What is a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition?
A Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) covers the impact of nutritional, dietary and lifestyle factors on health, and how therapeutic nutritional intervention can achieve wellbeing. This bachelor delivers hands-on experience at the student-led Practice Wellbeing Centre under the guidance of experienced nutritionists, treating public patients. A degree in nutrition will prepare you to confidently start clinical nutrition practice in the community.
In this course, you will learn the foundations of health science, including human biology, physiology and pathology, as well as the basics of research and evidence-based practice. You’ll study how food and other dietary factors can be used to improve wellbeing at individual, community or population level. Under the guidance of experienced nutritionists, you will gain hands-on experience treating public patients at our custom-built student-led clinic, The Practice Wellbeing Centre. Work-Integrated Learning and clinical practicum experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects.
- Consult with the public under guidance of experienced clinical nutritionists.
- Understand the therapeutic use of clinical nutrition in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions.
- Take an evidence-based approach to the science of food and how it can be balanced to nurture good health.
- Know dietary requirements throughout the lifespan and the impact of deficiency and nutritional interventions.
This course is accredited by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
AARPN professional registration access
Upon completion, you’re eligible to join The Australasian Association and Register of Practicing Nutritionists.
ANTA recognised credentials
On graduation, you are eligible to register with the Australian Natural Therapists Association.
NSA recognised credentials
On graduation, you are eligible to register as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
CMA recognised qualification
Upon completion, you’re eligible to attain membership with the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA).
The Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Nutrition) provides a number of career opportunities. Whether you’re interested in providing clinical nutrition advice face-to-face with clients, creating innovative nutritional recipes or jumping into the world of nutrition research, there is a growing demand for skilled practitioners and registered clinical nutritionist in a range of industries and healthcare settings.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $64,000 - $109,000
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Subjects and units
Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.
Biological Foundations | BFD105ABiological Foundations explores the biological building blocks which make up the human body from the chemical level up to the cellular level. These essential chemistry concepts will assist with building relevant links to the study of human physiology in later subjects. The subject then explores the foundational studies in biochemistry which includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, lipids, DNA and RNA. The concepts of gene expression and regulation are discussed in addition to the cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane. The study of the biology of the human cell concludes this subject and upon completion equips students to commence study at the tissue level of structure and physiology subjects.
Understanding Health | HWEL2002AThis subject provides students an introduction to the diversity of health theories and initiatives to improve health outcomes. Students will engage with key concepts including human right to health, social determinants of health, equality, equity and vulnerability. An introduction to Australia’s health system and intersectoral action will also be provided.
Human Nutrition 1 | NUTR2001AHuman Nutrition 1 (NUTR2001A) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, as well as the water soluble vitamins and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient and water soluble vitamin is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these nutrients contribute to the public health agenda.
Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101AHuman Structure & Physiology 1 introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. This subject will build on the biological foundations by exploring the interaction and organisation of cells, tissues and organs which forms a basis to study the physiological integration of key body systems. The maintenance and regulation of the internal environment by homeostasis at a system level will be key to students understanding disruption and disease in later subjects. Key physiological and functional processes such as movement, metabolism, oxygenation and protection will be discussed, with body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular system the focus of this subject. This subject will provide the first part of an evidence based foundational knowledge of human physiology to guide health practice.
Food Science, Systems and Policy | NUTR2004A
Food Science, Systems and Policy (NUTR2004A) examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia and globally. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system and how these impact on public health initiatives as they relate to food security, sustainability and food deserts.
This subject has an option of participation in 20 hours of Voluntary Work Experience in a health-related business.
Human Nutrition 2 | NUTR2002AHuman Nutrition 2 (NUTR2002A) provides a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge about the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each micronutrient’s structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic dose is studied. This subject also covers the factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations. The role of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of chronic disease is examined. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the concepts of genetically engineered food. They will discover how food-borne illnesses can be prevented and identify environmental contaminants in the food supply. This subject also explores the current scientific literature, enabling students to determine the appropriate use of dietary supplementation.
Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102AHuman Structure & Physiology 2 will further develop knowledge of the structure and physiology of the human body with special attention given to the integration of human systems and beginning to explore the impact of disturbances in Homeostasis and disruption of normal function. The structure and function of the lymphatic, immune, digestive, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive systems and the special senses are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body. This subject builds on the knowledge and understandings of human structure and physiology, provides the foundation to look at disease, disorders and syndromes and their pathophysiology, in later subjects.
Evidence-based Practice | EBP107AThis subject provides you with an introduction to the essential components of evidence-based practice: health informatics, research and digital literacy, and critical thinking. You will develop the skills necessary to locate, critique and interpret a research article, and gain an understanding of how research evidence is translated into practice. You will become familiar with quantitative and qualitative evidence, research methodology, basic descriptive and inferential statistics and the foundational skills to evaluate and appraise evidence in healthcare.
