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Apply for an undergraduate course

The essential steps you need to take
Read this section carefully to ensure you meet the criteria for your course and can provide all necessary documentation.

You can apply to be an undergraduate student if you do not already have a tertiary level qualification such as a bachelor's degree. In some cases, you may decide to return to do undergraduate studies rather than pursuing a postgraduate degree.

The steps on this page apply to both domestic students and international students, but if you are an international student, you can get more information with our steps to apply as an international student

1. Choose your course

Go to our course finder and search using keywords. You can also choose an area of interest and browse courses from there.

Invest some time in research before choosing your course. Some courses in education, health, medicine and veterinary science have ‘inherent requirements’: essential tasks and activities to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. Although they are not an assessable admission requirement, it’s important for you to understand these requirements to make informed choices about your study. 

2. Check the admission criteria

Check the admission criteria found on the course page you chose in step 1. Admission into most of our undergraduate courses is based on one of the following:

  • your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) or equivalent in a recognised secondary education qualification
  • your academic average in higher education studies that include at least one year of full-time study (minimum of 48 credit points) in a bachelor's degree or, for some courses, a recognised diploma
  • your academic performance in an enabling course, such as an approved preparation program for some courses.

Additional admission criteria

For some courses, there may be additional admission criteria, such as an interview, portfolio or performance.

Double degrees

Our double degrees have separate progression requirements that must be satisfied before you can be admitted to the second degree.

Mathematics course prerequisites

Some courses have a mathematics course prerequisite to help you thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related degrees, commerce and economics degrees, and some medicine and health degrees.

Prerequisites for education degrees

For the following education courses, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires three Band 5s in the HSC (or equivalent), including one in English (English Standard and English Advanced):

  • Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Education).

English language requirements

If English is not your first language or if you have not undertaken your secondary or higher education studies in English, you may need to meet the University's English language requirements.

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. To learn more about the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (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.

Bridging courses to get you up to speed

We run bridging courses in mathematics, biology, statistics, chemistry and physics for undergraduate students. Each course is held as a workshop that runs for several days, introducing the fundamentals of a complex subject. You will be brought up to speed to a point where you can comfortably follow lectures and participate in tutorials and lab classes.



Suitable for

Science students enrolling in first-year biology


The biology bridging course takes five full days and covers cell biology, cellular reactions, diversity of organisms, reproduction and genetics, evolution, ecology, scientific writing, numeracy, biological drawing and microscopy. You work in teams to learn modern laboratory techniques, design experiments and communicate scientific data.

Learn more about about the biology bridging course, including dates and how to register.



Suitable for

Science and Engineering students enrolling in first-year chemistry


Preliminary Chemistry covers atomic structure, ionic and covalent compounds, formulas and equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation and reduction, acids and bases. It’s offered as an internal course, with six contact hours on campus each day over seven days. You can also take it as an external course at any time during the year – study at your own pace and get tutorial assistance by email.

Learn more about about the chemistry bridging course, including dates and how to register.



Suitable for
  • Science students
  • Engineering students

There are two mathematics bridging courses, each of which covers 24 hours of tuition.

  • The mathematics extension 1 course is for people who have taken two-unit mathematics at HSC level and will be enrolling in a course that assumes knowledge of extension 1 mathematics (three unit).
  • The mathematics two-unit course is for those who have not done HSC mathematics – it assumes knowledge of basic Year 10 mathematics.

Learn more about about the mathematics bridging course, including dates and how to register.



Suitable for

Science and engineering students enrolling in first-year physics


The Physics Bridging Course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and are about to take physics for the first time, need to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or have tried physics and found it difficult. You'll cover a range of topics including measurement and units, motion along a straight line, vectors and motion in two and three dimensions, force and motion, work and energy, conservation of energy, systems of particles, collisions, and oscillations.

Learn more about about the physics bridging course, including dates and how to register.



Suitable for
  • Psychology students
  • Public health and other postgraduate degrees requiring statistics

This six-day course run over two weeks develops basic mathematics skills and statistical concepts. It covers the use of a scientific calculator, algebra and linear equations, concepts in probability and summarising data using graphs, mean, standard deviation and correlation.

Learn more about about the statistics bridging course, including dates and how to register.

3. Explore your entry options

If you’re not sure you’ll reach the ATAR or equivalent for your preferred course, see if you’re eligible to apply to the University through another admission pathway.

4. Gather your required documents

Some courses require supplementary application forms. These will be listed on your chosen course page from step 1. Examples include:

During the application process, you may be asked to attach supporting documents. These must be true and complete records. You can scan these documents and upload them online.

You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time. Failure to do so may result in your candidacy being rejected.

Detailed checking of supporting documents is an inherent element of our admissions process and may involve asking for verification from the original issuing authority, relevant tertiary admissions centre, or other organisation.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator with a government body or the Registrar of the issuing institution.

Applicants from the People's Republic of China may have their academic transcripts referred to the Ministry of Education's China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC) for authentication.

5. Understand the fees you need to pay

Your course page will explain the fees for starting next year or the year after. There are other fees and costs you need to know about too. Find out more about fees and costs, including living costs.

Financial assistance

You have access to different types of financial assistance. These include loans – some of which have to be paid back while others do not – and scholarships. Many forms of assistance are specifically for students in temporary or ongoing financial difficulty. Read more about financial support.

Most scholarship applications are due by early October 2019, so you will apply for them around the same time you submit your university application to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Deadlines and application requirements may differ depending on the scholarship. Read more about scholarships.

6. Make your application

Domestic students

  • Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

International students

Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are completing:

  • a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination (eg, NSW Higher School Certificate, Victorian Certificate of Education, Queensland Certificate of Education) in or outside Australia, or
  • a current International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Australia.

The University generally participates in all the UAC international offer rounds. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

You need to apply directly to the University if you do not fall into the above categories. Please read our steps to apply as an international student.

What happens next?

Depending on your application method, you may get an offer from the University directly or via UAC. You then need to accept your offer, plan your course and enrol. Read Get ready for uni for details.