This combination is recommended to those students who are likely to follow a vocational pathway post-secondary school but have an interest in one ATAR course that will support their learning beyond high school. This pathway is also appropriate for students who are looking to obtain a degree in the long term, but initially require more support with their study than a university might provide. This alternative pathway to university supports students to enter TAFE for their first year of study and transfer into second year university at Curtin.
Students may choose this pathway because they find examinations and assessments that ask them to recall information taught over a longer period of time does not suit their learning style. This pathway has only one examination, therefore allowing students the study time needed to make sure they can get all their courses to a C grade or higher, improving their final transcript and ensuring graduation requirements are met.
Please note that students studying this pathway must enrol in the Certificate IV in Business in Year 12 if they want the option of applying directly to university. The successful completion of a Certificate IV in Business and either a scaled score of above 50% in English ATAR or a relevant English qualification (see information below) will credit students with the minimum entry requirements into Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and TAFE. It will also allow entry into 6 month preparation courses at Murdoch University and Notre Dame University.
Specific University Information for Students Completing a Certificate IV
Students can meet the minimum university entrance requirement if they do not complete English ATAR but have the following:
Certificate IV, a C grade in English General and successful completion of the STAT.
Edith Cowan University
Certificate IV, an A grade in General English and a submission of a portfolio.
Certificate IV, a C grade in English General and successful completion of the written English section of the STAT only. The applicant must receive a written permission letter from the university to sit the STAT.
Certificate IV and a B grade in General English. If the applicant wishes to study Nursing, Teaching, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Law and Criminology they will also need to complete the STAT and obtain the minimum score specified by the course entry requirements.