Experience Based Entry

Your work and life experience count when it comes to entry at SAE.

We will consider all of your qualifications, studies, employment and professional experience when you apply to study with us.

The first (and best) thing to do is to phone our course advisors for a chat. We can’t stress this enough: contact the team on 1800 723 338 and ask them if your qualifications and experience meet the admission criteria for the specific course you want to study. You may be pleasantly surprised that they do! Even if they fall short, we will suggest what else you will need to do to get into your preferred course.

Our Experience-Based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to any course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education.

SAE will review applications on a case-by-case basis if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age;

  • do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry;

  • seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via the Experience-Based Entry pathway, students are required to undertake an interview with SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal educational qualifications attained,
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken,
  • references relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable),
  • a resume or Curriculum Vitae,
  • a Cover Letter, and/or
  • a portfolio/examples of relevant materials that may demonstrate qualities like creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities, or experience in a particular field. 

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to demonstrate their capacity to meet the course requirements.

In all cases, Experience-Based Entry into an SAE course will only be granted to students with a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

For more information on SAE's Experience Based Entry process, please refer to the Student Selection, Admission and Transfer Policy.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not meet the Direct Entry requirements for our courses are encouraged to discuss their personal circumstances with the SAE admissions team and arrange for an interview. Free call on 1800 723 338 to speak with the team today.

In addition to the elements of experience-based entry, SAE acknowledges that other factors could demonstrate your suitability for entry to SAE courses. This could include things like community engagement, prior work history, and family commitments.

Current Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are also encouraged to apply for our Creative Indigenous Scholarship.