Australian, New Zealand and overseas secondary studies
In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission to certain courses, you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria. These criteria may include a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio of work, audition, interview or test and are taken into account either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent.
You must also fulfil any subject prerequisite requirements for the course/s to which you are applying.
Details of any additional selection criteria and subject prerequisites are outlined in the course descriptions available through the course search.
Australian Year 12 qualifications
If you are completing an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2014, admission to most tertiary courses is based on your overall achievement in those studies.
All Australian states and territories use a common scale, or index, which allows the comparison of overall levels of achievement in Year 12.
Admission to most tertiary courses is based on your measure of overall achievement in the following studies:
- for NSW Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as provided by UAC
- for ACT Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as provided by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACTBSSS)
- for Queensland Year 12 applicants who are eligible for an Overall Position (OP), and apply to UAC, an equivalent ATAR derived from the rank as provided by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). This rank is not reported to applicants. OPs shown in the Year 12 comparison table can be used as a guide. Students who complete a Queensland Senior External Examination are not eligible for an OP; UAC calculates a UAC rank for these students.
- for South Australian and Northern Territory Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as provided by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC)
- for Tasmanian Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as provided by the University of Tasmania and calculated by the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority
- for Victorian Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as calculated and distributed by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
- for Western Australian Year 12 applicants, the ATAR as provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC)
Cut-offs indicate the lowest ATAR accepted for entry into a course. They don't represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course. The cut-offs also include any bonus points, so some applicants may receive an offer to a course even though their ATAR is below the cut-off.
Cut-offs for 2015 admissions won't be known until offers are made.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
If you are completing an International Baccalaureate in 2014 or in May 2015, a rank will be calculated for you by UAC provided you are eligible for award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Bilingual Diploma.
Read the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Bilingual Diploma FAQ for further information.
New Zealand NCEA Level 3 students
If you are completing the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2014, 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 selection process provided you've fulfilled university entrance requirements as set by NZQA. NZQA does not report this ITI to applicants. Queries about the ITI and university entrance requirements should be made to NZQA.
You might also have other qualifications for admission; for example, you might have attempted a school-leaving qualification before 2014 in Australia or overseas. You need to tell us about these qualifications when you apply so we can include these in your assessment profile.