Applying for Courses

Applying for Courses

Depending where you are planning to do your study, depends on how you apply.

If you are wanting to apply to TafeSA or 1 of the 3 major universities then you need to go through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Other organistions generally require you to contact them directly through there website or by calling them.

When begining to apply for a course make sure you have all your details ready, such as previous study, tax file number, and perosnal details. This make the process a lot quicker for you. However, generally you can always go back to an application later.


SATAC is an awesome website! They lay it out for you step by step what you need to do to apply for your course. If you have finished high school within 2 years, make sure you have you SACE number on hand as it will hold all of your personal details, aswell as your school results and ATAR.

You will need to make an account on the SATAC website, you will then be given a reference number and asked to create a password. Do not lose these!

Once you have done this you will be asked you fill out your details and put in your study preferences. You can put in more than 1, and from different universties!

For your application to be considered you may need to pay a fee.  There are also late fees, so make sure you pay on time. For further fee information check out the SATAC website.

Dates are important. When you pay, when you need to put in your preferences, and when you will get offers. Click on the links below to find out more.
University key dates
TAFE SA key dates

Admissions Test

Often, if you are over 18 years old, and your school results either were not good enough for the course you want to enroll in or it was too long ago, you can sit an admissions test.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test
The STAT is a 2 hour multiple choice test of apitude to get into university, or TafeSA. You must be over 18, and you can use it to supplement your SACE results. You will have to book in to do the course and there is a fee of $103. For more information, click here.

TafeSA Assement of Basic Skills
The TABS is a multiple-choice skills assement test. There are 2 components; numeracy and literacy. It covers skills develop from the first 10 years of schooling. You may be required to sit the test if you cannot demonstrate that you meet the Course Admission Requirements (CAR) of you selected course.

Other Options
Private organisaitons may require you partake in a test to show you met the requirements as well. They may be an interview, written essay, or practical. If you are applying to a specialist organisation or course you may be required to demonstrate a particular skill. For example, to cook, or dance, or sing.


Want to take a break for 6 months? or maybe you do 1 semester and realise its not for you? What can you do?

Most organisations offer courses that have mid-year entry, however not all courses offer this as an option. when looking at the description of the course it will generally say if it is available mid-year. If you are at all unsure, just the department that the course is in.