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COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical)

B-HUMBPC

TAUGHT BY: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

3years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

Fascinated by the human body? Want to know more about human anatomy and physiology? Become a highly skilled scientist at the threshold of many different health careers.

If you are seeking a career in allied health, but are not yet ready to commit to a particular profession, this course is an ideal stepping-stone to other courses and careers such as occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and the paramedicine major.

This course delivers integrated studies in human biology, emphasising applied human structure and function. Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students from other health sciences degrees.

The second year is designed to give you in-depth knowledge in selected subject areas, particularly in anatomy and physiology, and is combined with extensive laboratory based learning. In your third year, you can apply your learning to explore areas of current research in human biology and the life sciences.

Optometry pathway

Our Optometry First Year stream offers a selection of first-year units to enable you to seek admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry double-degree at Flinders University. This stream has a higher minimum ATAR of 90. Find out more.

What you'll learn

  • apply skills, concepts and principles in scientific investigation and professional practice in the context of the life sciences
  • apply critical thinking skills in problem solving and generate innovative evidence-based solutions
  • access, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate information from a variety of sources relevant to the life sciences
  • communicate effectively through framework of ethical scientific practice
  • select, access and apply appropriate technologies to generate, retrieve, analyse and present data according to scientific principles
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by updating knowledge and expertise in the life sciences through a range of learning activities
  • recognise the international nature of scientific knowledge and the development of international standards of scientific practice
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in the practice of the life sciences
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

Why study Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical)

  • Hands-on.
  • High-quality laboratory facilities.
  • Encompasses a wide range of disciplines.
  • Has a strong foundation for further studies in health.`
  • Great starting place for students who are not ready to choose a particular profession.
  • Ideal degree for graduate-entry programs in clinical disciplines such as audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and speech pathology. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Life Scientist, Anatomist
  • Human Biologist
  • Clinical Technician
  • Anatomist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Physiologist

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Human biology first year stream

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed UniReady with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Optometry first year stream

This stream is not available for Curtin course switchers.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Human biology first year stream

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Optometry first year stream

This stream has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The Optometry first year stream is only available in semester one.



In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,390*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,100*
Total indicative course fee $106,300*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: B-HUMBPC
  • CRICOS code: 064457D
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018