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Undergraduate academic requirements

Are you eligible to apply for undergraduate study?

Check the academic admission criteria for your undergraduate course before submitting your application.

Select from the options below to see what admission criteria (previously referred to as 'entry requirements') you can expect for your course.

Also, don't forget about other admission pathways (previously referred to as 'alternative entry'), such as Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme and foundation programs (for international students).

Maths course prerequisite

From 2019, students need to complete the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics) or equivalent interstate or IB subjects in order to meet the requirements for admission into a number of our courses, including economics, commerce, engineering and IT, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science. Learn more about mathematics prerequisite.

Assumed knowledge

For some courses or units of study, we assume you have reached a certain level of knowledge or have passed a relevant subject at Australian Year 12 level or equivalent. Visit Find a course to check if your course has any assumed knowledge - it often refers to a New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) subject. To learn more about the HSC subjects and gain an understanding of the expected level of study in other qualifications visit the HSC subjects webpage.

Students are generally advised against taking a unit of study or course for which they do not have the assumed knowledge. If you do not have the assumed knowledge for your course the University strongly recommends that you undertake bridging studies. For more information visit the bridging courses webpage. 

English language requirements

Depending on your educational background and country of origin, you may need to provide evidence of your English proficiency to be able to study here. Find out more about our language requirements.

Are you a domestic student? 

You are a domestic student if you are: an Australian or New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

Are you an international student?

You are an international student if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen (including dual-citizens), a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. Check the international options below for details on admission criteria. For other important information visit our international students page.


Domestic students

Admission to our courses is assessed on the basis of your academic results, as well as your performance in any additional selection criteria for your course, such as an interview, audition or portfolio.

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

To help you make informed decisions and provide transparency we have published a list of guaranteed ATAR or IB scores that will guarantee admission into most of our courses in 2019.

OP

Queensland uses Overall Position (OP) rankings. To see how the OP compares, check the ATAR/OP comparison table published by UAC. 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) offers a table that shows – for each IB diploma subject – the comparable subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). To download this table, go to the UAC website.

New Zealand NCEA Level 3

If you completed the NCEA Level 3, an Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) will be calculated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and provided to UAC. This will be used in the admission process, provided you have fulfilled university entrance requirements as set by NZQA.

Other recognised secondary education qualifications

Even if you completed your Year 12 qualification years ago, you can still use it to apply for admission.

If you completed high school before 2009, your rank may have a different name. In Australia, you may have acquired a Universities Admission Index (UAI).

If you completed an Australian Year 12 qualification at TAFE, this is considered to be a secondary education qualification and you will still be eligible for an ATAR.

If you completed your secondary education studies in another country, check to see if it's on our list of recognised secondary education qualifications. You can also check our guide to domestic admission scores for overseas secondary education qualifications for some common international qualifications.

Domestic students applying with higher education studies

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of higher education studies in a bachelor's degree, you need to have completed at least one year of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) at a bachelor’s degree level or higher.

If you have not completed a full year, you will be assessed on your secondary education results.

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

The success of your application will be determined by the best result in a bachelor's or secondary education qualification, regardless of the order in which you completed them. This means that if your ATAR or other secondary result is higher than your bachelor's degree result, your application will be considered on the ATAR/secondary result only.

Some courses are not available to applicants who have already started bachelor's degree studies. These are:

  • Combined Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Admission requirements for applicants with bachelor's degree studies

  • Applicants with an average pass result in their bachelor's degree studies will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 84.
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 99.50.

Whether you are transferring from another course at the University or change universities, you may be eligible for credit for previous study to carry across to your new degree.

We may consider the results of a completed diploma or advanced diploma if it was accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or equivalent at the time you were enrolled, and is accepted by your faculty.

You can check AQF accreditation with the provider, or look for an AQF accreditation symbol on your transcript of results or award certificate.

  • Faculties and Schools that accept any AQF diploma are the Business School; Dentistry; Science and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • Faculties and Schools that accept relevant AQF diplomas only are Architecture, Design and Planning; Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering and Information Technologies; Health Sciences; Sydney Nursing School and Veterinary Science.

