Domestic students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage may apply to the Broadway Scheme, which is the University of Sydney’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
This scheme is mainly intended for current-year Australian Year 12 students who expect to receive an ATAR (or equivalent). Over 600 Broadway Scheme places are awarded to eligible applicants each year.
How does it work?
The University allocates over 600 new student places for Broadway Scheme applicants. These places allow for entry into a course with an ATAR which is 5 points or less below the published ATAR cut-off.
Most, but not all, courses are available under this scheme and places are filled by those below, but closest to, the ATAR cut-off first.
For example, in January 2015, while the Combined Law ATAR cut-off for the University was 99.50, the Broadway Scheme cut-off was 97.85, meaning that Broadway Scheme places were exhausted prior to those applicants 1.65-5 ATAR points off the regular cut off being considered. In most Broadway-approved courses though, the full 5 ATAR point differential did apply.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for consideration you will need to demonstrate that your educational performance during Year 11 and/or Year 12 (or equivalent) was/has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond your control.
UAC considers the following categories of disadvantage:
- Disrupted schooling
- Financial hardship
- Home or school environment
- English language difficulty
- Personal illness/disability
- Refugee status
Students who complete their schooling at one of the high schools falling under one of the following government programs are granted automatic eligibility:
- NSW Department of Education and Training Low Socio-economic Transitional Equity Funding Program (formerly Priority Schools Funding Program);
- NSW Department of Education and Training Geographic Isolation Program (formerly Country Area Program); or
- Australian Government National Partnership for Low Socio-economic Status School Communities Program.
Please note that the schools granted automatic eligibility are selected by the state and federal governments, not the University or UAC. If you are automatically eligible and you do not wish to claim additional educational disadvantage, you are not required to complete an EAS application. For more information, see the EAS booklet.
What are the Broadway-approved courses?
All University of Sydney courses (51xxxx) available to UAC applicants in 2015 will have an allocation of Broadway places, except the following:
- 511796 B Computer Science & Technology (Advanced);
- 512101 B Vet Bio/D Vet Med; and
- and ALL Combined Medicine courses.
How do I apply?
Applications for this scheme are made through UAC. EAS application forms are provided with the EAS booklets received by high schools and application forms can also be downloaded directly from the UAC website.
Alternatively you can contact UAC and request a free EAS booklet be sent to you in the mail.
If I get an offer under the Broadway scheme, do I still have the option to defer my studies?
Broadway approval is valid only for the current admissions session. If you do not start university straightaway and wish to be considered under the scheme in next year’s intake, you will need to re-apply for EAS with UAC. However, if you elect to defer your place, having gained entry through the Broadway scheme, you will not need to reapply for EAS. This applies only to the course you choose to defer.
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