University of Technology Sydney

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered a place in a course you must meet the course entrance requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate course at UTS you must satisfy at least one of the minimum admission criteria (matriculation) listed in the categories below and be selected for admission in competition with other applicants: 

  • completed an Australian Year 12 or equivalent with an ATAR of 69.00 required for consideration to enter in the next intake (exclusive of any adjustment factors)
  • completed a NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate, AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • completed one year of full-time or equivalent tertiary studies (must be within the same course from the same institution)
  • be at least 20 years of age as at 1 March 2020.

UTS essential admission criteria.

Undergraduate applicants

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

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

You must have an Australian Year 12 qualification with a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (or equivalent) for consideration to enter in the next intake (exclusive of any adjustment factors). This includes studies accumulated over consecutive years with the approval of the appropriate state education board.

Recent school leavers are selected on the basis of selection rank, which involves a combination of your ATAR (or International Baccalaureate (IB) score) and any relevant adjustment factors. Your selection rank will determine your eligibility for entry into our undergraduate courses.

If you have completed, or are attempting to complete, the IB Diploma overseas, you may have to provide proof of English language proficiency. 

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

If you’re applying to UTS on the basis of your ATAR, there are several adjustment factors that can be taken into consideration in your application. These factors, which are recognised through the following admissions schemes, can increase your selection rank. UTS then considers your application to study a course based on your selection rank (your ATAR plus adjustment factors).

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

The inpUTS educational access scheme could help you gain access to your preferred course at UTS. If your education has been disrupted for longer than six months you may be eligible for an entry adjustment of 10 points on any UTS course. inpUTS is open to domestic applicants from both school and non-school pathways, and considers a range of circumstances including family, personal and financial circumstances. If you are a current Year 12 student attending an EAS-identified school (S01Cor S01R), you will be considered for inpUTS automatically. In addition, all applicants whose address is indexed in the lowest SEIFA quartile will also be considered for inpUTS automatically.

To be eligible you must achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 or equivalent (not including adjustments), and apply to UAC by the designated closing dates. If successful, you will be supported through a range of UTS programs, including financial, personal and academic programs.

For further information about inpUTS, visit the UTS website.

How Educational Access Schemes work.

ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMER ADJUSTMENTS

The Elite Athletes and Performers Special Admissions Scheme considers the impact of national/state-level competition and performance commitments on recent academic performance and adds five points to the selection ranks of approved applicants. To be considered under the Elite Athletes and Performers scheme, you must achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (not including adjustment factors).

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

If you’re completing Year 12 studies in 2019, you may be eligible for the UTS Year 12 Subject Scheme, which applies to 2019 interstate Year 12 and International Baccalaureate applicants.

For a select number of courses, UTS will award points to applicants undertaking the 2019 NSW HSC based on performance in subjects relevant to their course preferences. Applicants must achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 or equivalent before points are applied.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO THE ATAR

You may be required to meet course specific additional criteria, such as an interview or test. Details on what additional criteria may apply can be found under the individual UTS course descriptions. If compulsory additional course application requirements are not submitted by the relevant closing dates, your application may not be considered for that course.

SUBJECT PREREQUISITES AND ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

There are no HSC subject prerequisites for any UTS course, with the exception of teacher education courses. Each faculty identifies assumed knowledge and/or recommended studies, which you are advised to have achieved before you begin the course. Refer to the individual course descriptions for details on the assumed knowledge and/or recommended studies for each course.

BRIDGING COURSES

UTS offers a range of bridging courses for students who don’t meet the assumed knowledge requirements for their preferred course. Most of these courses are offered in late January/early February, between enrolment and the start of session. Bridging courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics are available to all new students undertaking degree studies.

For further information, visit the UTS website.

YEAR 12 ENGINEERING AND IT QUESTIONNAIRE

For UTS Engineering and IT courses (with the exception of the Bachelor of Information Technology), in addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, students have the option to complete an online questionnaire. The Year 12 Engineering and IT questionnaire may be taken into account in conjunction with your ATAR or equivalent. 

To complete the online questionnaire, visit the UTS website

BUSINESS CADETSHIP SCHEME

If you have obtained a business-related cadetship demonstrated through an official letter, you may receive an offer to study the following courses at UTS:

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Management (all majors).

To find out more, visit the UTS website.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

UTS INSEARCH

UTS Insearch is the premium pathway provider to the University of Technology Sydney and is an important part of the UTS community. The strong educational relationship between UTS Insearch and UTS means that UTS Insearch students benefit from UTS’s academic standards, world-class facilities and reputation for excellence. UTS Insearch offers a broad choice of higher education diploma programs that can help fast-track students into the second year (depending on the course you choose) of a UTS degree. All UTS Insearch students also benefit from the following:

  • courses that are designed in collaboration with UTS faculties
  • dedicated academic support and supportive learning environment
  • small class sizes
  • access to UTS’ state-of-the-art facilities
  • FEE-HELP for eligible students.

