Undergraduate applications and offers

Early offer schemes for Year 12 students

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. With the disruptions to your schooling this year caused by COVID-19 restrictions, you’re no doubt looking to explore all the options.

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 Schemes (EAS): Institutions use these 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. This year, we’ve added new 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. This year, some unis are offering 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.

Schools Recommendation Schemes: multiple institutions

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

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • National Art School
  • SAE Creative Media Institute
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology 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 Schemes (EAS) application
  • ATAR.

Applications are processed by UAC and close 20 September 2020.

Australian Catholic University

COMMUNITY ACHIEVER PROGRAM

Important dates

  • 1 May: Applications open
  • 5 Aug: Applications close for Blacktown
  • 26 Aug: Applications close for Canberra
  • 9 Sep: Applications close for North Sydney
  • 16 Sep: Applications close for Strathfield
  • Early Oct: First conditional offers released
  • 23 Dec: Conditional offers converted to unconditional offers if based on ATAR

Assessment criteria

  • Community Experience Statement – no more than 200 words about your community involvement.
  • Referee – ACU will contact your referee(s) to verify your community involvement before considering your application

Your CAP early offer will convert to a course offer when you:

  • have your CAP course as your highest eligible preference on your application to UAC
  • have satisfied any prerequisite requirements for your CAP course
  • achieve the CAP minimum ATAR required.

How to apply

  • Prepare your Community Experience Statement.
  • Choose a referee and make sure you have their contact details.
  • Apply online via the ACU website.

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

ACU GUARANTEE

Important dates

  • 3 August: Applications open
  • 25 September: Applications close
  • Offer Round 1: 12 August 2020
  • Offer Round 2: 26 August 2020
  • Offer Round 3: 9 September 2020
  • Offer Round 4: 23 September 2020
  • Offer Round 5: 7 October 2020 (tentative

Assessment criteria

To be eligible you must be a 2020 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.

Australian National University

DIRECT APPLICATION

Important dates

  • 25 May: Applications close
  • 10 Aug: Conditional offers released based on your ANU selection rank. (This is calculated using a mathematical model that uses your Year 11 results and your school's average ATAR performance in previous years).
  • Late 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 University

CHARLES STURT ADVANTAGE

Important dates

  • 1 Jun: Applications open
  • 31 Aug: Applications close
  • Mid-Sep: Conditional offers released

Assessment criteria

Short written submission demonstrating soft skills such as resilience, empathy and commitment to making this a world worth living in.

How to apply

Apply online via the CSU website.

International College of Management, Sydney

EARLY ENTRY

Important date

11 Sep 2020: Applications close

How to apply

Apply online via the ICMS website.

LEADERSHIP ENTRY PROGRAM

Important date

5 Feb 2021: Applications close

How to apply

Apply online via the ICMS website.

ELITE ATHLETE/PERFORMER ENTRY

Important date

5 Feb 2021: Applications close

How to apply

Apply online via the ICMS website.

La Trobe University

ASPIRE

Aspire is an initiative for undergraduate school leavers and non-Year 12 students. The program recognises the positive impact you’ve had on your community when assessing your application to study with us and rewards you with a conditional offer into a La Trobe degree as early as September.

If you’re in Year 12, you’ll also be invited to be part of an exciting enrichment program designed to give you a head start with your university studies.

For further information about the Aspire program, including 2021 selection criteria and dates, visit the La Trobe University website.

Important dates

  • 31 Aug: Applications close
  • Mid-Sep: Conditional offers released

Macleay College

DIRECT APPLICATION

Important dates

  • Early Jun: Applications open
  • Offers released after approval by Faculty

Assessment criteria

  • 300-word written submission outlining your reasons for undertaking the intended course of study and how it will help you achieve your career goals
  • Letter of recommendation from school (principal, year coordinator, or equivalent)
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

How to apply

Apply online via the Macleay University website.

Macquarie University

MACQUARIE LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS

Important dates

Applications open in school Term 2.

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:
  • demonstration of leadership and service by completing the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme supporting information form
  • 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 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.

Southern Cross University

STAR

Important dates

  • 11 Sep: Applications close
  • 9 Nov: Offers released

Assessment criteria

  • Attend SCU partner schools. Your school can sign up by emailing starentry@csu.edu.au.
  • High school results
  • Principal’s recommendation

How to apply

Apply online via the SCU website.

Torrens University Australia

EARLY ENTRY

Important dates

  • 25 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.

University of Canberra

EARLY OFFER ROUND (COVID-19)

Important dates

  • 5 Jul: Applications close for August offers
  • 13 Aug: Unconditional offers released

Assessment criteria

  • Your school’s assessment of your aptitudes and ability to succeed at university.
  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent.

How to apply

Application details are on the University of Canberra website.

University of New England

EARLY ENTRY DIRECT

Important dates

  • 25 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.

