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Early offer schemes for Year 12 students

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While the ATAR is still the main selection tool used by most unis, there are other ways for you to show that you’re ready to succeed at tertiary study.

Many institutions have one or more early offer schemes for Year 12 students. Through these schemes, the institutions will assess you using criteria other than (or in addition to) your ATAR. Always check the institution websites to make sure the courses you are applying for are covered by the schemes.

Listed below are the key dates, assessment criteria and application details for the available early offer schemes.

Other entry options

Educational Access Scheme (EAS): Institutions use this to take into account the educational disadvantages many applicants experience. If you think this might apply to you, make sure you complete an EAS application and claim all the disadvantages that have affected your studies. We’ve added categories to help applicants who’ve been affected by a natural disaster, such as a bushfire, and those whose parents/guardians have been receiving JobSeeker or JobKeeper for at least three months. How to apply for EAS.

Pathway courses: If you successfully complete a non-degree course, such as foundation studies, a preparatory course, or a certificate or diploma, a university may guarantee you entry into a degree. Otherwise, you can use your non-degree studies to apply and compete for admission to other degree courses. You may also be awarded credit for studies undertaken in your non-degree course. Some unis offer an even larger range of prep courses to help you move into your degree. Contact the individual institutions to get the most up-to-date information. Other pathways to uni.

The following institutions will make early offers to Year 12 students through the Schools Recommendation Scheme:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • National Art School
  • SAE Creative Media Institute
  • Torrens University Australia
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • UNSW Sydney
  • Western Sydney University.

These institutions use one or more of the following assessment criteria:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school’s rating of your aptitudes
  • Education Access Scheme (EAS) application
  • ATAR.

Applications are processed by UAC and close 19 September 2022.

ACU Guarantee

Important dates

  • 17 Jul: Applications open
  • 23 Sep: Applications close
  • 29 Jul: offer round 1
  • 12 Aug: offer round 2
  • 26 Aug: offer round 3
  • 9 Sep: offer round 4
  • 23 Sep: offer round 5
  • 7 Oct: offer round 6

Offers for the following courses will not be made until offer round 5:

  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Important information for ACT applicants: Due to a delay in receiving ACT Year 11 results you are unlikely to receive an offer until offer round 6. The outcome of your application will not be affected.

Assessment criteria

To be eligible you must be a 2022 Year 12 student (domestic or international) who completed Year 11 (including the IB) in Australia.

You need to have successfully completed Year 11. You can also choose to supply a brief statement outlining your personal circumstances and motivation for university study, which may help improve your selection rank.

How to apply

Apply online via the ACU website.

After you submit your application, you’ll receive an email detailing what to do next.

Early Acceptance Program

Important dates

  • Apply now
  • Late Nov: Applications close
  • Conditional offers released within three days of submitting application

Assessment criteria

  • Year 11 and 12 reports
  • Responses to application questions

How to apply

Apply online via the ACPE website.

Direct application early admission

Important dates

  • 23 May: Applications close
  • 5 Sept: Conditional offers released based on your ANU selection rank. (This is calculated using a mathematical model that incorporates your Year 11 results and your school's average ATAR performance in previous years.)
  • 22 Dec: First unconditional offers released

Assessment criteria

  • Demonstration of co-curricular or service activities during Years 10 to 12
  • ANU selection rank

How to apply

Apply online via the ANU website.

Charles Sturt Advantage

Important dates

  • 1 Feb: Round 1 applications open
  • 31 Mar: Round 1 applications close
  • Early-May: Round 1 offers released
  • 24 Jun: Round 2 applications close
  • Late-Jul: Round 2 offers released
  • 31 Aug: Applications close
  • Late-Sep: Round 3 offers released

Assessment criteria

  • Short written submission demonstrating soft skills such as resilience, empathy and the motivation to create a world worth living in
  • Year 11 results

How to apply

Apply online via the Charles Sturt website.

Early Entry

Important date

9 Sep 2022: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Early Entry.

Leadership Entry Program

Important date

3 Feb 2023: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Leadership Entry Program.

Elite Athlete/Performer Entry

Important date

3 Feb 2023: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Elite Athlete/Performer Entry.


Aspire

Our Aspire Early Admissions Program rewards your involvement in community, leadership and volunteering with an early conditional offer into your chosen course at La Trobe. This means you’ll know by September, or even earlier, if you have a place at university. You’ll also receive exclusive benefits designed to nurture your skills and give you the support you need to succeed at La Trobe and beyond.

