domestic students for our undergraduate courses with ATAR 60/OP17.

You can find more about our entry requirements here.

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