News from our institutions - July 2022

20 Jul 2022

Australian Catholic University

ACU Guarantee

ACU Guarantee is ACU’s early offer program designed to help Year 12 students secure a place at ACU before they sit their final exams. Applications are free and students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications open on Monday 18 July 2022 and close on 23 September.

Explore ACU Guarantee

Book an ACU school presentation focused on ACU Guarantee for your students, which will provide more information about the program and allow them to get all their questions about it answered.

ACU Guarantee application process and student panel webinar

The ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on their Year 11 results. Students can join ACU online on Wednesday 27 July, 6pm to 6.30pm AEST to learn detailed information on how to apply, ask questions about the program and hear ACU students share their experiences. This webinar is for NSW, ACT and Queensland students only.

Register for the ACU student panel webinar

New arts and education courses available from 2023

ACU will launch two new double degrees in 2023: a Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary).

These courses will each take 4.5 years full-time to complete, allow students to choose three teaching areas instead of two and provide the opportunity to study units in either winter or summer terms. Each course includes an 80-day placement in the third year.

Students will still need to meet the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course prerequisites and pass the LANTITE test.

The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be offered at ACU’s Brisbane, Melbourne and Strathfield campuses from 2023.

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be offered at the North Sydney campus. To apply for this course, interested students must apply directly to ACU. Scholarships valued up to $30,000 per year of study are available for this course.

To learn more about these courses, students can register their interest as a domestic student or as an international student.


CQUniversity engineering courses – prerequisite subject update

The mathematics prerequisite for CQU’s engineering courses has recently been updated. The latest prerequisites are below.

UAC Code Course Prerequisite subjects


CC31 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.


CL72 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Construction) and Diploma of Construction Management

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.


CL76 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Design) and Diploma of Building Design

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.


CL73 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Control and Instrumentation) and Bachelor of Information Technology (Application Development)

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.


CM41 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Major) and Diploma of Project Management

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.


CG21 – Bachelor of Engineering Technology

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent; OR

Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Avionics (10600NAT); OR

Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Mechanical (10599NAT)


CM15 – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Major) and Master of Project Management in Engineering

English Standard (Band 2), Mathematics Standard 2, or equivalent.

When applying, students should check the UAC course listing or explore CQU’s engineering courses for the latest course details.

International College of Management, Sydney

Business now fully online at ICMS

The Bachelor of Business at ICMS is now selectable for Manly (530016), Sydney City (530017) and fully online (530015).

View the Bachelor of Business course description

Early Entry

ICMS’s Early Entry program is designed for high-achieving HSC students who are eager to secure a spot at ICMS before they sit their final exams. Applications are now open for February 2023 admission.

ICMS's Early Entry program application


The ICMS Professional Scholarships Program offers a range of scholarships to new Australian and New Zealand students starting their undergraduate degree in February. Applications are now open. Apply for an ICMS scholarship

Pathway to university now offered fully online

The one-year pathway to university Diploma of Business offered by Aspire Institute is now selectable for Manly (530501), Sydney City (530502) and fully online (530505). This Diploma is a pathway to the following institutions:

  • Macquarie University (MQU)
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Western Sydney University (WSU)
  • University of Wollongong (UOW)
  • International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).

View the Diploma of Business course description

Macquarie University

Macquarie Q&A series

Hear from Macquarie's academic experts alongside Student Ambassadors about different areas of study available at Macquarie. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions about their dream degrees in this online series.

  • Monday 11 July, 3pm to 3.30pm – Bachelor of Arts
  • Tuesday 12 July, 3pm to 3.30pm – Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (new degree)
  • Wednesday 13 July, 3pm to 3.30pm – Bachelor of Science
  • Thursday 14 July, 3pm to 3.30pm – Bachelor of Commerce.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry applications are open

Students could receive an early offer to study at Macquarie University in 2023 if they have performed well academically in Year 11 and can demonstrate initiative and commitment through leadership, community, sport or casual work activities.

Applications for Macquarie Leaders and Achievers are open and close at 2pm on Wednesday 31 August.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers application

Co-op applications are open

At Macquarie, students can be financially supported to develop professional skills and network for the future. Co-op students alternate between classroom studies with practical workplace experience, while receiving financial support from partner organisations. Macquarie University offers three Co-op programs:

  • Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice
  • Professional Accounting with Professional Practice
  • Business Analytics with Professional Practice.

Applications close on 15 September 2022.

More information about Macquarie's Co-op program

University of Canberra

August Early Offer Round applications open

Applications for the University of Canberra’s August Early Offer Round are currently open and will close Sunday 24 July. For students eager to secure a space at UC as soon as possible, this offer round will provide conditional offers this August based on their Year 11 results and supplementary forms. Students can apply in two easy steps:

  • Step 1 – Ensure their UAC application includes courses that are available (see the FAQ) for selection in this offer round.
  • Step 2 – complete the supplementary form, ensuring they upload their Year 11 grade results.

Contact the University of Canberra at or call 1800 864 226 for further information.

