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Early offer schemes for Year 12 students

Most institutions have one or more early offer schemes for Year 12 students. Through these schemes, the institutions assess applicants using criteria other than (or in addition to) the 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 each institution's schemes.

Schools Recommendation Schemes

Many institutions will make early offers to Year 12 students through the Schools Recommendation Schemes. Institutions use one or more of the following criteria:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school’s rating of your abilities in areas of study
  • school’s rating of your aptitudes 
  • Education Access Schemes (EAS) application
  • ATAR. 

These applications are processed by UAC and close 30 September 2019.

Australian Catholic University

COMMUNITY ACHIEVER PROGRAM

Important dates

3 Sep: Applications close for North Sydney and Canberra
10 Sep: Applications close for Strathfield
12 Sep: First North Sydney and Canberra conditional offers released
19 Sep: First Strathfield conditional offers released
End Sep: Final 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.

PASSION FOR BUSINESS (P4B) PROGRAM

Important dates

30 Sep: Applications close 
4-6 weeks after submission: Outcome provided
1-31 Dec: Applications re-open for change of preferences 

Assessment criteria

200-300 word statement demonstrating that you meet any two of the following:

  • you completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • you completed a business subject or related subject in Year 12 or equivalent
  • you completed a business-related VET qualification or equivalent
  • you can demonstrate previous work experience, including volunteer work experience.

How to apply

Apply online via ACU website and through UAC.
Applies to the following bachelor degrees: Commerce, Business Administration, IT, Accounting and Finance, Commerce/Business Administration, Commerce/Arts, IT/Business Administration.

PASSION FOR LAW (P4L) PROGRAM

Important dates

30 Sep: Applications close 
4-6 weeks after submission: Outcome provided
1-31 Dec: Applications re-open for change of preferences 

Assessment criteria

200-300 word statement addressing:

  • why you are passionate about law
  • why you want to study law at ACU 
  • your future career goals and aspirations.

How to apply

Apply online via ACU website and through UAC. 

Applies to the following bachelor degrees: Laws, Arts/Laws, Biomedical Science/Laws, Business Administration/Laws, Commerce/Laws, Laws/Global Studies, Psychological Science/Laws, Theology/Laws.


Australian National University

DIRECT APPLICATION

Important dates

31 May: Applications closed   
1 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).
19 Dec (TBC): Unconditional offers released (NSW, QLD and VIC)
27 Dec (TBC): Unconditional offers released (ACT, SA, TAS and WA)
9 Jan (TBC): Unconditional offers released (IB)

Assessment criteria

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

How to apply

Apply online via ANU website (closed 31 May). 

Applications will be available through UAC in August, subject to places in courses still being available.


Charles Sturt University

CHARLES STURT ADVANTAGE

Important dates

Early Jul: Applications open

31 Aug: Applications close

Late Sep: 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.

La Trobe University

ASPIRE

Important dates

31 Aug: Applications close

mid-Sep: Conditional offers released

17 Dec: ATAR release: unconditional offers released after this date based on ATAR

Assessment criteria

Two 200-word descriptions of skills, knowledge and experience gained through volunteering, leadership and making a positive contribution to the community

How to apply

Apply online via La Trobe University website.

Macquarie University

MACQUARIE LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS

Important dates

11 Aug: Change preferences for August round offers by 11.59pm

15 Aug: August round offers released at 9am

26 Aug: Applications close + change preferences for September round offers by 11.59pm

12 Sep: September round offers released at 9am

29 Sep: Change preferences for October round offers by 11.59pm

3 Oct: Final offers released at 9am

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, service and work through the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers supporting information form and reflection. (Applicants need to complete and upload a Supporting Information Form.)
  • Year 11 average score

Note that applicants for the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and its double degrees are required to have undertaken Mathematics Extension 1, IB Higher Level Maths or ACT Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (double major).

All applicants must complete their Year 12 exams.

How to apply

  • Select up to five courses from the list on the Macquarie University website.
  • Go to the Macquarie University website and download, complete and save the Supporting Information Form.
  • Apply online and ensure you upload the Supporting Information Form. Note that you may only upload your form once. If the form is not completed properly, your application will be invalid and will not be considered.
Southern Cross University

STAR

Important dates

13 Sep: Applications close

27 Sep: Principal’s recommendation deadline

11 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 via the SCU website.

Torrens University Australia

EARLY ENTRY

Important dates

27 Sep: Applications close

48 hours after applying: Conditional offers released

Assessment criteria

Standard course admission criteria

How to apply

Apply via the Torrens University website.

University of New England

EARLY ENTRY DIRECT

Important dates

27 Sep: Applications close

Early Nov: Conditional offers released

After ATAR release: Unconditional 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

YEAR 12 SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT

Important dates

17–19 Dec: Eligible applicants notified between the release of HSC results on 17 Dec and the deadline for close of preferences for December Round 2 (19 Dec)

23 Dec: Unconditional 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

30 Sep: SRS/E12 applications close. Do not remove your E12 course from your preferences after this date.

14 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 30% 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 30%), 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 (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.
University of Wollongong

EARLY ADMISSION

Important dates

1 Aug: Applications open

30 Aug: Applications close

Week beginning 16 Sep: Invitations to EA Day emailed

Week beginning 30 Sep: EA Day

14 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.

Western Sydney University

HSC TRUE REWARD

Important dates

Aug: Applications open

13 Dec: Applications close

13 Dec: Finalise preferences

17 Dec: Offers released

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
  • B Arts (Pathway to Teaching – Birth-5 Years-Birth-12 Years)/Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years) -Diploma Pathway
  • B Education (Primary) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
  • B Creative Industries (Music)
  • B Health Science (Paramedicine)
  • B Laws (Graduate Entry)
  • B Laws (Non-graduate Entry)
  • B Midwifery
  • B Music 
  • B Music (Dean’s Scholars)
  • B Music/B Creative Industries
  • B Occupational Therapy
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Podiatric Medicine  


How to apply

Apply online via Western Sydney University website and select ‘yes’ to HSC True Reward.

THE ACADEMY GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAM

Important dates

17 July 2019: Applications open

8 September 2019: Applications close

22 September 2019: Finalise preferences

15 October 2019: Offers released

Assessment criteria

Open to 2019 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
  • B Architectural Studies
  • B Laws (Graduate Entry)
  • B Laws (Non-graduate Entry)
  • B Midwifery
  • B Music
  • B Music (Dean's Scholars)
  • B Occupational Therapy
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Podiatric Medicine

 

How to apply

  • Apply online via Western Sydney University website.
  • Apply through UAC and list a Western Sydney University course as your first preference by midnight 22 September 2019.



Download the early offer fact sheet