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StepUp to Curtin

Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their academic potential – that’s where StepUp to Curtin can help.

What is StepUp to Curtin?

StepUp to Curtin grants an adjustment factor of additional ATAR points to help you qualify for admission into your preferred Curtin course.

There are two StepUp to Curtin access schemes:

  • StepUp Entry
  • StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus). 

StepUp Entry

If your ATAR is between 60 and 69.95, StepUp Entry adjusts your selection rank to 70. This means you’ll be eligible for courses that require an ATAR of 70 with no prerequisites, or where prerequisite requirements have been met.

StepUp Bonus

If your ATAR is 70 or above, StepUp Bonus adjusts your selection rank by five points (up to 99.95).  

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for StepUp to Curtin, you must:

  • be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including Permanent Humanitarian visa holder).
  • have achieved an ATAR between 60.00 and 69.95 for StepUp Entry, or an ATAR of 70.00 or above for StepUp Bonus.
  • demonstrate English language proficiency through:
    • a scaled score of at least 50 in WACE English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR, or
    • a minimum score of 140 in the Written English component of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or
    • another approved English test.
  • meet any course prerequisite requirements

You must also meet one of these three eligibility measures:

  1. You are an Indigenous Australian.
  2. You receive Youth Allowance or have a parent/guardian who receives Commonwealth income support.
  3. You completed year 12 in 2020 at one of these schools, which meets one of the following criteria:

Note: the school list is for Western Australian applicants who are completing WACE in 2020 and wish to study at Curtin in 2021. Please contact our Admissions team if you’d would like to know more about the school list for a different year.

How to apply

Semester 1

Apply for your preferred Curtin course through TISC. You will be automatically assessed for StepUp to Curtin and advised of your eligibility in your Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL), unless you are applying based on financial hardship (see below). If you believe you’re eligible for StepUp but weren’t notified, please contact our Admissions team.

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