A guide for parents of Year 12 students

04 Nov 2020

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The end of HSC exams is fast approaching! If your child has applied for UAC's Schools Recommendation Schemes or Educational Access Schemes, here's some important information to keep in mind throughout the busy month ahead.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Applications for SRS closed on 20 September; however, your child still has time to change their preferences before first offers are released in November.

Changing course preferences

It's a good idea to remind your child to finalise their course preferences before Sunday 8 November – this ensures they're set up to receive an early offer to the course they want most. We recommend students put their dream course first, followed by their back-up courses.


First SRS offers will be emailed on Thursday 12 November (November Round 1). If your child’s SRS application is successful, they can receive one unconditional offer and multiple conditional offers. What's the difference between these two types of offers?

  • An unconditional offer means your child has no further requirements to meet. They can accept it knowing they have a place at uni waiting for them.
  • A conditional offer means your child must meet additional considerations (eg a minimum ATAR).

Don't worry if your child doesn't receive an offer in November – they can still receive an offer in December Round 2!

Accepting an offer

If your child receives an unconditional offer to one of their highest preferences but wants to be considered for all other preferences in later offer rounds, they should:

  • accept their offer to the course
  • log in to their UAC undergraduate application, go to ‘Update course preferences’ and move the course down to the bottom of their course preference list (or remove it entirely).

If they have accepted their unconditional offer, they cannot lose it.

If your child receives a conditional offer, they need to leave the course preference in their application. Then, on Wednesday 23 December (Dec Round 2) they'll receive an offer to the first preference in their list for which they're eligible and competitive enough. This could be the course for which they’ve received the conditional offer, or it could be another course that is higher in their preference list.

They can only receive one unconditional offer in each round, so they always need to keep the course they most want to study at the top of their list.

Educational Access Schemes (EAS)

We all know how challenging 2020 has been, particularly for students. UAC's Educational Access Schemes helps students who have experienced an educational disadvantage due to circumstances beyond their control. With an EAS application, your child can ask universities to take difficult circumstances that have affected their most recent studies into consideration.

In response to COVID-19, we’ve added new categories to help applicants who’ve been affected by a natural disaster, such as a bushfire, and those whose parents/guardians have been receiving JobSeeker or JobKeeper for at least three months.

If your child is eligible for EAS consideration and their ATAR (or equivalent) is below the required selection rank for a course, the university can increase their selection rank for that course (this is called an 'equity adjustment').

So, they won’t receive an ‘EAS offer’; they will simply receive an offer in the standard undergraduate offer rounds.


UAC will start emailing applicants about their EAS eligibility on Saturday 19 December. They’ll be told which institutions will consider their educational disadvantage, but they won’t be told by how many points the institution will increase their selection rank. Some institutions provide these details on their websites.

EAS application and documentation deadlines

Your child should submit their application and supporting documentation by Friday 20 November to guarantee it is assessed in time for December Round 2 offers (released on 23 December).

We'll provide information on December key dates – including ATAR release and offers – soon!

Want to know more?
Check out FAQs about EAS and SRS

See a list of upcoming key dates