Admissions Requirements


Applicants are advised to consult the relevant Alphacrucis College (AC) Course of Study Handbook for course specific academic entry requirements.

AC's Future Students team are here to help you navigate AC's admissions requirements an answer any questions you might have about AC's application process.

Admission into an AC course of study is based on an applicant's most relevant study or work background.


Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

ATAR-related thresholds

Admission into an AC Vocational Education and Training (VET) course of study does not require an ATAR.

The guaranteed entry ATAR (or equivalent) for Australian year 12 students seeking entry into an undergraduate course of study in higher education (HE) is 65.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of this rank but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is either a complete Higher Education (HE) course. This includes study at university and non-university higher education providers, whether recent (such as students seeking to transfer to AC from another higher education provider or transferring to another course at AC or some time ago. This also includes students who have completed a bridging course.

Applicants with vocational education and training study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is either a complete or partially complete Vocational Education and Training (VET) course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider. Students may have other qualifications such as Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Applicants with work and life experience

AC recognises that many aspects of a person’s life experience may result in the development of skills, abilities and knowledge that relate directly to the ability to undertake tertiary study successfully. Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may be eligible for admission on the basis of their work and life experience.

  • If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for a prescribed program of undergraduate (HE) non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.
  • If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to undergraduate (HE) courses on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

For further information, please see AC's Higher Education Provisional Entry Policy.

Professional Entry

Professional Entry applicants are those who are applying for a postgraduate coursework (Levels 8 or 9) or Higher Degree Research (HDR) (Level 9 or 10) course of study without having a prior required degree but can demonstrate an appropriate level of professional experience. AC’s Professional Entry Criteria Policy outlines the eligibility requirements for admission into a postgraduate and HDR course of study on the basis of professional entry.


Credit transfers and recognised prior learning (RPL)

Information on advanced standing, credit transfer from prior formal academic accomplishments, and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from informal learning are outlined in AC’s Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

AC limits the award of advanced standing/credit transfer to a two thirds maximum. That is students must complete no less than one third of a total program as College AC-enrolled students.

Non award or cross institutional students

Students enrolled in another course of study at an institution other than AC and wish to take a subject at AC for credit toward their course are considered Non-Award students. These students do not need to complete an Application Form for admission but will need to complete the AC Enrolment Form.

Certificate I – Diploma (excluding Diploma of Arts)

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below:

Recent Secondary Education

Completion of a NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate/overseas equivalent.

Vocational Education and Training

Completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Students will need to successfully complete their first 4 subjects to be permitted to continue without the Provisional Entry restrictions.

Additional Requirements

Some courses may require additional entry requirements such as an audition or interview. Please see the relevant Course of Study Handbook for further details.


Diploma of Arts

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below:

Recent Secondary Education

Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent

Vocational Education and Training

Completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Applicants aged 21+ may be eligible for on the basis of mature age (provisional entry). Students must provide evidence of completion of other formal or informal studies, appropriate life experience, and a level of intellectual capacity and social maturity to engage in tertiary studies with commitment.

These students will need to successfully complete RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research and an additional 10 credit points to be permitted to continue without the Provisional Entry restrictions.

Associate Degree

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below:

Recent Secondary Education

Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent

Vocational Education and Training

Completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Students must provide evidence of completion of other formal or informal studies, appropriate life experience, and a level of intellectual capacity and social maturity to engage in tertiary studies with commitment.


Bachelor Degree

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below:

Recent Secondary Education

Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent

Vocational Education and Training

Completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Applicants aged 21+ may be eligible for on the basis of mature age (provisional entry). These students will need to successfully complete their first 4 subjects to be permitted to continue without the Provisional Entry restrictions.


Bachelor Degree (Education)

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below as well as the Essential Requirements:

Recent Secondary Education

Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent

Vocational Education and Training

Completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Applicants aged 21+ with no previous formal education may be eligible for entry into the Diploma of Arts pathway program on the basis of mature age (provisional entry). Special admission pathways are available for students who satisfy the Educational Disadvantage Criteria.

Essential Requirements

Applicants seeking into admission into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course of study are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online as a ‘volunteer’ in Education.

In addition, applicants must complete the Anaphylaxis Training (schools course). On completion of the online module, participants receive a certificate of completion which is to be uploaded as part of the AC application.


Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

Recent Secondary Education

These courses of study require the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

Applicants seeking entry into the Graduate Certificate of Leadership may be eligible for Provisional Entry where they can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role.


Masters by Coursework (Arts/Leadership)

Recent Secondary Education

These courses of study require the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

These courses of study require the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role are advised to apply for the Graduate Certificate of Leadership. 


Masters by Coursework (Theology)

Recent Secondary Education

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution in either Ministry or Theology.

Work and Life Experience

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants who have not completed formal tertiary level study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.


Masters by Coursework (Teaching)

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below as well as the Essential Requirements:

Recent Secondary Education

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution.

Work and Life Experience

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants who have not completed formal tertiary level study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Essential Requirements

Applicants seeking into admission into one of AC's Master of Teaching courses of study are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online as a ‘volunteer’ in Education.

