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Getting into uni with a portfolio instead of an ATAR

Ready to pursue your uni goals but can’t use your ATAR to gain admission? Our Portfolio Entry Pathway could be an ideal option for you.

By demonstrating your commitment and talent to your chosen degree through a portfolio of work and meeting our eligibility requirements, you could soon be part of the Murdoch free-thinking community.

Eligible courses

Getting into uni through a pathway other than ATAR shouldn’t limit your career choices. You can choose from our wide range of undergraduate courses with a selection rank of 70 as many accept entry through the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Find your course and check the entry requirements to see if it lists portfolio entry as a means of admission.

Arts, Creative Media or Communications courses

Planning to study a course that showcases your creative flair? We recommend you look into the Media Portfolio Pathway instead as this caters specifically to creative minds.

Learn more about our Media Portfolio pathway.

How to apply for portfolio entry

Regardless of whether you’ve recently graduated from high school or not, you can apply for portfolio entry.

All applicants need to demonstrate they meet our minimum English language requirements to qualify for entry.

High school leavers

To apply, you need to:

  • achieve a strong pass in at least one Year 12 subject directly related to your desired course of study, or significant demonstrated ability, learning and motivation via extra-curricular activities directly related to your desired course
  • meet our English language requirements, demonstrated by either:
    • evidence of completing Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level (domestic applicants only)
    • evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years study at a TAFE or at a Registered Training Organisation (domestic applicants only)
    • a scaled score of 50 in ATAR level English, Literature or EALD; a letter grade of B in General English, Literature or EALD, or a score of at least 140 in the written English section of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

When submitting your application, you need to include:

  • completed application form, including a personal statement outlining your interest, commitment and preparedness to study
  • completed school endorsement form
    Note: if the school endorsement form cannot be completed due to your school being closed for the December holiday period, your application will be assessed by a panel who will determine your readiness based on your personal statement, school reports, subject grades and other supporting documentation.
  • your Year 12 Semester 1 report
  • other supporting references for extracurricular activity related to your desired area of study (for example, clubs, employment or work experience).

If your application meets our eligibility requirements we will issue you with a conditional offer.

Your conditional offer is dependent on your final Year 12 results demonstrating that you have:

  • successfully completed the WACE
  • met our English language requirements
  • achieved a strong pass in a related subject or an out of school activity that demonstrates your ability.

If you meet these requirements, then you’re ready to join the Murdoch community and we’ll issue you with an unconditional offer. We can access your end of year results online via TISC if you complete your secondary education in WA.

If you’re unable to meet our English language requirements through your secondary school results, you could sit the written English component of the STAT test. A score of 140 is needed to meet our entry requirements.

As the STAT is usually for people over 20 years of age, school leavers need to request permission to sit the test. Download and complete the STAT English permission form then email it to domesticadmissions@dhlldv.com. If you are eligible, we will provide you with special permission to sit STAT.

Non-school leavers

To apply, you need to:

  • meet our English language requirements
  • provide evidence of your ability and aptitude by demonstrating relevant life and work experience (3-5 years), completed accredited courses and supporting professional references.

When submitting your application, you need to include:

  • completed application form, including a personal statement outlining your interest, commitment and preparedness to study
  • evidence of meeting our English language competency requirements
  • resume
  • two professional references in support of your application
  • other supporting documentation, such as related courses certificates or awards.

If your application meets our eligibility requirements, you will receive an offer. An interview may be required to complete your application assessment.

If you don’t meet our English language requirements through your secondary school results, you could sit the written English component of the STAT test. A score of 140 is needed to meet our entry requirements.

Apply now

Ready to join us? Follow these steps to apply direct to Murdoch and get your university journey started:

  1. read the above eligibility and application requirements
  2. complete the portfolio application form and all supporting documentation – have them ready for uploading at Step 9 of the online application process
  3. apply direct to Murdoch by submitting your application online.
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