The uni experience

A significant change you’ll notice when moving from high school to university is the atmosphere and vibrant student community. The way in which you learn also changes greatly. 

Top 10 differences from high school

01

Subjects

You have a wider choice of subjects to choose from so you can study what interests you. Our flexible course structure could see you combine Music with Finance, Sport Science with Marketing or Fine Arts with Population Health.

02

Classes

Instead of one class per subject, you may have a lecture and a tutorial or laboratory work. You’ll also be able to design your timetable the way you want it to be.

03

Study in your own time

You need to fit your study around your schedule. The University doesn't allocate you any set times, so it's your responsibility to make sure your assignments and tutorial preparations are completed and that you attend your classes.

04

Interactive learning

Students are encouraged to learn in a collaborative environment, so you’ll participate in class discussions, work in groups or develop skills during an internship. This ensures you put theory into practice.

05

Atmosphere

UWA’s social atmosphere creates a lively buzz around campus. There are lots of events held around Student Village, including competitions, food vans and club parties. Our green campus is also home to an array of animals, including our very own peacocks.

06

Facilities

Unlike high school, we have everything you need on campus, including a hairdresser, medical centre, book shop, dentist, optometrist, travel agency, shops, ATMs, food outlets and more.

07

Sports

Our location next to the Swan River gives our students the opportunity to participate in an array of water sports. We also have team sports, a supervised gym and full-sized ball courts available for hire.

08

Expand your social circle

You’ll have the chance to meet new people every day, whether through class, a social club, team sports, volunteering or activities run by the Student Guild. There are endless opportunities to network and get involved.

09

Support

We have a host of support initiatives available including our Careers Hub, and the UWA Student Guild provides assistance for academic, financial and welfare support. There are mentorship programs and study groups too.

010

Dress code

There is no uniform when you study at university. We encourage individuality but recommend that students wear comfortable clothes that are not offensive.

UWA terms

ATAR
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank reports a student’s position relative to other students. An ATAR ranges between zero and 99.95.
Bachelor’s degree
This is your first degree and is what you achieve after completing an undergraduate course.
Lab
A class that takes place in a laboratory. Labs are practical classes involving experiments, investigation, construction, observation or testing.
Lecture
A class which involves the presentation of a particular topic, idea or subject to a large group of students. Lectures normally run for about 45 minutes and many are recorded so you can revise them later.
Major
An approved discipline-based sequence of eight units within an undergraduate degree course.
Prerequisites
A subject or condition a person must satisfy before gaining entry to a unit or course.
Tutorial
A small class involving discussion facilitated by a tutor on a particular topic or idea (usually what has previously been presented in a lecture).
Undergraduate
A term that refers to university students who are studying towards their first degree (bachelor’s degree).
Unit
A subject usually studied for the duration of one semester. Units normally involve different classes – lectures, tutorials, seminars, labs.