  • Faculties and Schools that do not accept AQF diplomas are Sydney Law School; Sydney Medical School and Pharmacy.

Diploma requirements

  • Applicants with an average pass result (or overall result of competent) in their Diploma studies will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 75.
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 81.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 95.

Advanced Diploma requirements

  • Applicants with an average pass result (or overall result of competent) in their Advanced Diploma studies will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 76.
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 83.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 93.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.95.

If you will be younger than 21 at the first census date of your prospective admission, you will also need to have a completed the HSC or an equivalent acceptable secondary education qualification before your diploma will be considered.

Contact us for more details.

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

If you’re 21 years of age or older and meet certain other criteria, you may be able to gain admission through an approved preparation program. For more information refer to the mature-age admission pathways.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants may also use an enabling or foundation course for admission. For more information, refer to the Cadigal Program.


International students

As an international student, you may be eligible to apply for an undergraduate course on the basis of a secondary qualification you completed in Australia or overseas.

Check our list of recognised secondary qualifications to confirm that your qualification is acceptable.

To be offered a place, you need to have achieved the minimum academic requirements for admission into your preferred course.

You can find international ATARs and equivalent admission scores for a range of international qualifications below:

  • International ATAR and IB scores - 2019
  • Global qualifications such as CBSE, GCE A levels, HKDSE, OSSD, SATs, ACT and more -2019

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

You may also need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

International students applying with higher education studies

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of higher education studies in a bachelor's degree, you need to have completed at least one year of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) at a bachelor's degree level or higher. For example, you will be assessed based on your studies in an Australian bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent at a recognised institution.

If you have not completed a full year, you will be assessed on your secondary education results.

The success of your application will be determined by the best result in a bachelor's degree or secondary edcuation qualification, regardless of the order in which you completed them. This means that if your ATAR or other secondary education result is higher than your bachelor's degree result, your application will be considered on the ATAR or secondary education result only.

Admission requirements for applicants with bachelor’s degree studies

  • Applicants with an average pass result in their bachelor’s degree studies will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 84. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 99.50.

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

Whether you are transferring from another course at the university or changing universities, you may be eligible for credit for previous studies to carry across to your new degree.

We also recognise some diplomas and advanced diplomas. These need to be accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or be an overseas equivalent assessed to be at the same level.

  • Faculties and Schools that accept any AQF diploma are the Business School; Dentistry; Science and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Faculties and Schools that accept relevant AQF diplomas only are Architecture, Design and Planning; Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering and Information Technologies; Health Sciences; Sydney Nursing School; and Veterinary Science.
  • Faculties and Schools that do not accept AQF diplomas are Sydney Law School; Sydney Medical School and Pharmacy.

AQF Diploma requirements

  • Applicants who have completed a Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of Competent) will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 75. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 81.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 95.

AQF Advanced Diploma requirements

  • Applicants who have completed an Advanced Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of competent) will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 76. 
  • Applicants with an average credit will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 83.
  • Applicants with an average distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 93.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction will be able to apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.95.

 

Polytechnic diplomas from Singapore

If you studied at a Polytechnic in Singapore, the University offers admission and credit for students from the Singapore Polytechnics into many undergraduate degrees. Check the 2019 Admission and Credit Guide (PDF 35KB) for more information. 

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

If you don't meet the academic entry requirements for your preferred course, you may be able to gain admission through a foundation program, such as the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) or the High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP).

More than 80 percent of students who complete the USFP are accepted into one of our undergraduate courses. Check our guide to USFP GPA requirements, which can also serve as a guide to entry requirements for other Australian university foundation programs.

We accept Australian and New Zealand university foundations programs and some overseas programs.

If you're applying for a course with additional selection criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

You may also need to demonstrate your English language proficiency by completing specific requirements in the foundation program or through other accepted English proficiency tests.

Appeals

If you wish to appeal a decision, you may contact the Admissions Office through the email addresses below. You will need to provide your name, applicant number and the reason for your appeal, along with any new documentation that may support your appeal.

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