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 report. Your school will approve and submit the application to UNE on your behalf before the closing date.

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

University of Newcastle

INDIGENOUS LAW EARLY ENTRY PROGRAM

Important dates

  • List 483100 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined as a UAC preference: midnight 13 Sep
  • Submit direct application to Newcastle Law School: midnight 13 Sep
  • Offers released: 8 Oct (October Round 1)

Assessment criteria

  • Strong performance across Year 11
  • School recommendation
  • Selection interview
For details of requirements, visit the University of Newcastle website.

How to apply

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

YEAR 12 SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT

Important dates

  • 18–19 Dec: Eligible applicants notified between the release of HSC results on 18 Dec and the deadline for close of preferences for December Round 2 (19 Dec)
  • 23 Dec: Offers released in December Round 2

Assessment criteria

Strong performance in one or more subjects related to your degree. View requirements for each degree on the University of Newcastle website.

How to apply

Just apply through UAC. No separate application required.

University of Sydney

E12 (VIA SRS APPLICATION)

Important dates

  • 20 Sep: SRS/E12 applications close. Do not remove your E12 course from your preferences after this date.
    If you are applying under the financial hardship category, submit your EAS application and supporting documents by 11.59pm to confirm your eligibility for consideration under the E12 Scheme in time for UAC conditional offers on 12 Nov.
  • 12 Nov: Conditional offers released
  • 23 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, they will receive an email to this effect the day after they complete their UAC application for undergraduate admission. They will then know if they 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.
  • 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 (disadvantage AG01, S01C, S01R, F01A, F01B, F01C and/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.

University of Wollongong

EARLY ADMISSION

Important dates

  • 20 Jul: Applications open
  • 14 Aug: Applications close
  • Week beginning 14 Sep: Invitations to EA Day emailed
  • Week beginning 28 Sep: EA Day
  • Week beginning 12 Oct: Conditional offers released (unconditional offers released on completion of HSC/IB/equivalent)

Assessment criteria

  • You need to be on track for an ATAR, IB or equivalent
  • Your Year 11 and 12 results, including trial results
  • Your responses to questions in your application addressing the themes of academic readiness, motivation and passion, planning and persistence, communication and collaboration
  • Interview and/or registered attendance at EA Day

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Wollongong website.

UNSW Sydney

UNSW GATEWAY EARLY CONDITIONAL OFFER SCHEME

Important dates

  • 6 Jul: Applications open for Year 12 students
  • 3 Aug: Applications close for Year 12 students
  • 24 Aug: Early conditional offers released for Year 12 students
  • 29 Sep: Applications open for Year 11 students
  • 9 Oct: Applications close for Year 11 students
  • 26 Oct: Early conditional offers released for Year 11 students
  • 23 Dec: Unconditional (firm) offers released for Year 12 students

Assessment criteria

  • UNSW Gateway school enrolment
  • SEIFA index
    If your 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.
  • Strong performance as identified in your school report
  • High level of literacy and academic capability in an area relevant to your preferred degree
  • Personal statement responding to the following Gateway questions:
    • Why are you interested in the course you are applying for? Tell us how this degree relates to your passions and goals.
    • What are your learning strengths? How have you applied them to overcome challenges in school or other aspects of your life?
    • Tell us about yourself, and your contribution to the community you live, study and work in. What will you bring to the UNSW community?
How to apply
  • Apply online via the UNSW website.
  • Choose two examples of recent, marked HSC assessment work that demonstrates your ability in the degree area of your choice. At least one piece must be long-form text (eg an essay).
  • Use the step-by-step support app to write your personal statement.

Western Sydney University

HSC TRUE REWARD

Important dates

  • 27 Aug: Conditional offers made based on Year 11 subject results
  • 20 Sep (midnight): Closing date to be assessed on Year 11 subject results
  • 24 Sep: Conditional offers made based on Year 11 subject results
  • 11 Dec (midnight): Closing date to be assessed on Year 12 subject bands
  • 18 Dec: Offers made based on Year 12 subject bands
  • 31 Mar 2021: Deadline to accept True Reward offer/s

Assessment criteria

Depending on the undergraduate degree you choose, you need to meet a specified HSC band outcome in nominated courses.

The following degrees are excluded:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Associate Degree in Engineering
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching – Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years) Diploma Pathway
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Pathway)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

How to apply

Apply online via the Western Sydney University website.

THE ACADEMY GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAM

Important dates

  • 15 Jul: Applications open
  • 6 Sep: Applications close
  • 20 Sep: Finalise preferences
  • 13 Oct: Offers released

Assessment criteria

Open to 2020 Year 12 students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate a high level of academic achievement
  • provide evidence of leadership qualities and involvement within your school or community.

The following degrees are excluded:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Non-graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine

How to apply