UAC News: July 2017

Course categorisation changes

The new English Studies and Mathematics Standard 1 courses have been categorised as Category B ATAR courses for the 2019 HSC onwards. Those students who take English Studies in the 2019 HSC and want to receive an ATAR will need to remember that only 2 units of Category B courses can be included, and at least 2 units of English must be included, in the ATAR calculation. Therefore English Studies students who want an ATAR will not be able to include any other Category B units and will need at least 8 units of Category A courses. Students studying English Studies in the 2017 and 2018 HSC will not be eligible for an ATAR. Students studying Mathematics General 1 in the 2017 and 2018 HSC cannot include this course in the calculation of the ATAR.

Applying for study in 2018

Applications for tertiary study in 2018 will open on Wednesday 2 August 2017.

NSW and ACT Year 12 students will receive an email with their four-digit UAC PIN on Monday 31 July 2017. UAC will use the email addresses listed with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) or the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACT BSSS) to send students their PIN, so it’s important that students have provided a current email address to the relevant authority, and that they have allowed emails from the domain in their spam filter settings.

Students will need their UAC PIN and Year 12 student number to apply for tertiary study through UAC. Once students have entered their contact details into their online application, they’ll receive a UAC Application Number. They’ll need this number and their UAC PIN to make changes to their application and access their offers.

Students will also need their UAC PIN to access their ATAR later in the year, so it’s important that students keep their PIN in a secure place.

Changes for 2018 admissions

Remember, there are some important changes to next year’s admissions:

  • The maximum number of preferences will now be five.
  • There will be an offer round after ATAR release and before Christmas.
  • There will be an offer round in mid-January but no ‘Main Round’.
  • SRS offers will be made in November.
  • ​Cut-offs will be published for the pre-Christmas round and the mid-January round.

A flyer explaining the changes is available on Schoolink.

Proof of citizenship

In the new admissions period, UAC will be asking applicants to provide proof of citizenship. This is entirely optional, and not submitting proof of citizenship will not affect an applicant’s chances of receiving an offer. Applicants who do not provide proof of citizenship when applying will need to provide it to enrol at university.

Changes to processing charges

‘On-time applications’ are now referred to as ‘early bird applications’. The processing charge for early bird applications is $58 for domestic Year 12 applicants and $68 for international Year 12 and all non-Year 12 applicants. The early bird period spans from Wednesday 2 August 2017 to midnight on Friday 29 September 2017. Encourage your students to apply before early bird applications close and the processing charge increases.

All applications received from 30 September 2017 will incur a standard processing charge of $183 for domestic Year 12 students and $193 for international Year 12 students and all non-Year 12 students.

The UAC Guide 2017–18 is now available

The UAC Guide 2017–18, listing more than 2,000 undergraduate courses on offer from 37 institutions, will arrive at NSW and ACT high schools from the beginning of Term 3. This year, 100,000 copies of the Guide were printed locally on PEFC Certified paper.

The Guide includes detailed course descriptions as well as general information on admission requirements, choosing courses, applying, offers and enrolment, course costs and financial assistance, and the ATAR. This information is also available on UAC’s website. Students are encouraged to check the UAC website for course updates before applying.

The cover artwork for this year’s Guide has once again been selected from ARTEXPRESS. It features a photomedia work by Sally Clark from Wyndham College called Of Dreams & Water.

UAC International 2017–18

The UAC International 2017–18 booklet is for international students who will complete an Australian Year 12 qualification in Australia or overseas, an International Baccalaureate (IB) or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2017.

The booklet lists more than 1,500 international fee-paying courses on offer from 18 institutions, and contains information to help international students apply for university. It will be delivered to NSW and ACT high schools by the end of July. Detailed course descriptions are available on UAC’s website.

The cover artwork for this year’s International booklet has also been selected from ARTEXPRESS. It features an artwork by Alice Ridgway from Winmalee High School called We Are The Same Within, Beneath & Inbetween.

University Entry Requirements 2020 Year 10 Students

We have made changes to the Year 10 booklet to reflect the changes to Maths General/Standard 1 and English Studies.

You can download the updated Year 10 book here or buy a hardcopy of the original booklet from our online shop. Books cost $7.50, plus postage and handling. Payments can be made by cheque, PayPal, Mastercard or Visa.

AITSL requirements for teaching courses

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has set an expectation of universities to select entrants into initial teacher education courses who have the academic capabilities and personal qualities that will enable them to successfully graduate as classroom-ready teachers.

Australian universities have responded to this in different ways. Some are using online assessment tools such as CASPer, a Canadian test. Others have integrated a personal statement as a requirement of their admission process for teaching courses.

Students who have applied for a teaching course at one of the following institutions will need to submit a personal statement addressing their motivation and suitability for teaching:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • CQUniversity
  • University of New England
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong.

The one personal statement is valid for all teaching preferences to the above institutions.

Schools Recommendation Schemes

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to current Australian Year 12 students, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

SRS applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017 and close at midnight on Friday 29 September 2017. After this date, students cannot access or modify their SRS application.

