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High school student resources

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How can we help?

Throughout your time at high school, and as you get closer to graduating, we know you’ll have lots of questions about what to study, the differences between school and uni, and just generally need some advice. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about how to successfully transition from high school to university.

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What are you thinking?

“I’m not sure what I want to study”

Use the resources below to help you explore your interests and find out which courses complement your abilities and future goals.

“I’m ready to apply”

You know exactly what you want to study and Curtin’s where you want to do it. If you’re ready to study with us, follow these steps to apply.

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Sunday 24 March 2024

Curtin Open Day

Join us for a day full of personalised advice on courses, entry pathways, scholarships and how to apply to Curtin. Plus, you’ll get the chance to explore our beautiful Perth campus, world-class facilities and on-campus accommodation. 

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Discover a course you’re passionate about

What fascinates you? What makes you tick? Understanding yourself and what you enjoy is the first step towards choosing a uni course that’s right for you.

Explore the many possibilities that could suit your personality with our 5-minute quiz, Find U.

Explore tailored entry pathway options

The pathway finder tool can help you determine entry pathway options for your chosen course based on your current or predicted qualifications.

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Check out a day in the life of Curtin student and Vice President of the Curtin Women in Business club, Angela Pua, including business meetings and a paint and sip event!

See how others got in

Students gain admission to Curtin via a range of different pathways, not just on the basis of their high school results. You may be able to get in on the basis of your study at another university or vocational institute, completing a bridging course or submitting a portfolio of your work.

For a rough indication of where you stand when it comes to gaining admission, check out these reports that show how our students got in:

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Stay up to date with SCSA

Visit the SCSA website to review past exams, syllabus and support materials, and any WACE changes.

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Exam tips and tools

Study tips

Building a consistent study routine that works for you is one of the biggest keys to success in both high school and university.

Exam tools

Tips and tools to help you ace your exams.

Subject support

Subject specific resources to help you better grasp concepts and produce stronger assignments.

Outreach events

Attend a number of outreach events and camps for high school students to get a sample of different industries and courses.

Get university credits while in high school

Our Rising Scholar Program (RSP) offers a select number of high-ability students in Year 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to engage in tertiary learning while also providing them with a genuine Curtin student experience.

Scholarships and finance

We offer a range of scholarships to help students achieve their best at uni. Some scholarships are offered for academic achievement, while others are designed to make university possible for students who face financial hardship.

We also offer advice on how to manage your finances and stay on top of university costs.

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A Curtin Excellence Scholarship is reward for your academic achievement, providing a boost for your bank balance and your CV.

Have questions? We’ve got answers

Read some of the most common questions high school students ask about university.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, try our FAQs, uni words glossary or contact our Future Students team.

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Portfolio toolkit

Packed with examples, tips, and templates, the Portfolio entry toolkit is your go-to resource for compiling a compelling portfolio. This simple step-by-step guide takes you through the process of assembling your documents, helping you best demonstrate your unique strengths and qualifications.

Before you start uni

Curtin Life

When you study at Curtin, you become part of a vibrant, inclusive community that celebrates new ideas, diversity and progress.

Live on campus

Explore a diverse range of student accommodation options at our Curtin Perth campus, all located within a five-to-ten-minute walk from the centre of campus.

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What’s happening at Curtin

Step one: Check for prerequisites

Step two: Find your pathway

Step three: Apply via TISC

Scholarships and finance

Explore our courses

Choosing subjects for year 11 and 12

Attend a STEM outreach event

English and literature resources

Rising Scholar Program (RSP)

STEM resources

Step one: Check for prerequisites

Step two: Find your pathway

Step three: Apply via TISC

Scholarships and finance

Explore our courses

Choosing subjects for year 11 and 12

Attend a STEM outreach event

English and literature resources

Rising Scholar Program (RSP)

STEM resources