Application Guide

Find out how to apply,
what documentation you'll need
and how we can help you.

How to Apply


Step 1: Complete an application form online.

The first stage of applying to Excelsia College is the online application form. As you proceed with the form, please read carefully, complete all fields and attach all documentation listed on the checklist.
Once you have submitted your online application, the Registrar’s Office will email you confirming: the receipt of your application, which round of offers you are in and when the offer date for that round is and any missing or uncertified documentation. After your application details have been confirmed your chosen school will contact you regarding the next stage. Please keep in mind that under the privacy legislation, Excelsia College is able to communicate only with the applicant about their application, and not with family members or other representatives.

Step 2: Certified documentation is necessary for a completed application.

You will need to upload these documents in the online application. You will need to provide:

1. Proof of Citizenship – Passport or birth certificate or citizenship certificate.
2. Undergraduate - Higher School Certificate with Record of Achievement for NSW school leavers. Certified transcripts of any other (relevant) studies or industry experience after high school should also be included.

Postgraduate - Higher Education transcripts.

Certifying documents can be done through one of the following ways:

Step 3: Supplementary Information

In order to complete your online application you will need to complete the supplementary documentation for your respective course.

All applicants will be contacted within a few days after submission of their application about interviews and audition dates. The outcome of all applicants’ applications will be available a few weeks after interviews and auditions.

Can we help you?

Call us on 02 9819 8810 for any help regarding your application.

Enrolment

Once applicants have been sent an offer, applicants have two weeks to accept their offer. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if applicable and the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy is a useful reference. Alternatively, applicants may defer their offer to a later semester to start their studies. A weblink would be sent to applicants in their offer letters if they wish to defer their start date.

Fees and charges are included in the offer letters and can also be viewed on the College website.

 

Further Information

Once an application is received at the College, applicants may be required to attend an interview with the Head of School in which they make application for entry. Music and Drama students must also attend an audition. For more information, our Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure can be found here.

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have successfully completed one year of full-time equivalent study at a higher education institution may be considered eligible for entry. A certified copy of the academic transcript must be submitted with the application. Applicants transferring to Music or Drama may be required to audition and sit theory exams. An example of this is a student who has completed a year of a Bachelor of Arts at another institution and would like to transfer to study Music or Drama.

Credit for previous study at a higher education institution or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)  may be requested using the Application for Credit Form or Application for Prior Learning form. The Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy is a useful reference. Credit or RPL will be assessed by the relevant School and the Registar’s Office will advise the applicant of the outcome of their application.

Completed bridging or enabling course

Subject to passing an audition, performing arts undergraduate applicants who have not met academic admission requirements for entry to their chosen course may be given a provisional offer to complete a bridging course prior to the commencement of their offered undergraduate course. Upon successful completion of the bridging course, the applicant may then commence their chosen course of study.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have completed vocational education and training (VET) may be considered eligible under Special Entry by being awarded provisional entry upon successful completion of one semester of undergraduate study. More information about Special Entry can be found in the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

While an ATAR is not required for undergraduate admission, completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent is required. All applicants to the Performing Arts Department

D. Applicants with work and life experience
Excelsia College recognises that some applicants not meeting the entry criteria may have gained through employment and/or formal or informal education, experience and /or qualifications equivalent to the entry criteria for a given course. The Admissions Committee will normally admit the student provisionally such that the student must successfully complete one full-time equivalent semester of study to be allowed to continue in their chosen course. Certain conditions (eg successful completion of an Academic Study Skills unit) may also be applied.

More information about Special Entry can be found in the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

Census date is the last date on which a student can withdraw from a unit without incurring an academic or financial penalty. If you withdraw from one or more units after the Census date you will receive an “WN” (Withdrawn Fail) grade for each enrolled unit.  You will also be liable for the full fees for the enrolled units, whether you pay them directly to Wesley Institute or defer payment through FEE-HELP.  You cannot withdraw after the census date without incurring a fees debt.

However, if after the census date you become seriously ill, or other unforeseen circumstances over which you have no control result in you being unable to continue your studies, you can apply to the Academic Board for special consideration which, if granted, would result in a “W” (Withdrawn) grade for each enrolled unit.  An appeal must be made in writing on an Academic Grievance form to the Registrar, with supporting evidence of the grounds for the appeal.  Academic appeals must normally be made within 20 working days of the publication of results.  The Academic Grievance Procedure is published in the Student Handbook and on the website here.

In such special circumstances you can also apply to the Grievance Committee for a refund of prepaid fees or a reversal of your FEE-HELP debt for the relevant units.  Application must be made in writing within 12 months of the last day of study for the units concerned, giving all relevant details and evidence of the grounds for appeal and attaching all relevant documents.

Special circumstances that qualify for the reversal of a failing grade or the refund of fees or reversal of a FEE-HELP debt have been determined in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 as circumstances which:

  • were beyond your control, and
  • did not make their full impact until on or after the Census date, and
  • were such that they made it impractical for you to complete your study requirements.

Excelsia College welcomes applicants from certain backgrounds who may be able to successfully complete a given course, but who may not have had reasonable prior opportunity to develop experience and qualifications sufficient to satisfy the entry criteria for that course. The Admissions Committee may admit these students provisionally such that the student must successfully complete one full-time equivalent semester of study to be allowed to continue in their chosen course. Certain conditions (eg successful completion of an Academic Study Skills unit) may also be applied. More information about Special Entry can be found in the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

 

Applicants who have completed an educational qualification in a non-English speaking country have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges. The English language requirements for admission to each of the College’s courses are published in entry requirements and on the College website, and may include scores for bands within the test (e.g. Reading, Listening). Comparative scores for some popular tests are included below.

 

IELTS SCORE Band 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based Test (TOEFL iBT) 60 80 94 102 110
PTE 50 58 65 73 79
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) from Cambridge ESOL test scores 52 58 67 74 80

Qualifications awarded overseas will be checked for equivalency with corresponding Australian qualifications using the Department of Education guidelines.

Credit for previous study at a higher education institution or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)  may be requested using the Application for Credit Form or Application for Prior Learning form. The Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy is a useful reference. Credit or RPL will be assessed by the relevant School and the Registrar’s Office will advise the applicant of the outcome of their application.

Contact us

Please find further information you may require in your application process above. While filling out the online Application Form if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Student Advisor Line 1
(02) 9819 8810

Student Advisor Line 2
(02) 9819 8823


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