Information about ACU and our courses

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Do I have to be Catholic to attend ACU?

No. Australian Catholic University is a public university, funded by the Australian government and open to everyone, regardless of your beliefs or background.

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Can I have a tour of the campus?

Use our online booking form to organise a tour.

A member of our recruitment team will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

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What are the fees for my course?

The cost of your course will vary dependent on a number of factors, such as the number of units, the type of unit and the type of course you are enrolled in.

Visit Australian Catholic University (ACU) Course Cost Information, Minimum Entry Cut-offs and Unit EFTSL Values and Regulation 5 of the Academic Regulations for further information.

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What is Non-Award study?

Units (single subjects) offered on an individual basis are called Non-Award Study and you can apply for both undergraduate and postgraduate units. Successful admission is subject to places being available, and meeting the prerequisite requirements of the unit.

To apply, visit Courses. Choose 'Individual Unit' followed by either 'Postgraduate' or 'Undergraduate' from the menu and select a course. Follow the instructions to complete your application.

Visit Rule 15 of the Admission Rules for further information.

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What is the cut-off / ATAR / ENTER / UAI / OP score for my course?

Visit Australian Catholic University (ACU) Course Cost Information, Minimum Entry Cut-offs and Unit EFTSL Values for information about entry / cut-off scores (and course costs) for all ACU undergraduate courses.

Visit Rule 8 of the Admission Rules for further information.

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What courses are offered fully online?

While your undergraduate course may have an online component, there are no undergraduate courses offered fully online.

Some postgraduate courses are offered fully online. Visit Courses for further information. The Delivery Mode for each course is identified in the course Summary.

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When is Open Day / Open Night?

Australian Catholic University (ACU) holds an Open Day/Night on each campus once a year. If you are considering studying at ACU, we invite you to come along to learn about our courses and what ACU has to offer, meet staff and current students and discuss your study options.

Register your interest to be notified when more information is available.

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Where can I find the entry requirements for courses?

Visit ACU's Courses for information about entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Alternatively, entry requirements for undergraduate courses are also provided on the state Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) websites.

International

Visit Admission Requirements for individual course entry requirements.

Visit Rules 4 and 6 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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What support do you offer to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students?

Australian Catholic University has an Indigenous Higher Education Unit in each state.

These Indigenous Higher Education Units provide social, cultural, personal and academic support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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How do I apply to ACU?

Undergraduate

Most applications for undergraduate courses are lodged through the relevant state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) and information about the application process can be found on the relevant TAC web sites.

Some undergraduate courses are only available by applying directly to ACU. Visit Courses for the required method of application.

Postgraduate

To apply for a course, visit ACU's Courses, which will step you through the application process within Student Connect.

Note: Applications for pre-service education courses (eg Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education) in Queensland and Victoria are made through the relevant TAC.

Visit Rule 4 of the Admission Rules for more information.

International

International applicants apply directly to the University. Visit International Admissions - 'How to Apply'.

International applicants currently undertaking an Australian Year 12 apply through the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre, as above.

Visit International Students for further information.

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How do I apply as an elite athlete?

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is recognised as an Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU). If you have been identified as an Elite Athlete by the Australian Institute of Sport, a State Institute, or a National Association, you may be considered for Elite Athlete Support.

In the case of minority sports, the Elite Athlete Coordinator (EAC) will make a judgment based on the advice of the Australian Sports Commission.

As an elite athlete, you may apply for any course through the standard admission process. In addition, ACU will consider admitting a limited number of elite athletes who have outstanding sporting or appropriate recreational/vocational performance but do not meet normal entry criteria. Applicants in this category should contact the Student Centre.

The University recognises that as an elite athlete you need to balance your training and competition commitments with your university study. Your EAFU Campus Representative will be able to assist you with managing your sporting and study commitments.

Visit the Elite Athlete Support Policy for more information.

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How do I apply to ACU as a mature age student?

ACU welcomes non-school leaver applicants and there are various methods other than completion of Year 12 by which your application can be assessed. Visit Non Recent School Leavers for more information about entry into our courses as a non recent school leaver.

Visit Section 6 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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Can I apply for a new course if I have not yet completed my current degree?

Yes, you can apply for a new course before you have completed your current degree. However, you are not normally allowed to be enrolled in two courses at the same time.

You can apply for entry into a postgraduate course before you have completed you undergraduate degree. If you receive an offer of admission, it will be conditional on you successfully completing your undergraduate studies.

You may also apply to transfer from one degree to another within ACU by completing the online Application to Transfer (TR) form.