With Aspire, you can lock in your future and set yourself up to succeed now.

Visit the La Trobe University website for further information about the Aspire program, including 2023 selection criteria and dates.

Important dates

  • 26 Apr: Applications open
  • 3 Oct: Applications close
  • Early Oct: Conditional offers released
  • Jan: Unconditional offers released after this date based on ATAR
Assessment criteriaTwo 200–word descriptions of involvement in and impact of your community engagement and/or volunteering.
How to applyApply online via La Trobe University website.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme

Important dates

  • 1 Jun: Applications open
  • 31 Aug: Applications close

Assessment criteria

Applicants need to demonstrate their leadership qualities and/or how they have contributed towards positive change in their community and consistently achieved good results at school.

There are two selection components:
  1. demonstration of leadership and service to their community by completing the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme questions when applying online
  2. Year 11 studies.

Note that applicants for the Bachelor of Marketing and Media and the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and its double degrees are required to have undertaken specific English and/or mathematics subjects in the HSC, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate.

Applicants for teaching courses need to complete and pass a survey before an offer is made.

All applicants must complete their Year 12 examinations (10 units of HSC courses, including at least 8 units from Category A courses and 2 units of English) or comparable ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate subjects.

How to apply

Apply online via the Macquarie University website.

Launchpad Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • 31 Jan: Applications close
  • Offers will be released progressively throughout the admissions period.

Assessment criteria

One of the following:

  • currently passing all Year 12 subjects
  • 18 years of age or will turn 18 in the first year of study with SAE.

How to apply

Apply online via the SAE website.

Early Offer

Important dates

  • May: Applications open
  • Sep: Applications close
  • Nov: Offers released

Assessment criteria

  • High school results
  • Principal’s recommendation

How to apply

Apply online via the SCU website.

Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • 30 Sep: Applications close
  • 48 hours after applying: Conditional offers released

Assessment criteria

Standard course admission criteria

How to apply

Apply online via the Torrens University website.

August Early Offer Round

Important dates
  • 2 May 2022: applications open
  • 24 July 2022: applications close
  • 18 August 2022: UAC change of preference closing date
  • 25 August 2022: offers released
Assessment criteria
  • Year 11 results
  • Completion of Year 12
How to apply
  • Submit your UAC application
  • Submit your Year 11 results to UC
Apply online via the University of Canberra website.

Early Entry Direct

Important dates

  • Late Sep: Applications close
  • Early Nov: offers released

Assessment criteria

Your school’s assessment of your attributes and abilities. The assessment is based around your ability to work and learn independently, as well as your overall potential for academic success at UNE.

All direct Early Entry offers will assume that applicants will complete all requirements of their 2022 Australian Year 12 qualification (or an equivalent program via TAFE).

How to apply

Apply online via the UNE Early Entry website. Ensure any additional supporting documentation is attached.

Your application will be sent electronically to your school for the principal’s review. In order for your application to be considered, your school needs to approve and submit the application to UNE on your behalf before the closing date.

Indigenous and Refugee Law Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • midnight 11 Sep: List 483100 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined as a UAC preference
  • midnight 11 Sep: Submit direct application to Newcastle Law School
  • 7 Oct (October Round 1): Offers released

Assessment criteria

  • Strong performance across Year 11
  • School recommendation
  • Selection interview
Visit the University of Newcastle website for details of program requirements.

How to apply

List 483100 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined as a UAC preference.
Submit a direct application
via the University of Newcastle website.


Early Offer Program

Important dates

  • 4 Apr: Applications open
  • 30 Sep: Applications close
  • Offers released before HSC/equivalent examinations commence

Assessment criteria

  • NESA Preliminary Stage 6 (Year 11) courses and grades
  • Year 11 and 12 school reports

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Notre Dame website.

