Admission criteria

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 (or aggregate) 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, 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.

Overall score UAC rank for entry in 2020UAC rank for entry in 2021

45

99.9599.95

44

99.8599.75

43

99.6099.55

42

99.2599.20

41

98.7098.70

40

98.0598.05

39

97.3597.30

38

96.4596.45

37

95.4595.45

36

93.9594.05

35

92.8092.80

34

91.4091.50

33

89.9090.00

32

88.0588.15

31

86.2586.40

30

83.7084.30

29

81.2581.90

28

79.2579.25

27

76.7077.40

26

73.8575.10

25

71.0072.00

24

68.4569.10

A new conversion schedule will be introduced for 2023 university admissions.

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 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

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

The information in this table is applicable for 2020-21 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 an Additional Language or Dialect

Literature and Performance - SL

English Standard

Mathematics

Maths Studies (SL)

Mathematics Standard 2

Mathematics (SL)

Mathematics Advanced

Mathematics (HL)1

Mathematics Extension 1

Further Mathematics (HL)1

Mathematics Extension 2

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL^Mathematics Standard 2
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL^Mathematics Advanced
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL^Mathematics Advanced
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL^Mathematics Extension 2
All others courses (excluding languages other than English)

Astronomy (SL)

*

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 (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

Music Extension

Music Creating (SL)

Music 2

Music Group Performance (SL)

Music 2

Music Solo Performance (SL)

Music 2

Nature of Science

Investigating 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

Theatre (Pilot) (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 AB (SL)*

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.

^ These subjects will be examined for the first time in 2021.

IB predicted grades

If you are an international applicant, preparing to sit the IB in May and applying for semester 2 courses, 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: 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.

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 (must be on or after 1 December for a sitting the following May)
    • 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.

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 2020

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

student performance up until December 2019, 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 Griffith University for more information.

International College of Management, Sydney

student performance up until December 2019, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

Macquarie University

student performance up until December 2019, 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 2019, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

University of Sydney

student performance up until December 2019, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

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 2019, which is 6 months prior to completion of Diploma

none

UNSW Sydney

student performance up until 1 January 2020 for entry in term 3 (September), 2020 or 1 June 2020 for entry in term 1 (February), 2021

International applicants only

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

Contact the UNSW Sydney for more information.

Western Sydney University

student performance up until December 2019, which is 6 months prior to completion of diploma

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

Providing your IB Diploma results to UAC

2020 Year 12 students

Ask your school IB Diploma coordinator to authorise the International Baccalaureate (IB) to release your IB Diploma results directly to UAC. This needs to be done in addition to any other request for results to be sent to an institution.

If UAC receives your results directly from the IB then any subject adjustment factors you are eligible for will be automatically allocated by the institutions.

Alternatively, provide a copy of your official Results Certificate and Diploma Certificate as soon as they become available. You'll also need to contact the institutions about the allocation of any subject adjustment factors for which you are eligible.

All other applicants

Authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS). This needs be done in addition to any other request for results to be sent to an institution.

Alternatively, provide a copy of your official Results Certificate and Diploma Certificate as soon as they become available.