Visit Rule 13 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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Can I get credit for my previous studies?

If you have previously undertaken tertiary study and/or gained relevant skills, knowledge and competencies through pathways other than formal study, such as substantial work experience (within the past 10 years), you may be eligible to receive some credit towards your current course. For example, you may not have to complete a particular unit or units.

As a general rule, the maximum amount of credit granted is usually two-thirds of the requirements for an undergraduate degree and half the requirements for a postgraduate course.

The amount of credit you may be granted will be assessed and determined by your Course Coordinator (contact details can be found in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide) who can also provide you with assistance and advice regarding eligibility and the application process.

To apply for credit and/or recognition of prior learning, you must complete the Application for Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning (CR) form (visit Enrolment Forms) and provide relevant documentation (certified copy of results and unit outlines). You can submit your CR form at the time of application to your course or following your enrolment, but will not be assessed until you are enrolled.

For more information visit:

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Does ACU offer any pathways for entry from TAFE / CIT courses?

Yes. ACU offers you a range of pathways, for entry into degree courses, including TAFE / CIT qualifications. Visit Pathway Programs and TAFE Students for more information.

International

If you are an international applicant who is not eligible for entry into a degree course, ACU offers various pathway programs. Visit Pathway Finder to find a program that meets your requirements.

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Does ACU offer midyear entry and if so, how do I apply?

Midyear entry for 2011 will become available towards the end of Semester 1.

ACU normally offers a limited number of places in selected courses for mid-year entry. Keep an eye on the ACU website for further updates.

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How do I change my preferences?

If you have previously applied through a state Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC), you can log on to the relevant website to change your preferences.

You can also attend Australian Catholic University information evenings where you can discuss your future study options.

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If I did not complete Year 12 can I still apply to ACU?

ACU welcomes non-school leaver applicants and there are various methods other than completion of Year 12 by which your application can be assessed. Visit Non Recent School Leavers for more information about entry into our courses as a non recent school leaver.

Visit Section 6 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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What if my previous study/qualifications are from overseas?

Your qualifications will be assessed by either the relevant state Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) or by Australian Catholic University (ACU) at the time of application.

Postgraduate

You will be required to provide documentation with your application and your overseas qualifications will be assessed by the University.

International Applicants

Your overseas qualifications will be assessed at the time of application to the University. Visit International Students and click on the 'Apply Now' link on the right hand side of the screen to complete your application.

Visit Rule 5 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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How long does it take before I am notified of a place?

Undergraduate

If you have applied for a course/s through a state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC), they will notify you regarding the outcome of your application. For information about Offer Rounds and notifications, visit:

Note: If you have applied for a pre-service education course (eg Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary) in either Queensland or Victoria, your offer will also be made via the relevant state TAC. Check the TAC website above for information about Offer Rounds.

Postgraduate

Applications will normally be processed following the Closing Date. In some cases applications may be processed earlier.

You will be notified in writing regarding the outcome of your application.

International

Applications are normally processed within three weeks. Applications requiring credit assessment may take up to six weeks.If your application is successful, you will receive a "Letter of Offer" by email. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be advised by email.

Visit Rule 11 of the Admission Rules for further information.

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I have applied for a course online. When will I be notified of acceptance?

Undergraduate

If you have applied for a course/s through a state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC), they will notify you regarding the outcome of your application. For information about Offer Rounds and notifications, visit:

Note: If you have applied for a pre-service education course (eg Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary) in either Queensland or Victoria, your offer will also be made via the relevant state TAC. Check the TAC website above for information about Offer Rounds.

Postgraduate

Applications will normally be processed following the Closing Date. In some cases applications may be processed earlier. You will be notified in writing regarding the outcome of your application.

International

Applications are normally processed within three weeks. Applications requiring credit assessment may take up to six weeks. If your application is successful, you will receive a "Letter of Offer" by email. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be advised by email.

Visit Rule 11 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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What prerequisites do I need for postgraduate study at ACU?

To be eligible for entry into a postgraduate course you must normally have completed an appropriate degree or other qualification within the past 10 years. Visit Courses for information relevant to specific course entry requirements.

International

Visit Postgraduate Prerequisites for more information.

Visit Rule 6 of the Admission Rules for more information.

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Where can I get further information about ACU postgraduate courses?

ACU holds postgraduate information sessions throughout the year, where you can visit the campus and discuss your study options with academic staff.

Stay informed about Postgraduate Information Evenings by completing this form.

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