International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students

UAC's participating institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification.

If you are an international student sitting the IB Diploma in 2016 or May 2017 you must apply through UAC International.

If you have completed, or are attempting to complete, the IB Diploma overseas, you may have to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Note that acceptance of the IB Diploma by an institution does not guarantee entry into courses. Entry is based on competition as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Providing your IB Diploma results to UAC

Current IB Diploma students

You can authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS).

This way, UAC will receive your IB Diploma results directly from the International Baccalaureate organisation. Contact your school's IB Diploma co-ordinator before the deadline to confirm that your school has submitted this request via IBIS on your behalf.

If you don't authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on IBIS by the deadline, you must supply correctly verified documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results as soon as they become available.

As a general rule, you must authorise release of your results to UAC, even though you have already requested that they be sent to one or more of the institutions that participate through UAC (eg Australian National University, UNSW Australia). UAC will not be able to access your results unless you authorise IB to release them specifically to UAC.

UAC's participating institutions will make offers based on official IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma results only. A small number of institutions will consider making offers based on predicted grades and these offers are made only to those sitting their exams in May 2017. Read more about IB predicted grades.

Previous IB Diploma students

If you're eligible to apply through UAC (see above) and you've previously undertaken the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma in Australia or overseas, you must supply documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results to UAC.

For more information on obtaining transcripts visit the International Baccalaureate website.

Your UAC rank

If you've been awarded the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma you'll receive a UAC rank based on your total score.

IB Diploma candidates are not eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). An ATAR is only calculated for students sitting an Australian Year 12 qualification in NSW, ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, who satisfy requirements. Students who sit an Australian Year 12 in Queensland and satisfy requirements will receive an ATAR equivalent.

If you have only completed a DP course (ie part of the IB Diploma Programme rather than the required number of courses and subjects to be awarded the IB Diploma), you won't be eligible for a UAC rank. You may, however, be considered for an offer through UAC where offers are based solely on other selection criteria. Note that this applies to only a very small number of courses.

Check with participating institutions admissions offices for further information about alternative pathways.

If you’re attempting the IB Diploma with another secondary qualification (eg NSW HSC, ACT Year 12 Certificate), you must declare details of both qualifications in your UAC application. Where appropriate, UAC will calculate a rank for both qualifications. If both qualifications are completed in the same year, you'll be considered on the basis of the higher of your ATAR or ATAR equivalent and your IB Diploma UAC rank.

How we calculate your UAC rank

Your UAC rank is assigned based on your overall score out of 45 (as reported on your official academic transcript) per the table below. For tertiary entrance purposes in all Australian states and territories (except South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania), this rank is comparable with the ATAR.


Passing Score

UAC Rank

45

99.95

44

99.85

43

99.70

42

99.45

41

98.90

40

98.30

39

97.60

38

96.80

37

95.90

36

94.60

35

93.45

34

92.30

33

90.95

32

89.30

31

87.40

30

84.70

29

82.30

28

80.30

27

78.15

26

75.70

25

72.70

24

69.30

For more information, read Determining ATAR Equivalents for International Baccalaureate Students from the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC).

For information on yearly variation, read Yearly variation in National IB Conversion table from ACTAC.

Comparable NSW HSC subjects and results

You may need to know how your IB subjects compare to NSW HSC subjects to check that you meet any course prerequisites and assumed knowledge, and also to determine if you'll be eligible for bonus points for specific courses.

First, view a table showing IB subjects equivalent to NSW HSC subjects.

Then refer to the following table, which shows for each IB result the comparable result in the NSW HSC.


IB HL

IB SL

NSW HSC Band

NSW HSC Band Extension subjects

6,7

7

6

E4

5

6

5

E3

4

5

4

E3

3

4

3

E2

3

4

2

E1

1,2

1,2,3

1

E1

IB predicted grades

If you’re completing your IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma in November 2016, offers will only be based on official final results.

However, if you’re completing your Diploma or Bilingual Diploma in May 2017, the following institutions may make offers for 2017 semester 2 study based on your predicted grades because of the timing of release of final results:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Griffith University
  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW Australia
  • Western Sydney University.

Other institutions will only make offers based on official final results.

Statements of predicted grades must meet institution-specific requirements and the following general requirements:

  • be issued on school letterhead – see sample statement
  • be signed by one of the following:
    • Principal
    • School Director
    • Acting Principal
    • Deputy School Director
    • Registrar
  • and include:
    • the date of issue of letter
    • the expected graduation date
    • the expected date of release of official results
    • the predicted mark for each subject undertaken
    • the expected number of bonus points for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE)
    • the Predicted Total Aggregate.

IB Diploma FAQ

Which institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma?

UAC's participating institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. However, entry into courses is competitive and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Will I receive an ATAR for my IB Diploma results?

No. IB Diploma candidates are not eligible to receive an ATAR. You'll receive a UAC rank based on your total score.