If your son or daughter is in Year 10 or above, they’re probably already thinking about their options after high school. The choice of whether to continue their education will be one of the most important of their life, and as a parent, you need to be as well-informed as possible about the various paths available. Here you can find all the information you’ll need to understand life at UWA.
Explore our campus
Our on-campus events are an ideal way for you to visit the University with your child or children to gauge what life’s really like. You can attend one of our course information sessions or campus tours, and don’t forget you can download our course guides for an easy way to browse through our offerings.
Choosing a course
One of the biggest questions your child will have to ask is which course to study. At UWA, our flexible course structure offers students the chance to combine their personal interests with any career goals they may have.
Discuss with your child the things that they’re good at and the things they enjoy doing. It’s also worth talking about the things they don’t enjoy, and all of this information can provide pointers about what they might like to study in the future.
How we can help
We have many opportunities for high school students to engage with life and study on campus.
Course Information Evenings
Many parents like to help their children with the decision of what to do after high school and require information about all the options. UWA offers presentations on admissions requirements, enrolment and other important topics.
Individual Advisory Sessions
Students and parents can book a personalised 30-minute session with a Future Students Adviser to discuss UWA courses and admission requirements and ask any questions they may have about studying at UWA. These are available on weekdays from 9am to 4pm.
Students and their families can get a taste for the University by attending our annual Open Day where staff and students are on hand to showcase life and study at UWA.
UWA's five undergraduate degrees
We offer more than 65 majors within our undergraduate degrees.
Bachelor of Arts
Gain the life-long skills employers are seeking with one of Western Australia's most diverse degrees.Find out more
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a new degree, encompasses the biological basis of human structure and function and the application of this knowledge to disease, wellbeing and society.Find out more
Bachelor of Commerce
Make a positive difference in the world. UWA Commerce graduates bring together people and organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.Find out more
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
An inspiring and research-oriented four-year degree for high-achieving students.Find out more
Bachelor of Science
Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of science.Find out more
What does a degree involve?
Usually a bachelor’s degree (that's your first degree) lasts three years for full-time study, although sometimes it can last four.
Once your child has an idea of the kind of degree they’d like to do, they can begin to think about choosing a major – the subject area on which their studies will be focused. We have more than 65 majors, from Accounting to Zoology and plenty in between. At UWA you can also choose a second major. Accounting and Indonesian? No problems. Music and Marketing? Sure. Human Biology and Media Studies? You got it. Studying multiple interest areas provides our graduates with a broad range of skills and allows for flexible career paths.
Applications and enrolment
Defer university study
Some students prefer to take time out exploring the world or the workforce first and that could mean deferring their university studies for up to a year or applying later as a mature-age student.
High school entry
If your child is looking to start university straight from high school, you can read more about our admission requirements and how to apply.
Prerequisites vary from course to course, but the one that is common to all is English language competency.
Once your child is ready to enrol, you can find more information at the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) website.
What does it cost?
A degree at UWA does involve fees for each student, which can be covered through the HECS system and taken care of after graduation when your child’s earnings have reached a certain level. If you’d prefer to assist your child, it is possible for fees to be paid at the time of study. UWA also offers a broad range of scholarships to help cover the cost of studying, spanning academic achievement, financial need, rural or remote location and more.
It can be difficult to work out your options when battling through university terminology. We’ve put together a list of words you’ll find helpful in decoding the information as well as some differences between high school and uni, and what you can expect on a day-to-day basis as a student at UWA.
Need more information?
If you’d like to learn more about UWA, its courses and its people, our Future Students Advisers can answer your questions.