Fast Forward Program update

Students can now apply for the Bachelor of Laws and associated double degrees as participants in the Fast Forward Program. The program offers students a suite of benefits from early offers to first year study grants and is perfect for students looking for a head start to university.

Learn more about the Fast Forward Program

Contact the University of Canberra at or call 1800 864 226 for further information.

University of Newcastle

Upcoming webinars Year 10–12 students

Upcoming campus tour

    Scholarships available

    Entry scheme – Leaders, Athletes and Performers

    Students can receive up to four adjustment points added to their selection rank. Newcastle also provides a range of support services to help balance the demands of study with career. To apply for this program, students must first submit their UAC application and then complete an online Elite Athlete application form or Leaders and Performers Adjustment Scheme application form.

    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    As an ATAR+ institution, admission to Notre Dame is based on the whole person, and considers students for more than their academic score. Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate their personal qualities, motivation to study at Notre Dame, as well as their extracurricular achievements and contributions to community life.

    Early Offer Program

    Notre Dame’s Young Achiever’s Early Offer Program offers an avenue for Year 12 students to secure a place at university prior to completing the HSC. Admission criteria include extracurricular achievements, community involvement, leadership positions, as well as a student’s academic record.

    Applications are now open and close on Friday 30 September 2022.

    Schools Recommendation Scheme

    Notre Dame offers entry via the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) for all its programs listed through UAC.

    SRS allows current Year 12 students who have applied through UAC, and who meet the requirements, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission to Notre Dame prior to the release of their ATAR through a recommendation from the applicant’s school in addition to their application.

    Read more about eligibility and how to apply via SRS for entry to Notre Dame

    Applications for SRS are open and close on 19 September 2022.


    New Opportunity and Merit Scholarships are available at Notre Dame for undergraduate students, worth up to $20,000 each.

    The Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to new Notre Dame students who have experienced, or are experiencing, financial hardship or other forms of educational disadvantage.

    Notre Dame’s Merit Scholarship offers financial support and encouragement to a commencing student who demonstrates academic promise.

    Other scholarships currently available for Sydney students are:

    Applications for scholarships are open and close on 1 August 2022.

    Program updates

    Notre Dame is offering a new undergraduate program on its Sydney campus: the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Bringing together these disciplines, along with completing an internship at an organisation of their choice, graduates learn to appreciate the central importance of the human quest to lead a good life, working with others toward the common good.

    The program also includes the option for an accelerated pathway toward a Masters degree, enabling students to complete a Bachelors and a Masters degree within four years.

    University of Sydney

    Faculty of Medicine and Health

    In 2023, new vertically integrated pharmacy degrees are offered by the Sydney School of Pharmacy which will prepare work-ready pharmacy graduates.

    • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)/Master of Pharmacy Practice is a new five-year degree, built upon the flagship four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy curriculum, as well as its current Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP). The course is designed to prepare future students for a broad range of career options, including work in a community or hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, a government agency, or research and academia.
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management (Hons)/Master of Pharmacy Practice is a new six-year combined degree built upon the five-year Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management curriculum, as well as its current Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP). The course is designed to prepare future students for a broad range of future career options, including work in a community or hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, a government agency, or research and academia, where students can draw on both pharmacy and business studies knowledge and skills.

    Both new degrees will provide exit points, at years four and five respectively. However, in addition to acquiring a postgraduate qualification, students will benefit from the work-integrated learning which is built into the Master of Pharmacy Practice.

    • Admission to the Bachelor of Oral Health no longer requires successful completion of a multiple mini-interview. The change was made to bring the degree in line with other health degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Assumed knowledge requirements remain the same.

    Architecture, design and planning

    • Introducing the Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) in 2023, which replaces the previous Bachelor of Design Computing. This change will also apply to the associate honours degree and the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. The degree name, structure and content has been updated to ensure it better meets the needs of the growing design industry, with closer links to employers, and units that support students to develop in-demand design skills. Students can now choose pathways that focus on technology or social design, supporting a deep understanding of how people interact with the world around us, and how we might design, prototype and test new products, services, and experiences. 


    • From semester 1, 2023, Bachelor of Engineering Honours students will have access to a broader range of specialisations, including engineering data science and computer systems or interdisciplinary pathways such as innovation and entrepreneurship or humanitarian engineering. These changes have been made in response to the rapid advancements in computational tools and the utilisation of rich data in engineering practice. They will ensure students continue to graduate job-ready and at the forefront of engineering innovation.
    • Also taking effect in semester 1, 2023, students in the combined Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts (5.5 years) Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (5.5 years) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Laws (6.5 years) will complete seven semesters of engineering, which is equal to that done by single degree students. This will give them the opportunity to undertake advanced elective study in their chosen stream of engineering. This means that the duration of these degrees will be extended by one extra semester.


    The Business School's new ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ major/minor will provide students the entrepreneurial mindset and practical skills to launch new ventures and champion innovation in private, public, or not-for-profit organisations. Units of study are drawn from various subject areas, including Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science, Architecture, Design and Planning and Music. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers from diverse discipline backgrounds to creatively solve real-world problems in product branding and marketing, engineering technologies and sustainability challenges, through to music and arts festivals and digital games.

