Alternative Entry Pathways
The Faculty of Pharmacy offers a number of alternate entry schemes into the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree to help put you on the right path to a career in professional pharmacy.
For more information, please visit the Access Sydney website.
Note: these schemes are applicable to domestic, undergraduate students only.
Early Offer Year 12 (E12)
The E12 scheme supports NSW HSC students who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government identified 'low socioeconomic' high school. Students enrolled through the E12 scheme receive an early conditional offer of a place ) before HSC exams begin), on-campus benefits and some financial support. The Faculty offers E12 places for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, subject to eligibility criteria.
For full information about Early Offer Year 12, eligibility and applications, please visit the E12 website.
Flexible Entry is a system that allows school leavers to be considered for a place in their chosen degree on the basis of their ATAR (or equivalent) in combination with other specified selection criteria.
Students whose ATAR (or equivalent) is slightly below the ATAR cut-off may still be offered a place based on excellent performance in relevant HSC subjects. The Faculty will generally consider students who have an ATAR up to five ATAR points below the published cut-off in that year.
We recognise the academic rigour of HSC English, science and mathematics subjects and our Flexible Entry Scheme identifies students who have achieved excellent results in these subjects. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, it is worth keeping this course in your preference list as you will be automatically considered for Flexible Entry. Please note that Flexible Entry is only available to Year 12 school leavers.
Band 4 and above in HSC English (2 unit or above) AND Chemistry
Band 4 and above in at least ONE of Mathematics (2 unit, not General) OR Physics
No application is required as the Faculty of Pharmacy automatically reviews the performance of all UAC candidates in relevant HSC subjects.
For full information about the Flexible Entry, please visit the Access Sydney website.
Rural Students Entry Scheme
Students who completed an Australian Year 12 examination in either 2013 or 2014, have no tertiary record, and have completed at least the last four years of secondary education at a rural school, may be eligible for admission under the Faculty of Pharmacy Rural Students Entry Scheme for study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy.
Under this scheme, a limited number of places will be available to applicants whose ATAR is not more than five points below the Main Round ATAR cut-off. This scheme does not apply to any other program offered by the faculty. In addition to submitting an application with UAC, applicants must complete the application form (below) and submit it to the Administration Office, Faculty of Pharmacy (Building A15) at The University of Sydney by Friday 9th January 2015. Applications for the scheme received after this date will not be considered.
Criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy under the Faculty of Pharmacy Rural Students Entry Scheme
Current NSW HSC or interstate equivalent applicants may be offered a place under the Faculty of Pharmacy Rural Students Entry Scheme if they meet all the criteria set out below:
The applicant’s ATAR (or equivalent) is not more than five points below the UAC main round cut off mark for the year of entry.
Applicants must have completed at least the last four years of secondary education at a rural school (the definition of ‘rural’ is detailed below).
- Applicants must have had a permanent home address in a rural area for a significant period (at least four years) at any time prior to their application.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in a rural health setting. (This may include an exceptional record of involvement and achievement in community affairs at school or local community level in a rural environment).
- Applicants are not eligible for a place under this Scheme if they have completed one full-time year (or part-time equivalent) of tertiary study. Tertiary study refers to Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or higher qualification recognised by the University of Sydney.
- Applicants are not eligible for a place under this Scheme if they accept an offer under any other Access and Equity Program offered by the University.
Definition of ‘Rural’
The basis for the definition of ‘rural’ will be the area encompassing the rural NSW Area Health Service regions, as announced by the NSW Department of Health on 16 March 1966, or the equivalent definition of rural applicable to other States. Essentially, all of New South Wales is considered rural with the exception of Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and their surrounding areas. In other states, similar definitions will apply.
Applications close 5pm Friday 9th January 2015.
Students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage may apply to the Broadway Scheme, which falls under the banner of the University of Sydney's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
The scheme is mainly intended for current-year Australian Year 12 students who expect to receive an ATAR (or equivalent). More than 600 Broadway Scheme places are awarded to eligible applicants each year.
For full information about the Broadway Scheme, eligibility and applications, please visit the Access Sydney website.