UTS Insearch diplomas are offered as extended 16-month, standard 12-month or accelerated 8-month programs. UTS Insearch diplomas help prepare students for UTS undergraduate degrees and are ideal for students who didn’t quite get the selection rank needed for their desired UTS degree. Students can choose from business, communication, design and architecture, engineering, information technology or science diplomas.

ARTICULATION

Domestic students graduating from a UTS Insearch diploma are guaranteed a place in the corresponding undergraduate degree at UTS, provided they achieve a pre-specified grade point average in their UTS Insearch diploma and meet the eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about UTS Insearch.

LIMITED ATAR

UTS accepts the NSW Limited ATAR for admission purposes to select courses.

Applicants with higher education study

UTS recognises the following qualifications and studies as satisfying minimum admission criteria for undergraduate studies:

  • at least one year of full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at an Australian university or college of advanced education (ie one year of full-time study is the credit value of subjects determined by your institution to satisfy the completion of your degree in the minimum time permitted)
  • completed an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma or advanced diploma from a private provider.
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

UTS recognises the following qualifications and studies as satisfying minimum admission criteria for undergraduate studies:

  • completed TAFE associate diploma, diploma, advanced diploma or Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma or advanced diploma from a private provider.

If you have completed a TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), you will be considered for admission on the basis of your Tertiary Entrance Score. If you have completed a TAFE diploma or advanced diploma, you will be considered for admission on the basis of the grades achieved in your advanced diploma or diploma.

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

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

If you are 20 years of age or older on 1 March 2020 and do not otherwise qualify for entry to UTS, you may apply for admission on the basis of the STAT (Multiple Choice) administered by ACER. The STAT (Multiple Choice) is accepted by all UTS faculties except Law, and your STAT results must have been obtained within three years prior to the year of admission.

Your STAT results aren’t considered for entry when applying for the B Accounting, B Information Technology or for any of the B Laws courses.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

UTS will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. If you are unsure about the Australian equivalent of your overseas qualifications, consider using the UAC Qualifications Assessment Service for assessment of your overseas qualifications before applying.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency. No application for admission will be considered until English language proficiency has been demonstrated.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

The Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research provides support and access to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who would like to study at UTS via the Jumbunna Pathways Program. 

In collaboration with UTS Insearch, a number of tuition-free scholarships are available to applicants of the Jumbunna Pathways Program. Upon successful completion of the UTS Insearch diploma program, students will be offered a place in an undergraduate degree at UTS. 

For further information, visit the UTS website

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

To be considered for entry to UTS undergraduate courses through UAC, you must have an Australian or New Zealand Year 12 qualification. As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2019, you will apply for admission through UAC:

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

UTS YEAR 12 SUBJECT SCHEME

If you’re completing Year 12 studies in 2019, you may be eligible for the UTS Year 12 Subject Scheme, which applies to 2019 interstate Year 12 and International Baccalaureate applicants. For a select number of courses, UTS will award points to applicants undertaking the 2019 NSW HSC based on performance in subjects relevant to their course preferences. Applicants must achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 or equivalent before points are applied.

LIMITED ATAR

UTS accepts the NSW Limited ATAR for admission purposes to select courses.

To find out more about entry requirements for international applicants, visit the UTS website.

Additional selection criteria

You may be required to meet course specific additional criteria, such as an interview or test. Details on what additional criteria may apply can be found under the individual UTS course descriptions. If compulsory additional course application requirements are not submitted by the relevant closing dates, your application may not be considered for that course.

SUBJECT PREREQUISITES AND ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

There are no HSC subject prerequisites for any UTS course, with the exception of teacher education courses. Each faculty identifies assumed knowledge and/or recommended studies, which you are advised to have achieved before you begin the course. Refer to the individual course descriptions for details on the assumed knowledge and/or recommended studies for each course.

BRIDGING COURSES

UTS offers a range of bridging courses for students who don’t meet the assumed knowledge requirements for their preferred course. Most of these courses are offered in late January/early February, between enrolment and the start of session. Bridging courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics are available to all new students undertaking degree studies.

For further information, visit the UTS website.

YEAR 12 ENGINEERING and IT QUESTIONNAIRE

For UTS Engineering and IT courses (with the exception of the Bachelor of Information Technology), in addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, students have the option to complete an online questionnaire. The Year 12 Engineering and IT questionnaire may be taken into account in conjunction with your ATAR or equivalent. 

To complete the online questionnaire, visit the UTS website

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements - Domestic

The minimum educational requirement for entry to most postgraduate courses is a completed bachelor degree. Entry requirements vary between courses — some courses have additional selection requirements. Applicants with substantial relevant work experience and no bachelor degree may be considered for entry to some graduate certificate programs. 

For details see the individual course descriptions at UAC's course search.

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have undertaken your studies in an overseas country you may have to provide proof of proficiency in English

Additional selection criteria

You may have to provide a personal statement, curriculum vitae (CV), questionnaire, employer letter or referee report as part of the application process. 

Referee reports for the Master of Clinical Psychology must be submitted via the Graduate School of Health website.

You must submit your additional material at the same time that an application is submitted to UAC. If you delay the submission of your additional material your application may not be considered.