Early offer scheme launched for promising students

24 July 2012

Are you a high school student passionate about a particular area of study and motivated to succeed, but worried your exam marks may not quite get you where you need to be?

What if you could have an early conditional offer to study at the University of Sydney before you even start your HSC exams?

Recognising that the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is not always a true measure of a student's potential to succeed at university and beyond, the University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.

Students who are offered an early conditional offer under the scheme will have a place reserved just for them at the University of Sydney. Provided they meet the special ATAR cut-offs and subject bands for their preferred course, these students will then have their offer confirmed through UAC in the early January round.

"The University of Sydney is intent on identifying and supporting the school students who would benefit from all the opportunities that Sydney has on offer," said University of Sydney Director of Social Inclusion Annette Cairnduff.

"That is why this new scheme is so important - it shifts the focus from wholly relying on final school results and will consider the whole set of circumstances of a student.

"School students might not reach their desired final mark for a variety of reasons. The E12 scheme means that we can still recruit and support young people with the potential to succeed at the University and beyond. We'll be looking for motivation in particular subject areas and other skills and achievements that will support students on a path of life-long learning and career success."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Derrick Armstrong said the University's academic and teaching excellence is founded on principles of diversity and equity.

"At the University of Sydney, we are committed to enriching our community by bringing together people from all social backgrounds. We welcome promising students from around Australia and the world, and invest time and money to make sure they are properly supported while they study," Professor Armstrong said.

Under the E12 scheme students will receive financial assistance as well as additional support throughout the application and orientation process and into their first year at the University.

The benefits of the E12 scheme include:

  • an early conditional offer to the University of Sydney before final HSC exams start
  • specific ATAR cut-offs for successful candidates and a UAC offer in the early January round
  • a $5000 first-year scholarship
  • support through the transition from school to the University, including a guided enrolment process, orientation, mentoring and additional assistance
  • an Apple iPad to assist with studies
  • a University of Sydney Union Access card that gives discounts on an off campus with major retailers, and access to more than 200 clubs and societies.

If you are interested visit our website, talk to your school principal, fill out our online application form and study as hard as you can for your HSC exams!

Find out more about our E12 scheme.