Mature age student university entry
How to apply as a Mature age student
You can apply as a mature-age student if:
- You completed year 12 more than two years ago OR
- You have a higher education qualification (complete or partial) OR
- You have vocational education and training (VET) OR
- You have work and life experience.
1 Find a course
2 Check eligibility
3 Prepare & submit application
4 Optional steps
Find a course
Take some time to explore the courses available in your area of interest and get in touch with our Future Student Advisors if you need help deciding on the course that’s right for you.
Carefully check the entry requirements of the course you are applying for. This may include previous qualifications, English language proficiency, and work or life experience. You can find the specific entry requirements for your chosen course here.
Complete and submit your application form online. Please ensure you include all requested information and include all supporting documents.
When you submit your application, we will get in touch within 24 hours to help you with next steps. We may also contact you for further details or documents if required to successfully assess your application.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
We recognise the knowledge and experience you have earned through your previous study and/or work, and it may make you eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs. Prior learning we recognise can include:
- Formal learning that occurs through a structured program that leads to the full or partial achievement on an accredited qualification.
- Informal learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences.
- Non-formal learning that takes place through a structured program that does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
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 if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)?
- 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.
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.
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.
Domestic students 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.
International students Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or email email@example.com. For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
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