Apply to Study

Avondale University College (Avondale) offers undergraduate, postgraduate, Vocational Education and Training (VET), as well as professional development and education (i.e. short courses, micro credentials, and non-award units of study) in a range of study areas. There are various ways to gain admission and this depends on your highest level of study at the time of applying.

The main types of qualifications offered by Avondale are undergraduate and postgraduate.

  • An undergraduate degree is typically your first university degree. Undergraduate courses include Associate and Bachelor's degrees.
  • After you complete an undergraduate degree, you can undertake postgraduate study. Postgraduate courses include Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master and Doctorate (PhD) degrees.

Step 1: Choose a course

Choose from a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in: Business, Humanities and Creative Arts, Ministry and Theology, Nursing, Science and Maths, Teaching and Vocational. Other study includes short courses, micro credentials, and non-award unit's of study.



Step 2: Review our admission criteria

To gain admission, you need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen type of study.




Step 3: Submit your application

Applying to study at Avondale is easy! Avondale is not linked with a tertiary admissions centre (i.e. UAC, QTAC, SATAC, VTAC, TISC) - we accept applications directly via our online applicant portal. Check the academic calendar for application open and close dates.



International applicants
If you are an international applicant, you can only study a course with a CRICOS code. To determine if an Avondale course has a CRICOS code, find the course you are interested in studying and refer to the table.



IMPORTANT: If your course preference changes, you will need to reapply. However, if you decide to change any of the following details for a course you have already applied for, this can be done by emailing Student Administration Services - i.e. do not apply for the same course more than once.

  • Campus - i.e. Lake Macquarie or Sydney (nursing only)
  • Attendance Mode - i.e. on-campus, off campus, mixed mode
  • Attendance Type - i.e. full-time or part-time
  • Unit Set - i.e. major or specialisation

The process
When you submit an application, you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Student Administration Services team. You can expect to receive your acknowledgement email within five business days of applying and your acknowledgement email may include:

  • Your unique Avondale student number
  • A request for documents to evidence your qualifications and/or other admission criteria
  • Other information needed to progress your application

Once you provide the documents and/or information specified in your acknowledgement email, your application will be assessed by Student Administration Services. Some admission criteria requires assessment by the relevant course convenor and/or Avondale's academic registrar.

Assessment generally takes up to two (2) weeks, provided you have submitted the relevant information. Assessments may take longer during peak admission periods or if further information is required. Once your application is assessed, you will be notified of the outcome by email. If successful, the outcome is an offer of admission to study at Avondale.

Step 4: Respond to your offer

Your Letter of Offer will include instructions for how to accept, defer or decline your offer. To secure your spot, we highly recommend accepting or deferring your offer within the 28-day deadline. Once you accept your offer, follow our steps for getting started.


Where to get more information

Admissions appeal and grievance processes
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your application, for example not receiving the offer you expected, contact Student Administration Services. If you are not satisfied with the rationale for why you were unsuccessful in your application, you have the right of appeal against the decision.

Appeal Grievance Policy

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
TEQSA is Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector. TEQSAs national register lets you search for accredited higher education course and providers.


Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
The federal government's QILT website enables you to easily compare the study experience and employment outcomes of Australian higher education institutions. You can also compare the different study areas of different institutions, with all results based on thousands of surveys completed by students across Australia.



Student Administration Services
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Advanced Standing

Your previous study, work experience or training may count as credit towards your Avondale course. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. Follow the steps below if you think you might be eligible for advanced standing (credit for prior learning).

Before you apply

Before you apply for advanced standing, read through each step including the following important information.
  • Advanced Standing may be granted for up to a maximum of 50% of the course.
  • Typically, units being assessed for advanced standing must have been completed within the last seven years for the Bachelor of Nursing and 10 years for all other courses.
  • Overseas qualifications will be assessed using the Australian Government Country Education Profile (CEP) website as well as the Australian Qualification Framework, before being assessed for advanced standing in accordance with our Advanced Standing Policy.




Step 1: Apply to study

Before you apply for advanced standing, you must make an application to study at Avondale.


NOTE: Your application for advanced standing will not be assessed until we receive your application to study.

Step 2: Obtain evidence

Once you have applied to study at Avondale, you will need to obtain evidence to support your application for advanced standing. This includes a copy of every subject/unit outline you wish to have assessed for credit, along with a certified copy of your certificate of completion and transcript(s).

