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Recognised qualifications

Check if your qualification is recognised to ensure you're eligible to apply for our courses.
The information on this page is for domestic and international students. We recognise a range of qualifications, including more than 100 secondary education qualifications from across the world, higher education (tertiary) qualifications and enabling (preparation/foundation) courses, for admission to our undergraduate courses.

Secondary education qualifications

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of a secondary education (high school) qualification, you need to have completed one of the recognised qualifications listed below with the required score. If you're applying for a course with prerequisites and/or additional admission criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

  • Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications
    Admission is based on the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) in an Australian Year 12 qualification.  To help you make informed decisions we publish a list of ATARs each year. For many of our courses we also list a guaranteed ATAR. If you completed high school before 2009,  you may have acquired a Universities Admission Index (UAI). If you completed an Australian Year 12 qualification at TAFE, this is also recognised.
  • Overall Position (OP) in the Queensland Year 12 qualification: Queensland uses Overall Position (OP) rankings. To see how the OP compares, check the ATAR/OP comparison table published by UAC. 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Admission is based on the total score for the completed diploma. Information on comparable subjects between the HSC and IB is available on the UAC website.
  • GCE A Levels: Admission is based on results in up to four Advanced Level subjects in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) comparable qualifications .
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination or American College Test (ACT): SAT or ACT scores including a pass mark in the optional essay or writing component and completion of a secondary education (high school) qualification. 
  • Cambridge Pre-University Diploma, accepted (from 2010 onwards) with required score.
  • European Baccalaureate: Completion of one of the following: 
    • Diplome du Baccalaureate European
    • Zeugnis der Europaischen Reifeprufung
    • Diploma di Licenze Liceale Europea
    • Europees Baccalaureate Diploma.

If your secondary school qualification is not listed in the table below, you may still be eligible for admission if you have undertaken higher education (tertiary) studies or foundation studies.

Country Qualification
Australia
Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or equivalent in the following Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications:
 
  • Higher School Certificate (HSC) – New South Wales 
  • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACT SSC) – Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) – Queensland
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) – administered by SACE
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
Austria
  • Reifezeugnis
  • Matura
  • Reifeprufungszeugnis
  • Maturazeugnis
Belgium
  • Diplome van Secundair Onderwij
  • Certificat d’ Enseignment Secondaire Superieur
  • Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichs
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Diploma o Završenoj Srednjoj Školi
Bulgaria
  • Diploma za Zavrsheno Sredno Obrazovanie
Canada
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma
  • Newfoundland Provincial High School Graduation Certificate
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Prince Edward Island High School Graduation Certificate
  • Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies
  • Saskatchewan Complete Division IV Grade XII Standing
China
  • Gaokao – National Higher Education Entrance Examination (international students only)
Croatia
  • Croatian Matura, 2010 and onwards
Czech Republic
  • Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce
Denmark
  • Studentereksamen
  • Højere Forberedelseksame
  • Højere Tekniskeksame
  • Højere Handelseksame
Eire (Republic of Ireland)
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Matriculation Certificate
Fiji
  • Fiji Seventh Form Certificate (2012 and earlier)
  • Fiji Year 13 Certificate (2013 onwards)
Finland
  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
  • Studenteksamensbetyg
France
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degre
  • Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degre
  • Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)
Germany
  • Abiturientenzeugnis
  • Reifezeugnis
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
  • Zeugnis der Reife
Greece
  • State University/General Entrance Examination
  • Vevaiosi Prosvasi
Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, from 2012 onwards
  • Completion of at least three Hong Kong Advanced Level subjects in one academic year, before 2013
Hungary
  • Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
  • Erettsegi Vizsga
  • Matura
  • Szakkozepiskolai Erettsegi_kepesity Bizonyitvany
Iceland
  • Studentsprof
India
  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
  • Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
  • Indian Higher Secondary Certificate (State board exams)
Israel
  • Teudat Bagrut
Italy
  • Diploma di Maturita Classica
  • Diploma Maturita Scientifica
  • Diploma di Maturita Linguistica
Japan
  • National Center Test (Sentaa)
Kenya
  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education
Korea (South)
  • Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)
Lebanon
  • Lebanese Baccalaureat
Liechtenstein
  • Liechtenstein Maturitatszeugnis
Luxemborg
  • Diplome de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires
Macedonia
  • Macedonian Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Matura, 2008 and onwards
Malaysia
  • Sijil Tinggi Perskolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • Malaysian Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi)
  • Malaysian UEC
Malta
  • University of Malta Advanced Matriculation Examinations
Montenegro
  • Diploma o Završenok Srednjoj Školi
Netherlands
  • Voorbereidend Wetnschappelijik Onderwijs (VWO)
New Zealand
  • National Certificate in Educational Achievement (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.
Norway
  • Examen Artium
  • Vitnemal Den Videregaende Skole
  • Eksamen fra Okonomisk Gymnas
Poland
  • Egzamin Maturalny (Liceum, Teknikum)
Portugal
  • Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios
  • Diploma de Decimo Segundo Ano de Escolaridad
  • Diploma Tecnico Profissional
Romania
  • Diploma de Bacalaureat (Maturitate)
Scotland
  • Scottish National Courses at Higher and Advanced Higher levels
Serbia
  • Diploma o Zavrsenok Srednjoj Skolij
Singapore
  • Singapore GCE A levels
  • NUS High School Diploma
Slovak Republic
  • Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške
Slovenia (Republic of)
South Africa
  • J.M.B. Matriculation Certificate
  • South African Senior Certificate (prior to 2008)
  • South African National Senior Certificate (2008 onwards)
Spain
  • Tecnico Especialista
  • Curso pre-universitaria
  • Curso de Orientacion Universitaria
  • Titulo de Bachillerato
Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lankan GCE A levels
Sweden
  • Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan
Switzerland
  • Federal Maturity Certificate (Certificate de Maturite)
  • Baccalaureat
  • Maturitatszeugnis
  • Attestato di Maturita
Tanzania
  • Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
Uganda
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education
United Kingdom
  • GCE A Levels: Admission is based on results in up to four Advanced Level subjects in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) comparable qualifications.
  • Cambridge Pre-University Diploma
United States
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination or American College Test (ACT). SAT or ACT scores including a pass mark in the optional essay or writing component and completion of a secondary education (high school) qualification. 
Vietnam
  • Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate (Bang Tot Ngiep Trung hoc Pho thong) with the necessary GPA obtained from select high schools (PDF 157KB) for gifted students (trường THPT chuyên)
Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) GCE A Levels