    Education and Social Work

    There are updated requirements for undergraduate education degrees in 2023, namely 'Band 5 in three HSC subjects (or equivalent), one of which must be English (English Standard or English Advanced or ESL/EALD)'. This means that from next year ESL/ELAD will satisfy NSW Education Standards Authority requirements.

    Also, a reminder about Sydney’s new 2022 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree. The new Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree has been redesigned to ensure Sydney secondary teachers will be responsive to the future of education and be leaders in the field. The new four-year Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree will replace the previous five-year combined degree. This degree is a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools in the areas of humanities and social sciences, mathematics, and science.


    All applicants for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are required to complete Altus Suite for the 2022/23 admissions cycle. Altus Suite is a standardised, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes important for successful students and graduates of these programs. Applicants will be asked to complete the Casper assessment in Altus Suite, which is a 100–120 minute online, open-response situational judgement test. This will complement the other tools that the University of Sydney uses for applicant review and evaluation, and further enhance fairness and objectivity in the selection process.

    The Bachelor of Psychology will now have a three- and four-year offering, with new titles to be approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The new three-year offering will be the Bachelor of Psychology, and the current four-year offering will now be called the Bachelor of Psychology Honours.

    There is a new Astrophysics program of study within the School of Physics, which was previously available as a combination of units within the physics major. This specific program builds on the major with additional units to create a program (major + two units, bringing more depth of study in the field). Students interested in the program can elect this in a Bachelor of Science.

    The Health major is also now available within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science, which may be of interest to students interested in pursuing a career in health services. No maths prerequisite is required.

    Arts and Social Science

    The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Earth and Environmental Science) will no longer be available from 2023/24.

    University of Technology Sydney

    UTS Early Entry Program

    Applications are now open for the UTS Early Entry Program 2023. Students can secure their place at UTS before the final Year 12 exams.

    The program is designed to recognise students' academic achievements from Year 11 and is open to all local (domestic) and onshore international Year 12 students. Offers will be based on Year 11 results and include an ATAR requirement. Applications are free and direct to UTS with provisional offers released on 4 October 2022.

    Students interested in an Engineering or IT course can qualify for Edge points, composed of the Engineering and IT questionnaire, Year 11 grades in STEM subjects, and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative when they submit their application.

    UTS’s Early Entry Program application

    University of Wollongong

    UOW Early Admissions – applications open 18 July

    UOW Early Admissions allows students completing Year 12 (HSC or other Australian equivalents) during 2022 to secure an offer to UOW based on non-ATAR selection criteria including Year 11 results and unique skills and experience.

    Applications open 18 July and close 12 August 2022. UOW Early Admission offers are issued in October 2022 before the NSW HSC exams. Find out more about UOW Early Admissions

    Cyber Academy

    Delivered by Deloitte, TAFE NSW, and UOW, this unique initiative will see eligible cyber security students undergo paid work with Deloitte or an industry or government sector partner and receive coaching, mentoring, soft skills, ethics, and leadership training, plus a pathway to secure a job on graduation. Find out more about UOW Cyber Academy

    UNSW Sydney

    UNSW New Health professional degrees

    UNSW is changing the way it delivers health education by introducing a suite of new programs in physiotherapy, pharmacy, exercise physiology, and dietetics and food innovation. They will launch in term 1, 2023. Find out more about UNSW’s new Health Professional programs

    UNSW Law Admissions Test (LAT)

    LAT registration is open for students in years 11 and 12 intending to study law at UNSW. Find out more about LAT and registration information

    Western Sydney University

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information Evening – 20 September

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evening at Western Sydney University is an opportunity to hear about what programs are on offer, scholarships, services, pathways available and more.

    Discover Western: Parents – Your Role and How You Can Help Guide Them To University – 18 August

    Discover Western Webinars are short information sessions for senior students, and the adults who support their academic development.

    This webinar aims to support parents and carers with relevant information that can help them guide their child in making those big decisions about their future, discover university entry options, careers and courses, as well as pathways the student can use should they not achieve their desired ATAR.

    • Thursday 18 August, 6pm to 7 pm

    To register for this webinar, find out about future subjects and dates, and access previous webinars on-demand, visit Western Webinars.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program assessment – 24 and 25 August

    Western Sydney University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in undergraduate programs across all areas of study and prospective students are not required to have completed the HSC or any other degrees to apply to study at Western via the program.

    Applications are accepted throughout the year, with three assessment rounds. The second assessment round this year will take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August.

    More information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

    True Reward – Western’s Early Offer Program

    The HSC True Reward early offer program will give school leavers much needed peace of mind, providing students an early offer into most university courses based on their Year 11* or Year 12 results. First launched in 2017, it provides students with an early offer into Western based on HSC results instead of a scaled ATAR, following analysis showing subject performance is a robust key performance indicator of student success.

    *Those that apply using their Year 11 results will need to successfully complete the HSC.