How to Apply

Apply to Study

Avondale University (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.

Avondale's main types of qualifications are undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational.

  • 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.
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are nationally recognised competency-based training qualifications.

Step 1: Choose your course and semester

Choose from a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, creative arts and humanities, ministry and theology, nursing, mathematics and science, teaching, and vocational. Other study includes short courses, micro-credentials, and non-award units of study. Check the academic calendar for open application dates once you have selected the course you are interested in and the semester you want to commence your studies.




Step 2: Review the admission criteria

To be considered for entry, you must meet the minimum admission criteria. The minimum admission criteria are different for undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational courses.




Step 3: Submit your application

Avondale accepts applications for undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational courses directly through the online applicant portal. Click here if you are applying for micro-credentials or non-award units of study.



Step 4: Provide your documents

When you apply, you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Student Administration Services team within five (5) business days of applying, and your acknowledgement email will include:

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

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

The assessment generally takes two (2) weeks, provided you have submitted the relevant documentation and or information. Assessments may take longer during peak admission periods or if further information is required. Once we assess your application, we will notify you by email. If successful, the outcome is an offer of admission to study at Avondale.

Step 5: Respond to your offer

Your offer letter will include instructions on accepting, deferring or declining your offer. We recommend accepting or deferring your offer within the 28-day deadline to secure your spot. Once you accept your offer, follow the steps set out in 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 to 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 courses and providers.


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



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

Advanced Standing

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

Before you apply

Before applying 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.
  • Units applied as a credit towards a Bachelor of Nursing degree must be no older than seven years and ten years for all other courses.
  • We assess overseas qualifications using the Australian Government Country Education Profile (CEP) website as well as the Australian Qualification Framework before being assessed for advanced standing in line 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: We must receive an application to study at Avondale before assessing advanced standing.

Step 2: Obtain evidence

Once you apply to study at Avondale, you will need to obtain evidence to support your application for advanced standing. Evidence includes a copy of every subject/unit outline you wish to have assessed for credit and 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: We will not assess advanced standing without this documentation, and we may not award credit for clinical 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 the semester to ensure sufficient time for processing. Bachelor of Nursing students with approved advanced standing will commence approximately two weeks earlier than students 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: [email protected] (course advice)
E: [email protected] (existing applications)

Early Admission

Avondale's Early Admission Program can earn you an offer into your chosen undergraduate degree before your final exams.

info Early Admission is designed for high-performing Year 12 students. Early Admission is not open to mature age students, non-school leavers, or international students.

Important Dates

1 JUNE 2022: Applications OPEN

1 AUGUST 2022: Applications CLOSE

15 AUGUST 2022: School Endorsements OPEN

23 SEPTEMBER 2022: School Endorsements CLOSE

5 OCTOBER 2022: OFFERS Released

2 NOVEMBER 2022: DEADLINE to Accept Offers

27 FEBRUARY 2023: Orientation

"Applying for early admission at Avondale was easy, simple, and took no time at all. I was so happy to learn that I had been accepted at Avondale and I didn’t have to worry about scrambling for a uni closer to when uni started."
Zoe C - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Early Admission in 2023, you must be:
  • Completing Year 12 in 2022; and
  • Eligible for a Higher School Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or an interstate equivalent from 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.

How to apply

  • Prepare a maximum one-page personal statement about what matters to you including your key skills, hobbies and interests. If applicable, include details of your awards /recognition, co-curricular/extracurricular activities, and/or employment/volunteer work.
  • Obtain evidence of your Year 11 final year results (see note).
  • Submit your Early Admission application

info Evidence includes a school report and/or a letter from your school (on official school letterhead and emailed to Avondale by a school official). Results are required for every subject as either a percentage mark or a grade - we do not accept ranks.

What Happens Next?

When you apply to study at Avondale, our Student Administration Services (SAS) team will email you within five business days. The email will include your application details (such as the course, campus, and attendance mode) and your unique Avondale ID number.

After applications for Early Admission close on 1 August 2022, Student Administration Services will assess your application and email you the outcome. If your application is successful, we will contact your school for their endorsement. After we receive your school's endorsement, we will ask you to follow up on the specific admission requirements for your course (if applicable).

Suppose your application for Early Admission is unsuccessful or your school does not endorse your application. In that case, you still have the opportunity to gain admission to your chosen degree by obtaining the minimum ATAR for the course for which you applied. Or you may be considered for entry through one of Avondale's admission pathways.

Your Offer

If you meet all of the entry requirements, you will receive an early offer - securing your place at Avondale before sitting your final exams!


Student Administration Services

call +61 2 4980 2377

email [email protected]

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 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 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 to suit your needs. The following micro-credential(s) are currently on offer at Avondale:

Food as Medicine (6 credit points)
The Food as Medicine micro-credential is for doctors, health professionals, health educators, and those with a keen interest in nutrition and wellbeing. Offered usually within our Lifestyle Medicine course, this is a unique opportunity to take Food as Medicine as a stand-alone unit.

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



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




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 a 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 in 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 3;

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 3: 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$239. For more information, email Student Administration Services.




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