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Required qualifications

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Find your secondary school qualification or the equivalent to ensure you're eligible for your chosen course.

What qualification are you applying with?

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

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) in an Australian Year 12 qualification

To help you make informed decisions and provide transparency we have published a list of ATAR or IB scores that will guarantee admission into most of our courses in 2019 and 2020. 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).

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

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.

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)

View the the comparable subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) for each IB diploma subject on 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.

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) 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 admission 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
  • 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 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.

*Minimum of 48 credit points

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.

For other bridging courses, please go to the How to apply information for undergradiates.

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 aditional admission criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio, these factors will also be taken into account.

Admission criteria

Here is a guide to the scores required for admission into our degrees. For most courses the scores are guaranteed, except where they are marked with an asterisk*. The asterisked scores are indicative of what you will need for admission in the specified year.

Domestic

International

For a complete list of secondary education qualifications we recognise, refer to qualifications by country.