Human Systems and Pathophysiology 1 | HSP201AHuman Systems & Pathophysiology 1 is the first of two subjects that builds upon the foundational studies in Human Structure & Physiology and then expands student’s skills and knowledge into the area of pathophysiology and human disease process. Understanding the pathogenic process and the disruption of homeostasis in relation to disease will be important concepts, in the context of individual, community and population health.
This subject will cover:
- Basic pathological processes in response to injury and growth abnormalities.
- Immunology, toxicology, microbiology, and their characteristic diseases.
- Pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical manifestations for diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular systems
- Introduction to commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of findings.
Human Biochemistry | HBC205AHuman Biochemistry explains the processes of macromolecule metabolism, energy production and storage in the body. Included in this subject are the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids; the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism; oxidative phosphorylation, the electron transport chain, biosignaling and chemical communication. The concept of gene expression and regulation is also explored. Human Biochemistry provides healthcare practitioners a vital foundation on the basic macromolecules and genetic understandings essential for life. This knowledge will be built upon and expanded further in later subjects.
Pre-Clinical Studies 1 | PCS207APre-Clinical Studies 1 (PCS207A) is the first of the two part series of Pre-Clinical subjects in which students observe clinical practice, learn effective communication and counselling skills and professional ethical practices. This subject reinforces evidence based practices and the principles and philosophies of natural medicine, which sets the basis for guiding students to progress and evolve through the development of critical thinking, case history taking skills and communicating holistic understanding, and the therapeutic plan in a workshop setting.
Human Systems and Pathophysiology 2 | HSP202AHuman Systems & Pathophysiology 2 builds upon the concepts explored in Human Systems & Pathophysiology 1 and continues to expand student’s skills and knowledge in pathophysiology and the human disease process, in relation to individual, community and public health. The pathophysiology and symptomatology will be covered for various disease states of the musculoskeletal, integumentary, hematologic, pulmonary, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems. Conditions specific to gerontology and aging will also be considered. General diagnostic approaches will be introduced and the commonly used laboratory tests and interpretation of such findings for the associated disorders and conditions will continue to be developed.
Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism | SCIE2006ANutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism (SCIE2006A) builds on concepts developed in human biochemistry and the foundations of nutritional science. The biochemical structure and function of macro and micronutrients and biochemical mechanisms associated with digestion, absorption, transport and storage are examined. The integration of biochemical mechanisms of nutrients with disease pathophysiology is explored. This subject also provides an in depth understanding of the microbiome, biological oxidation, inflammation, antioxidants, liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis. Students will learn about nutritional genomics and epigenetics and how they relate to professional practice. The clinical relevance and importance of nutritional biochemistry for the nutritional management of major diseases is also emphasised.
Nutritional Therapeutics 1 | NUT208ANutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208A) is the first of a two part series in which students begin to integrate their health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The digestive, hepatobiliary, neurological, immune, respiratory systems and conditions affecting the special senses including the eyes and ears will be examined.
Clinical Assessment | CLA207A
Clinical Assessment builds on the theory of the Human Systems & Pathophysiology subjects and develops practical skills for clinical assessment and examination of the client. Skills for history taking, gathering clinical information, observing clinical manifestations, critical analysis of signs and symptoms, identifying red flags, interpreting medical reports, pathology tests and diagnostic imaging are developed. Students will explore a range of physical examination techniques using appropriate equipment to reach primary and differential diagnoses. Students will develop and practice skills in effective communication, respecting clients’ privacy, work health and safety concerns as well as the need for referral to other health care practitioners in a professional manner.
This subject has compulsory attendance requirements.
Pre-Clinical Studies 2 | PCS209AFollowing on from Pre-Clinical Studies 2 (PCS207A), students will apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of case taking, holistic, biomedical and therapeutics to conduct critical case analysis and management through the use of holistic evidence based principles, clinical examination skills, and techniques to implement appropriate therapeutic strategies and prescriptions in a simulated clinic environment. Students will refine interpersonal skills including patient counselling and develop their capacity to give and receive constructive feedback. Throughout the subject, students will reflect and develop their practitioner persona for future clinical practice. Students will also build on their understanding of clinical practice by undertaking 25 hours of clinical observation in the Student Clinic.
Lifespan Nutrition | NUTR2005ALifespan Nutrition (NUTR2005A) examines the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing populations, as well as the specific issues affecting Indigenous communities, sports people and other at risk populations. This subject provides an overview of dietary patterns and eating habits by age group and dietary recommendations for optimal nutrition to maintain wellbeing at each life stage.
