University applicants with an International Baccalaureate Diploma

While UAC's participating institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification, you are not guaranteed entry into courses. Selection is competitive and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Your UAC rank

If you've been awarded the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma, you receive an overall score rather than an ATAR. To allow universities to compare your results with those of ATAR students, UAC converts your overall score into a UAC rank. For tertiary entrance purposes in all Australian states and territories (except South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania), this rank is comparable with the ATAR.

Your UAC rank is based on your overall score out of 45 (as reported on your official academic transcript). For more information on the UAC ranks and the yearly variation in the national IB conversion table from the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC), read Determining ATAR Equivalents for International Baccalaureate Students.

UAC rank conversion table

Overall score

UAC rank

45

99.95

44

99.85

43

99.70

42

99.40

41

98.80

40

98.25

39

97.50

38

96.70

37

95.75

36

94.50

35

93.30

34

92.10

33

90.65

32

88.95

31

87.10

30

84.40

29

81.90

28

79.90

27

77.65

26

75.15

25

72.10

24

68.70

Equivalent NSW HSC courses and results

You may need to know how your IB Diploma 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 selection rank adjustments for specific courses.

IB courses and results equivalent to NSW HSC courses and results

ACT COURSE RESULTS AND EQUIVALENT NSW HSC COURSE RESULTS

IB Higher Level

IB Standard Level

NSW HSC Band

NSW HSC Band extension course

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

IB COURSES COMPARABLE TO NSW HSC COURSES

The following table shows for each IB Diploma course the comparable course in the NSW HSC.

The information in this table is applicable for 2019 admissions only. 

IB course

NSW HSC course

English

 

English AB (SL)

*

English A: Literature - SL

English (Standard)

English A: Language and Literature - SL

English (Standard)

English A: Literature - HL

English Advanced

English A: Language and Literature - HL

English Advanced

English B (SL/HL)

English as a Second Language

Literature and Performance - SL

English Standard

Mathematics

 

Maths Studies (SL)

Mathematics General 2

Mathematics (SL)

Mathematics

Mathematics (HL)1

Mathematics Extension 1

Further Mathematics (HL)1

Mathematics Extension 2

All others courses (excluding languages other than English)

Astronomy (SL)

Senior Science

Biology (SL/HL)

Biology

Brazilian Social Studies

Society and Culture

Business Management (SL/HL)

Business Studies

Chemistry (SL/HL)

Chemistry

Chile and Pacific (SL)

Modern History

Classical Greek and Roman Studies (SL)

Classical Greek (Continuers)/Latin (Continuers)

Computer Science (SL/HL)

Software Design and Development

Dance (SL/HL)

Dance

Design Technology (SL/HL)

Design and Technology

Economics (SL/HL)

Economics

Ecosystems and Societies (SL)

Earth and Environmental Science

Electronics

Engineering Studies

Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)

Earth and Environmental Science

Extended Essay

*

Film (SL/HL)

*

Geography (SL/HL)

Geography

Global Politics

*

History (SL/HL)

Modern History

History of Africa and Middle East (HL)

Modern History

History Americas (HL)

Modern History

History Asia / OCE (HL)

Modern History

History Europe / ME (HL)

Modern History

Historical & Contemporary Brazilian Studies (SL)

Modern History

International Law (SL)

*

ITGS (SL/HL)

Information Processes and Technology

Marine Science (SL)

*

Music (HL)1

HSC Music Extension

Music Creating (SL)

Music 2

Music Group Performance (SL)

Music 2

Music Solo Performance (SL)

Music 2

Nature of Science

Senior Science

Peace and Constitutional Studies (SL)

Modern History

Philosophy (SL/HL)

*

Physics (SL/HL)

Physics

Political Theory (SL)

*

Psychology (SL/HL)

*

Reflective Project

*

Social and Cultural Anthropology (SL/HL)

Society and Culture

Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SL)

Personal Development, Health and  Physical Education

Text and Performance (SL)

Drama

Theatre Arts (SL/HL)

Drama

Theory of Knowledge

*

Turkey in the 20th Century (SL)

Modern History

Visual Arts (SL/HL)

Visual Arts

World Politics (SL)

*

World Religions (SL)

Studies of Religion II

Languages other than English (LOTE)

 

Afrikaans A: Literature – SL/HL

*

Albanian A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Arabic AB (SL)

Arabic Beginners

Arabic A: Literature (SL/HL)

Arabic Continuers

Arabic A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Arabic Continuers

Arabic B (SL/HL)

Arabic Continuers

Armenian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Armenian Continuers

Beginning Hindi (SL)

*

Bengali A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Bosnian A: Literature  (SL/HL)

*

Bulgarian A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Burmese A: Literature (HL)

*

Chinese B: Cantonese (SL/HL)

Chinese Continuers

Chinese B: Mandarin  (SL/HL)

Chinese Continuers

Chinese A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Chinese and Literature

Chinese A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Chinese and Literature

Classical Greek (SL/HL)

Classical Greek (Continuers)

Croatian A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Croatian Continuers

Czech A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Dutch A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Dutch Continuers

Dutch A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Dutch Continuers

Dutch B (SL/HL)

Dutch Continuers

Filipino A: Literature (SL/HL)

Filipino Continuers

French A: Literature (SL/HL)

French Continuers

French A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

French Continuers

French AB (SL)

French Beginners

French B (SL/HL)

French Continuers

German AB (SL)

German Beginners

German A: Literature (SL/HL)

German Continuers

German A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

German Continuers

German B (SL/HL)

German Continuers

Hebrew A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Modern Hebrew Continuers

Hebrew B (SL)

Modern Hebrew Continuers

Hindi A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Hindi Continuers

Hindi B (SL/HL)

Hindi Continuers

Hungarian A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Hungarian Continuers

