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Alternative Pathways to Science

Found a science degree that suits your interests, but don't meet its minimum entry requirements?

Alternative pathway opportunities may be available to help you gain entry into your preferred science degree.

If you are considering an alternative pathway into a preferred science degree, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Faculty of Sciences Office for advice on the best options for your individual situation.

To ensure you understand the entry requirements of your preferred degree, visit Degree Finder.

  • No Chemistry?

    If you have not successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or equivalent but wish to study a science degree that requires it as a prerequisite, you may consider applying for the Bachelor of Science. This is a flexible degree that can allow you an opportunity to use elective course space to build up equivalent prerequisites, so you can apply to pathway into your preferred degree by way of internal transfer.

    In order to be accepted into this alternate degree, you must meet the entry score. To learn more about the Bachelor of Science, visit Degree Finder.

    Note: Internal transfer is a competitive process that relies on successful completion of the prerequisites and a high Grade Point Average (GPA) and is not a guaranteed pathway. Students intending to undertake this pathway should understand that this may extend the overall length of time required to complete their preferred degree.

    Students intending to undertake this pathway are strongly encouraged to contact the Faculty Office for advice on the best study plan options for their individual situation.

  • No Mathematical Studies?

    If you have not successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent but wish to study a degree that requires it as a prerequisite, the Maths Learning Centre offers two self-paced bridging courses that could help you.

    • MathsTrack covers roughly the content in the SACE Stage 2 subject 'Mathematical Studies' and allows you to obtain equivalent SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies prerequisite.
    • MathsStart covers various topics from high school mathematics up to the end of Year 11.

    Both courses are self-paced, which means you access the resources yourself when you are ready - so you can start at any time and take as long as you need.

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  • No Specialist Mathematics?

    If you have not successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics or equivalent but wish to study a science degree that requires it as a prerequisite, you may consider applying for the Bachelor of Science as an alternative pathway. This is a flexible degree that can allow you an opportunity to use elective course space to build up equivalent prerequisites so you can apply to pathway into your preferred degree by way of internal transfer.

    In order to be accepted into this alternate degree, you must meet the entry score requirements. To learn more about the Bachelor of Science, visit Degree Finder.

    Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science as a pathway are advised to undertake the course Mathematics IM in Semester 1, which is equivalent to SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics. Students can use the remaining elective course space to enrol in the same courses (if not restricted) outlined in the first year study plan for their preferred degree (assuming all course prerequisites have been met, e.g. Physics). This means that you could study the same courses as the students in your preferred degree, without actually being enrolled in that degree.

    Once Mathematics IM is successfully completed, students can apply for an internal transfer into their preferred degree (assuming that all other prerequisites and entry requirements for that degree have been met).

    Note: Internal transfer is a competitive process that relies on successful completion of the prerequisites and a high Grade Point Average (GPA) and is not a guaranteed pathway.

    Students intending to undertake this pathway should understand that they will be required to undertake Mathematics IA in Semester 2 of first year and Mathematics IB during Summer School at the end of first year. If you intend to undertake this pathway, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Faculty Office for further advice on the best options for your individual situation.

  • No Physics?

    If you have not successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Physics or equivalent but wish to study a science degree that requires it as a prerequisite, you may consider applying for the Bachelor of Science. This is a flexible degree that can allow you an opportunity to use elective course space to build up equivalent prerequisites, so you can apply to pathway into your preferred degree by way of internal transfer. In order to be accepted into this alternate degree, you must meet the entry score. To learn more about the Bachelor of Science, visit Degree Finder.

    Note: internal transfer is a competitive process that relies on successful completion of the prerequisites and a high Grade Point Average (GPA) and is not a guaranteed pathway. Students intending to undertake this pathway should understand that this may extend the overall length of time required to complete their preferred degree.

    Students intending to undertake this pathway are strongly encouraged to contact the Faculty Office for advice on the best study plan options for their individual situation.

  • Don't have a high enough ATAR?

    You may consider applying for the Bachelor of Science. This is a flexible degree that can allow you an opportunity to use elective course space to build up equivalent prerequisites and your Grade Point Average (GPA), so you can apply to pathway into your preferred degree by way of internal transfer. Other degrees available at the University may also be considered as alternative options for university entry. Students intending to undertake this pathway are strongly encouraged to speak to the Faculty Office for advice on the best study plan options for their individual situation.

    Note: internal transfer is a competitive process that relies on successful completion of the prerequisites and a high GPA and is not a guaranteed pathway. Students intending to undertake this pathway should understand that this may extend the overall length of time required to complete their preferred degree.

    To find the ATAR cut off for your preferred degree, search Degree Finder.

  • Can I transfer into a different degree once I am enrolled?

    The University of Adelaide provides an opportunity for students to apply to change to a more suitable degree via an internal transfer. This is a competitive process and relies on students meeting the prerequisites of their preferred degree and maintaining a competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). Transferring to a different degree may involve making up courses that have been missed and students are advised to consult with the Faculty Office for advice regarding transfer applications.

    Additionally:

    • Students who have completed up to 2 years of full-time study or equivalent can be considered for internal transfer on the basis of their ATAR or their GPA, whichever is better of the two. In order to take advantage of the GPA option, students must have completed a minimum of 0.5 years of full-time study or equivalent (i.e. 12 units).
    • Students who have completed less than 0.5 years of full-time study or equivalent will be required to meet the ATAR cut-off of their preferred degree in order to be considered for admission to that degree.
    • Students who have completed more than 2 years of full-time study or equivalent will be assessed on the basis of their GPA only.

    Note: (This excludes students intending to move from the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) to the Bachelor of Science (Vet Bioscience) program).

For further information in discovering your Pathway to your Future please head to the University of Adelaide's Pathways to Your Ultimate Degree.

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