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 successfully completed at least one year of full-time study* (or the part-time equivalent) in one degree 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. Students who have completed one year of full-time study at university but did half a year in one degree and half a year in another degree, will not be assessed on the basis of tertiary study and will only be assessed on secondary education results.

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

If you have both a recognised secondary education qualification and bachelor's degree studies, your application will be determined by the best result in either a bachelor's or secondary education qualification, regardless of the order in which you completed them. This means that if your ATAR or equivalent score in a secondary qualification is higher than your bachelor's degree result, your application will be considered on basis of the ATAR or equivalent score only.

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

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
  • Sciences Po dual degree pathway for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Economics.
Admission requirements for applicants with bachelor's degree studies
  • Applicants with an average pass result in their bachelor's degree studies can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 84.
  • Applicants with an average credit can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average distinction can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 99.50.

If you're applying for a course with additional 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 change universities, you may be eligible for credit for previous study to carry across to your new degree.

*Full time study is a minimum of 48 credit points at the University of Sydney or the equivalent study load at other institutions.

We may consider the results of a completed diploma or advanced diploma if it was accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or an overseas equivalent at the time you were enrolled, and is accepted by your faculty. If you're applying for a course with additional admission criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

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.

AQF Diploma requirements

  • Applicants who have completed a Diploma in Australia with an average pass result (or overall result of Competent) can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 75. 
  • Applicants with an average credit can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 81.
  • Applicants with an average distinction can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 90.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction can 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) can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 76. 
  • Applicants with an average credit can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 83.
  • Applicants with an average distinction can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 93.
  • Applicants with an average high distinction can apply to courses with an ATAR up to 96.95.

Domestic students: 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.

Polytechnic diplomas from Singapore (for international students)

If you have undertaken a Polytechnic diploma in Singapore, the University offers admission and credit for eligible international students into many undergraduate degrees. For more information, refer to our 2019 Admission and Credit Guide (PDF 68KB).

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

Enabling (preparation/foundation) courses

Approved preparation programs

  • Mature age students: 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: For more information about enabling or foundation courses for admission, refer to the Gadigal Program.

Approved preparation (foundation) programs

We accept Australian and New Zealand university foundations programs and some overseas programs for admission. More than 80 percent of students who complete the University of Sydney Preparation Programs (USPP) consisting of the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) and the High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) are accepted into one of our undergraduate courses.

Admission criteria

Here is a guide to the admission scores required for admission into our undergraduate degrees. For most courses the scores are guaranteed for admission in a specific year, except where they are marked with an asterisk*. The asterisked scores are indicative of what you will need for admission. Admission to all courses is subject to meeting all applicable admission criteria for the course that in addition to an admission score can include, prerequisites and additional admission criteria such as interviews, auditions, portfolios and personal statements.

Domestic students: ATARs and equivalent admission scores

International students: ATARs and equivalent admission scores