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:

  • have attained a full NSW HSC or equivalent with an ATAR of 69.00 (excluding adjustment points), or
  • completion of a UTS Foundation Studies course, a recognised tertiary preparation course, associate diploma, AQF diploma or advanced diploma, or
  • completion of one year of tertiary studies (must be full time) from a single course within the same institution, or
  • be at least 20 years of age as at the time of submitting your application

UTS essential admission criteria

Undergraduate applicants

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 ten adjustment 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.

Further information about inpUTS

How the Educational Access Scheme works

Elite athlete and performer adjustments

The Elite Athletes and Performers Special Admissions Scheme considers the impact of international/national level competition and performance commitments on recent academic performance and adds five adjustment 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 a recent school leaver who completed Year 12 studies in 2020 or 2021, you may be eligible for the UTS Year 12 Subject Scheme, which applies to 2020/2021 NSW HSC, interstate Year 12 and International Baccalaureate applicants.

For a select number of courses, UTS will award points to applicants undertaking the 2020 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.

UTS bridging course.

Year 12 Engineering and IT questionnaire

For UTS Engineering and IT courses (with the exception of the Bachelor of Information Technology), you 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.

Complete the online UTS Year 12 Engineering and IT questionnaire.

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).

UTS Business Cadetship Scheme

Design and architecture portfolio

If you’re not currently completing Year 12 and you’re interested in studying a Design or Architecture course at UTS, you can submit a portfolio for consideration by the faculty. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

UTS Design and Architecture Portfolio Scheme

Science aptitude test

This aptitude assessment is an opportunity for students interested in studying a Science course at UTS to secure an offer into the course. It is a general knowledge-based assessment designed to assess your analytical and critical thinking skills.

UTS Science aptitude test

Women in Engineering, IT and Construction

If you’re female and have applied for selected engineering, information technology or construction project management courses, you’re eligible to receive 10 adjustment points.

Women in Engineering, IT and Construction

Other admission options

UTS Early Entry Program

Secure your place at UTS before your final Year 12 exams. The UTS Early Entry Program is designed to recognise your academic achievements from Year 11 and is open to all local and onshore international Year 12 students.

Applications open on 10 August with conditional offers released on 5 October. Unconditional offers will be released to NSW HSC applicants on 18 December based on meeting the ATAR requirements. Offer dates for other applicants can be found on the program website.

Applications are direct to UTS. Learn more about the UTS Early Entry Program.

Engineering and IT Early Entry Program – Edge

Interested in Engineering or IT courses at UTS? The Edge program is based on broader criteria than the ATAR alone. Students are assessed on Year 11 results plus Edge points, which are composed of the Edge Portfolio, Year 11 grades in relevant STEM subjects and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative.

The Edge program is open to all local and onshore international Year 12 students. Applications open on 10 August with conditional offers released on 5 October. Unconditional offers will be released to NSW HSC applicants on 18 December based on meeting the ATAR requirements. Offer dates for other applicants can be found on the program website.

Applications are direct to UTS. Learn more about the Engineering and IT Early Entry Program – Edge.

UTS College

UTS College 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 College and UTS means that UTS College students benefit from UTS’s academic standards, world-class facilities and reputation for excellence. UTS College 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 College 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 College diplomas are offered as extended 16-month, standard 12-month or accelerated 8-month programs. UTS College 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 College diploma are guaranteed a place in the corresponding undergraduate degree at UTS, provided they achieve a pre-specified grade point average in their UTS College diploma and meet the eligibility criteria.

Find out more about UTS College.

Limited ATAR

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

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
  • 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 or a recognised tertiary preparation certificate from an institution other than TAFE.

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.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

If you are 20 years of age or older on 1 March 2022 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 Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Information Technology, accelerated nursing, teacher education or for any of the Bachelor of Laws courses.

Admission schemes

Design and architecture portfolio

If you’re interested in studying a Design or Architecture course at UTS, you can submit a portfolio for consideration by the faculty. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

UTS Design and Architecture Portfolio Scheme

Science aptitude test

This aptitude assessment is an opportunity for students interested in studying a Science course at UTS to secure an offer into the course. It is a general knowledge-based assessment designed to assess your analytical and critical thinking skills.

UTS Science aptitude test

Women in Engineering, IT and Construction

If you’re female and have applied for selected engineering, information technology or construction project management courses, you’re eligible to receive 10 adjustment points.

Women in Engineering, IT and Construction

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.

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.

Information for Indigenous applicants

Location

Level 2 (Entry Level), Building 10,
235 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

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Phone

1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

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Important dates

Academic calendar

Other scholarships & schemes