Essential requirements for admission Australian & NZ Students


Australian Year 12 students

Completion of Australian Year 12 (or equivalent).


Aspire does not use ATAR selection ranks for admissions.


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) or its equivalent.


(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).


Applicants that have finished their secondary education some time ago and have no tertiary experience or work experience may still apply with their high school qualification in conjunction with any relevant experience the student has accumulated since then. An application interview may be conducted for a more holistic assessment. 

How to Apply

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced an undergraduate 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.

As this is a new course, the figures below are shown for the equivalent Diploma of International Tourism which was offered in 2019.

Applicant backgroundNumber of New Students Trimester One 2024Percentage of New Students Trimester One 2024
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study00.00%
(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 ATAR)
  • 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)


< 5



< 5%

International students00
All students< 5< 5%*


“<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.

* This figure includes students enrolling in courses at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) and the International Sport College Australia (ISCA)

Admission criteria

The general admission criteria that applies to all courses is relevant. This can be found in the Aspire Institute institutional information.

Aspire Institute uses a non-ATAR based system for admissions and does not use ATAR adjustments in its assessments.
ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in Trimester one 2019.

(ATAR-based offers only,
across all offer rounds)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Selection Rank
(ATAR/OP plus any adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer00
Median rank to receive an offer00
Lowest rank to receive an offer00


* “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Other admissions options

For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR

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).

Disability Access Options

Aspire Institute supports the participation of applicants that may have disability, illness or family disruption and are sensitive to these circumstances. Admission to a course may be considered for applicants whose achievement has been compromised by specific situations beyond the applicant’s control, such as disability, illness or family disruption. 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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching).

Any supporting documentation must comply with the evidence requirements as follows: health practitioners report or letter; disability assessment report; New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) disability provisions application form; or NESA provisions approval letter.

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.
  • 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.

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

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a course.

For further information about credit transfer and recognition of prior learning or contact us