Nutritional Therapeutics 2 | NUT301Nutritional Therapeutics 2 (NUT301) builds upon Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (NUT208) in which students begin to integrate health science and human nutrition knowledge for the dietary and nutritional management of particular health conditions. Students will analyse and critically evaluate the evidence and examine specific body systems and associated health conditions to develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment. The endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, reproductive, urinary and renal, and dermatological systems will be examined. Pediatric conditions and HIV and Aids will also be reviewed. This subject requires compulsory participation in 72 hours of clinical practicum experience in The Practice Wellbeing Centre
Food as Medicine | FAM203Food as Medicine (FAM203) introduces students to the concept that food can be used as a form of medicine to promote health and wellbeing and treat and prevent disease. This subject provides an overview of farming practices, food preparation, cooking and storage methods, as well as food manufacturing and processing techniques and their impacts on the nutritional value of foods. Students will investigate nutritional food-based science including the health effects of food additives, food safety and phytochemical toxicity. An in depth study of food evolution, historical, cultural and modern uses of food as medicine and the medicinal properties of food is also examined. The benefits and disadvantages of new dietary models are also explored. Students will explore the potential therapeutic function of food, the relationship of phytochemical constituents and disease, and their physiological effects on humans. Students will learn how to apply evidence based nutrition knowledge to illustrate the use of food as a therapeutic tool and provide food-based recommendations in health and disease.
Integrated Pharmacology | DIP303AIntegrated Pharmacology comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice and common interactions between drugs, physical therapies and natural remedies. Drugs for pain, inflammation, infection, mental health, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed. Drug actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with natural remedies and physical therapies are discussed, together with implications for naturopathic, nutritional and western herbal medicine prescribing. This subject is crucial for the modern healthcare practitioner to understand common medications that patients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and complementary treatments. This subject also emphasises the need for clear lines of communication and common language between doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners in order to obtain the best health outcomes for clients.
Dietary Counselling and Planning | DCP409A
This subject is a core subject for final year students in the Bachelor of Health Science Clinical Nutrition and an elective for the Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy and Bachelor of Health Science Western Herbal Medicine students. This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct thorough nutritional assessment and construct therapeutic dietary interventions in clinically specific disease states. This subject will also provide students with the fundamental skills in communication and counselling techniques to be used when consulting and effectively communicating with culturally diverse groups and patients. Students will learn the counselling and education skills required to implement behavioural change in professional practice as Health Practitioners.
This subject requires compulsory participation in 144 hours of clinical practicum experience in The Practice Wellbeing Centre.
Naturopathy students are exempt from the clinical practicum requirement of this subject.
Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health | EPR307Entrepreneurship, Professionalism & Business Skills in Health will introduce students to the concepts of small business management, entrepreneurship and how to identify the professional requirements of their healthcare discipline. This subject will explore the topics necessary to establish and run a successful healthcare practice and maintain their professional status in the healthcare sector. Students will also explore their professional identity to support the understanding of the ethical conduct, liability, legal and regulatory requirements that are pertinent to their specific modality. This subject will initiate the development of a Business plan using entrepreneurial practices and innovative design thinking. This will include exploring business strategies such as operating policy and procedures, marketing and branding, networking strategies, leadership, administration and financial issues necessary for the operation and management of a contemporary healthcare practice.
Functional Nutritional Medicine | FNM408AThis final year subject builds on and further integrates the concepts introduced in Nutritional Therapeutics 1 and 2. Students will explore the evidence base for advanced clinical nutrition and extend their knowledge of therapeutic mechanisms and application of nutrients and phytochemicals through a functional and integrated systems approach. Foetal programming, mitochondrial dysfunction, genetic polymorphisms, neurological, metabolic, and inflammatory disease, and cancer will be explored. Students will continue to learn how to devise comprehensive nutritional therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on complex health conditions. In this subject, students will be expected to integrate knowledge from Clinical Assessment, Research & Evidence Based Practice and Nutritional therapeutics to provide clinically informed decisions in developing nutrition interventions for complex clinical cases.
Health Promotion | HPR200This subject provides students with the knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts within various settings within Australia. Students are introduced to the key theories and concepts regarding behavioural change as it relates to health status. This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate their counselling and nutrition knowledge to devise and assess health promotion interventions.
Diet and Disease | NUTR2006AIn this subject, students will analyse the relationship between diet and chronic disease, with a focus on major non-communicable diseases and their impact on vulnerable populations. Students will explore the determinants of population nutrition health problems and the role of nutritional interventions and preventative strategies and how these impact on communities and global health outcomes. Major non-communicable health conditions including obesity, cancer, mental health issues, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal conditions, pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease will be examined.
Special Populations Project | NUTR2008This course allows students to undertake a piece of research within a special population of their choice, focusing on an issue, which is allied to or impacted by nutrition. This unit is the equivalent to a capstone unit, drawing together the learning of the core public health curriculum with the nutrition specialism to allow students to apply all their learning and skills to a project of their choice, generating an outcome they can evidence in pursuit of the preferred career choice.
