University of Wollongong

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered a place in a course at the University of Wollongong you must meet the minimum entry requirements listed in one or more of the following categories as well as satisfy English language proficiency requirements.

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 will generally be selected on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent (eg ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB) and QLD’s Overall Position (OP)).

If you have undertaken subsequent tertiary study (eg Certificate IV, diploma or a bachelor degree) you may be assessed for admission based on this qualification instead of your ATAR.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

High school students who have experienced long-term financial or educational disadvantage can have their selection rank increased by up to five points through the Educational Access Scheme (EAS). UOW EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

How Educational Access Schemes work.

LOCATION ADJUSTMENTS

Students who go to school either in UOW’s catchment area or in regional NSW are eligible for three adjustment points. When you apply through UAC, these points will be automatically added if your school is eligible.

For a full list of the schools eligible for the extra points, visit the UOW website.

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

At UOW, we recognise that strong performance in subjects relevant to the degree you wish to study can be an indicator of likely success. If you do well in a HSC subject that is relevant to the UOW degree you’d like to study, you can earn up to three adjustment points. These points will be automatically added when you apply through UAC.

For more information, visit the UOW website.

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 taken into account 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 in UAC's course search.

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

The assumed knowledge specified in the course descriptions is not a prerequisite for entry but you may find the course difficult without this background knowledge.

BRIDGING COURSES

Bridging courses are available in biology, chemistry and physics. The courses run in early February. To find out more, visit the UOW website.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

ACCESS UOW

Sometimes your high school studies don’t go as planned. Access UOW is an opportunity to have your personal circumstances considered — along with your academic performance and extracurricular achievements — for admission to UOW. You don’t need to apply for Access UOW, you’ll be automatically assessed when you apply through UAC and if you fit the program criteria we will be in touch to discuss your application. Eligible students will be invited to an interview, giving UOW the chance to get to know you and your study goals for the future. For more information, visit the UOW website.

EARLY ADMISSION

UOW Early Admission is our early offer program that recognises your personal qualities and skills that define who you are. With UOW Early Admission, we get to know you, look at the results you’ve achieved so far and can reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you even sit your HSC exams.

You must be completing your HSC (or interstate equivalent), or the IB, at an Australian high school in Australia, be under 21 years of age, and eligible to receive an ATAR (or equivalent) or IB Diploma to be considered for a UOW Early Admission offer.

For further information, visit the UOW website.

PORTFOLIO ADMISSION

Students may gain admission to UOW on the basis of an interview and completed portfolio that meets the Australian Qualifications Framework, including portfolios from a Big Picture Education Australia school. For more information, visit the University of Wollongong website.

LIMITED ATAR

UOW accepts the NSW Limited ATAR for admission purposes.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION SCHEMES

Offering a suite of academic pathways, UOW College provides guaranteed entry to UOW bachelor degrees on successful completion of the program*. Diplomas in Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science^ , Arts^ and Social Science provide up to one year of advanced standing into relevant UOW degrees. 

Vocational and English language programs are also available. Selected courses are offered at UOW Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay and South Western Sydney campuses.

*Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements
^Course is subject to approval.

To learn more visit the UOW College website or call 1300 367 869.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have previous higher education studies (complete or incomplete) from an approved university or other tertiary institution, you may be eligible for entry into a UOW course. If you have completed at least half a year of full-time study (ie 0.5 EFTSL) in a bachelor degree at university you may be assessed on the basis of your academic performance (our Law degrees require a minimum of one year of full-time study; ie 1.00 EFTSL). If you have completed an AQF Certificate IV, AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma you may be considered for admission on the basis of those studies. Successful completion of a Certificate IV does not provide entry to all undergraduate degrees.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you have completed an AQF Certificate IV, AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma you may be considered for admission on the basis of those studies. Successful completion of a Certificate IV does not provide entry to all undergraduate degrees.

If you have completed a TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate you will be considered for admission on the basis of your Tertiary Entrance Score.

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

If you have previously completed an Australian Year 12 you may be considered on the basis of your latest ATAR or equivalent. 

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

If you are at least 21 years of age by Saturday 1 March 2020, and do not otherwise qualify for entry to the University, you may apply for admission on the basis of STAT Multiple Choice. STAT cannot be used to gain admission to Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology (Honours) degrees. 

ENABLING COURSE OPTIONS

UOW College offers a variety of university preparation courses designed for students who want to study at UOW, but who do not qualify for direct entry. With pathway programs offered on the UOW Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay and South Western Sydney campuses, all college students have full access to UOW facilities while they study. 

For further information, visit UOW College or call 1300 367 869.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

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

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications must contact UOW’s Future Students office to discuss eligibility for admission before applying through UAC.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

The Woolyungah Indigenous Centre’s Indigenous Admissions Program offers a pathway for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, over the age of 17, seeking entry into UOW’s undergraduate programs.

Indigenous Admissions 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.

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

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

LOCATION ADJUSTMENTS

Students who go to school either in UOW’s catchment area or in regional NSW are eligible for three adjustment points. When you apply through UAC, these points will be automatically added if your school is eligible. For a full list of the schools eligible for the extra points, visit the UOW website

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

At UOW we recognise that strong performance in subjects relevant to the degree you wish to study can be an indicator of likely success. If you do well in a HSC subject that is relevant to the UOW degree you’d like to study, you can earn up to three adjustment points. When you apply through UAC, these points will be automatically added. For more information, visit the UOW website

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

EARLY ADMISSION

UOW Early Admission is our early offer program that recognises your personal qualities and skills that define who you are. With UOW Early Admission, we get to know you, look at the results you’ve achieved so far and can reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you even sit your HSC exams.

You must be completing your HSC (or interstate equivalent), or the IB, at an Australian high school in Australia, be under 21 years of age, and eligible to receive an ATAR (or equivalent) or IB Diploma to be considered for a UOW Early Admission offer.

For further information, visit the UOW website.

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 taken into account 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 in UAC's course search.

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

To find out more, visit the UOW website.

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements

For admission to most postgraduate coursework courses you would normally be expected to have a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline. You may also need relevant professional work experience and/or membership of a professional organisation. For some courses, entry is available on the basis of relevant professional work experience alone or a combination of tertiary study and professional experience. Entry requirements vary between courses. 

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE 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. If you do not meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements, you cannot be offered a place.