Igbo A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Indonesian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Indonesian and Literature

Indonesian A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Indonesian and Literature

Indonesian B (SL/HL)

Indonesian Continuers

Irish A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Italian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Italian Continuers

Italian A: Language and Literature  (SL/HL)

Italian Continuers

Italian AB (SL)

Italian Beginners

Italian B (SL/HL)

Italian Continuers

Japanese A: Literature (SL/HL)

Japanese and Literature

Japanese A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Japanese and Literature

Japanese AB (SL)

Japanese Beginners

Japanese B (SL/HL)

Japanese Continuers

Kazakh A: Literature (SL)

*

Khmer A: Literature (SL/HL)

Khmer Continuers

Korean A: Literature (SL/HL)

Korean and Literature

Korean A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Korean and Literature

Korean B (SL/HL)

Korean Continuers

Kurdish A: Literature(SL/HL)

*

Latin (SL/HL)

Latin Continuers

Lithuanian A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Luganda A: Literature (SL)

*

Macedonian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Macedonian Continuers

Malay A: Literature (SL/HL)

Malay Background Speakers

Malay AB (SL)

*

Malay B (SL)

*

Mandarin AB (SL)

Chinese Beginners

Maori A: Literature (SL)

*

Modern Greek A: Literature (SL/HL)

Modern Greek Continuers

Modern Greek A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Modern Greek Continuers

Ndbele A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Persian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Persian Background Speakers

Polish A: Literature (SL/HL)

Polish Continuers

Portuguese A: Literature (SL/HL)

Portuguese Continuers

Portuguese A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Portuguese Continuers

Portuguese B (SL/HL)

Portuguese Continuers

Punjabi A: Literature  (SL)

Punjabi Continuers

Romanian A: Literature  (SL/HL)

*

Russian A: Literature  (SL/HL)

Russian Continuers

Russian A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Russian Continuers

Russian AB (SL)

*

Russian B (SL/HL)

Russian Continuers

Serbian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Serbian Continuers

Serbo-Croatian A – SL/HL

*

Serbo-Croatian B – SL/HL

*

Sinhalese A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Slovene A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

Spanish A: Literature (SL/HL)

Spanish Continuers

Spanish A: Language and Literature

Spanish Continuers

Spanish AB (SL)

Spanish Beginners

Spanish B (SL/HL)

Spanish Continuers

Swedish A: Literature (SL/HL)

Swedish Continuers

Swedish A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Swedish Continuers

Swedish B (SL/HL)

Swedish Continuers

Tamil A: Literature (SL/HL)

Tamil Continuers

Turkish A: Literature (SL/HL)

Turkish Continuers

Turkish A: Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Turkish Continuers

Ukrainian A: Literature (SL/HL)

Ukrainian Continuers

Vietnamese A: Literature (SL/HL)

Vietnamese Continuers

Zulu A: Literature (SL/HL)

*

 

*      There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this IB Diploma course. Contact the relevant institution for information about its policy regarding IB Diploma courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

(1)   In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension subjects.  Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, IB Diploma students undertaking this IB course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

IB predicted grades

Some institutions may make offers based on your predicted grades if your final results will not be available for a particular offer round. Each institution has its own conditions and requirements for assessments based on predicted grades: check the institution-specific requirements provided below and contact the institution for further details.

To have your predicted grades assessed, you will need to provide UAC with a statement from your school that meets specific requirements outlined below.

Institution-specific requirements for predicted grades

Statements of predicted grades must meet the following institution-specific requirements.

Institution

Period of study on which predicted grades must be based

Other requirements

Australian Catholic University

student performance up until December, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

Australian National University

student performance up until January 2019

The total predicted aggregate must be 3 points higher than the total final aggregate required for admissions.

Contact ANU International Admissions Office at international.admissions@anu.edu.au for more information.

Griffith University

International applicants only:
student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

International applicants only:
The total predicted aggregate must be 2 points higher than the total final aggregate required for admission.

Contact Griffith University for more information.

International College of Management, Sydney

student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

Macquarie University

student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

The total predicted aggregate must be 2 points higher than the total final aggregate required for admission.

Contact Macquarie University for more information.

University of Canberra

student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

University of Sydney

International applicants only:
student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

International applicants only:
The total predicted aggregate must be 2 points higher than that required for admission.

Contact the University of Sydney for more information.

University of Wollongong

student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

UNSW Sydney

student performance up until 1 January 2019

none

Western Sydney University

student performance up until December 2018, which is 6 months prior to completion of diploma

The total predicted aggregate must be 2 points higher than that

required for admission.


Requirements for statements of predicted grades

Statements of predicted grades must:

  • be issued on school letterhead – see sample statement
  • be signed by one of the following:
    • principal
    • school director
    • acting principal
    • deputy school director
    • registrar
    • IB coordinator (or similar level)
  • and include:
    • the date of issue of letter
    • the expected graduation date
    • the expected date of release of official results
    • the predicted mark for each subject undertaken
    • the expected number of bonus points for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE)
    • the Predicted Total Aggregate.

Providing your IB Diploma results to UAC

Authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS).

This way, UAC will receive your IB Diploma results directly from the International Baccalaureate organisation and any subject adjustment factors you are eligible for will be automatically allocated by the institutions. Contact your school's IB Diploma co-ordinator before the deadline to confirm that your school has submitted this request via IBIS on your behalf.

If you don't authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on IBIS by the deadline, you must supply documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results as soon as they become available. You'll need to contact the institutions about the allocation of any subject adjustment factors for which you are eligible.

As a general rule, you must authorise release of your results to UAC, even though you have already requested that they be sent to one or more of the institutions that participate through UAC (eg Australian National University, UNSW Australia). UAC will not be able to access your results unless you authorise IB to release them specifically to UAC.