Undergraduate applications and offers

Early offer schemes for Year 12 students

Offer dates under review

The NSW Government has announced that HSC written exams will now start on 9 November 2021 and HSC results will be released on 24 January 2022. As a consequence, the following UAC dates have been set:

20 January: NSW and ACT ATARs released
21 January: Deadline for changing preferences for January Round 2
26 January: January Round 2 offers released (first offers based on ATARs)

Institutions are reviewing the dates related to early offers (although application deadlines are likely to stay the same). The content of this page will be updated when these dates are confirmed. In the meantime, contact the relevant institution for the most up-to-date information.

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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
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • 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 closed 19 September 2021.

[Updated 7 Oct 2021]

ACU Guarantee

Important dates

  • 1 Jun: Applications open
  • 24 Sep: Applications close
  • Offer Round 1: 30 Jun 2021
  • Offer Round 2: 28 Jul 2021
  • Offer Round 3: 11 Aug 2021
  • Offer Round 4: 25 Aug 2021
  • Offer Round 5: 8 Sep 2021
  • Offer Round 6: 22 Sep 2021
  • Offer Round 7: 7 Oct 2021
  • Offer Round 8: 20 Oct 2021

Assessment criteria

To be eligible you must be a 2021 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

  • Late Aug: Applications open
  • 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

  • 24 May: Applications close
  • 9 Aug: 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).
  • 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 Advantage

Important dates

  • 3 May: Round 1 applications open
  • Late Jun: Round 1 offers released
  • 26 Jul: Round 2 applications open
  • Late Sep: Round 2 offers released
  • 1 Sep: Round 3 applications open
  • 4 Oct: Round 3 applications close
  • Late Oct: 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 CSU website.

Early Entry

Important date

8 Sep 2021: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Early Entry.

Leadership Entry Program

Important date

4 Feb 2022: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Leadership Entry Program.

Elite Athlete/Performer Entry

Important date

4 Feb 2022: Applications close

How to apply

Apply for ICMS Elite Athlete/Performer Entry.

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.

Visit the La Trobe University website for further information about the Aspire program, including 2022 selection criteria and dates.

Important dates

  • 19 Apr: Applications open
  • 17 Sep Applications close
  • Early Oct: Conditional offers released
  • 17 Dec: 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

Important dates

  • 1 Jun: Applications open
  • 19 Sep: 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 2022: 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.

STAR Early Offer

Important dates

  • 10 Sep: Applications close
  • 5 Nov: Offers released

Assessment criteria

  • High school results
  • Principal’s recommendation

How to apply

Apply online via the SCU website.

[Updated 25 Sep 2021]

Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • 20 Dec: 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.

Early Entry Direct

Important dates

  • 17 Sep: Applications close for Round 1
  • 1 Oct: Applications close for Round 2 (final application deadline)
  • Mid Nov: Round 1 offers released
  • Late Nov: Round 2 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 2021 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.

[Updated 25 Sep 2021]

Indigenous and Refugee Law Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • midnight 12 Sep: List 483100 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined as a UAC preference
  • midnight 12 Sep: Submit direct application to Newcastle Law School
  • 8 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.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight

Important dates

  • 26 Jan (January Round 2): Offers released

Assessment criteria

Strong performance in your HSC English course plus 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 is required.

Early Offer Program

Important dates

  • 21 Apr: Applications open
  • 1 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

  • 19 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
  • 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, 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. 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.

[Updated 1 Oct 2021]

UTS Early Entry Program

Important dates

  • 10 Aug: Applications open
  • 12 Sep: Applications close
  • 5 Oct: Provisional offers released
  • 25 Oct: Enrolment commences for Early Entry offer holders
  • 21 Jan 2022: Confirmation of offer and meeting of eligibility requirements emailed to Early Entry offer holders

Assessment criteria

Year 11 results

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Technology website from 10 Aug.

UTS Engineering and IT Early Entry Program – Edge

Important dates

  • 10 Aug: Applications open
  • 12 Sep: Applications close
  • 5 Oct: Provisional offers released
  • 25 Oct: Enrolment commences for Early Entry offer holders
  • 21 Jan 2022: Confirmation of offer and meeting of eligibility requirements emailed to Early Entry offer holders

Assessment criteria

  • Year 11 results
  • Edge points – composed of the Edge portfolio, Year 11 grades in relevant STEM subjects and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Technology website from 10 Aug.

Early Admission

Important dates

  • 19 Jul: Applications open
  • 13 Aug: Applications close

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 Early Admission Day

How to apply

Apply online via the University of Wollongong website.

UNSW Gateway Early Conditional Offer Scheme

This scheme will be offered under the Schools Recommendation Scheme for 2022 admission.

[Updated 25 Sep 2021]

HSC True Reward

Important dates

  • 15 Aug: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the first True Reward offer round
  • 19 Aug: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 1: Year 11 results)
  • 12 Sep: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the next True Reward offer round
  • 16 Sep: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 2: Year 11 results)
  • 28 Nov: Apply by 11.59pm to be considered for the next True Reward offer round
  • 5 Dec: Last chance to update your preferences (by 11.59pm) to be considered for the next True Reward offer round
  • 9 Dec: True Reward conditional offers released (Round 3: Year 11 results)
  • TBC: Applications close
  • TBC: True Reward unconditional offers (final offers) released

Assessment criteria

HSC True Reward offers are made based on Year 11 and/or Year 12 results. Some conditions do apply. Visit the HSC True Reward website for more details.

A small number of courses are excluded from the 2022 True Reward program due to additional selection criteria and capped placements.

How to apply

Apply online via the Western Sydney University website.