Bachelor of Nursing
On entry to the Bachelor of Nursing, eight (8) units (one year of full-time study) is awarded if you:

  • Are registered as an enrolled nurse (EN) with no conditions on practice, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  • Have completed a Diploma of Nursing within the last five years through a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study.
  • Supply a certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur;
  • Supply a detailed work history showing evidence of practice/working as an enrolled nurse.

NOTE: Older programs that have led to registration as an enrolled nurse may still receive credit, but it may not be all eight (8) units;

If you request advanced standing for units completed at another higher education institution, you must supply:

  • A certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur.
  • Full unit outlines of all units passed at the institution where the study occurred.
  • Records of clinical and practical placements, including clinical skills, venues, hours and clinical appraisals.

NOTE: Advanced standing will not be assessed without this documentation and credit for clinical may not be awarded where poor academic history is evident.


Step 3: Apply for advanced standing

Once you have obtained your evidence, complete an application form for Advanced Standing. Once completed, submit your completed application form and evidence via email to Student Administration Services.


NOTE: Applications for advanced standing must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the commencement of semester to ensure sufficient time for processing. Bachelor of Nursing students with approved advanced standing will commence approximately two weeks earlier than student from all other courses.


The process
  • Applications for advanced standing generally take up to two (2) weeks to process. Assessments may take longer during peak admission periods and/or if a high volume of units require assessment.
  • Once your application for advanced standing has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome by email. The email will include details about which units are approved for credit and/or which units are not.
  • If your application for advanced standing is approved, you will be asked to sign and return an acceptance form (supplied) by reply email.


Student Administration Services
P: +61 2 4980 2377
E: (course advice)
E: (existing applications)

Early Admission

Avondale's Early Admission program can earn you an offer to your chosen undergraduate degree before you get your ATAR.


Important Dates

Applications for Early Admission to Avondale in 2022 are not open. Dates for early admission will be announced when applications for semester one 2022 open.

TBC - Early Admission applications open

TBC - Early Admission applications close

TBC - Interviews commence

TBC - Interviews conclude

TBC - Interview outcomes released

TBC - Deadline to meet specific admission criteria (if applicable)

TBC - Early Admission offers released

Applying for Early Admission

To be eligible for Early Admission in 2022, you must be:
  • In Year 12 in 2021; and
  • Eligible to be awarded the HSC, International Baccalaureate, or an interstate equivalent at an Australian high school; and
  • Eligible for an ATAR; and
  • Able to demonstrate that you achieved an average percentage mark of no less than 70% (or a B-grade average) across all subjects in Year 11.

Early Admission is not open to mature age students, non-school leavers, or international students.

To apply for Early Admission:
  • Complete an Early Admission Application Form (coming soon!)
  • Prepare a maximum one-page resume, including: a personal statement about what matters to you; your key skills; and your hobbies and interests. Include in your resume details of your awards/recognition; co-curricular/extracurricular activities; and employment/volunteer work (if applicable).
  • Obtain evidence of your Year 11 final year results (see note).
  • Submit your completed application form and supporting documentation by email to

Note: Evidence includes a school report and/or a letter from your school (on official school letterhead). Results are required for every subject as either a percentage mark or grade. Results submitted as a rank will not be accepted.

What Happens Next?

Your application will be assessed by our Student Administration Services team and if successful, you will be invited to attend an interview either at our Lake Macquarie campus or via Zoom. Keep an eye on your email - everything you need will be sent there!

If your application for Early Admission is unsuccessful, you still have the opportunity to gain admission to your chosen degree by obtaining the minimum entry score, or higher, in accordance with the published scores for admission to the course for which you applied. If you do not satisfy the minimum requirements for direct entry into your course of your choice, you may be considered for entry through one of Avondale's admission pathways.


Your Offer

If you are successful at your Early Admission interview and you satisfy the specific admission criteria for your course of choice, you will receive an early offer before you get your ATAR - securing your place at Avondale in 2022.

Contact our Student Administration Services team if you have any questions about your eligibility for Early Admission.


Student Administration Services
P: +61 2 4980 2377

Guaranteed Teacher Employment Program

Adventist Schools Australia (ASA) is partnering with Avondale University College (Avondale) to offer a guaranteed employment opportunity. This is referred to as the Guaranteed Teacher Employment Program (GTEP).

