Domremy College Careers

Alternate Pathways to University and understanding University terminology

Alternate Pathways to University and understanding University terminology


Pathways to University


TAFE or another VET provider

You can gain entry to many universities if you’ve completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, such as an AQF diploma, advanced diploma or the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) through TAFE or another college. 

You should consider completing a diploma or advanced diploma course at TAFE or a private college if you:

·       don’t get accepted to University straight from school,

·       or are unsure about the degree that you want to study.

A VET entry pathway may take a little longer, but it does give you extra qualifications and the time to make sure you’ve chosen the right subjects and the right career path.

Some universities may also offer credit recognition to students who are transferring from another course. Credit recognition could fast-track completion of your degree by crediting you for subjects, on the basis of your previous studies.  



UTS: INSEARCH is a registered higher education institution and the pathway provider to UTS through foundation studies and diploma programs.

UTS Foundation Studies

UTS Foundation Studies is offered on behalf of UTS and delivered by UTS: INSEARCH. The UTS Foundation studies program prepares you for Australian university in a range of disciplines. It covers content related to the field of study you may wish to pursue at UTS and encourages development of university skills and learning styles.

This program provides pathways to UTS: INSEARCH Diplomas and for students who achieve exceptional results, entry into the first year of an undergraduate degree at UTS.

You can choose from one of six streams of study:

·       Arts and Social Sciences

·       Business

·       Design and Architecture

·       Information Technology

·       Nursing and Health Sciences

·       Physical Sciences

Entry into the program will be determined by your qualifications at the time of entry.

Students who complete the UTS Foundation Studies program with the required grades are eligible to:

·       apply for admission to the first year of undergraduate courses at UTS on a competitive basis

·       enter diploma programs at UTS: INSEARCH.

Diploma courses

UTS: INSEARCH offer a broad range of higher education diplomas, and depending on the diploma chosen you can fast track directly into the second year of the corresponding UTS undergraduate degree if you meet the required Grade Point Average (GPA).

All UTS: INSEARCH diplomas are designed in collaboration with the corresponding UTS faculty. This means the educational outcomes for students undertaking a UTS: INSEARCH diploma are for most courses equivalent to those of first year students undertaking the corresponding undergraduate degree at UTS. You can choose an accelerated diploma program (8 months) or a standard program (12 months).

UTS: INSEARCH offers six diplomas:

·       Business

·       Communication

·       Design

·       Engineering

·       Information Technology

·       Science

In most cases you will complete the same core subjects at UTS: INSEARCH as students studying in their first year at UTS.

The majority of UTS: INSEARCH diploma courses provide up to 48 credit points of credit recognition, which is equivalent to one year of study at UTS.

For all details and articulation conditions please visit the UTS:INSEARCH website (opens an external link).


Macquarie University

What is Next Step?

The Next Step program is an alternative pathway for students who have not been able to enter into a degree through traditional methods (such as through the Universities Admission Centre), or mature age students who never had the opportunity to continue on to tertiary education.

Students studying via Next Step have a large selection of units to choose from, with four of the faculties (Arts, Business and Economics, Human Sciences and Science) offering units to Next Step students. The units successfully completed in the pathway will be credited towards the student's award course (bachelor degree) at Macquarie University.

Once enrolled, Next Step students are indistinguishable from degree students. You will attend the same classes; have the same assignments, and the same rules as every other Macquarie student.

The Next Step pathway is an upfront tuition fee program and as such, no HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP will be available to students whilst studying the Next Steppathway.

Upon successful completion of the Next Step pathway after meeting specific pathway criteria, students are guaranteed entry into one of seventeen (17) bachelor degrees.



University of Western Sydney


Pathway Courses


The University of Western Sydney offers eligible students the opportunity of apply for a Diploma in various disciplines. To be eligible for admission students to need to attain a minimum ATAR or 50. On completion of the one year course students are progressed into second year of their preferred degree.


Notre Dame University


Alternative Entry - Sydney

The University of Notre Dame Australia places great value on applicants coming to the University through a variety of entry pathways.

If you have applied through the Notre Dame Admissions process, but have not been offered a place in your nominated course, you may be offered an alternative entry pathway.

Successful completion of one of the following programs/methods will allow prospective students to apply for entry to their course of choice.

Notre Dame Foundation Year
A one-year bridging course that builds the confidence and skills required to successfully undertake university study.

Notre Dame Tertiary Enabling Program
A full-time, thirteen week (one semester) alternative entry program that is available each semester.

 Prospective students should note that completion of an alternative entry          pathway does not guarantee entry into a course at Notre Dame.

For more information:

Sydney Campus

Domestic Students
Phone: (02) 8204 4404 or 



 Preparation Program (UNSW Prep 17-19)

If you are keen to study at uni but have faced challenges in year 11 and 12 that make you eligible for the UNSW ACCESS Scheme, and you don't meet the cut-off for degree entry, we want you to consider UNSW Prep. 

UNSW Prep is a one year (18 months for Engineering) pathway to a UNSW degree place. You study subjects that allow you to develop your academic skills, including maths skills if needed, so that you can achieve your best results.  You also study degree level courses from week one, to give you a realistic introduction to university level study.  If you do well in these courses you can also earn course credit towards your degree.

To be eligible you need to receive a minimum ATAR of 50 and need to be between the ages of 17-19


Sydney Uni- Alternate Pathways

 • Our Flexible Entry Scheme takes into considera@on your performance in Higher School Cer@ficate (HSC) or Interna@onal Baccalaureate (IB) subjects that are relevant to your preferred degree.
 • It means you may  receive an offer for a course if you achieve an ATAR within five points of the minimum required.
 • Flexible entry is available for about 70 of our undergraduate courses. In most cases it's applied automatically if you're eligible.
 • For a few other courses, such as Media and Communications, Architecture or Engineering, a separate application is required. We're interested in hearing about your motivation for choosing the degree, as well as any extra work experience you may have, and your performance in particular subjects in Years 11 and 12.
 • Find out if flexible entry is available for your preferred course, or contact us for more details. Sydney Uni Alternate Entry
 • Broadway Scheme • The Broadway scheme targets domestic students who have experienced long-term disadvantage that has affected educational performance in Year 11 and/or Year 12 including from disrupted schooling, financial hardship, home or school environment, English language difficulty, personal illness or disability, or refugee status. • There are 600 places allocated every year and, much like flexible entry, it allows for entry into most courses with an ATAR that is five points below the published cutoff.
 • Excluded courses are the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced), Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and all combined medicine courses.
 • Contact us for more details.