Applying with the Diploma or Bilingual Diploma of the IB FAQ

The following are questions and answers about applying to UAC when you are sitting the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma), how UAC calculates ranks from your IB and how your IB subjects and results compare to NSW HSC subjects.

How do I apply for study at UAC institutions if I’m sitting the IB Diploma in 2014 or May 2015?

If you're:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizen)
  • a New Zealand citizen (including dual citizen)
  • an Australian permanent resident visa holder
  • an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa holder

you must apply through UAC Undergraduate.

If you're:

an international student with an IB Diploma in 2014 or May 2015 you must apply through UAC International.

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, acceptance alone does not guarantee entry into courses. Entry is based on competition as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Do I need to provide UAC with my IB results?

Current IB Diploma students

If you're eligible to apply through UAC and you're currently attempting the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma in Australia or overseas, you can authorise release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on IBIS.

UAC will receive your IB results directly from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). Contact your school's IB co-ordinator before the deadline to confirm that your school has submitted this request via IBIS on your behalf.

If you don't authorise 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 results as soon as they become available.

Alternatively, you can request IBO to release your results to UAC. Follow the process outlined in the 'Obtaining Transcripts' section on the IBO's website.

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 correctly verified documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results to UAC.

For more information on obtaining transcripts visit the IBO's website.

Will I receive an ATAR for my IB Diploma results?

No. 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've been awarded the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma you'll receive a UAC rank based on your total score.

Do I receive a higher rank if I've been awarded an IB Bilingual Diploma?

No.

What happens if I was not awarded an IB Diploma but completed a DP course (formerly IB Certificate) instead?

If you were not awarded the IB Diploma and only completed a DP course 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.

How does UAC calculate the UAC rank from my IB results?

Passing Score Combined Rank
45 99.95
44 99.85
43 99.70
42 99.40
41 98.80
40 98.15
39 97.35
38 96.35
37 95.45
36 94.05
35 92.80
34 91.45
33 89.85
32 87.95
31 85.95
30 83.00
29 80.25
28 77.90
27 75.40
26 72.75
25 69.65
24 66.10

 

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.

Which NSW HSC subjects are my IB subjects comparable to?

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. Read 'Will I be eligible for bonus points for performance in my IB Diploma subjects?' below for more information.

The IB subjects comparable to NSW HSC subjects table shows for each IB subject the comparable subject in the NSW HSC.

How do results in my IB subjects compare to results in NSW HSC subjects?

The following table 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

Will I be eligible for bonus points for performance in my IB Diploma subjects?

All UAC institutions recognise performance in Australian Year 12 subjects relevant to the course/s for which you've applied.

To determine if you're eligible to receive bonus points:

  1. Check the IB subjects comparable to NSW HSC subjects table.
  2. Check 'How do results in my IB subjects compare to results in NSW HSC subjects?' above.
  3. Visit the websites of the relevant institution/s for more information – check subject bonuses for links.

Will my IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma satisfy English proficiency?

Not necessarily. If you completed or are attempting the IB overseas, you may have to provide proof of proficiency in English.

Read English language proficiency FAQs for more information.

What if I'm 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 UAC rank.

Will I receive an offer based on IB predicted grades?

No. UAC's participating institutions will make offers based on official IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma results only.