Schools Recommendation Schemes

Institution-specific SRS criteria

Australian Catholic University

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

ACU requirements

None.

Selection criteria

ACU will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

SRS is available for all courses.

ACU may also limit the number of offers made in some courses.

You must have your preferred ACU SRS course listed as your highest eligible preference by midnight on Sunday 8 November 2020.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

ACU may make conditional offers to a number of applicants. A conditional offer will be converted to an unconditional offer if the minimum selection rank specified in the Conditional Offer Advice Letter is achieved and any relevant prerequisite subjects or additional selection criteria have been met.

Your selection rank = ATAR + adjustment factors.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

Check course descriptions, including course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria.

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is committed to helping students gain access to higher education. Through its Schools Recommendation Scheme it offers early entry to high school students from any school in Australia.

CSU requirements

You must intend to study full-time on campus.

Your CSU preferences must be included in your UAC application by Friday 9 October 2020.

Selection criteria

CSU will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

All courses, excluding:

  • 214738 B Dental Science
  • 214964 B Veterinary Biology/B Veterinary Science
  • 212817 B Technology/M Engineering (Civil Systems)
  • 214010 Dip General Studies
  • 214011 Dip General Studies
  • 214014 Dip General Studies
  • 214017 Dip General Studies
  • 725505 Doctor of Medicine (Joint Program).

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

CSU may make conditional and unconditional SRS offers to applicants. A conditional offer will be converted to an unconditional offer if the minimum selection rank specified in the Conditional Offer Advice Letter is achieved.

Your selection rank = ATAR + adjustment factors. For example, if you attain an ATAR of 60.00 and are eligible for our location adjustment (5 points), CSU will consider you as having a selection rank of 65.00. If the conditional SRS offer requires a minimum selection rank of 65.00, you will have met this condition.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

There are additional selection criteria for a small number of courses.

Check course descriptions and visit the CSU website for more information.

International College of Management, Sydney

The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

ICMS requirements

You must be a student from a school in NSW.

Selection criteria

ICMS will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

All courses.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

Selection for SRS offers requires an application interview. ICMS will contact applicants to schedule interviews. Applicants may also contact ICMS on 1800 110 490 to schedule an interview.

Visit the ICMS website for more information.

Macquarie University

The Macquarie University Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

Macquarie requirements

None.

Selection criteria

Macquarie will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

SRS is not available for all courses. To check availability, visit the Macquarie University website.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

None.

National Art School

The National Art School (NAS) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

NAS requirements

You must be a student from a school in NSW.

Selection criteria

NAS will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

620010 B Fine Art.
NAS may limit the number of offers made.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

Selection for SRS offers is based on an interview process and portfolio assessment. NAS will contact applicants to schedule interviews. 

SAE Creative Media Institute

The SAE Creative Media Institute (SAE) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

SAE requirements

None.

Selection criteria

SAE will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

All undergraduate courses.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

Selection for SRS offers is based on an interview process. SAE will contact applicants to schedule interviews. Applicants may also contact SAE on 1800 723 338 to schedule an interview.

University of Canberra

Using your school’s ratings of your aptitudes (including your capacity for tertiary study), the University of Canberra (UC) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

UC requirements

None.

Selection criteria

UC will take into account school ratings (aptitudes only).

Courses available

SRS is not available for all courses. To check availability, visit the University of Canberra website

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

None.

University of New England

The University of New England (UNE) participates in the Schools Recommendation Schemes via its Early Entry Program which allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

UNE requirements

You must intend to study full-time on campus.

Selection criteria

UNE will take into account Year 11 studies and school ratings.

Courses available

SRS is not available for all courses. To check availability, visit the UNE website.
UNE may limit the number of offers made in some courses.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

None.

If you are considering applying for a science course, contact UNE for advice.

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle (UON) Schools Recommendation Scheme allows Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission. UON supports motivated and talented students, regardless of their background or circumstances.

UON requirements

None.

Selection criteria

UON will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

SRS is not available for all courses. To check availability, visit the University of Newcastle website.

You must have your preferred University of Newcastle SRS course listed as your highest eligible preference by midnight Sunday 8 November 2020.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

The University of Newcastle may make conditional offers to a number of applicants. A conditional offer will be converted to an unconditional offer if the minimum selection rank specified in the Conditional Offer Advice Letter is achieved.

Your selection rank = ATAR + adjustment factors.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

There are additional selection criteria for some courses. Check course descriptions.

In particular, not the additional requirements for Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts.

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney administers the E12 Scheme through the Schools Recommendation Schemes. It enables Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive conditional early offers of undergraduate admission.

