Australian Catholic University

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be eligible for entry to ACU’s undergraduate courses you must meet the general requirements listed in one or more of the following categories, satisfy English language proficiency requirements for the course you are applying to, and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

Also refer to UAC’s general information about university admission criteria.

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

If you are a 2018 or 2019 Australian Year 12 student you are usually assessed on the basis of your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent. Year 12 results don't expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).

This includes formal qualifications such as higher education study, VET study such as completed competency-based and graded AQF Certificate IV and diplomas, sub-degree level study, bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications (including creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications, and professional registrations) and defence force service will be also considered.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

If you are eligible for adjustment factors, your selection rank will automatically be increased. There is a maximum of 12 points applied to your selection rank.

To apply for the following access schemes, you must be a 2019 Year 12 student and be eligible for an ATAR. You must also meet any relevant course prerequisites.

An offer to a course under these schemes can only be made if you have completed the application procedures (if required) and included the course as a preference in your UAC application. 

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

ACU has an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) to assist applicants whose education has been disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control for a substantial period of time. ACU EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

Learn more about EAS.

ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMER ADJUSTMENTS

ACU supports elite athletes in their study and aims to help them achieve their academic and personal potential. Elite Athlete and Performer Program coordinators offer course and enrolment advice and help students with finding flexible study options. Under this program, adjustment factors are awarded to applicants depending on their level of sporting and/or performance representation.

Applicants requesting consideration under this program should complete the Elite Athlete and Performers Program Application (E) Form.

Learn more about EAPP.

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

If you are a 2018 HSC student with outstanding results in an HSC course related to the degree you are applying for, you may be eligible to have your selection rank increased by a maximum of five points. You do not need to apply for these adjustments. 

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO ATAR

Some courses select applicants based on additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, or a questionnaire. Additional selection criteria can be found in the course descriptions available through UAC's course search.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

SCHOOL RECOMMENDATION SCHEMES

ACU participates in the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS), which allows current Year 12 students to receive early offers of admission. SRS aim to assist access to higher education using a wide range of selection criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. These include school recommendations and senior secondary studies. 

There are no fees to apply for SRS, but you will be required to pay a processing fee when you apply for undergraduate admission through UAC.

ACU may use one or more of the criteria listed below when considering your application:

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

SRS is available for all ACU courses, however prerequisites and additional selection criteria may apply. ACU may limit the number of SRS offers made in some courses. 

Learn more about Schools Recommendation Schemes.

PASSION FOR BUSINESS (P4B)

ACU’s Passion for Business (P4B) program provides a unique opportunity for students with a passion for business. If you are currently in Year 12, studying a business-related subject, and want to study business at ACU, you may be eligible for an early offer and guaranteed entry to the Peter Faber Business School. In addition to applying through UAC, you must complete the P4B online application.

Learn more about the P4B.

PASSION FOR LAW (P4L)

If you are currently in Year 12 and passionate about studying law at ACU, you may be eligible for an early offer to the Thomas More Law School.

The ACU Passion for Law (P4L) Program is about providing a unique opportunity for students with a passion for law. ACU believes passion and commitment to study are important. With an ACU double degree in Law you can access extraordinary choices in areas that excite and inspire you: practice as a barrister or solicitor, provide advice as an in-house counsel to an organisation, or pursue a diverse career.

In addition to applying through UAC, you must complete the P4L online application, including a 200–300 word statement demonstrating why you are passionate about studying law at ACU and your future career goals and aspirations.

COMMUNITY ACHIEVER PROGRAM (CAP)

If you regularly volunteer in your community — through your school, workplace, community organisation, or cultural or religious group — you could be eligible for an early offer to ACU.

When you apply for CAP, you will be assessed on your positive community impact. If successful, and you meet the prerequisite and minimum entry score requirements for your chosen course, you’ll receive an offer as early as August, and benefit from opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills while studying with us.

Both current Year 12 students and non-school leavers can apply. Applications open on Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on the following dates:

  • Canberra Campus: Wednesday 28 August 2019
  • North Sydney Campus: Tuesday 3 September 2019
  • Strathfield Campus: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Learn more about CAP.

