Mature Age Student

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Mature Age Student

Step 1: Complete the online application form 

The first stage of applying to Excelsia College is to select the course you wish to apply and fill the online application form. Please read the form carefully, complete all the fields and attach all the documentation listed in Step 2.

Step 2: Gather the required certified documents.

You must provide certified copies of all the required documents when you submit your application.

A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been endorsed (signed, dated and accompanied by an ink imprint stamp) by an authorised authority who states that it is a true copy of the original document. Authorised authorities include:

  • A Justice of the Peace
  • Police officer, accountant, minister of religion, medical practitioner, legal practitioner, School Principal
  • An Excelsia staff member can also certify documents only if they have cited the original document.

A detailed list of accepted authorities can be found here.

Required application documents

  1. Proof of Citizenship – Certified copy of Passport or birth certificate or citizenship certificate. Evidence of proof of citizenship varies depending on whether you were born in Australia before, on or after 20 August 1986, or if you were born overseas.  For more information please check
  2. Certified copy of your High School Certificate.
  3. Certified transcripts of any other (relevant) studies or industry experience after high school.

*Drama applicants will also need to provide a portrait photo (headshot) with their application.

Step 3: Supplementary Information

You may be required to provide additional information with your application, depending on which Excelsia course you choose. The courses requiring supplementary information are:

What happens next?  

Once you submit your online application a student advisor will contact you within days to confirm receipt and talk through the next steps in the process.

Music and Drama applicants will receive their audition date and counselling applicants will get their interview date.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within six weeks.

Please keep in mind that under the privacy legislation, Excelsia College can only communicate with the applicant about their application, and not with family members or other representatives unless authorised by the applicant.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

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 (e.g. 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.

Mature Age Entry

To be eligible to apply for admission to a degree program as a mature age student, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

a) be at least 21 years of age on 1 March of the year of entry to the College;
b) not have an ATAR or equivalent interstate or overseas qualification that would enable them to compete for normal admission;
c) not have been enrolled for at least two full-time semesters of study in a Diploma or higher level qualification; and
d) satisfy the additional admission criteria for the course they wish to enter, e.g. artistic requirements, assumed knowledge, language requirements.

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the offer of a place to a mature age applicant may be provisional requiring the student to pass all enrolled units in the first semester of study.

Special Entry

The Admissions Committee will not normally admit a student who does not meet the specified entry criteria for the course in question. However, the College recognises that:

(a) a student 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.
(b) students from certain backgrounds, who may be able to successfully complete a given course, may not have had reasonable prior opportunity to develop experience and qualifications sufficient to satisfy the entry criteria for that course. Such students may include:
(i) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,
(ii) students with a disability,
(iii) students from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds,
(iv) students from non-English speaking backgrounds, including migrants and refugees, and
(v) students from rural or remote locations.

In both cases (a) and (b), the Admissions Committee may determine that a student can be admitted to a course of study despite not meeting the entry criteria. In such circumstances, the Committee will normally admit the student provisionally such that the student has to successfully (i.e., without failure) complete their first semester of study in order to be allowed to continue in the course. Certain conditions (e.g., successful completion of an Academic Study Skills unit) may also be applied to the admission. All students are informed that eligibility for Special Entry does not constitute a guarantee of a place in a course and, further, any student admitted by Special Entry must satisfy all course requirements in order to be eligible to graduate.

Additional requirement

Some courses may have additional entry criteria such as an interview or an audition. Please check the specific course to find out whether there are additional requirements.   

Recognition of Prior Learning

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 you are eligible for CRL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Fees and Charges

Before you start your degree, consider how much your course will cost. At Excelsia, tuition fees are charged by the undergraduate or postgraduate course units taken per study period.

Besides your course fees, there may be other costs associated with study, such as textbooks, equipment and other learning materials.

Visit the financial information page to find all about fee information at Excelsia including:

2018 Tuition Fees 

Up-front Payment 



Financial Assistance 

Refund Policy Domestic Students