Subject selection and future wise

Posted by Studentbox user
on 05/09/2016 at in  High school life

It's that time of the year where we have to choose our subjects for next year. I'm currently in year 11 studying Physics, Chemistry, Methods, Modern History and English, but what I'm afraid about is not getting the recommendation from my teacher.

All of my other subjects are fine right now (before exams) except for Chemistry. Chemistry is my weakest subject this year, and it may affect my standing for next year's ATAR score. Thing is, I want to study engineering in university and one of the prerequisite is Chemistry. 

I'm afraid that Chemistry wouldn't make it to the top four ATAR subjects next year. What should I do? I don't want to drop Chemistry, because I believe it's the most fundamental subject generally in the science area. Also, I doubt I can make it to the engineering course with just Physics and Methods (unless there is some special requirement that I've missed).


  • admin
    Studentbox User


    I'm Ben!  I'm a Course Advisor at Curtin University.

    Apart from English ATAR/ English Lit ATAR and an ATAR of 80 +

    Entry into our Engineering degree only requires Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR.

    So as long as you are doing Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR then you can drop Chemistry ATAR and still get into Engineering at Curtin University.

    If you are looking to get into Engineering at any other University, be sure to check with each of them about their entry requirements.

    Don't hesitate to contact us at Future Students (9266 1000) if you need any clarification about entry pathways or if you have any other questions about University.

    Thanks! - Ben

  • admin
    Studentbox User
    Hi Ben!

    I didn't know that I can choose between Physics or Chemistry to get into Curtin. I got a course book a couple of years back stating that, so I was wary then that I'd have to go through a bridging course or TAFE (I'm not familiar with this area).

    Does this apply to all of the engineering courses in Curtin? 

  • admin
    Studentbox User

    The entry requirements for Engineering from 2017 onwards at Curtin University changed slightly.

    It used to be any 3 out of the  following subjects: Maths Methods, Maths Specialist, Chemistry, Physics).

    But from now it is Maths Methods plus one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Studies.

    So it is now slightly easier to get into our Engineering degree. Pretty cool huh!

    If things don't go to plan and your studies derail for whatever reason, there are plenty of pathways into Engineering.
    If this happens, don't panic, just contact Future Students (9266 1000) ( and we will help you map out the quickest pathway for you to get into Engineering.
    I hope this clears things up a little.
    Thanks! - Ben

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