Non-school leaver entry pathway

If you don’t have any recent qualifications to use as the basis for your application to Melbourne, our non-school leaver entry pathway could help you gain a place in your preferred course.

Why should I use this pathway?

All applicants to the University must demonstrate academic merit and meet other requirements as part of the application process. As a non-school leaver, you may not have a recent study history and therefore may not meet the standard entry requirements for the course of your choice.

The non-school leaver entry pathway provides mature-age applicants and those who are not entering direct from Year 12 an alternative way to demonstrate their eligibility for entry and their likelihood to succeed in their chosen course.

Which courses are available?

The following undergraduate courses welcome applications from mature age applicants who have satisfied the steps of the non-school leaver entry pathway:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Environments (No 2017 intake)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (all specialisations)*
  • Bachelor of Music*
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

*Note that the extra requirements for this course must also be satisfied in order for you to be considered for selection.

Please note that that the non-school leaver entry pathway does not provide an entry point to the Diploma in General Studies or the University's Chancellor's Scholars Program. For more information about these courses please visit Course Search.

How to apply

  • Am I eligible?

    To be eligible for this pathway, you must:

    • Be aged 23 years or older on 30 September 2016 (for Semester 1, 2017 entry), or 5 June 2017 (for Semester 2, 2017 entry)
    • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
    • Have no qualifications from the past seven years that could be used as a basis for your application*
    • Meet course prerequisites and satisfy any other extra requirements
    • Demonstrate your likelihood to succeed in tertiary study by achieving competitive results in a specified aptitude test, or through the University's Community Access Program (CAP).

    *To be eligible for entry in Semester 1, 2017 you must not have attained university results since Semester 2, 2009. For Semester 2, 2017 entry you must not have attained university results since Semester 1, 2010. If you have studied a TAFE course during the past seven years, this may not preclude you from applying under the non-school leaver entry pathway – contact us to see if this applies to you.

    Assessing your eligibility for this pathway can be complex. We have created a flowchart which may assist you, but please don't hesitate to contact us using any of the methods listed below.

  • What if I am not eligible?

    There are a number of different ways to become eligible to enter a University of Melbourne degree. Find out more about other ways mature age applicants can become eligible for entry.

  • How do I meet course prerequisites?

    All undergraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne have an English prerequisite and some have additional subject prerequisites. Meeting prerequisites is important as they represent the knowledge you will need to succeed in the course (this is knowledge that your lecturers will assume you have).
    There are a number of ways that you can satisfy course prerequisites.

  • How do I demonstrate likelihood to succeed?

    non-school leaver applicants must demonstrate their likelihood to succeed in tertiary study. To do this, you will need to achieve competitive results in one of the following:

  • Submit a VTAC course application

    Applications for entry into your preferred University of Melbourne course are submitted via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

    When you apply for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course through VTAC you will be considered a 'non-year 12' applicant.

    If you have chosen to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), you must also complete the STAT question in your VTAC application.

    If you have undertaken University of Melbourne subjects through the Community Access Program (CAP), your results will be regarded as previous study by VTAC, so you must declare your CAP enrolment in your VTAC application.

    VTAC applications for Semester 1 (February) entry intake open in early August and close in early December. VTAC applications for mid-year/Semester 2 (July) entry open in mid-April and close in early June.

    You should carefully check the current application process information on the VTAC website to learn about exact application deadlines and relevant application fees. Note that different application fees apply at different stages of the application periods.

    Once you’re sure that you satisfy the prerequisites for your preferred course (carefully review 'How do I meet course prerequisites?', above) and have demonstrated your likelihood to succeed in tertiary study (see 'How do I demonstrate my likelihood to succeed?', above), you are ready to apply using the non-school leaver entry pathway.

    You can choose to apply to commence studying in Semester 1 (February) or in Semester 2 (July).

  • Submit a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application

    When lodging your VTAC application you should also submit a VTAC SEAS application under Category 1: Personal information and location. This is how we identify potential applicants for the non-school leaver entry pathway scheme. You should also apply for any other categories that are applicable to your circumstances, ensuring that you address all criteria and supply all relevant evidence for each category.

  • Submit your results

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) results

    If you have registered for and completed the STAT through VTAC (and you completed the STAT question in your online VTAC application), your STAT results will be automatically loaded into the VTAC and system.

    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results

    If you have completed the SAT, you will need to manually submit a certified copy of your results to VTAC. See 'Providing Documentation' on the VTAC website for more information about how to do this.

    Refer to the Documentation page on the VTAC website.

    Community Access Program (CAP) results

    If you have undertaken University of Melbourne subjects through the CAP, your CAP results are regarded as 'previous study' for the purposes of your VTAC application, so you must declare your CAP enrolment in your VTAC application.

    For more information, refer to the Evidence of results page on the VTAC website.

  • Check your offer!

    Check your VTAC account on the day that offers are released (from 2pm on 18 January 2017 for Semester 1 entry, late June 2017 for Semester 2 entry) to see if you’ve been offered a place.

    Successful applicants will be sent an email from the University of Melbourne later the same day, containing detailed information about how to accept the offer and enrol.

Got questions? We can help.

Moving back into study is exciting, but you may need to complete a few different steps before you’re ready to apply and you might like to get advice about prerequisites or the non-school leaver entry pathway. You might find it helpful to contact a University staff member to make sure you’re on the right track. Including the following details will enable us to send you more detailed information.

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Indicate if you have undertaken an Australian year 12 or a tertiary degree/diploma within the last seven years
  • If applicable, detail when you undertook the degree/diploma, and the discipline/subject area of the degree/diploma
  • If you completed a diploma, indicate whether grades were awarded for each subject or pass/fail grades only.
  • Your preferred University of Melbourne undergraduate course(s).

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