University of Canberra

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered admission to a bachelor degree or diploma course, you must meet the general requirements listed in one of the categories below, satisfy English language requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. Specific assumed knowledge is indicated for particular courses in the course descriptions.

Undergraduate applicants

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

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

You will normally be considered for admission on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent. If you have attempted other studies since Year 12, these will also be considered in the assessment of your application.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

UC has an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) to assist applicants whose education during Years 11 and 12 has been disadvantaged and who consequently may not gain entrance to their preferred course.

UC EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

How Educational Access Schemes work.

In a limited number of circumstances, you may be eligible for special consideration by the University when you are not eligible for EAS. In addition to applying for admission through UAC, you can request consideration of your circumstances. Requests should be appropriately documented and emailed to UC’s admissions office

ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMER ADJUSTMENTS

Elite athletes and performers whose training and competitive commitments have a­ffected their education may be eligible for special consideration. The application should be accompanied by supporting correspondence from the relevant sporting body and a statement from the applicant explaining how their sport commitments a­ffected their studies. Applicants should apply through UAC and requests should be appropriately documented and emailed to UC’s admissions office.

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

UC awards subject adjustment points to students who are currently completing Year 12 and have performed well in subjects relevant to their chosen course at UC. A separate application is not required. If you have achieved the required results in the relevant subjects, an adjustment of up to ten (10) points are automatically added to your ATAR to give you an adjusted entry rank for your UC preferences through UAC. 

For further information, visit the UC website.

UNIVERSITY PRIORITY GROUPS

UC awards a maximum of five adjustment points to students who belong to one or more of the below groups. 

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

Adjustment points are automatically awarded to applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander at the time of application.

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE (ADF) PERSONNEL AND RESERVISTS

Applicants must provide evidence of their ADF experience and a statement outlining how their ADF commitments have affected their study and email it to the UC Admissions Office.

Elite athletes: See ‘Elite athlete and performer adjustments’ section above.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO THE ATAR

In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, for certain courses you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. These criteria are considered either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent. Details of additional selection criteria and how applicants can meet these requirements are outlined in the course descriptions. For course descriptions, refer to the course search.

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, email the UC Admissions Office.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

SCHOOLS RECOMMENDATION SCHEMES

UC 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. 

UC will consider your school’s rating of your aptitudes when considering your application. The SRS is not available for all UC courses.

How Schools Recommendation Schemes work.

FACULTY OF ARTS AND DESIGN PORTFOLIO ENTRY SCHEME

The Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) at UC also offers entry via portfolio submission for applicants who may not meet the required entry rank.

The FAD Portfolio Entry scheme is available to:

  • all applicants (direct or through UAC)
  • all undergraduate FAD courses o­ffered at UC except 361124 B Building Construction and Management.

For further information, visit the UC website.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION SCHEMES THROUGH UC COLLEGE

As the official pathway provider to the University of Canberra, UC College is about opening the right doors, having your study choices supported and realising your academic potential.

DIPLOMAS

If you do not meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at UC, you may still be eligible for entry into a relevant UC diploma. Most UC diplomas are equivalent to the first year of study of the corresponding bachelor degree. This means that students who choose to undertake a UC diploma before studying their bachelor degree may complete the full program of study in the same time frame as a student who enters straight into the bachelor degree. If you wish to be considered for a UC diploma, you must ensure you include it in your UAC preferences.

UC CONNECT

UC Connect provides a pathway for recent school leavers who wish to study an undergraduate degree but whose academic qualifications do not allow them direct entry. The 16-week program comprises a total of nine hours of study per week, providing students with the skills and confidence to prepare them for university.

UC PREP

UC PREP provides a pathway for students who are aged 21 years or over and do not meet the entry requirements to study an undergraduate degree at UC. The program is studied intensively over one semester and gives students the skills and confidence to prepare them for university study.

UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION STUDIES

The International Foundation Studies program provides a one-year pathway for international students seeking entry into the first year of the majority of undergraduate degrees at UC. Students eligible for admission will be identified and contacted by the UC Admissions Office.

LIMITED ATAR

UC accepts the Limited ATAR for selection purposes.

Applicants with higher education study

If you achieved sufficient results in a degree course at any Australian university or in any nationally accredited course, you will be considered for admission on the basis of the qualification scoring the highest rank.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

TERTIARY PREPARATION CERTIFICATE/TAFE QUALIFICATIONS

You may be considered for admission on the basis of an approved tertiary preparation course conducted by a university, Australian TAFE or the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

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

As the official pathway provider to the University of Canberra, UC College is about opening the right doors, having your study choices supported and realising your academic potential.

EMPLOYMENT

It may be possible to gain admission on the basis of substantial work experience. When submitting your UAC application, you must supply documentary evidence of your employment, including a statement of service from your employer detailing dates of employment, category of position and the types of duties performed. Your work experience does not necessarily need to be within the same field as the course for which you have applied, but does need to be a minimum of one year in duration. You will need to provide documents to support your application.

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

Applicants who are not current school leavers and do not have suitable qualifications for entry to university may sit the STAT Multiple Choice test.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

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

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants receive five adjustment points in addition to their ATAR or equivalent. If you do not meet normal entry requirements you may apply for admission to the UC College Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation Program. The University also reserves places in nominated courses in each intake. These places are awarded on merit, including performance in an interview.

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

Admission criteria are the minimum qualifications you need before you can be selected for admission to a course of study. 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.

When assessing your application, UC may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

LIMITED ATAR

The University accepts the Limited ATAR for admission purposes. 

University of Canberra international student admission criteria.

Additional selection criteria

In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, for certain courses you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. These criteria are considered either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent.

Details of additional selection criteria and how applicants can meet these requirements are outlined in the course descriptions

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, email the UC Admissions Office.

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements

For admission to a postgraduate coursework program you would normally be expected to have a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline. You may also need relevant professional work experience. In exceptional cases you may be admitted as a candidate for a specific course if you submit other evidence of academic and/or professional experience. Course entry requirements vary for individual courses. Check the entry requirements for each course.

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS AND ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

If you hold overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Additional selection criteria

You may have to submit additional documentation as part of your application process, depending on which course/s you apply for. Submit your material by the date specified in the relevant course description. To see whether special requirements apply, check the course descriptions in UAC’s course search.