Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme 2014

The Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme (EAPS) is for applicants who are able to demonstrate that they are elite athletes or performers, and have had training, competition and/or practice commitments which have significantly affected their results.The scheme is mainly intended for current-year Australian Year 12 students who expect to receive an ATAR (or equivalent).

For a Year 12 applicant, approval under this scheme may mean that the applicant can gain admission into a course with an ATAR of up to five points below the regular cut-off. The concession may be somewhat less than five points for competitive courses, and certain courses do not offer any concession under this scheme.

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Notification of the result of your EAPS application

The University expects to be able to notify all EAPS applicants of the result their application at about the time of the release of the NSW HSC and ATAR. This notification will be sent to the email address recorded on your UAC application.

How the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme works

The University reserves a limited number of new student places for approved Elite Athlete and Performer Scheme applicants. These places are available in a band of ATAR scores running down to five ranks below the published ATAR cut-off. The maximum effective ATAR bonus under the scheme is five.

Not all UAC courses are open under the scheme (see below) and in some cases, the number of EAPS places for a particular course is exhausted well before the maximum differential (five ATAR ranks) is reached.

An example of this from the Main Round of UAC offers was January 2013 is:

Course ATAR Cut-off Elite Athlete/Performer Cut-off Difference
 Combined Law  99.70  96.70  3.00

In the majority of courses, however, approved EAPS applicants can expect that the full five ATAR rank differential will apply.

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Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme approved courses

All University of Sydney courses (51xxxx) available to UAC applicants for 2014 will have an allocation of EAPS places, except the following:

  • 511401 B Oral Health
  • 511796 B Computer Science & Technology (Advanced)
  • 511797 B Information Technology
  • 512041 B Science (Advanced)*
  • 512042 B Science (Advanced Mathematics)*
  • 512085 B Psychology
  • 512099 B Science/ M Nutrition & Dietetics*
  • and ALL Combined Medicine courses

* Although these courses are not EAPS-approved, if you are within five ATAR points of the cut-off, the Faculty of Science will consider you for Flexible Entry.

Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme and other admissions schemes

Approved EAPS applicants should note that the scheme's advantage cannot be combined with any other university admission scheme, eg the Broadway Scheme, or the Flexible Entry Scheme.

Alternatives to Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme

Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme applicants whose application is unsuccessful should consider the University's Flexible Entry Scheme.

Flexible entry pathways

Elite Athlete Program - Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness

Information about the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) Elite Athlete Program and the Elite Athlete Scholarship for 2013 can be obtained from the SUSF website.

Contact information

If you require further information about the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme, you should contact the Admissions Office.

Phone +61 2 8627 8210

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