Secondary studies

In addition to achieving the required results in your secondary studies, some courses also require you to satisfy prerequisites and additional selection criteria (eg personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio of work, audition, interview or test).

Details of any additional selection criteria and prerequisites are outlined in the course descriptions available through the course search.

Australian Year 12 students

If you are completing an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2016, admission to most tertiary courses is based on your overall achievement in those studies.

All Australian states and territories, except Queensland, use the ATAR to compare overall measures of achievement in Year 12 across time and states.

The ATAR is provided by the following state authorities:

Compare your Year 12 subjects to NSW HSC subjects to check that you meet any course prerequisites and assumed knowledge and to determine your eligibility for bonus points for specific courses.


Cut-offs indicate the lowest selection rank accepted for entry into a course. They don't represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course.

For Year 12 students, their selection rank = their ATAR + bonus points (if applicable). This means that some applicants may receive an offer to a course even though their ATAR is below the cut-off.

Note that cut-offs for entry in 2017 won't be known until selection is actually made during the offer rounds.

The course search shows the courses available in 2016–17 and the cut-offs that Year 12 applicants needed for entry into each of those courses in the Main Round in 2016. These cut-offs only give you an indication of the possible cut-offs for entry in 2017. They are supplied as a general guide to help you assess your chances of getting into a particular course and decide on your preferences.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students

If you are completing an International Baccalaureate in 2016 or in May 2017, a rank will be calculated for you by UAC provided you are eligible for award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Bilingual Diploma.

Read more about applying with the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Bilingual Diploma.

New Zealand NCEA Level 3 students

If you’re completing the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2016 and applying for admission through UAC, an Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) will be calculated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and provided to UAC. This will be used in the selection process, provided that you have fulfilled university entrance requirements as set by NZQA. This ITI is not reported by NZQA to applicants. Queries about the ITI and university entrance requirements should be made directly to NZQA.