General Admission Information for Aspire Institute

The following information is specific to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) applicants. International undergraduate applicants should view Entry Requirements here.

About Aspire Institute

Aspire Institute is owned, governed and operated by the prestigious International College of Management, Sydney Pty Ltd. Aspire offers higher education pathways, in partnership with distinguished Australian universities and colleges. We offer a range of non-award and undergraduate pathway programs articulating to a number of bachelor degrees.


All courses are currently also offered online. For more information about the delivery of your chosen course please contact a Student Advisor on (02) 9466 1150.

City Campus

Level 4, 451 Pitt Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000

Northern Beaches Campus

151 Darley Road, Manly, NSW 2095


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A completed higher education qualification
A minimum of four completed undergraduate subjects (an equivalent of 12 ICMS credit points).
Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.



Successful completion of a Certificate IV qualification (under the AQF).



(Finished secondary education more than two years ago)

Applicants, who are over 18 years of age, may be eligible for admission based on work experience. Applicants will need to present evidence of at least two (2) years of full-time paid work experience. This evidence must be well documented and include the following:

Applicants may also wish to provide evidence of formal, informal or non-formal study completed or partially completed, which demonstrates a reasonable prospect of success in the course applied for.

However, it is not recommended that applicants rely solely on work experience; they should consider supplementing it with the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).

Early Entry at Aspire

Entry Pathways available include:


Through the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) you can receive an early offer to study at Aspire Institute before the release of HSC subject results and ATAR.

Applications for SRS are made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you apply, you will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Year 11 academic record
  2. School rating of your learning/aptitude

Read more about SRS on the UAC website:

Note: SRS can be used in conjunction with an existing Aspire Institute application or alternative entry program such as Early Entry. Information collected by UAC will be provided to Aspire Institute and be used to supplement any existing applications.


Early Entry is designed for high-achieving HSC students who want to secure a place at Aspire Institute in the upcoming February intake before sitting the HSC exams.


You are currently completing your year 12 studies and are a School Captain/Vice-Captain, Prefect or Student Representative Council President/Vice President or member. In addition, Aspire Institute also seeks applications from students who have demonstrated leadership through their involvement with community organisations and clubs.


Aspire Institute understands the additional pressures placed on students through significant involvement in sport and the performing arts and we believe this should be considered for entry to higher education. The Aspire Elite Athletes and Performers Admissions pathway is for students whose sport or performing arts commitments may have impacted on their studies.


  • Elite Athletes –
    To be considered an elite athlete, you must have represented your school or state at the national level competition during Years 11 and/or 12.
  • Elite Performers –
    To be considered an elite performer, you must have performed in extended or significant productions during Years 11 and/or 12.


Aspire Institute understands the value of leadership and we believe it should be rewarded. Our Leadership Entry Program offers students who have demonstrated significant leadership in their school and/or community, a guaranteed place at Aspire Institute based on their academic achievement, leadership experience and aspirations, and a nomination from their school. Take your first step to becoming management ready today!


You are currently completing your year 12 studies and are a School Captain/Vice-Captain, Prefect or Student Representative Council President/Vice President or member. In addition, Aspire Institute also seeks applications from students who have demonstrated leadership through their involvement with community organisations and clubs.

Special Entry Pathway (Exceptional Circumstances)

The Aspire Institute supports participation of applicants who may have disability, illness or family disruption and are sensitive to these circumstances. To that end Aspire welcome applications from those with challenging circumstances.

Criteria for Admission

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission.

Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applications must be submitted with supporting documentation for example, a medical practitioner’s report. Admission will be determined on a case by case basis by the DVC (Learning and Teaching).

Applicants with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Background

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants can apply with either recent secondary education, VET study and/or work and life experience pathway. Applicants must also provide “Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Heritage” at the time of their application (or at their interview).

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants who have overseas qualifications are assessed using Aspire Institute’s international requirements as found in the entry requirements by country section.

English language proficiency 

  • Australian Year 12 students must submit a performance band of no less than 2 in English
  • English proficiency assessments must be completed no longer than two (2) years prior to commencement or one (1) year prior to commencement for applicants studying/residing in a non-English speaking environment.
  • Applicants may sit an Aspire English proficiency test for purposes of entry. Available upon request.

Additional English entry requirements that are commonly accepted can be viewed here.


Acceptance of offer

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Fees and charges

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant Background

Number of Students Trimester one 2023

Percentage of all students Trimester one 2023

(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) 00
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
(D) Recent secondary education
Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or other adjustment factors)


Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR000
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)1454%
International students 1246%
All students26100.0%

Notes: “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

 N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.