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.


Recent secondary education

Applicants who have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate (or the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification) within the previous two years are admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education.

ATAR requirements

The lowest ATAR (or equivalent) required for Australian year 12 students seeking entry into any undergraduate course of study at AC is 65.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published cut-off 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.

Finished secondary education more than two years ago

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of 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 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.

Applicants with tertiary education qualifications

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is either:
  1. a complete or partially complete Higher Education (HE) course; OR
  2. a complete or partially complete Vocational Education and Training (VET) course.

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.


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.

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.

Certificate I – Diploma (excluding Diploma of Arts)

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

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

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.


Associate Degree

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

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

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.


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)

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.

Additional 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.

Masters by Research (Philosophy)

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.

Additional 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

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.

Additional 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

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.

Additional 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.

If your first language is English or if you can provide satisfactory evidence that English was the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies (secondary or tertiary studies completed within 2 years at the time of your commencement at AC), you may be considered as meeting the requirement of proficiency in English.

If English is not your first language or was not the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination or test. Your English language proficiency test must be no more than two years old at the time you commence your studies at AC.

AC accepts the following English language proficiency test:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)

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

Certificate/Diploma

5.5 overall score, minimum 5.0 in each subtest

Undergraduate

6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest

Postgraduate (excluding HDR)

7.0 overall score, minimum 6.5 in each subtest

Higher Degree Research

8.5 overall score, minimum 7.0 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. For HE students, the Program Director’s recommendation is then tabled for approval to the Admissions Committee.

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.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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. These 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.


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.

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