We know that Year 12 is a big one, huge in fact. With that in mind, have you heard about Early Entry? It’s one hack that could save you a whole lot of time and stress later in the year.
What is Early Entry?
Some universities and tertiary admissions centres (TAC) systems in place that allow them to accept early applications, select students and offer them a place on the course they’ve chosen before the end of year exams have been sat, let alone ATAR results published.
So you could receive an offer before the main December and January offer rounds (when the majority of your cohort will get their offers).
Which Universities offer Early Entry programs?
These are the universities that offered early programs for students commencing studies this year (2020), for an updated list, check on revised guide for 2021, coming soon.
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Australian National University (ANU)
La Trobe University
Southern Cross University (SCU)
University of New England (UNE)
University of Newcastle (UON)
The University of Notre Dame
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
University of Sydney (US)
University of Tasmania (UTAS)
University of Wollongong (UOW)
Western Sydney University (WSU)
Who is eligible to apply for Early Entry?
If you have been getting outstanding academic achievements in Year 11 and semester 1 of Year 12, or you’ve thrown yourself into community engagement (e.g. volunteering), or you’ve been recognised as your school as a future leader, then you could be eligible to apply for early entry.
If it’s something you’re really interested in applying for, but you’re unsure you’ll meet the criteria, it’s definitely worth doing some more research, individual programs may have different requirements that you will be able to apply for (e.g. rural or remote students, or financial status).
When can I expect to receive my Early Entry offer?
Depending on the University’s calendar, you could receive a conditional offer within 10 days of submitting your completed application and certainly not later than November 2020.
When do applications open for Early Entry?
Some programs are open now and closing dates come around as quick as the end of May. So make sure that you check all the key dates for all the programs you’re interested in applying for to make sure that you don’t miss out.
What is a conditional offer?
If you receive an offer, be proud – it means that the university definitely sees your potential and thinks you’ll be a great candidate to study with them in 2021. Usually the offer you’ll receive will be “conditional” – for example, if you score an ATAR of 82 then you’re guaranteed a place on this course.
How do conditional offers work?
Once your application’s submitted, the institutions will cross match your skills and achievements with the prerequisites of your listed preferences. Then based on all the information you’ve provided, they’ll calculate an realistic ATAR they’d like you to achieve.
It’s likely that for most early entry offers, the main condition is that you obtain the ATAR they’ve formulated (or above, of course) in order to go ahead and enrol on the course. So don’t slack off once you’ve received your offer, you’ll still need to perform your best in the exams.
What’s the difference between a guaranteed & a conditional offer?
A conditional offer is a form of guarantee – the university is saying that as long as you get the ATAR they’ve predicted for you, or meet any other conditions they’ve set, then you are guaranteed a place on the course you’ve chosen with them.
The lucky few may receive a “guaranteed offer” straight away but these are much more rare, and some conditions may still apply. So make sure you check all the small print before you accept any offer.
What are the advantages of applying for Early Entry?
If you meet the eligibility criteria but are unsure about whether to apply, here’s a few of the benefits to consider:
- Get the applications and administrative requirements out of the way right now
- Security of knowing you already have a uni offer going into exams
- May have scholarships and bursaries affiliated with them
- Help you concentrate better on schoolwork later in the year
- Get a head start on getting organised for life at uni
- If you’ll be moving away from home you could sort the accommodation you want and beat the rush
- Save money as the majority of direct applications are FREE (TAC’s charge a fee for the application process)
- You don’t have to accept any offers and can still apply through the traditional route later in the year (in which case you’ll have all your documentation ready to go and have your preferences selected too).
How many Early Entry programs can I apply for?
As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for every early entry program on offer.
What happens if I receive more than one Early Entry offer?
If you get multiple offers, you’ll be in a great position, and you get to accept the offer for the course that ticks all of your boxes.
What happens if I don’t get an offer through Early Entry?
You might be disappointed if you don’t receive an offer through early entry applications, but that’s about as serious as it gets.
You’ll still be able to apply for university (the same ones, and the same courses even) through the traditional application system later in the year – and yes, we’ll have a step by step guide for that too.
Plus, having completed applications already, you’ll find it easier and quicker to get your applications next time and you’ll likely have all the documentation you’ll need already organised.
Early Entry sounds great – what’s next?
Unfortunately early entry applications do have a catch – almost all of the programs and universities have their own (read different) processes and systems, so navigating it all can seem like a bit of a nightmare.
But don’t panic, at Study Work Grow we’re here to help, our Early Entry Guide for 2021 is being researched right now, and it’ll be out really soon.
It details all the different options available, eligibility criteria, how to find out about the different application processes, as well as all the important key dates and deadlines.
Already a member of Study Work Grow? You’ll be able to download the guide for free, it’s another one of the perks of your annual membership.
Not a Study Work Grow member? It’s easy to sign up anytime, or you can purchase our Guide for a small fee and simply download your own copy.