Some institutions allow a small number of applicants completing Year 12 to use a Limited ATAR, along with other selection criteria, to gain entry to tertiary study. A Limited ATAR is calculated from the best four units of courses completed, rather than the eight used for the standard ATAR.
- Calculation of a Limited ATAR
- Institutions that use the Limited ATAR
- Can you receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR?
To be eligible for a Limited ATAR based on your 2016 HSC studies, you must meet both of the following conditions:
- be at least 20 years of age on 1 March 2016
- be taking between five and nine units of ATAR courses in 2016, including at least one unit of English.
Calculation of a Limited ATAR
The Limited ATAR is calculated using scaled marks from ATAR courses completed in 2016 and comprising:
- at least one unit of English
- the best four other units of Category A courses.
You cannot accumulate a Limited ATAR and you cannot include Category B courses in a Limited ATAR.
If you're eligible for a Limited ATAR, you'll receive a written ATAR Advice Notice. ATAR Advice Notices will start to be delivered the day ATARs are released.
Some institutions use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes.
Institutions that use the Limited ATAR
- Australasian College of Natural Therapies
- Australian College of Applied Psychology
- Australian Maritime College
- Australian National College of Beauty
- Australian National University
- Billy Blue College of Design at Torens University
- CATC Design School
- Charles Sturt University
- International College of Management, Sydney
- Jansen Newman Institute
- La Trobe University
- Macleay College – The Limited ATAR will not be the sole criterion used for selection. It is used in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes. Each application is considered individually.
- Macquarie University
- MIT Sydney
- Southern Cross University
- Torrens University Australia (including APM College)
- Top Education Institute
- University of Canberra
- University of New England – not accepted for admission to 780000 B Medicine – Joint Medical Program
- University of Newcastle – not accepted for admission to 780000 B Medicine – Joint Medical Program
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Sydney – The Limited ATAR will not be the sole criterion used for selection. It is used in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes. Each application is considered individually.
- University of Wollongong
- UNSW Australia – not accepted for admission to 428000 B Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine or B Arts/B Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine or 429750 B Optometry/B Science
- Western Sydney University
- William Blue College of Hospitality Management
Can you receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR?
Yes. If you meet the criteria to receive a Limited ATAR, and also meet the criteria to receive an ATAR, both will be calculated and sent to you.
If a student aged over 20 years studied eight ATAR units (including two units of English) in the 2015 HSC, he or she would have received a Limited ATAR in 2015. If the same student decides to study two additional ATAR units in the 2016 HSC, he or she will be eligible for an ATAR in 2016.
Under some circumstances it is possible for a student to receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR in the same year.
Each institution decides whether to use the ATAR or Limited ATAR for selection purposes. Some will use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria.