Courses at Oorala

Pathway programs

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre runs programs to assist your entry into tertiary study:

  • TRACKS—the multi-award-winning tertiary preparation program (see below)
  • ISP—the alternative entry program (see below).

Along with these two alternative entry programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we offer four undergraduate units.

Alternative Entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People


TRACKS is a tertiary preparation course (Foundation Studies) run by the Oorala Aboriginal Centre, UNE. Over two trimesters you will experience what uni study is about and learn in a supported environment. Be part of a community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who share your goals and interests! TRACKS is designed to assist students with the development of study skills and the transition to mainstream university courses.You will develop confidence and academic skills and you will also take an undergraduate unit in your area of interest that may count towards your UNE degree.

TRACKS can be studied either on-campus or fully online. To find out more, please see the information below or contact the Oorala Aboriginal Centre.

Applications for admission to commence study in the TRACKS program are now open!

Internal Selection Program

The Internal Selection Program (ISP) is an alternative entry program offered by the Oorala Aboriginal Centre to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wishing to enrol in higher education at the University of New England.

During a one-day testing and assessment program held on-campus in Armidale, candidates complete a personal statement, outlining their suitability and plans for studying at UNE, and a number of academic literacy tests. Candidates also attend an interview conducted by Oorala representatives. Assistance for travel and accommodation to attend the ISP is provided by Abstudy for eligible participants.

The next one-day testing and assessment program for direct entry to UNE undergraduate degrees in trimester 2 2017 will be held in late May.


  1. Candidates who successfully complete the ISP will be offered a place in an undergraduate degree program at the University of New England, subject to any additional entry requirements.
  2. Unsuccessful candidates will be offered a place in the TRACKS tertiary preparation program and will have the opportunity to discuss alternative pathways to higher education with representatives from Oorala.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the following information to the Oorala Centre for assessment by Oorala Centre representatives
    1. Relevant documentation, including evidence of prior learning, professional experiences and references (eg copies of TAFE Certificates and/or a resume)
    2. ISP application form; indicating their proposed undergraduate degree program
  2. Apply separately for your chosen UNE course:
    1. Candidates for on-campus admission must apply for their chosen UNE course through UAC/QTAC and indicate their intention to attend the ISP.
    2. Candidates for off-campus admission must apply directly to the university and  complete the online undergraduate admission process.

For more information or for assistance with completing these steps, please contact the Oorala Aboriginal Centre on Freecall: 1800 622 384 or email