Non-school leaver entry pathway

Access Melbourne

If you don’t have any recent qualifications to use as the basis for your application to Melbourne, Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in your preferred course.


To be eligible for this pathway, you must:

  • be aged 23 years or older on 30 September 2018 (for Semester 1, 2019 entry) or 31 May 2019  (for Semester 2, 2019 entry); and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa; and
  • have no qualifications from the past seven years that could be used as a basis for your application.  For Semester 1 2019 entry you must not have attained secondary or university results since Semester 2, 2011 (except single subjects used to satisfy course prerequisites or demonstrate your likelihood to succeed as described below). If you have studied a TAFE course during the past seven years this may not preclude you from being eligible for the non-school leaver entry pathway – check with us to find out.

To be eligible for an offer you must:

What courses can I access?

The following undergraduate courses welcome applications from mature age applicants who have satisfied the steps of the non-school leaver entry pathway:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (all specialisations)*
  • Bachelor of Music*
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Science

*Note that the extra requirements for this course must also be satisfied in order for you to be considered for selection.

Please note that that the non-school leaver entry pathway does not provide an entry point to the Diploma in General Studies, the University's Chancellor's Scholars Program or Graduate Degree Packages.

Find out how to apply

How do I meet course prerequisites?

All undergraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne have an English prerequisite and some have additional subject prerequisites. Meeting prerequisites is important as they represent the knowledge you will need to succeed in the course (this is knowledge that your lecturers will assume you have). There are a number of ways that you can satisfy subject prerequisites.

See satisfy subject prerequisites