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Human Biology Preclinical

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Become a highly-skilled scientist at the threshold of many different health careers.

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Specialist pathways

  Includes an optometry pathway for high ATAR applicants.

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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’re 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 optometry, occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and paramedicine.

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

Your 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.


Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • 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

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

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

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
  • 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

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.

I have 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
  • 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

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

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 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

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

I’ve gone to university before

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.

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.

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

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,730*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 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 does 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.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

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  • Curtin course code: B-HUMBPC
  • CRICOS code: 064457D
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019