All students in NAPS must have been formally admitted to the Academy before commencing their study. Admission to all courses are based on a transparent Admissions Policy.

To be admitted to any of the NAPS courses currently on offer, a student must meet the following criteria:

Current School Leavers

Minimum ATAR of 65 or a Higher School Certificate or overseas equivalent with 65% minimum.

Non-Current School Leavers

Previous admission to or the subsequent completion of at last one semester of an AQF level 7 or equivalent course

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities or special needs will not be excluded based on pre-judgements about their ability to meet with the demands of the course. The same conditions and procedures apply to the admissions of students with a disability as to all other students, however NAPS fosters an environment of inclusiveness so special measures are provided to support their learning when required and discussed as part of the admission process.

Read more at NAPS Access and Equity Policy.

Mature Age Applicants

A student who does not meet the standard ‘school leavers’ criteria may apply for admission as a mature age applicant if they: 

  • are 21 years of age or older on 1st March of the year they intend to commence study;
  • do not have the required ATAR for admission to the course;
  • do not have a record of tertiary study; and
  • have completed an approved preparation course of not less than 6 months duration; or
  • have completed a vocational training course and have been assessed by the Dean or nominee to be able to undertake tertiary studies.

English Language Requirements

The medium of instruction in the Academy is English.  All students are therefore required to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in the English language to qualify for admission.

The following criteria apply:

  • Students from Australian local institutions must have completed a Higher School Certificate or equivalent from overseas.
  • Mature students from English speaking countries must pass an English language proficiency interview conducted by the Dean or nominee.
  • For students from non-English speaking countries who apply onshore or directly from their home countries, the condition of admission is an IELTS (Academic) test with a minimum score of 6.00 with no sub-band score less than 5.5 or equivalent in TOFEL or other accredited English language test program.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum English Language requirement may be permitted to enrol after successful completion of an appropriate English for Academic Purposes program accredited by NEAS and approved by the Academy.

When an IELTS score or equivalent is used to demonstrate English proficiency, that score must have been attained within two years of the date of application for admission.

Read more: English Language Support

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