Student Services & Support


Academic Support


Curtin College offers students a high level of academic support to assist with their education. You are encouraged to meet with academics to discuss various details of your study progress. FREE support programs are offered to increase the likelihood of a successful education experience while at Curtin College. These programs are non-credit units.

English Support Programs

Curtin College offers a range of free English Support Programs tailored for different levels of study at the College.

  • The University Readiness Program 1 (URP1) is a nine-week support program offered to Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program students at Curtin College. The purpose of the unit is to provide students with appropriate academic support to enable them to better succeed in their chosen course of study. This support will include academic study skills, learner training, and discipline-specific content.

  • The University Readiness Program 2 (URP2) is a nine-week support program offered to students studying the Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program or Tertiary Access Program at Curtin College. This unit aims to develop the English communication skills that students will need to succeed in a tertiary environment. Students will learn some of the key skills they will need for effective written and spoken communication, and will be given practice in all four English language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The unit also clarifies some common grammar problems and provides input on useful vocabulary.

    The overall purpose of the URP program is to help students develop the language skills required to communicate well in an academic and professional environment, become a more independent learner, learn academic and study skills such as how to reference correctly, and develop the critical thinking skills that are essential to success in an Australian tertiary environment.

    There are three URP streams, with each stream being taught on Friday mornings from 8.30 - 12.30. There are no assessments or homework tasks; the emphasis is on students developing their academic and English language skills in a flexible and supportive environment.

  • The Academic Learning English Program (ALEP) is a free optional program for Diploma students who would like to further develop their academic and English language skills. It is a 9-week course, starting in week 2 of trimester, which blends a focus on academic skills such as referencing and academic writing with the development of written and oral English language skills. ALEP also has a strong focus on building students' discipline-specific and academic vocabulary so that they are better prepared for success in their Diploma courses.

Academic Master Series Workshops

  • The Academic Master Series Workshops are a great way to help you get more out of your studies at Curtin College. These workshops are interactive and you learn a range of skills that you need to do well in your course, for example: How to Reference, How to Search Databases, How to Write Reports and oral presentations. We also offer workshops to assist students with study skills such as how to adjusting to new study environment, Time management, How to deal with exam anxiety and Exam Simulation so that student are better prepared for exams.
  • The best thing about these workshops is they run every week, they are only an hour long, and they are FREE!
  • Detailed information will be provided at Orientation.

Academic Peer Program

  • The Academic Peer Program is designed to give students the opportunity to help one another. Academic Peers are Curtin College students who have done well in one or more subjects (achieved 70% or more) and are willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience with other students on a voluntary basis. For more information view the poster.

Maths Clinic

  • Struggling with advanced Maths areas such as calculus, integration or differentiation? Then you will want to seek help at the Maths Clinic. Students who experience problems with theory or specific exercises can attend this workshop to get some assistance from a Mathematics Professor for free.

Academic Drop In Sessions

  • The Academic Drop in sessions are one on one consultation sessions with Communication lecturer who can help with academic writing and reading skills, referencing assessments, structuring reports and essays, researching assessments, and English Language support.

Student Advisors

  • Student Advisors provide students with appropriate academic and welfare support services, information, advice and assistance to help them attain academic success and improve their personal well-being to assist students to make the transition to living and studying away from home and in a university environment. Student Advisors are available by appointment to assist students with information and advice in regard to enrolment issues; academic progress or educational outcomes or pathways. The Student Advisor will be available to discuss physical, mental, or emotional issues that may arise for students during the course of their studies.

Improve your Academic Skills Online

  • As well as attending classes, you can also improve your academic, language skills and Math skills online through self-access to online sites. The best materials are those which provide simple, clear explanations of skills and excercises to practice the skills.

Individual Assistance

  • Students can also obtain individual assistance from teaching staff to get help with their assignments. Further details are available on the Student Portal.

Safety on campus


Curtin University Courtesy Bus

  • Runs during the University semester, weekday evenings from 5.30pm-1.15am (pickup outside the library).
  • After 1.15am, Patrol Officers can escort you to your vehicles/locations on campus.

The University has a free bus service!

  • Routes go through Waterford and St James
  • Operates during the University semester Mon-Fri from 7.00am-10.30pm

Walking home?

  • Use the Safer Pathways around Campus. Patrolled by Security from Monday-Friday from 3.00pm-11.00pm. Officers are available to escort you to your destination on campus.

For more information or to pick up a timetable or safer pathways map

  • Visit Student Central
  • Go to Curtin Security (Building 115 near the north entrance) or
  • Download from Curtin's website

The student campaign focuses on safety awareness when travelling at night and public transport. For safety tips and important contact numbers for police and other safety services, students can visit

How to get to campus


Public transport

It is convenient to get to campus, with the Canning Bridge train station located minutes away from the University, and the bus station at the Bentley campus is one of the busiest in Perth, with seven different services stopping frequently during semester. The circle route, which runs between Perth's universities, train stations and shopping centres, stops every 15 minutes between 6:30 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays. Some buses connect with train services that run to the outer metropolitan area.

Visit the Transperth website for timetables and other public transport information.

Ride your bike

In addition to the many bike racks around campus, a secure bicycle enclosure has been established in the foyer of Building 302 (Davis Theatres). The facility houses some 70 bicycles. Entry to the facility is by swipe-card access with the bicycles stored on vertical hanging rails.


The University has limited parking for students, staff and visitors. Catching public transport or investing in a bicycle is highly recommended.

Those who have restricted access to public transport need to either purchase a permit to park on campus or park in a designated visitor area. There are four paid visitor car parks located at the Bentley campus: P3, P17, P31 and P34. Several bays for people with disabilities are provided also, in the most convenient locations across campus. Click here to view the campus parking map.

For permit applications, information on infringements and more, visit Curtin University's parking and traffic page.



Graduation is held twice a year for students who graduate from a diploma course at Curtin College. Students are invited to attend a ceremony where they are officially presented with their graduation certificate.

Curtin College staff nominate a student to be Valedictorian for the graduation, and this person is invited to speak at the ceremony. This student is usually someone that is both successful in their academic progress, and is also highly regarded amongst Lecturers and their fellow students.

Graduating students participating in the ceremony a required to wear academic regalia (graduation gown), and professional photos are taken during and after the event. These photos can be purchased following the event.

Graduation is a great opportunity for student to share their success with fellow students, family and friends.

Curtin College Graduation Ceremony

The next Curtin College Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday 5th September. Students eligible to attend can register here » .
If you have any questions regarding this or future graduation ceremonies, please email