As this year’s round of new graduates start the process of applying to universities around the country, a lot of students have a specific number in mind.
The ATAR, or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, is used to assist tertiary institutions when selecting students for courses and it provides an overall measure of a student’s relative performance in their WACE results.
Essentially, it can determine whether a student can apply successfully to a number of university courses and some of WA’s tertiary institutions have put the bar high.
The hardest courses to get into in WA:
- University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Medical Science at 99
- University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at 98
- Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine at 98
- University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Law at 96
- Curtin University’s Bachelor of Advanced Science at 95
- University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Psychology at 95
Across the institutions, the University of Western Australia demands the highest results from its entrants, including a minimum ATAR of 99 in order to study medicine and 98 to study its “inspiring and holistic” Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.
Murdoch University requires the second-highest entry score in WA, with an ATAR of 98 needed to study its world-renowned five-year veterinary science course.
At Curtin University, students need 97 for its advanced science degree and 95 to study the newly introduced medicine course.
Overall, both UWA and Curtin asked students to achieve an ATAR of over 90 in order to study seven of their university-offered degrees.
As for WA’s easiest courses to get into, no university has dropped their minimum ATAR entrance score below 70 for 2018 entrance.
The hardest course to get into at Edith Cowan University is Engineering Science at 92, and the University of Notre Dame says it takes a “more holistic approach to admissions” and requires more than just an ATAR in order to apply.
While the minimum ATAR score currently sits at 70, The Good University Guide says degrees in commerce, humanities, education and science remain some of the “easiest’ courses to get into.
Each degree has a number of pathways and bridging courses which could see universities lower their ATAR admission requirement, and their general content allow students to specialise at a later time.
But as WA students frantically log onto the TISC website to chase down their scores, The Good University Guide has warned students there is another number they should be looking out for aside from their ATAR.
Australian students have the benefit of the HECS-HELP program to pay off their courses – but international students looking to study in WA might want to take a second look.
According to The Good University Guide, the top three most expensive courses for international students in WA were:
- Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at $301,360
- Curtin University’s Bachelor of Engineering at $207,300
- Edith Cowan University’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at $200,400
- Edith Cowan University’s Bachelor of Law at $200,400
This article originally appeared on WA Today – WACE 2017: The ‘easiest and the hardest’ university courses to get into in 2017