USYD requirements

You must satisfy all of the following requirements:

1. Complete the HSC or IB at a school in NSW in the year of application.
2. Receive an ATAR rank or IB score in the year of application.
3. Be eligible through UAC Educational Access Schemes (EAS) for:

  • Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)

OR

  • disadvantaged school code SO1C (you attended an Australian rural school during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent) OR
  • disadvantaged school code S01R (you attended an Australian rural or regional school during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent)

OR

  • financial hardship disadvantage (F01A, F01B, F01C or F01D).
4. Meet any subject-related prerequisites for your chosen University of Sydney course.
5. If you are applying under the financial hardship category, submit your EAS application and supporting documents by 11.59pm on Sunday 20 September to confirm your eligibility for consideration under the E12 Scheme in time for UAC conditional offers on 12 November.

Selection criteria

The University of Sydney will consider:

  • institution-specific documents (see below)
  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings
  • eligibility for AG01, S01C, S01R, F01A, F01B, F01C and/or F01D codes under the Educational Access Schemes (EAS).

Institution-specific documents

To be considered for the E12 Scheme, you must download and complete the E12 Scheme template containing the three questions listed below, then upload your responses to your SRS application. Each answer must not exceed 200 words.

1. Other than your regular schoolwork, which of your activities or achievements have been most meaningful to you? These could be sports, cultural, community or school leadership activities. Select the one which best reflects you and describe why you undertook this activity, what you learned from it, and how it may be relevant to your future.

2. What are your three best academic achievements? Of these, select your proudest achievement and describe why it is important to you, including the challenges you faced and how you overcame them.

3. Tell us why you want to study the course you have chosen (include any experience you may have had that relates to this course). What is your interest in this area and what do you hope to achieve from studying this course?

In order to upload your E12 supporting document to your SRS application, you need to:
1. Log into SRS Check and Change with your UAC application number and PIN.


2. Click on 'Institution-specific documents' from the menu on the left hand side.


3. Answer 'Yes' to the question 'Do you have a document to upload?'.
4. Make sure 'University of Sydney' is selected in 'Select institution'.


5. Click 'Upload'.

Courses available

SRS is not available for all courses. To check availability, visit the University of Sydney website.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

Each course available under SRS carries an associated minimum selection rank which is lower than the standard minimum selection rank for that course. The University of Sydney will make conditional SRS offers to a number of applicants. Conditional offers will be converted to unconditional offers if applicants meet EAS requirements as stated above, and the minimum selection rank specified in the Conditional Offer Advice Letter is achieved.

Your selection rank = ATAR + adjustment factors.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

There are course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria for some courses. Visit the University of Sydney website for more details.

University of Technology Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Schools Recommendation Scheme supports students who have the potential to succeed at university but may not receive an offer based on their ATAR alone.

UTS requirements

Equity stream

You must be eligible for UAC Educational Access Schemes (EAS) for at least one of the following:

  • school environment disadvantage (S01C) (application automatically generated by UAC for eligible students)
  • socio-economic disadvantage (AG01) (application automatically generated by UAC for eligible students)
  • financial hardship disadvantage (F01A, F01B, F01C, F01D, F01K or F01S) (submit EAS application before 3 November 2020).

You must also:

  • be rated by your school as suitable for tertiary study
  • include a UTS preference in your UAC application by 8 November 2020
  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (80.00 for Law).


2020 access stream

You must:

  • be rated by your school as suitable for tertiary study
  • include a UTS preference in your UAC application by 19 December 2020
  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (80.00 for Law).

Selection criteria

UTS will make conditional and unconditional offers to students who meet the eligibility criteria.

How UTS offers will be made

Courses available

All courses, excluding:

  • 601010 B Accounting
  • 603210 B Information Technology
  • 606004–05 B Nursing (accelerated programs).

UTS may limit the number of offers made in some courses. Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds positions available, the ATAR and school ratings will be used to determine offers.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

Minimum ATAR of 80.00 for Law.
Minimum ATAR of 69.00 for all other courses.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

None.

Western Sydney University

The Western Sydney University Schools Recommendation Scheme allows current Year 12 students, who meet the requirements below, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission.

WS requirements

None.

Selection criteria

Western Sydney University will take into account:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school ratings.

Courses available

SRS is available for a range of Western Sydney University courses. To check availability, visit the WS website.

Minimum ATAR/selection rank?

None.

Course prerequisites/additional course selection criteria

There are additional selection criteria for B Music, B Creative Industries (Music) and
B Music/B Creative Industries.

Check course descriptions.