Public Health Nutrition | NUTR2007AThis subject introduces the essential components of public health nutrition, exploring policies, priorities, programs and practice which assist in health promotion and disease prevention through nutritional interventions in communities and populations. Students will build on the skills and knowledge to appraise political, environmental, social and economic influences on public health nutrition goals and practice. Students will identify and evaluate the major local and global public health nutrition issues affecting societies today, and be able to apply policy, practical theory and models, and frameworks for the development of programs and interventions to improve population health though nutrition. Students will develop the know- how to assess the nutritional needs of populations, and the ability to plan, implement and evaluate public health nutrition initiatives to positively affect health.
Chemistry for the Health Professions | CHP203Chemistry for the Health Professions builds on the essential topics in chemistry covered in Biological Foundations. This subject expands on atomic theory and explores equilibrium and gas laws. These concepts will provide the foundation for understanding chemical processes which will be explored including buffers, equilibrium, radioactivity and chemical kinetics relevant to health. This subject also examines the physiology of taste and smell and their relationship with aroma and flavor. It also investigates the composition and function of the chemicals in food, enabling students to describe the impacts of radiation, oxidation and other chemical processes on food integrity and health. This will include a comparison of key chemical analysis and microbiological testing methods that are used to quantify chemical & microbiological components to maintain food safety and review of how these align to the food standards. Chemistry for the Health Professions concludes with acquiring a deeper knowledge of gene expression & regulation and an exploration of the chemistry of epigenetics.
First Peoples Cultures, History and Health | FPH201This subject equips you with specific foundational knowledge for understanding the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and provides key resources to support evidence-based culturally sensitive and accessible care that meets the needs of First Nations People. You will gain an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health from pre-colonisation to the present, examining health issues in historical, political and policy contexts. Learn how colonial history has determined power relations between healthcare professionals and First Nations People, and how that impacts health, demographic and socioeconomic trends and outcomes. Incorporate cultural awareness to improve interprofessional health practice and advocate for improved health outcomes and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Nutrition Assessment | NUT302This subject examines a variety of methods to measure food, nutrition and physical activity levels against reference standards at the individual and population level. Students will develop practical skills on how to measure dietary intake, energy expenditure and body composition as well as utilising nutrition screening tools to assess nutritional status. Students will explore the application of anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, dietary and environmental/economic assessment tools, inclusive of their strengths and limitations. Students will critically analyse and interpret dietary, physical activity and anthropometric survey data, as well as identify appropriate methods based on precision, reliability, validation and reproducibility.
Health Education and Communication | HEC306This subject explores the philosophy and principles of health education and communication in a variety of settings. Students will gain practical skills in communicating in a culturally sensitive, ethical and professional manner using appropriate resources, technologies and techniques to translate scientific concepts and evidence-based information to a target audience. Students will apply health behavioural theories and health promotion strategies to advocate for improved health outcomes that are equitable and sustainable.
Critical Literature Review | CLR308AThis subject builds on established knowledge of literature search methods and critical appraisal skills to culminate in a review that conforms to publication standards. You will have an opportunity to critically examine the current literature to answer a chosen research question that will inform clinical decision-making. You will write a literature review that appraises the current knowledge base, highlighting strengths, weaknesses and omissions in existing literature.
Healthcare in the Digital World | HDW204Digital competence is an essential part of any career in the contemporary health sector. This subject will develop your digital fluency and introduce you to current and emerging health care technologies and data science, the role of telehealth, health applications for mobile phones, wearable technology, social media and the internet of things. You will cover the use of health informatics, such as telemedicine in rural communities and developing countries, and managing and monitoring information technology operations. You will also discuss the legal and ethical issues of using of these technologies in your practice as a health professional, and create an ethical and professionally appropriate online presence.
Complementary Medicine Foundations | CMF105Complementary Medicine Foundations introduces the historical and conceptual emergence of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine and how this underpins contemporary clinical practice in Australia and globally. It specifically focuses on professional practice: introducing the therapeutic model, the underlying theoretical and philosophical concepts, and discusses the differences between various approaches to the health-disease-healing process. Students will be introduced to the local regulatory environment of the complementary medicine professions within the context of their career outcome and best practice. This subject introduces key concepts regarding ethics and communication in therapeutic relationships.
International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.
International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.
Industry partners and work placements
Work-Integrated Learning hours
You’ll be able to gain 360 hours of Clinical Practicum Experience at The Practice Wellbeing Centre and 95 hours of Work-Integrated Learning at an external organisation of your choice.
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above
Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
ScholarshipsWe want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.
Before you begin your application to study as a international student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
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Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.
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Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
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