In addition, applicants must complete the Anaphylaxis Training (schools course). On completion of the online module, participants receive a certificate of completion which is to be uploaded as part of the AC application.

Master of Philosophy

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below as well as the Essential Requirements:

Recent Secondary Education

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent;

OR

Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent. This must include at least a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.

International Students must also demonstrate knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 and methodology in the area of specialisation.

Work and Life Experience

In exceptional circumstances the Program Director may recommend that an applicant be admitted who does not have the qualifications specified. In this case, evidence must be supplied to verify that the applicant has equivalent qualifications based on academic and professional attainment and demonstration of an appropriate capacity for the research.

Essential Requirements

A pre-admission interview for all applicants will be conducted by the Program Director or Dean of School. Bridging courses, such as RES601 Research Methods, may be required. Please see the relevant Course of Study Handbook for further details.

Doctor of Ministry

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below as well as the Essential Requirements:

Recent Secondary Education

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree in Theology or Ministry, or equivalent, as well as an AQF Level 8 graduate diploma in Theology or Ministry with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.

OR

Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree in Ministry or Theology, or equivalent;

OR

Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in theology or ministry, or equivalent. This must include at least 60 credit points of Leadership and/or Ministry or equivalent and 40 credit points of Bible and/or Theology or equivalent, with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.

International Students must also demonstrate knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 and methodology in the area of specialisation.

Work and Life Experience

In exceptional circumstances the Program Director may recommend that an applicant be admitted who does not have the qualifications specified. In this case, evidence must be supplied to verify that the applicant has equivalent qualifications based on academic and professional attainment and demonstration of an appropriate capacity for the research.

Essential Requirements

Applicants must have at least 5 years full-time ministry experience, or equivalent. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet this criteria.

International Students must also demonstrate knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 and methodology in the area of specialisation.

A pre-admission interview for all applicants will be conducted by the Program Director or Dean of School. Bridging courses, such as RES601 Research Methods, may be required.

Please see the relevant Course of Study Handbook for further details.


Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants must meet at least one of the entry categories below as well as the Essential Requirements:

Recent Secondary Education

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree or higher by an authorised institution. Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Vocational Education and Training

This course of study requires the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or higher by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Higher Education

Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 AND methodology in the area of specialisation.

OR

Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent. This must include at least a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.

Work and Life Experience

In exceptional circumstances the Program Director may recommend that an applicant be admitted who does not have the qualifications specified. In this case, evidence must be supplied to verify that the applicant has equivalent qualifications based on academic and professional attainment and demonstration of an appropriate capacity for the research.

Essential Requirements

International Students must also demonstrate knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 and methodology in the area of specialisation.

A pre-admission interview for all applicants will be conducted by the Program Director or Dean of School. Bridging courses, such as RES601 Research Methods, may be required.

Please see the relevant Course of Study Handbook for further details.

International Students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency.

International students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. This may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Completion of at least five (5) years of secondary studies or a Certificate IV (or higher) in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America;
  • Completion of secondary studies or a Certificate IV (or higher) in Australia within two (2) years from the time of commencement at AC; or
  • Completion of an approved English language proficiency test within two (2) years from the time of commencement at AC.

AC accepts the following English language proficiency test:

Students are required to have attained an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score or equivalent according to the criteria noted below:

Certificate/Diploma (excluding Diploma of Arts)

5.5 overall score, minimum 5.0 in each subtest

Undergraduate Courses and the Diploma of Arts

6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest

Postgraduate Courses

7.0 overall score, minimum 6.5 in each subtest

Education Courses

7.5 overall score, minimum 7.0 in the Reading & Writing subtests and 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking subtests


Applicants are encouraged to contact the International Student Office if they are unsure of the equivalence of their English language proficiency test scores.

AC's Admissions Policy details the special admission pathways for our courses of study.

For those applicants who meet the Educational Disadvantage Entry Criteria specified in the Admissions Policy, there are various special admission pathways which demonstrate an ability to undertake a course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director. The Program Director’s recommendation is then tabled for approval to the Admissions Committee.

A student’s admission requirements may be reconsidered on educational disadvantage grounds if the applicant is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and where the normal HSC entry path has not been followed. Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director. For HE students, the Program Director’s recommendation is then tabled for approval to the Admissions Committee.

Additional information:

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) standards

AC’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy Policy outlines the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) standards for Vocational Education and Training (VET) students. Minimum LLN standards are stated in the relevant course admission requirements.


Computer literacy and internet access

AC students require access to computer and internet facilities, as written assignments are submitted online in typescript with some assignments requiring database and internet research.


Student Profile

The Student Profile gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at AC. It provides data on students that commenced study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.


Unique Student Identifier (USI)

A USI is required for students undertaking nationally recognised training (qualifications, accredited courses, skill sets and units of competency) unless exempt. This includes international students studying in Australia. If you don't have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment. Please refer to the links below for further information.

Student Quick Guide for students creating their own USI

How to create a USI for students creating their own USI

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