The program is available to students enrolled at Avondale in one of the below courses:
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)

This is an excellent opportunity for people who want:
  • A guaranteed job offer
  • To up-skill
  • To change careers
  • To study via distance education/online
  • To work in the Seventh-day Adventist school system
  • To have security of a teaching job once graduated

Some of the main criteria is listed below, however, this list is not extensive.

Applicants for the Guaranteed Teacher Employment Program must:
  1. Be a permanent Australian resident;
  2. Demonstrate authentic practical Christian faith and involvement at local church level and provide two referees, one of which must be their church pastor;
  3. Maintain ongoing enrolment in the course approved for this program;
  4. Be willing to be interviewed as part of the selection process;
  5. Demonstrate competence in meeting professional experience requirements;
  6. Meet Working With Children Checks and other legal requirements;
  7. Demonstrate a willingness to accept employment in a range of locations.

To maintain a position in the program, applicants must:
  1. Achieve at least a Credit grade for all professional experience placements;
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 5;
  3. Not have any substantiated disciplinary incidents during student years;
  4. Not defer the agreed study program without approval from the ASA Education Scholarship Committee, as student deferrals can impact employment availability. Requests for deferral will only be considered for unforeseen emergencies;
  5. Satisfactorily graduate from the Master of Teaching course.

Through the duration of the Master of Teaching course, ASA will request details about the student’s performance to validate their ongoing progress in the Guaranteed Teacher Employment Program.

Apply for Master of Teaching

Apply for GTEP

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Contact GTEP

For information and advice regarding the ASA Master of Teaching Guaranteed Teacher Employment Program, please direct your enquiries to:
Dr Daryl Murdoch, National Director
Adventist Schools Australia
PO Box 4368
Phone: 03 9871 7518
Facsimile: 03 9870 7715

Professional Development and Education

Equip yourself with professional skills and learning experiences in a specific area of study or industry area. Avondale's short, flexible and low-cost qualifications ensure your professional growth remains up-to-date with relevant and emerging practices.

Micro-credentials and Short Courses

Micro-credentials and short courses certify achievement in a specific area of study. These professional qualifications can be completed as a one-off or used to gain credit towards a higher qualification at Avondale.

Complete a micro-credential or short course to:
  • improve your employability
  • ensure continuous professional development
  • remain competitive in your area of expertise
  • tighten a skills gap in your fast-paced industry
  • break into a particular industry post-graduation
  • complement an existing degree
  • use as credit towards a higher degree
  • pursue a personal interest

Avondale is designing a range of micro-credentials and short courses to suit your needs. The following micro credential(s) are currently on offer at Avondale:

Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation (6 credit points)
The Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation micro-credential is for allied health professionals, doctors and health educators with a special interest in tobacco control and smoking cessation.

To be eligible, you must meet the admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine



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Non-award Study

If you want to keep your knowledge and skills current without taking on a course that leads to a degree, or you have personal interest in an area of study, you can enrol in a non-award single unit of study.

Units completed as a non-award single unit of study may be eligible for credit towards a degree, should you decide to apply for a qualification at Avondale.

Non-award single units are charged per unit of study and must be paid in full before the relevant census date. The amount charged depends on the unit. Students studying non-award units are not eligible for FEE-HELP or Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and so this includes HECS-HELP.

Guidelines for non-award study

  • Enrolment is on the provision that there are sufficient places available in the course and that the enrolment does not preclude a student in an Avondale award program from enrolling into the course.
  • A non-award student will not be permitted to enrol in more than 24 credit points in any one academic year.
  • Non-award enrolment into a course may be permitted provided that the student has appropriate educational qualifications, satisfies the minimum English language requirements as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy, and has met the pre-requisites (if applicable).
  • Applications for non-award study are considered by the course convenor, ensuring the student will benefit from the enrolment.

How to apply for non-award study

You will use Avondale's online applicant portal to apply. Please read through each step BEFORE you apply.

STEP 1: Create an account for the online applicant portal. Once your account is created, you will receive an email confirming your applicant ID and password. If you already have an account, go to STEP 4;

STEP 2: Select the correct course code:
  • For undergraduate non-award study - choose course code 4482
  • For postgraduate non-award study - choose course code 4073

STEP 4: Using your applicant ID and password, click on APPLY NOW to complete your non-award study application.

