What to do if you didn’t get the ATAR required for your course

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If you didn’t get the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) required for the course that you want to study, there are alternative pathways for you.

If you need to, you can call your Tertiary Admissions Centre to re-prioritise your course preferences to those that you have qualified for. Remember to keep track of dates (for submitting course applications, receiving offers, accepting offers and so on) so that you don't miss any cut-off dates.

You could also contact the course coordinator or admissions centre at the university that you want to attend. They can talk you through the options for alternative pathways into their course. 

If your ATAR is just slightly below the cut-off score there may be other selection criteria that you can satisfy to gain entry into the course. The other options may be:

  • Studying another course in first year and transferring over to your chosen qualification in second year. You will probably need to get good marks in your current course to be able to transfer to your preferred course.
  • Completing a bridging course
  • Studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as a pathway to university.

Talk to your career adviser before the end of the school year about a back-up plan. They may be able to help you look into alternative universities or other course options.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.