E12 (via SRS application)

Important dates

  • 15 Sep: E12 applications close. By 11.59pm on this date, you must have:
    • applied for admission through UAC and included your E12 course in your preference list. Do not remove your E12 course from your preferences after this date.
    • submitted your SRS application and uploaded your responses to the E12 questions
    • if you are applying under the financial hardship category, submitted your EAS application and supporting documents.
  • 11 Nov: Conditional offers released
  • 22 Dec: Unconditional offers released

Assessment criteria

  • EAS application
  • SEIFA index
  • E12 questions
  • SRS application

Tip: If a student’s residential address lies within the lowest 25% of the SEIFA index, you will receive an email to this effect the day after you complete your UAC application for undergraduate admission. You will then know if you have met this criteria.

How to apply

  • Check that you meet the E12 eligibility criteria for admission (financial hardship + SEIFA index lowest 25%), choose an E12-eligible course and download the E12 application questions. Visit Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme on the University of Sydney website.
  • Talk to your principal and careers adviser about applying for E12.
  • Complete your UAC undergraduate application and include your E12-eligible course as a preference.
  • Apply for EAS at the end of your UAC application (financial hardship disadvantage F01A, F01B, F01C or F01D).
  • Apply for SRS at the end of your UAC application or via the UAC website and upload your answers to the E12 question.

More details about applying for E12 and SRS are included on the institution-specific SRS criteria page

UTS Early Entry Program (including Engineering and IT Early Entry Program - Edge)

Important dates

  • 15 Jun: Applications open
  • 11 Sep: Applications close
  • 4 Oct: Provisional offers released
  • 19 Dec: Confirmation of offer and meeting of eligibility requirements email to Early Entry offer holders (NSW/ACT HSC students)
  • 22 Dec: Confirmation of offer and meeting of eligibility requirements email to Early Entry offer holders (interstate students)
  • 6 Jan: Confirmation of offer and meeting of eligibility requirements email to Early Entry offer holders (IB students)

Assessment criteria

  • Year 11 results
  • Meet minimum ATAR requirements to confirm provisional offer.
  • Completion of Australian Senior Secondary Qualification (eg HSC or interstate equivalent) or International Baccalaureate.
  • Engineering and IT applicants only: Edge points – composed of the Edge questionnaire, Year 11 grades in relevant STEM subjects and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative. Find out more about the Early Entry Edge Program.

How to apply

Apply online via the UTS website.


Early Admission

Important dates

  • 18 Jul: Applications open
  • 12 Aug: Applications close
  • 10 Oct: Early Admission offers released

Assessment criteria

  • You need to be on track to complete an Australian senior secondary qualification (eg HSC or interstate equivalent) or be an Australian citizen or permanent resident completing the IB Diploma.
  • Your Year 11 results and any Year 12 results, including trial results, available prior to application closing dates.
  • Your responses to questions in your application addressing the themes of academic readiness, motivation and passion, planning and persistence, communication and collaboration.
  • Attendance at an Early Admission Offer Activation Event and/or Early Admission Interview.

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Wollongong website.

UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway and Program

The Gateway Admission Pathway is an early conditional offer to UNSW for Year 12 students that is administered through the UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme.

It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW.

Important dates
  • 12 Apr: Applications open
  • 19 Sep: Applications close
  • 11 Nov: Offers released
Assessment criteria

You are eligible to apply if you are in Year 12 and receiving an ATAR and either:

  • attend a Gateway school or
  • are identified by UAC as eligible for the Educational Access Scheme based on SEIFA consideration.
How to applyApply for SRS at the end of your UAC application or via the UAC website. Visit UNSW website for more information.

HSC True Reward

Important dates

  • 10 Aug: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the first True Reward offer round
  • 18 Aug: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 1: Year 11 results)
  • 6 Sep: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the next True Reward offer round
  • 15 Sep: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 2: Year 11 results)
  • 9 Nov: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the next True Reward offer round
  • 17 Nov: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 3: Year 11 results)
  • 7 Dec: Applications close
  • 15 Dec: True Reward unconditional offers released (final offers Year 12 results)

Assessment criteria

HSC True Reward offers are made based on Year 11 and/or Year 12 results. Depending on the undergraduate degree you choose, you need to meet a specified HSC band outcome in nominated courses. Some degrees are excluded from this program.

Some conditions do apply. Visit the HSC True Reward website for more details.

How to apply

Apply online via the Western Sydney University website.