LIMITED ATAR

Under certain circumstances you may be admitted based on a Limited ATAR.

Learn more about the ATAR.

Learn more about ACU admission schemes.

Learn more about ACU admission.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have undertaken tertiary studies you can also be assessed on your tertiary record, provided you have completed at least two units. If you haven’t completed this amount of tertiary study then you will be assessed on your Year 12 results and/or other qualifications. 

Learn more about ACU admission.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

ACU assigns a selection rank for the following:

  • competency-based and graded AQF certificates III (for current Year 12 applicants only). This qualification can be given its own selection rank separate from, and in addition to, an OP or ATAR.
  • Certificate IV (if completed)
  • AQF diplomas 
  • Sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average).

Competency-based and graded AQF certificates III (for current Year 12 applicants only) and certificate IV (if completed), AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

ACU has a wide range of partnership agreements with TAFE and other private VET providers, which guarantee entry into an ACU degree and/or credit for your previous studies. 

Learn more about partnership agreements.

Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

Not everyone goes straight to uni after finishing high school. If you’re 21 years or older, your work and life experience can potentially be converted into a selection rank for entry into your chosen degree. Your rank will be based on criteria such as your skill level at work, and how long you have been in the role. 

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

To have your employment experience assessed, you must have been in paid employment for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent).

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

ACU will accept your results from STAT, a series of tests designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study.

ENABLING COURSE OPTIONS

Learn more about enabling course options.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

There are commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that ACU may take into consideration. Check your qualification

Contact ACU to discuss eligibility for admission before submitting an application to UAC.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

If you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and apply for entry to an ACU program, you may be eligible for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Program. Through the program you will meet with a member of the Indigenous Higher Education Unit and a faculty representative. Your potential to undertake study will be based upon any of your formal qualifications, life experiences and achievements. Applications for most courses are made directly through UAC.

Learn more about ACU's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admission program

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2019, you will apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

ACU may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

International applicants applying for admission on the basis of qualifications other than those listed above must apply directly to the University, not through UAC.

Learn more about ACU's application and admission criteria.

Additional selection criteria

Some courses select applicants based on additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. Other courses may use a combination of both academic qualifications and additional selection criteria. Additional selection criteria can be found in the course descriptions available through UAC's course search.

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying for a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact ACU International.

Other admission options

PASSION FOR BUSINESS (P4B)

ACU’s Passion for Business (P4B) program provides a unique opportunity for students with a passion for business. If you are currently in Year 12, studying a business-related subject, and want to study business at ACU, you may be eligible for an early offer and guaranteed entry to the Peter Faber Business School. In addition to applying through UAC, you must complete the P4B online application.

PASSION FOR LAW (P4L)

If you are currently in Year 12 and passionate about studying law at ACU, you may be eligible for an early offer to the Thomas More Law School.

The ACU Passion for Law (P4L) Program is about providing a unique opportunity for students with a passion for law. ACU believes passion and commitment to study are important. With an ACU double degree in Law you can access extraordinary choices in areas that excite and inspire you: practice as a barrister or solicitor, provide advice as an in-house counsel to an organisation, or pursue a diverse career.

In addition to applying through UAC, you must complete the P4L online application, including a 200–300 word statement demonstrating why you are passionate about studying law at ACU and your future career goals and aspirations.

COMMUNITY ACHIEVER PROGRAM (CAP)

If you regularly volunteer in your community — through your school, workplace, community organisation, or cultural or religious group — you could be eligible for an early offer to ACU.

When you apply for CAP, you will be assessed on your positive community impact. If successful, and you meet the prerequisite and minimum entry score requirements for your chosen course, you’ll receive an offer as early as August, and benefit from opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills while studying with us.

Applications open on Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on the following dates:

  • Canberra Campus: Wednesday 28 August 2019
  • North Sydney Campus: Tuesday 3 September 2019
  • Strathfield Campus: Tuesday 10 September 2019