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Undergraduate

Human Biology Preclinical

Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical) - BSc(Curtin) - B-HUMBPC Health Sciences
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

The Optometry first year stream is only available in semester one.

Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Fascinated by the human body? Want to know more about human anatomy and physiology? Become a highly skilled scientist at the threshold of many different health careers.

If you are seeking a career in allied health, but are not yet ready to commit to a particular profession, this course is an ideal stepping-stone to other courses and careers such as occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and the paramedicine major.

This course delivers integrated studies in human biology, emphasising applied human structure and function. Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students from other health sciences degrees.

The second year is designed to give you in-depth knowledge in selected subject areas, particularly in anatomy and physiology, and is combined with extensive laboratory based learning. In your third year, you can apply your learning to explore areas of current research in human biology and the life sciences.

Optometry pathway

Our Optometry First Year stream offers a selection of first-year units to enable you to seek admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry double-degree at Flinders University. This stream has a higher minimum ATAR of 90. Find out more.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Human biology first year stream

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed UniReady with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Optometry first year stream

This stream is not available for Curtin course switchers.

Other higher education course switcher criteria

Human biology first year stream

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Optometry first year stream

This stream has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The Optometry first year stream is only available in semester one.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$9,390*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is 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 degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Why Human Biology Preclinical?

  • Hands-on.
  • High-quality laboratory facilities.
  • Encompasses a wide range of disciplines.
  • Has a strong foundation for further studies in health.`
  • Great starting place for students who are not ready to choose a particular profession.
  • Ideal degree for graduate-entry programs in clinical disciplines such as audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and speech pathology. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.