There are two types of offers available under SRS. Successful applicants may receive:

  • a conditional offer (where there are additional criteria to meet, such as a minimum ATAR, portfolio or audition)
  • an unconditional offer (where there are no further requirements to meet).

SRS applicants must have any courses they would like to be considered for an SRS offer included in their list of preferences by midnight on Sunday 12 November 2017.

SRS unconditional and conditional offers will be released on Thursday 16 November 2017.

New for SRS in 2017

  • Personal awards and achievements are no longer part of the SRS application or assessment process.
  • Some institutions may require that applicants upload institution specific documents. For more information, read pages 9–15 of Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) 2017.
  • SRS offers are no longer restricted to first preference; institutions consider course preferences according to the order in which they are listed. All preferences are given equal consideration. For more information, read page 6 of Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) 2017.

New to SRS this year is International College of Management, Sydney, who join 11 other participating institutions. Full details of participating institutions, the application process, course available and eligibility criteria can be found on the UAC website from the end of July.

The Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) 2017 booklet will be delivered to schools at the end of July/early August and is available for download at

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university. Institutions use EAS to help eligible applicants gain admission to university if their ATAR is below a course cut-off by allocating bonus points, or places, to eligible EAS applicants.

EAS applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017.

If students apply by 30 November 2017, UAC will send them an eligibility letter on 12 December 2017. The letter will list EAS eligibility for all institutions. UAC applies a standard assessment procedure for all applicants, regardless of course preferences, however some institutions have EAS policies which may prevent some applicants from being eligible for EAS consideration at that institution. These policies cover:

  • previous tertiary study
  • course exclusions
  • minimum ATAR requirements
  • school exclusions
  • minimum EAS thresholds.

For more information, read the EAS Eligibility Letter and Institution Policies fact sheet available on the UAC website from Wednesday 2 August 2017.

The Educational Access Schemes (EAS) 2017–18 booklet, which includes an application form, will be delivered to schools at the end of July/early August. The booklet, application form and supplementary application form will be available to students from Wednesday 2 August 2017.

You can download an advance copy of the booklet here.

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships (ES) assist financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with higher education. Students apply online for an Equity Scholarship through UAC.

ES applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017. A list of key dates will be available on UAC's website and on the inside cover of the Equity Scholarships 2017–18 booklet, which will be delivered to schools at the end of July/early August. It will also be available to students on UAC's website from Wednesday 2 August 2017.

You can download an advance copy of the booklet here.

The most important scholarship offer rounds for Year 12 students are on Friday 22 December 2017 and Monday 15 January 2018. These rounds are when most Year 12 applicants receive their ES offers. Further ES offer rounds are available throughout 2018. Click here for full details of offer rounds and participating institutions. Check the UAC website regularly as offer round participation by different institutions can and does change.

Copies of the SRS, EAS and ES booklets will be delivered to schools addressed to the principal.

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University news

Download the list of 2017 open days at all our participating institutions.

Charles Sturt University

Info Day 2017
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is coming to Sydney on Saturday 26 August to bring you all the information you need on our courses, accommodation options, scholarships, support services and more. Join CSU at the Powerhouse Museum and find out why so many students are interested in choosing to study at a CSU regional campus. We will have experts on hand to answer all your questions about living on campus, the fantastic one-on-one support available at CSU, and the exciting range of courses on offer from education to business, communications, health and more.

Register now at

Griffith University, Gold Coast campus

New courses
Griffith University has introduced a range of new courses this year, including the Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics, Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics/Bachelor of Dental Technology and Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Open Day 2017
Learn about Griffith University’s other new courses and visit the newly built facilities at Griffith Open Day on Sunday 23 July. As the official Commonwealth Games University partner, our campus continues to grow.

School leavers
It’s good to be aware of the bonus admission schemes you may be eligible to receive bonus points through. These include the Year 12 Subject Bonus Rank Scheme (recognising over 20 subjects), Gold Coast and Logan Campus Priority Access Scheme and the Educational Access Scheme. More information can be found on the Griffith Apply website.

If you have any questions regarding your program choice or scholarship application, staff are available to help every weekday between 9am–5pm. Call us on 1800 677 728 or visit the Griffith Apply website

International College of Management, Sydney

Open Day 2017
The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) will host its annual Open Day on Sunday 6 August from 10am–2pm. This event is ideal for students considering careers in business, event management, hospitality management, international tourism, property management and sports management. Attendees will experience in-depth course seminars, tour our Manly campus and connect with current students, academics and alumni. For full details and registration, visit or phone 1800 110 490.

Early Entry 
ICMS Early Entry applications are now open. This program allows students to secure an early offer to ICMS based on HSC trial results and an interview. For more information, visit

Southern Cross University

Open Days
Discover where a Southern Cross University degree can take you! Come along to our Open Days and sample campus life:

  • experience the unique features of each campus
  • participate in workshops and seminars
  • check out our studios, labs and teaching facilities
  • take a guided campus tour
  • enjoy activities, food and entertainment.

Gold Coast campus: Sunday 13 August
Lismore campus: Sunday 20 August
Coffs Harbour campus and National Marine Science Centre: Sunday 27 August

For more information, visit or call 1800 626 481.

Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia has had a busy year, and you may have seen our recent efforts at career expos around Australia. Billy Blue College of Design, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Media Design School and William Blue College of Hospitality Management are all now part of Torrens University, which is uniting these brands to deliver university courses in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 
With faculties in Design, Business, Hospitality, Education and Health, Torrens University offers flexible higher educational study options on-campus, online or a hybrid of both. Students at Torrens University will benefit from small class sizes, individual academic attention and active industry lecturers. With realistic ATAR requirements and eligibility for FEE-HELP, Torrens is a viable option for students who will thrive in a smaller university environment. It is a perfect bridge between school and work. 
Torrens University has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, with more than 1,000,000+ students at 70 institutions in 25 countries. Call 1300 575 803 if you would like a member of our course and career advisors to visit your school. 

University of New England

The University of New England (UNE) has made an important change to its course codes. When applications open in August, the UNE course codes printed in the UAC Guide 2017–18 will be displayed on the UAC website as full-time offerings, and new course codes will be generated for part-time offerings. We recommend prospective students use the course search on UAC’s website to find the correct course code for their desired mode of study.

For further information, phone 1800 818 865.

University of Wollongong

Open Day 2017
For students and parents wanting to know more about University of Wollongong (UOW) degrees and what student life is like at UOW, we invite you to attend our 2017 Open Day. Held at the UOW Wollongong campus on Saturday 19 August, Open Day is a great opportunity for attendees to talk with UOW staff and students, and to take a tour through our learning facilities, our sporting complex and accommodation residences. It’s the perfect opportunity for Year 12s to experience UOW and imagine themselves as a student in 2018.

Register and plan your day at

Information Evenings
UOW has been on the road in June and July, holding Year 10–12 Information Evenings throughout NSW. These events are particularly useful for students who are struggling to decide on a university or a degree, and a great opportunity to speak to UOW staff and students about UOW courses, our Early Admission program and the Accommodation Guarantee for first year students. These events also provide information on the UAC application process and how students can study close to home at one of our nine campuses in NSW. Upcoming events will be held at:

Tamworth: Thursday 20 July
Batemans Bay: Monday 24 July
Bega: Tuesday 25 July

Bookings can be made on the UOW event booking page.

New courses
Global Honours Program – ATAR 95
UOW will be accepting its first cohort of students to study a unique program packed full of travel and internships. Designed for high-achieving students with an ATAR of 95 and above, our Global Honours program offers an Australian-first opportunity for the country’s best and brightest to gain a truly global experience.

As part of this degree, students will study and live in some of the world’s most vibrant cities—Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore—to gain real-world skills that will uniquely position them to be among the most sought-after graduates in the world.

For more information about this program, visit the UOW Coursefinder.

Bachelor of Sustainable Communities – ATAR 75
The Illawarra region provides an outstanding urban and regional living laboratory for this new degree, where students will explore the challenges of developing and maintaining sustainable communities. The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities is a multidisciplinary degree that provides students with an understanding of the challenges facing communities, and the ability to manage them in a volatile world. Students will gain career-relevant skills in a practical setting, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand how other countries are seeking to create and maintain sustainable communities. Our technology-integrated learning ensures students will graduate with the skills to excel.

For more information about this program, visit the UOW Coursefinder.

New courses at UOW South Western Sydney campus
From 2018 UOW will be offering the following programs at our South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool.

The above programs have only recently been approved for delivery at this campus, and are not in the UAC Guide 2017–18.  For more information about each program and the new UOW South Western Sydney campus, visit

Western Sydney University

Open Day 2017
Parramatta campus: Sunday 27 August, 10am–3pm
The Western Sydney University Open Day provides the opportunity for prospective students and their family and friends to explore the vibrant Parramatta campus with one-on-one academic course advice sessions, presentations and hands-on activities. Open Day assists prospective students to make decisions about their future career and study pathway, prior to UAC applications closing. For more information, visit or call 1300 897 669.

Western Sydney U Days
Campbelltown campus: Thursday 16 November, 9.30am–2pm
Bankstown campus: Friday 17 November, 9.30am–2pm
Western Sydney University is running Western Sydney U Day events at the Campbelltown and Bankstown campuses in November. The events are designed for senior high school students who are considering university study. Students have the opportunity to experience campus life with academic presentations, student panels and interactive activities. For more information, visit or call 1300 897 669.

Music Festival
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August
The School of Humanities and Communication Arts holds a Music Festival and Competition. There is a competition section of the music festival which is open only to HSC students. Click here for more information.

Music Early Auditions
Early audition weeks 10–14 July and 11–15 September. Click here for more information.

Design Portfolio day
Friday 1 September (Registrations close 15 August).
Show us your original creative work and have an interview to determine your eligibility for an offer to our Design (Visual Communication) degree. Click here for more information and to register.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evenings
Tuesday 12 September, 6pm–7.30pm, Campbelltown campus
Thursday 14 September, 6pm–7.30pm, Penrith campus
To register your attendance, visit or phone 1300 897 669.

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