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Entry Pathways

At the University of Adelaide, we know that you might consider tertiary study at a range of different points in your life, not just directly after high school.

There are a number of different pathways into the University depending on your personal circumstances. You can browse through the information below, or you may wish to contact one of our Future Student Advisors, who can provide you with advice tailored to your situation.


    Never completed year 12 or any other higher education? You may wish to use the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to gain entry into University.

    TAFE or VET

    Completed a TAFE or VET qualification at a certificate IV or higher? Your completed qualification can gain you entry in many of our degrees.

    Australian Defence Force

    Use your recognised qualification from the Australian Defence Force to apply for credit and meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

    University Transfer

    Already completed at least six months of University level education. Use your Grade Point Average (GPA) to gain entry to the University of Adelaide.

    University Preparatory Program

    The University Preparatory Program (UPP) is a free one year program for anyone who wants to get ready to enter university.

    Pathway degrees

    Once year 12 is completed and you receive your results you may not get the ATAR score you were expecting. There are a number of ways into your preferred degree. We have put together a list of degrees which you could preference and use as a stepping stone into your preferred degree: