Applications for domestic students

Special entry schemes | Mature-Age Entry | Flexible Entry with required HSC subjects | English requirements | Fees | Scholarships | Credit from previous studies

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Applying for the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) as a domestic student

UAC code: 511925

Domestic ATAR score: 84.05

Applications open in August each year for the following March intake

You should first read the information below, and then look at the UAC website to find out how to apply and submit your application.

Definition of 'domestic student'

A domestic student is an Australian citizen, permanent resident (or resident with a permanent humanitarian visa) or a New Zealand citizen.

Domestic Year 12 students

Domestic Year 12 students need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). As a domestic student, you can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) program if you have qualified for the award of a senior secondary qualification (Year 12) or the equivalent interstate result and have achieved a minimum ATAR score of 84.05. See more information on ATAR cut-offs.

You may also be considered if:

The University will consider applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate and have qualified for the award of the Diploma. Applicants with the IB Diploma are considered on the basis of their aggregate result, after it has been converted into a rank which is comparable to the ATAR. IB students are also eligible to be considered under some of the University’s special entry schemes, including Flexible Entry.

Special entry schemes

If your ATAR score is insufficient, the University of Sydney offers a number of special entry schemes which may assist you in gaining entry into Sydney Nursing School programs.

  • Mature-age Entry Scheme
    Applicants 21 years and older who do not have a qualification to apply for entry into University
    Flexible Entry Scheme
    Current domestic students, including IB students, who fall up to 5 points below the ATAR cut-off mark
    Broadway Scheme
    Domestic UAC applicants who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage may apply to the Broadway Scheme – the University of Sydney's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
  • Cadigal Scheme
    The Cadigal Program is an access and support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
  • Special Consideration for Admission Scheme
    For applicants with a record of tertiary study who have experienced some form of disadvantage during their secondary and/or tertiary studies
Mature-Age Entry Scheme

The Mature-Age Entry Scheme is an avenue for entry into the University of Sydney for applicants of 21 years of age or older who do not meet the admission requirements.

You are eligible to apply for the Mature-Age Entry Scheme if:

  • you are 21 years of age or older on 1 March of the year you intend to commence tertiary study
  • you do not have the required ATAR (or equivalent result in another secondary qualification) for admission to any course
  • you do not have a record of tertiary study.

Undertaking a Preparation Course (UPC) is the key to applying through the Mature-Age Entry Scheme. The University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) offers a range of UPC subjects to choose from. By completing one of these subjects you will obtain a qualification which enables you to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies).

When you choose your UPC subject you will also need to enrol in the foundation study skills course: Study for success: strategies for improving learning. This provides an introduction to those critical skills required to learn more effectively and enhance academic performance.

UPC courses are offered flexibly, during the day, evening or weekends. You are required to attend class for approximately 2–4 hours each week, depending on your enrolment. Most courses are taught throughout the year.

Here is a full list of accepted preparation course providers:

You cannot use the Mature-Age Entry Scheme if you already have any of the following:

  • a UAI/ATAR score of 70.00 or more from the NSW HSC exam (or equivalent)
  • a completed TAFE (or accredited private college) diploma (or advanced diploma)
  • a university attendance record of one or more full-time years (or equivalent)

Visit the Mature-Age Entry Scheme website for more information.
If you have questions on mature-age entry requirements please contact the Special Admission Office
T 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)

Flexible Entry with required HSC subjects

Flexible entry is available for current domestic Year 12 students who fall up to 5 points below the ATAR cut-off mark. You don't need to apply for Flexible Entry as all eligible students are considered automatically.

You also need to have achieved a Band 4 or above in two of the following subjects in your HSC: English Advanced, Mathematics (not general), Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Credit from previous studies

Once you've enrolled, you may be eligible to apply for credit through Sydney Nursing School.

  • Credit awarded for previous study at the University of Sydney or at another institution will not exceed 24 credit points.
  • Credit for nursing units of study will not be granted for recognised previous study older than five years at the time of first enrolment.

English requirements

If you are a domestic student, you must demonstrate english language proficiency. Please see the English language requirements for further information.


The Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced studies) program is a Commonwealth supported course.

Current domestic fees for the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) program are $5648 per year. Students are required to pay each semester. There may be some increase in fees for 2013. You'll find details about these fees under the Domestic Students tab in the ESSENTIALS column on the Sydney Courses page for this course.

  • Local Australian citizens and residents with a permanent humanitarian visa
    can obtain a HECS-HELP loan from the Commonwealth or choose to pay their contributions upfront with a 10% discount.
  • Local permanent residents or New Zealand citizens
    are required to pay the fees upfront and undiscounted each semester.
Student Services and Amenities fee

Students are required to pay $131.50 for full-time study and $98.62 for part-time study each semester. Local Australian citizens and residents with a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible to defer all or part of their fees for the relevant year. If you want to defer your fee, you can obtain a SA-HELP loan from the Commonwealth. Local permanent residents or New Zealand citizens are required to pay the fees upfront.

If you need financial assistance please visit the Financial Assistance Office.


The Royal College of Nursing Australia is currently offering the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme and Aged Care Nursing Scholarships for pre-registration students.

More scholarships information: