Access schemes

Did you have a tough time finishing school? Miss out on opportunities other students had?

It's okay. We know life doesn't always go to plan. That's why we have our special consideration programs. We can use special consideration to adjust your selection rank and put you on the fast track to study.

The selection rank is the ranking universities use to assess admission to a course. A selection rank includes your ATAR plus any adjustments you're eligible for, such as equity, location or subject adjustments. It can also include portfolio assessments and supplementary test results.

Special consideration can take into account your:

  • financial situation
  • cultural background
  • family trauma
  • illness
  • legal issues
  • adverse study conditions.

Applying for access schemes

Here's how you'll apply for our access schemes. If you're not sure whether your circumstances could make you eligible for special consideration:

  • Students applying through UAC for 2020 admission

    Access scheme: Educational Access Scheme

    Closing date: Open 3 April 2019. Final closing 7 February 2020.

    Visit UAC's website for further dates.

  • Students applying with Charles Sturt direct to study online in 2020

    Access scheme: Special Consideration for Admission (SCA) Scheme [PDF]

    Closing date: Ongoing, but at least four weeks before the applicable session (except where your preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).

  • Students applying under the Elite Athlete category

    Access scheme: Special Consideration for Admission for Elite Athlete [PDF]

    Closing date: Ongoing, but if planning to study online, at least four weeks before the applicable session (except where the preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).

  • Full-time students applying through VTAC (not an Elite Athlete)

    Access scheme: Special Entry Access Scheme

    Closing date: Open 9am 5 August and close 5pm 11 October 2019.
    After this date, you may apply directly by using the Charles Sturt University Special Consideration for Admission for Elite Athlete [PDF] up until February 2020 (except where the preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).

  • Non-school leaver students applying direct with Charles Sturt in 2020

    Access scheme: Special Consideration for Admission (SCA) Scheme [PDF]

    Closing date: Open September 2019. Final closing February 2020 (except where the preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).

  • Postgraduate students

    Contact the related university faculty for details or call Charles Sturt University on 1800 275 278.

    *Please note: Where there is an early closing date for your course or supplementary application, SCA applications must also be submitted by this date.

Charles Sturt is an Elite Athlete Friendly University

If your competition or training requirements has affected your preparation for study, you may be eligible for special consideration entry.

  • Who we support

    We support a range of elite athletes and support staff, including:

    • Australian Olympians
    • professional sports people
    • emerging elite athletes
    • coaches
    • referees
    • elite performers.

    If you want to check that you're eligible or if you have any questions, please email us.

  • How we support you

    Our dedicated staff can support you while you study as part of the Elite Athlete Program. Many of our members can:

    • study their course online
    • get flexibility in their studies, sit exams elsewhere or get assignment extensions
    • get subsidised on-campus accommodation support
    • access tailored study plans and academic support
    • use our gyms and sporting facilities
    • get free Canterbury International sporting apparel
    • apply for sports travel grants.
  • How to apply for the Elite Athlete Program

    To apply, upload the Elite Athlete Program Special Consideration for Admission Form and supporting documentation when you apply for your course online.

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