Units & Fees

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Audit a Unit

'Auditing' is defined as listening. When you audit a unit, you may attend lectures but not necessarily attend associated tutorials, laboratory or workshop sessions. Assignments and examinations are not included, so the only credential you will be issued is a transcript with a grade of "AUD". Auditing a unit incurs a fee of AU$210. For more information and to apply, email Student Administration Services.


Student Administration Services
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uniTEST and TOWA Entrance Exam

uniTEST and Tertiary Online Writing Assessment (TOWA)

uniTEST is an exam style test and is not based on any curriculum or subject areas. The purpose of uniTEST is to assess the generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin higher education studies. The Tertiary Online Writing Assessment (TOWA) is used to assess your written English skills. uniTEST and TOWA is administered through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The uniTEST and TOWA test fee is AUD $150.00.


Recent School Leavers

If you recently completed your Higher School Certificate (or interstate equivalent), but your ATAR does not give you direct entry into the higher education course of your choice, uniTEST and TOWA is designed for you.

Mature-age Applicants

If you are a mature-age applicant and you do not have appropriate qualifications to give you direct entry into the higher education course of your choice, you are required to pass the uniTEST and TOWA, to evidence your ability to study at a tertiary level.

Note: International applicants are eligible to sit the tests provided they are onshore - i.e. reside in Australia at the time the tests are taken.


Avondale facilitates the tests primarily at our Lake Macquarie campus. Tests can be administered at our Sydney campus on request. Upon applying, our Student Administration Services team will contact you to arrange a test date.

If you are unable to sit the test at either Avondale’s campus, you will need to arrange for someone to supervise you while you sit the exam. The supervisor should be a person holding a position of significant responsibility – i.e. at a university, school, government department or similar institution.

The supervisor must:
  • Be willing to take overall responsibility for supervision of the tests;
  • Not engage in coaching you for the tests;
  • Not be closely related to you, nor be your current teacher;
  • Be willing to keep details of the test confidential, before the examination;
  • Administer the test in strict accordance with the instructions provided by Avondale.

Avondale will liaise with your nominated supervisor directly concerning the exact time and venue for the uniTEST and TOWA. The tests should be taken as soon as possible after your supervisor receives emailed instructions from Avondale.


uniTEST is a multiple-choice test which is designed to assess quantitative reasoning, critical reasoning and verbal and plausible reasoning. You will be given two and a half hours to complete the ninety-five questions in the test. An additional ten minutes (approx.) will be required for other aspects of the test such as seating of candidates and distribution of usernames and passwords.

The TOWA aims to assess your ability to write effectively to two prompts, each of which addresses a distinct genre: Task A (Report) and Task B (Argument). Task A (Report) requires you to comprehend, select, organise and present clearly a summary report based on facts, figures and pictures presented in the stimulus. Task B (Argument) requires you to develop a point of view about an issue and structure a clear, coherent and logical argument in support of that view. Candidates are given one hour for this test.

Click on the following links for more information about the tests and how to prepare, including sample questions.





Candidates receive a scale score out of 100 for each of the three sections of the test (quantitative reasoning, critical reasoning, verbal and plausible reasoning) together with a total scale score and total Australian percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates how a candidate performed in relation to other Australian candidates who have sat uniTEST. For example, a total Australian percentile rank of 47 means that the candidate’s total scale score is equal to, or better than, that of 47% of candidates. uniTEST results are valid for two years.


There are two writing tasks, Task A (Report) and Task B (Argument) which are scored holistically. The argument task (Task B) is also scored analytically on language conventions.

Avondale receives your test results from ACER shortly after the test is completed. Your test results will be ratified by Avondale’s Academic Registrar before your results are emailed to you, along with information regarding the next steps of your application. This process can take up to seven business days.


Before you apply to sit the uniTEST and TOWA, you must make an application to study at Avondale.


Once you have applied to study at Avondale, you can apply to sit the uniTEST and TOWA. If you are sitting the test remotely, your nominated supervisor will be required to sign a Supervisor Agreement before we arrange a test date.

IMPORTANT: You (and your supervisor, if applicable) will be provided with instructions before sitting the tests. If you do not adhere to the instructions and therefore fail to complete the tests, you will be required to pay AUD $25.00 for an additional login. Student Administration Services will contact you to arrange payment. You may also be required to finalise the tests at an alternative date and/or time.




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